Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good evening and happy Wednesday to everyone! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

So I am a bit later with joining in today, but it's never too late, right??

I have been very busy putting in the effort to finish the Surya shawlette for my stepsister. I'm getting giddy because the yarn is getting low and I have only 16 more rows left to go. I've also been working on the sweater for my dad, but I think I may have put five more rows on there and didn't feel it was worthy to post it again this week (I'm waiting until you can really tell there is progress).

Over the weekend when my hands needed a knitting break, I read a copy of Hundred Dollar Holiday that I had picked up from the library. Tracey had mentioned this book previously and it sounded just like the type of read that I needed. I was correct! I've been so annoyed with the commercialism and the stress that I needed to re-focus (I had a Charlie Brown moment). This has put everything back on track. Whew.

No picture from Mom this week, but she says four pairs of wristers in various sizes are done along with the teddy bear sweaters. I think she is going to work on socks this coming weekend.

And if you haven't emailed me your address for the stitch markers it's not too late!

Happy knitting!


  1. I saw your stitch markers. You have been busy. I didn't want to overwhelm you, but if you still have some I would love them. I tried picking up that book, but it was not available at the library. I think I need to try again! Beautiful work on the shawl.

  2. I love this lace shawl pattern and you are doing such a lovely job! What a super lucky sister :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. Emily, your stepsister is going to be so blessed to receive that shawl, it is beautiful!
    I'm glad you enjoyed the book, it is small, but powerful.
    I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and please tell your Mom I said Hello.

  4. Your Surya is looking great, a very nice colour. You're so generous to be giving it away =)

  5. The last few rows seem to take a huge amount of time to finish, but, oh, they are worth it. Love the stitch pattern you are using. I'm going to be more adventurous with my next shawl.

  6. Lucky lucky stepsister!!! It's gorgeous!!! (must pick up a copy of that book! thanks for the suggestion.)

  7. I read, and enjoyed, this book, too! You're so close to finishing, isn't that a great feeling? :)

  8. Emily, that shawl is really coming along beautifully!! It is going to be a very special gift for your stepsister. Hope you and yours have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! blessings ~ Tanna

  9. dear emily,
    i LOVE your shawl, it is just beautiful. i am enjoying my lovely stitch markers so much, my sister is coming to visit tomorrow and i can't wait to show her them.
    i am just making my way through yarnalong now, so im even later than you, hee he. i have wanted to read that book after tracey talked about it too.

    i hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

  10. Ooo, the shawl is lovely! What a beautiful gift!
    I need to remember to look for that book - it sounds like just the thing I need at this time of year when I threaten to go all bah-humbug on the excesses of the season.

  11. Beautiful! You have a very lucky stepsister :)

  12. @Proud Mama

    I got your email -- it's never too late! :) I'll be mailing them soon.

    I really enjoyed the book. I hope you'll be able to pick up a copy!

  13. @Swanski

    Thanks Karen! Happy (belated?) Thanksgiving!

  14. @Tracey

    Thank you, Tracey. Mom says Hello! and says she'd love to come visit you. :)

    The book was the perfect read for the mindset I was in at the time. I was on the verge of a major Charlie Brown break down of the holiday season and it helped me feel better about some decisions we have made.

  15. @Cheryl

    I loved the challenge this presented. I was afraid at first that it was going to be too much, but it really was not too bad!

    Those last few rows (counting down to mere inches of remaining yarn) were so stressful -- I think I held my breath through most of it!

  16. @steph

    Hi Steph! Welcome aboard! :)

    Hope you can find a copy of the book -- it was a great little read.

  17. @Charity

    It was such a great feeling to be that close to finishing -- at that point it becomes an obsession! ;)

  18. @Lori ann

    Hi Lori Ann! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm just now catching up after spending some time away from the blogger world (paper writing -- ugh!).

    So glad you received the stitch markers and you're enjoying them! I received your card -- thank you!!

  19. @house full of jays

    That's exactly why this book is great at this time of year. I was getting annoyed with the commercials and such then a family member who hasn't spoken to me in a year suddenly wants to do a gift exchange (like nothing happened) and wanted to up the limit -- well, you know -- it just was the breaking point for me mentally with the holidays (and it wasn't even Thanksgiving!).

    Anyway (sorry for the babble).. hope you can read it!