yarn along

I am finished with the shawl!  I'm so happy with how it turned out, and I really want to get back to the yarn store to buy some new yarn and make another one - this time for me :-)  It really wasn't difficult to knit, it was difficult finding the time to knit those very long rows with two busy children who also want to knit, but overall I was pleased with the time it took me to complete this project!

Now I am moving back to my mother's second fingerless mitt.  It might be 2 more years before I do actually finish it, but I am hopeful that this one will be done by the weekend, so my mom can have them for the end of the winter.

After that is finished, I really will have to go to the yarn store, because what I have left in my stash is really a bunch of mostly used balls of yarn.  Perhaps I should start thinking about making a blanket with the leftover bits.  I think that would be a perfect way to use up all the yarn, and it would be something that I could work on whenever I had a little time.  It would mainly just be knitting up squares in some cute patterns, and then sewing them all together.  Yes, that is what I shall do, and hopefully by next winter we will have a nice new warm blanket (or two).

As far as reading goes, I am going to read some books that I actually own.  Two of which I have already read, and one that I have had on my shelf for a couple of years, but never read.

The first is No Impact Man, which I think most people have heard about.  And actually my lovely bloggy friend sent it to me a couple years ago.  If you haven't heard of it, it is the story of a NYC family of 3 who decides to try and make no impact on the environment.  No electricity, no toilet paper, no cars or subway system, only local food.  Living in the city definitely has its advantages and disadvantages for this experiment. Although I seriously doubt we could be no impact here in our home, it is something that I do think about a lot and having a bit of a reminder of what others have done is a real encouragement to me.

Related to that is the next book - Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet.  I think that every winter (almost spring!) I think about this book and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.  Both of these books seem to get me in the mood for local eating, and for gardening.  It is something that I have been struggling a bit with lately, as we move to a more plant based, whole food way of eating, to think about eating locally all year long.  Too many more thoughts for this post though!

The last book is the one that I haven't read, Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression.  Perhaps not the lightest read, but it sounds really interesting, and something that will keep my interest.

What are you working on this week?

Linking up with Tami and Ginny.


  1. Beautiful! I do think it's time for something for Mama!

  2. No Impact Man sounds really interesting.
    I can't imagine my life without electricity.
    Thanks for the visit at my blog!

  3. I need to do that with all my scraps of yarn. I like your list of reading material.

  4. I have the Little Heathens book! I am looking forward to reading it. Don't you love shawls? When you are done it is so gratifying!

  5. The shawl is beautiful! YAY for finished projects! :)
    The books sound interesting but no toilet paper?!? Not in this house!

  6. Nothing like a finished project! Except maybe one you like so much you want to knit it again :)

  7. The shawl is gorgeous! I just love that color.

  8. Oh it's so pretty! Great job! Your book sounds really intriguing. It would be hard to do!

  9. There are a few scrap yarn type blankets and even shawls on Ravelry if you are a member you could take a peek. I have a few earmarked but keep knitting new things instead of using up the scraps. I have fingerless gloves that I keep setting aside too. Maybe this summer when it's too hot to knit big projects! Visiting from Yarn Along.


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