Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On to the arms

I had a few opportunities to sit and work on my sweater this week. On St. Patrick's Day I spent several hours with friends knitting and laughing while our children played. The conversation was refreshing and the time to knit was appreciated. With ample knitting time, I was able to bind off the body of the sweater and start working on the sleeves. I thought I could knit two at a time, but my circular needle is much too short for such things. Luckily I have a set of double points. Out they came and progress is again being made. 

This sweater seems to be taking a long time. I think it is due to my size. Some days I love being tall, but while knitting I truly wish I were petite and had small feet. The length of the sweater almost undid me. I kept asking anyone who was near if they thought I could stop yet. I am not sure if it is long enough, but I decided to stop and live with it. The length seems fine to me and blocking should solve any issues.
My contribution to Ginny's Yarn Along

I am still reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. What can I say, it is 562 pages. The interesting piece is other people's reaction to it. I have been asked by several friends and members of our homeschooling community about the book. Many have read it or one of his other works (specifically Corrections). They either love it or hate it. A few didn't want to finish the book. So far it is enjoyable. I don't have a problem with it, but I could see just stopping. For now, I will continue to bring it with me to the gym and read it as my cool down. It is amazing how much you can read in 15 minutes.

On a side note: The weather here is beautiful. Benton brought me a few flowers today while we waited for Eamon and Aine to finish swimming lessons. They love lessons especially since they have their favorite teacher again. Both had no trouble with the skills after spending several weeks on swim team last summer.

12 comments:

  1. I am very interested in reading Freedom, but with everything else I do, I just don't have the time to read such a long novel. So, I plan to listen to the audio version while knitting and exercising....

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  2. This book is popping up everywhere! So many yarn along mentions in the last few weeks!
    I know what mean about being tall - getting clothes can be rough. I'm terrified to knit a sweater for myself because it would feel like it's going on forever! Looks great, though!

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  3. I firmly believe audiobooks count as reading. You cannot tell me otherwise!

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  4. i'm tall too, and knitting a sweater. i feel your pain. it just takes forever! and the sleeves go for a mile with our long arms.
    audio books are perfect for 'reading' whilst knitting! i do it all the time!

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  5. I have heard mixed reviews about Freedom too. I like Crafty Farmer's idea of the audio version. Would be great to take along on a run.
    Warmly,
    Tracey
    PS Fabulous header

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  6. Hope you finish your sweater soon. I have done a lot of knitting but must confess, I haven't, as yet knitted myself a cardigan or sweater (or as we call them, jumpers). I am going to tackle the Tea Leaves cardigan this year. Have had the pattern for two years, so it's about time.
    Jacinta

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  7. Yep, another audio book listener here too!! It has changed reading for me dramatically in that I can finish them quicker!

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  8. The blue looks lovely. I recently knit my first sweater for myself and I was surprised with how long it needed to be (and I'm not particularly tall). Yours looks great!

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  9. Dropping in to say "hi" as part of Yarn Along.

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  10. i have the opposite problem ... i'm short ... constant measuring!!! i haven't read Freedom .. will look it up.

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  11. I wish I had more friends locally that knit! It would be so nice to sit and knit with friends!

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  12. I've yet to make something for myself to wear (because of my size):) It's hard to see the details in your picture but it looks lovely. Press on...Knitting is a journey that has a delightful surprise waiting at the end. Well, usually delightful. I won't talk about the ... no, I won't talk about that one. :)

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