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Yarn Along : Knitting and Reading

Liesl Made : Yarn AlongI was avoiding Yarn Along posts because I hadn’t been making much progress on the knitting front. I’m beginning to think I’m the slowest knitter ever. Or at least the most distracted.

Mainly I’ve been busy making socks for my Dad (this pattern.) And in my defense, the slow speed and distraction was partly due to the fact that I opted to rib the leg cuff and knit one, purl one repeats are quite boring. Then in the end, the socks didn’t fit!

Anyway, I ripped back (something I’m getting more and more experience with!) and did a simple stockinette with a ribbed band at the top like the pattern instructs. I just finished them last night.

I also started another secret project seen in the photo above. It has something to do with the vein of this post. When I took the photo, I had the intention of talking about it but now as I’m writing this post, I’ve decided to keep it tucked away a bit longer.

Last night, I also finished reading Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression. It read very much like your Grandma telling you how her life was when she was young. In that respect it was interesting and informative and often brought a smile. Although, at times the whole in my day tone started to pull you out of the experience. Yes, in 21st century America, most folks have lost sight of the ‘simple life’ and frugality and connectedness to land and community. But, there are still plenty of people who experience and appreciate fresh, homegrown tomatoes and strawberries right off the vine, who put food away, who reuse easily disposable things and who know the joy of climbing in a bed of sun dried sheets at the end of the day. Don’t worry, Ms. Armstrong Kalish, we are here, trying our best to keep these things alive.

Anyway, now I’m about to start The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I’ve seen bits of the movie that came out in the sixties and thoroughly enjoyed The Girls of Slender Means so I am looking forward to this little morsel of a book. I’ve also been flipping through a few magazines.

What have YOU been knitting or reading?

If you’d like, you can share what you’re knitting and reading every Wednesday with Yarn Along over at Small Things.

6 Comments

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    allison February 6, 2013

    I’m very intrigued by your secret project. So glad you’re feeling inspired! I hope your dad’s socks work out this time.

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    lori February 7, 2013

    the start of your secret project looks lovely so far, and i love your stack of reading material!

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    Selma February 8, 2013

    That’s a nice list of reading tips!! Looking forward to finding out about that secret project.

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    lori February 9, 2013

    I just finished Journey of The Universe and it was amazing. Now I’m starting Wildwood by Colin Meloy.

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    Jeannine February 11, 2013

    Liesl, First time visiting your blog. It’s a lovely place to be:) Jeannine

  6. Reply
    lori February 13, 2013

    Journey of the Universe is wonderful. I just finished Art& Fear but I think I saw on Goodreads that you’ve read that already?

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