Yarn Along Read Along Blog Along

I just found an interesting blog by a lady named Ginny about two things that go very well together. Reading and Knitting…. Here is a peak….

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

So here goes. My first knitting & reading post.

I have been reading the Sword of Truth series for a few years now. Chainfire is the 9th book of 12, and I have just opened the cover today (inspired to do so by this Yarn Along). I love reading about Richard and Kahlan’s adventures. The books are long, but I read them very quickly, putting most other things in life on hold! I don’t know if I can ration my time between reading this book and knitting. It might be all or nothing… but we will see.

The socks are almost finished. I am using Patons Kroy Sox FX, Cascade Colours, and Weasley Homestead sock pattern by Erica Lueder I originally planned to make these for someone as a Christmas gift, but they are turning out a bit small… funny.. they seem to be ‘just my size’… sooooo, I guess they are just my socks now.

If anyone else wants to join in the Yarn Along, join me, it looks like it will be fun, and a nice way to connect with other knitting/reading bloggers.

I also should tell you about BookCrossing.com if you are not already aware.

This is a description of BookCrossing copied from their website:

What is BookCrossing?

It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers. There are currently 966,366 BookCrossers and 8,236,297 books travelling throughout 132 countries. Our community is changing the world and touching lives one book at a time.

What’s our mission?

Very simply, we aim to connect people through books.

How do we do it?

Label. Share. Follow. Breath new life into books instead of letting your old favorites collect dust – pass them along to another reader. Our online archival and tracking system allows members to connect with other readers, journal and review literature and trade and follow their books as lives are changed through “reading and releasing”. Users are able to tag and track their individual books by marking them with BCIDs (BookCrossing Identity Numbers). Each BCID is unique to each book – once it’s registered on our site, the book can then be followed and journaled forever. BookCrossing is free to join and free to play. So don’t be ‘shelf’ish with your books – read and release!

When and how did it start?

Although there were websites tracking things such as dollar bills and pictures, business partner Ron Hornbaker noted that nothing existed for tracking books. After all, books were more than just tangible objects, rather they possessed elements of emotional attachment and strong opinion; books were not only items collected and revered, but were intrinsically shared. This was the nidus that began our journey. With the help of Ron’s wife, Kaori, and cofounders Bruce & Heather Pedersen, the site was launched on April 21, 2001. The site remains a fun way to track and share books while connecting people at deeper levels using books as the architecture and glue to facilitate the Great Conversation.

Do check into BookCrossing yourselves. I’ve met some nice people (at a monthly coffee and book exchange) already!

Pigeons Anyone? How about Bees?

The newest from StitchLondon; a book launch and a pigeon:

I will be looking for this book, and probably making a pigeon or two
myself. So cute, and probably not so messy! Proceeds from sales of the new book will go cancer research.

Actually, if I lived in London, I would join the StitchLondon knitting group. It sounds like a lot of wild and woolly fun.

Speaking of wild and woolly fun, it must be time for me to start working on a knit graffiti piece for Calgary. Its been a while since I put up anything locally. Hmmmm, what will it be?

What I have been doing is a lot of knitting, just not graffiti. Have you heard of the beekeeper’s quilt from TinyOwlKnits? Its wonderfully addictive. Watch at your own risk.

the beekeeper’s quilt from tinyowlknits on Vimeo.

Here are pictures of my growing pile of hexipuffs: (as you can now see, they like to get out and have fun!)

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WOW! for the wildly colourful Woolly Walkalong

Go and see the amazing knitting and crocheting yarn bomb at the Devonport Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand.

Of course for me, and most of the rest of the world, we will have to be do our looking through pictures posted here:
The Woolly Walk Along is now installed at
the Devonport Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand.

I can just see the edge of my knitted piece in a couple of pictures. Its fun to have ‘visiual’ proof that my contribution made it all the way from Calgary! This is what I sent. See if you can find it on the handrail in Auckland.

Sent to the Woolly Walk A Long

Here it is in Auckland: Look closely on the right hand edge of the picture

Yarn Molester

 

 

 

Yarn Molester.  (read this if you have ever shopped for yarn)

I am blatantly reposting this  extreme post from http://liverchickknits.wordpress.com   it is just too  funny/true.    Hmmm,   true and funny.   maybe scary as well.

I am sure all of you can relate,   and I for one, am going to my local yarn store,  Make One Yarn Studio today,  to ummm,   browse…  yah,  browse, with my fingers…              What I need to buy is  yarn for a sweater I promised my sister for Christmas.   What i am afraid I will buy is hand dyed sock yarn,  for my growing collection of  hand dyed sock yarn.  ( it is so soft and smooshy,  how can I resist?)

What I have been doing lately is knitting a pair of  colourful, soft and smooshy mitts.  I’ll post a picture  when finished,  which won’t be too long,   I am half way through the second mitten.

 

Do you count sheep to help you sleep?

Watching this video has inspired me to knit a sheep….    of course,  now I have to find a pattern ….

Watch it now,  while I go searching for a pattern on ravelry!

How can I resist them?

and wow, there are tons of sheep toy patterns on ravely, and this one might be my favourite: Lamb Pattern

So, add to the list of things I must knit…

The Knitted Maze Pictures

I am reposting from Knit A Year’s blog. She got up early, travelled for several hours on a train and then a bus to go to Saffron Walden to see the Knitted Maze in person. Check out the details on her blog. I am not sure which bit is her knitting, but I can see in this picture mine, so we have visual proof that the package arrived in time! (Yay UPS).

I also have to send a huge thank you to Sophie, who arranged the whole Knitted Maze… what a lot of work that must have been… and a lot of knitting too!

Here is a quick picture:

photo by Knit a Year, Knitted Maze Saffron Walden

4400 miles to go

Calgary to London is about 4400 miles. That is such a long way to send this bit of knitting, but, I sent it. Now lets hope it gets there in time. Go UPS Go. Go UPS Go.

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I didn’t realize it would be so hard to photograph approximately 9 meters of knitting goodness. LOL … however, the pictures do give you a bit of an idea of its lonnnnnng snakey shape, and a bit of the wild colours I used. Most of it is knit with 2 strands of acrylic yarn held together on JUMBO 12.75mm (US size 17) knitting needles.

As you can surely guess this is my almost too late contribution to the Knitted Maze, in the UK. If you have a chance to see it, please do, and take your camera. Among other exciting things, there will be about a mile of knitting, formed into a maze.

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