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!

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…

an aMAZ(E)ing video

an aMAZ(E)ing video.

You  just  must have a look at this   video of the Knitted Maze.  Actually   spend some time and look at all the pics of the maze posted at http://knitayear.wordpress.com/    A special nod of thanks  for sharing the pics and video!!

I love looking at the pics,  so colourful, and you really start to get a sense of how many people and how much time was invested in the maze.   I  loved hearing the audio on the video,   snippets of random conversations, admirers and knitters, excited to find their own piece of knitting.      There is also a nice picture and bit about Sophie, the  woman who arranged the whole thing.

So, here is a question…   is this  knit graffiti? a yarn bomb?    I don’t really know.  It is definitely knitting.  It is  art, and  public.  Definitely interactive.   What ever it is,  I like it.

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.

Regina yarn bombs

The Calgary Artbomber has tagged Regina!

Yarn Bombed Regina photo by Calgary Artbomber

It is so cool that these knitted bombs have been re-released! Those green beauties I knit so long ago were first put up in Calgary, at Olympic Plaza, but, because it was not to be a permanent placement, the Calgary Artbomber carefully took them down, and kept them in the top secret yarn bomb stash, to be sprung on the unsuspecting public in opportune moments, when and where they should they arise.

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You can see all the yarny goodness at Calgary Artbombers website

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