~ 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 …

This particular yarn-along is all about knitting … a bit about reading at the very end … but mostly about knitting!

Yarn-along: September 5, 2012

Ciarnan’s Cover — an 8-pointed star lap blanket

The item on the left is a secret … it’s a birthday blanket (well, lap rug .. but the alliteration sounded cooler) for dh who turns 60 in October!

I’ve designed a circular throw that has an 8-pointed, cabled star emanating from the center with bits of eyelet designs (including a few triangles) and even some travelling-stitches work (notably the infinity symbol). In the past, when I’ve knitted dh a gift … it’s either been shrunk (and, surprisingly fits me) … or it’s too bright … too big … too small. I think he’ll like this throw — done in worsted weight Shepherd’s Wool (100% wool) in a lovely tonal, mahogany color.

[BTW, the Shepherd’s Wool comes in lovely colors and is so soft for wool … it’s available at Dog House Yarns in Culpeper]. This design will be the September design in The Brigid Collection … so look for it to be posted soon.

Lace-Sampler Scarf

The lovely bit of froth on the right is for the 2nd Annual Getting Cozy with Cashmere workshop down at Spring Gate Farm (Barboursville, VA … October 12 & 13). I mentioned the color-work we’ll do we’ll learn. This is the second half of the workshop: exploring lace knitting and the myriad patterns and effects obtained from yarn-overs, knit two togethers and slip-slip-knits. The project we’ll work on is a lace-sampler scarf. Here you can see the two ends where the lace patterns match … but not quite. There are a total of five traditional stitch-patterns worked in this scarf (plus a bit of ribbing). Knit with 100% cashmere, this makes a luscious accessory as well as a marvelous teaching tool.

Books? Reading?

Well, we have started school … the read-aloud we were doing has been schneebed by Hambone as a private read, so I switched to a fun new book titled, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. A silly, fun, exciting read-aloud that turns the fairy tales upside down by telling the true story of four of the men known as “Prince Charming”. Really fun.

On my book table, I just finished a review of an Advent meditations book and a pre-read of The Prairie Thief … both definitely highly recommended!

Come play with us over at Ginny’s?

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