Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trying Hard


I am halfway through the final repeat of chart D on my Leaves of Grass blanket, and it is getting big. Not quite as big as I would like for a blanket yet, but I figure the rest of the chart plus edging will add quite a bit. I have not quite kept to my goal of six rows a day. Life just doesn't always allow for that, but I am knitting a bit on it daily. Logistically, knitting it is becoming a bit trickier. The blanket has surpassed carry along knitting status and moved squarely into sitting on the couch knitting. I did pick up a sock for a carry along project. I haven't done much on it though. I am trying hard to focus on the blanket and my self-imposed deadline. The goal for finishing is still by the first week of March. I don't think I am delusional yet.

I picked up a stack of knitting books from the library today. They are all by Alice Starmore. I am intrigued to read a bit by this author especially her information on fair isle and intarsia knitting.  I am slowing making my way through the last few hours of the Coming Home audiobook. It is still very good; I am just not finding time this week. I did start The Enchanted April as well, but am still early into it. It is about two women who decide to rent an Italian castle for a month. Eamon finished his book from last week. He has been reading a lot of comics as well as various chapter books (he reads quickly and often finishes a book a day). Our family read aloud switched to The Island of Adventureby Enid Blyton. We are a few chapters into it, and the kiddos really like it. Our favorite picture books this week are At Our House,Zen Shorts, Zen Ties and a pile of Elsa Beskow books. Phew! There has been a whole lot of reading. We really like having a library within walking distance and often visit it more than once in a week.

For those of you Knitting Along with Ginny, what are you reading and knitting this week?

14 comments:

  1. I am so excited to see you Leaves of Grass Heather, it's going to be beautiful. You still have days and days until March so my fingers are crossed that you meet your deadline.

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  2. I don't think you are delusional either. Love setting knitting goals but I am flexible at breaking them. Good luck with your knitting and I hope I see it blocked and finished by the second week of March! (fingers crossed)

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    1. Blocking is another story, since we are in D.C. in a small apartment. Not sure how I can manage that, but definitely blocked by March 20th.

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  3. Good luck with your blanket, it's going to look great. It's all worth it in the end :)

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  4. Reading your post made me thing of a quote I just saw over on Tracey's, Clover about a woman carrying her knitting in a backpack with the yarn hanging out so she could knit as she walked...maybe you could give it a go...just kidding...It sounds like a big project...as you say perfect for sofa sitting.

    Enchanted April is a favourite novel of one of my sisters, the film too. I just love the idea of a castle in tuscany to escape winter rain. I haven't heard of Alice Starmore...I'm just going to check her out now.

    Hope you reach your knitting goal...and enjoy getting there.
    Deb

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  5. Can't wait to see your blanket when finished..love the pattern you chose.

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  6. looking forward to seeing the leaves of grass in person. :)such an amazing project.
    and the reading, very nice. let me know about the books, the fisherman's sweaters sounds interesting. :)

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  7. The library within walking distance sounds fantastic! Since moving, I am just not any closer to a nice library. Library outings are well planned out treks for us. The blanket looks so beautiful - good luck! Miss u all!

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  8. can't wait to see the finished blanket, by the looks of the little peek you are giving us it's going to be beautiful!

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  9. Oh that blanket! I'm excited for it. Maybe you'll just find a marathon knitting day - time for a roadtrip? ;)

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  10. I cannot wait to see the finished blanket!

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  11. you will be blocking soon, so exciting!

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  12. I so need to pick up my shawl and get to work on it! I have a complicated few rows to start and am intimidated by them...I ended up reading a book instead ;) Maybe I will work on the shawl when the boys are at school this afternoon...

    I love the blanket - it looks gorgeous!

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