Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Knits and Reads

Joining Ginny from Small Things for the weekly Yarn Along and Nicole from Frontier Dreams for KCCO.

baby blanket and book

new yarn for undecided project

wreath maker helper

second wreath maker helper

our lovely and gaudy wreath
I am still plugging away at the baby blanket, I am finding it more and more enjoyable especially in the evenings when my brain can not do much but garter stitch and watch old episodes of Pysch on Netflix. Last week or the week before I believe it was Ginny who was reading Pope Awesome. I love a book about large families. Being a large family ourselves it can feel a bit only, so many parenting books/memoirs are by people with one or two kids... maybe three and most are still wee kidlets. This is a funny refreshing book. Although I am not Catholic, nor am I planning on becoming Catholic so much of what the author says speaks to me, and not just the funny parenting parts, but the searching parts and finding a path to God parts... I can so relate.
Over the weekend Fiona, Rowan, and I decorated a wreath I had picked up at Trader Joe's. It is boxwood, which I am not really sure what that is, but the wreath is lovely and bright green and not prickly like an evergreen wreath. I went to Target and got a box of inexpensive ornaments and some fun tinsel. Since Fiona had gone with me, I let her pick... and of course it was the nice wild colored box... but you know, the plain old green and red/silver and gold just gets old. Gotta love a wreath that has hot pink and purple balls and bright red snowflakes. We had a great time putting it together.
And finally... my Quince and Company yarn came. I had plans to knit up a Shalom Sweater for Audrey, but after casting on no less than 5 times and knitting to the first set of M1 stitches and not finding the correct kind, I am about to give up. I made this sweater before, but I have no idea what I did last time. I am toying with knitting up an Annabel pullover and just sort of fudging it so I can use "Puffin" yarn. Maybe by making the smallest size?? I have no idea. Both sweaters should knit up super quick once I figure it all out, so I believe I have enough time between now and December 21st.

14 comments:

steph said...

what an eye for color! I love that wreath....and I wouldn't have picked a single one of those decorations!!! Kids have such a sense of 'style' sometimes it's scary!

Sara said...

Gaudy is always better when it comes to Christmas! Great wreath!

Kathleen said...

What a colorful baby blanket! They made such a great wreath. Our front door needs one and it is a great idea to let the children decorate it.

Deb said...

Checking in for a visit although I haven't been to your blog for a while. I love the baby blanket you are working on and that book sounds great! My kind of read. I will look for that one. Thanks and have a great day! Hope to get back for more frequent visits.

Plain and Joyful Living said...

That book caught my eye too even though I am not Catholic I might have to get a copy. The quince and co yarn is beautiful!

Paula said...

I love the colours of the baby blanket! They are so cheerful.

a Babys Smile Knits said...

What an amazing blanket, love the colours!!! The wreath turned out wonderful, we too are a large household and things around here are rather coloursful, white isn't so much a colour we relate to ... or as my oldest would say: white doesn't count it is a shade not a colour, lol.

Evelyn Hender said...

I love the blanket colours.

The wreath looks fantastic, really nice

Erin said...

What bright baby colors! I love it! The wreath turned out great, too!

Donna said...

I love the bright colors in the baby blanket and in the wreath! I love doing projects like that with my daughter. This year we are going to make some gaudy Christmas decorations!

Hannah@HomeBaked said...

That's quite an impressive wreath!
Your new Q&co yarn looks dreamy :o)

Deb Hickman said...

I love your new yarn and the wreath is gorgeous. Deb x

Paula said...

You have some beautiful colors going on there! Loving ever bit, I think :) And I just finished the same book. Wasn't she funny? And so right on the money about so many things.

Paula xoxo

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the habit of being said...

i spy quince! yay! and i must check out that book - thanks for the rec :)