Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yarn Along: sweaters, cowls, and a little mystery

Joining Ginny over at Small Things for the regular Wednesday Yarn Along!
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? ~ Ginny Sheller from Small Things

I'm back to knitting another Gap-tastic Cowl because it is such mindless work (all in the round, the same pattern over and over) so I can do it while listening to a book on CD or watching the Oscars or sitting in church... very meditative and soothing. I've also started on the Broadway Coat, a little project from the September/October 2011 Crochet Today magazine. Well, "started" may be an optimistic word to use; I've crocheted a sizing swatch and am gearing up to dive into the real deal. I'm generally not a fan of crocheted clothing, but this little number captivated me and made me think maybe I could pull it off. I'm using a lovely cobalt blue Cascade wool which I hope to line in a modern vintage fabric. I'm excited and nervous to really delve into it since it is a bigger project and requires exact sizing and I'm so inexperienced in the world of making sweaters and clothes, but here's to overcoming fear!

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear, was a fun, quick little read. It is the 6th in the British Maisie Dobbs Mystery series, which I've quite enjoyed. Fascinating time period, interesting, strong female character, engaging mysteries - makes for a good, empowering, happy read. I mostly listened to it on CD and I loved the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, who I learned is an American actress but is absolutely amazing with dialects. A nice, light read for spring.
And I'm still chipping away at Nicholas and Alexandra


ang said...

That coat is the cutest. I am so impressed you knit in church. I have knit in church waiting on a rehearsal and at a meeting but never during-haven't had the guts, but I might just try it now.
Your cowl looks awesome too-yay for auto-pilot knitting.
Ang (peach coglo)

Jessica Snell said...

I remember that pattern from when the magazine came out. I think it works because jackets are *supposed* to be thick, and just a bit stiff, and so the qualities of crocheted fabric actually work with the design, instead of against it.

Hurrayic said...

The coat will be some undertaking! I'm assuming the cowl is the one in the top pic. What is the color for the coat?

Hurrayic said...

Oops! Never mind. I just spotted the blue yarn. It receded into the background of the photo - my poor eyes missed it.