~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ Ginny at small things

Yarn-along: March 14, 2012 -- cashmere, colorwork, cotton and creativity!

Wow! It has been a month since I posted a Yarn-along … but believe me, I have NOT been idle. Just this past week I’ve finished (and posted) a couple of cashmere designs (Leaves of Spring cowl and Blooming Liriope scarf – both of which would look equally beautiful in another natural fiber). I have also finished, and will post this weekend, the pink scarf which I’m titling Rose of Tralee.

March starts the knitting class season — the colorwork tam (which will be a wall decoration rather than a hat to wear) is for the color class I’m teaching at DHY’s Spring Knitting Retreat in April. I will make the tam in other colorways to illustrate how different a pattern can look by changing colors a bit. The cotton on the needles — Riveting Worsted (recycled denim made into yarn) — is for the Rib Tickler Hoodie class I’m teaching in March and April at DHY. The original for this design is for heavy worsted/bulky cotton but I’m re-doing the pattern for worsted weight cotton (and some of the students have opted for a wool version).

Now as for the “creativity” part of the post-title: I am joining Stacey Trock in her “Designing Week 2012” — today, I’ll be posting about my yarn choice for this project and why …

Lest you think we’re not reading round these parts: our family read-aloud is Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith which is a great historical fiction about a part of the Civil War we never really hear about — the western campaign (the fighting in Kansas and Missouri, free state vs slave). We’re really enjoying this book!

For my Lenten reading, I’m finishing Cardinal Wuerl’s book Seek First the Kingdom (excellent for Catholics wondering how to be politically active in today’s society), I read Houselander’s Reed of God (for my morning meditation time — excellent!) and have now started on reading the Gospels using the Navarre Bible — I’m about half-way through Matthew and will then read Mark, Luke and finish with the highly symbolic John. The Navarre text/commentaries are so cool — as you read the text, you can read the explanation, Church teachings and meditations on the meaning behind the words. Excellent.

So won’t you come play with us over at Ginny’s?

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