~ 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: May 2, 2012

Well, I finally finished the super-secret shawl and shawlette, just waiting to block them (once I get the extra blocking boards that Amazon says will come today). Since these are for an upcoming book .. I can’t show them to you yet … but just know that it was more knitting than I usually do and I really think they came out nicely!

So, once I finished that particular project, and at the nudging of my dear sister, I decided to whip up a prayer shawl for my godfather’s birthday. Uncle Dick will be 83 on Saturday, so I have today to finish it (just one more skein of yarn to knit thru), block it, pack it and send it off to San Francisco for my sister to bring to him on Saturday …. easy-schmeasy! It’s coming out quite lovely: knit with Encore Chunky in a charcoal grey on #13s. The pattern is mine (Uncle Dick’s Prayer Shawl) — a lazy, soft, reversible cable on a garter-stitch background to make the shawl (or lap blanket or cozy or whatever you would call it) completely reversible, warm and easy-care.

On our reading table: I’m almost done with Benedict of Bavaria .. but getting slightly side-tracked with all the knitting I’ve been doing as well as the research I’m doing on obtaining the new ipad for my design/teaching work (I’m convinced … now I just need to convince dh that the purchase is economically feasible). But Benedict is so good, I’m going to have to cuddle up with him tonight so I can post a review tomorrow.

Our read-aloud is still Which Way to the Wild West … an excellent American history text that in its story-telling is really grabbing the kids’ attention and memory-bank. Dh is often regaled with stories from our latest read-aloud selection … narration from each of them that shows they are hooked! This truly is a living book that I’m enjoying as much as the kids. Once we’re done with that, I’ve got Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms as a final read-aloud for the school year. This book is subtitled: “magic, mystery and a very strange adventure”; doesn’t that sound just delicious for our last read-aloud?

What’s on your needles and reading table today …. won’t you come along and play with us at Ginny’s … just click the button to join in.

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