Wednesday's Knits & Books

Following yesterday's woeful post, I'm delighted to tell you that the drugs kicked in during the afternoon and the first thing to return was my knitting mojo. (The second was my voice, but that wasn't quite so well received. I think the family preferred my silence.) My mum had the children, D was busy, and I certainly didn't feel up to ironing so there was little for me to do but sit quietly and get on with my shawl. I made good progress. With 14 rows to go until the border, I can't decide if it looks more like Liquorice Allsorts or messy handwriting....?
YARNS: Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash Sock in Midnight & Ecru
Noro Kureyon Sock in S102 (discontinued?)
With a little luck, this should take only a few more evenings, leaving time to plan for the Second Year of Projects which starts on July 1st! Oh and I seem to have ordered 1,600m of Drops Lace to knit Martina Behm's Nuvem over the summer so I'm going to be a very busy girl indeed. I blame this entirely on a friend who I should not be allowed to text or email after 9pm when my defences are low and I'm so very easily led! (If you follow the Facebook page and saw the ridiculous shall-I-shan't-I conversation some weeks ago, you'll know who I mean.)

Last Wednesday I was just starting The Book Thief. I'm now over half way and very much enjoying it considering it's set in Nazi Germany during WWII and is narrated by Death. I have found much humour as well as some wonderfully drawn characters between the (virtual) pages, particularly Liesel Meminger's foster parents and her best friend  - although I can't help thinking there will not be a happy ending, especially for the Jewish man who is currently being being hidden in the basement of the main characters' home. There is a lot going on in this book but I'm trying to just enjoy it for what it is - a very readable story. 
A few links to share before I go. Firstly did you see that Annie from Knitsofacto (yes, the same Annie who solved my asymmetrical YO issue) is arranging a Knitters' Retreat in March? I spoke to her about it and there are a few spaces left, so if you fancy a weekend away in a beautiful hotel, with great food, lovely company and LOTS of knitting there's still time to take a look at the preliminary details and contact Annie if you're interested. As it's Wednesday, here are the links to WIP Wednesday and the Yarn Along.
Have a great day!


  1. Thanks for the info about the knitters retreat, something I'd be up for!

    I love how your shawl is looking, as expected the dark yarn really brings out the colour in the Noro.

  2. Argh I wish I could afford it, because seriously, a knitter's retreat sounds like heaven!!! And what a cool concept too :)
    I really love how your Color Affection shawl is working out. I started on mine too, using yet again white, mint green and lavender :)

  3. Your colour affection looks a lot like liquorice allsorts he he :)

    I've tried reading that book, but I just couldn't get into it at the start. Maybe I should try again.

    The knitter's retreat sounds a lovely idea :)

  4. Sarah, I am just drooling over your Color Affection and love the color combinations you are using!
    The Book Thief was one of my favorite books to read. I like how the author used humor in such a way as to make such a sad topic easier to take in.
    Have a great Yarn Along day.

  5. I love the colours you picked for your Colour Affection - it's already on my list for next year's Year of Projects! Your book sounds really interesting!

  6. Glad to hear that you feel better. :-) I definitely have to make a second Colour Affection with at colour changing third yarn. Your shawl looks great.

  7. Your second CA looks lovely, the colour changes are fab.

    I like your next shawl choice, although, all that knitting in lace weight would not be for me! I like acacia09 red shawl a few down on the first page, stunning! I haven't started yet on my YOP2 list.....that's going to be serious amount of ravelry browsing.

    Glad youre feeling a lot better!

  8. I really like the Noro as the accent color. It just makes that yarn shine.

  9. ooh gorgeous shawl, i love the liquorice allsorts colouring - it looks fab. Glad you're feeling better today xxx

  10. Glad you are feeling better and your voice has returned. A knitters retreat would be lovely but it's a little to far for little old me. Thanks for stopping by, I keep starting emails to you but keep getting distracted by small people!

  11. Liquorice! Definitely liquorice! It has been the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the picture. Even before recognizing the pattern!! Glad you are feeling better.

  12. amazing - liquorice allsorts for SURE!!!

  13. Your colurfu7l shaw looks lovely. Knitters retreat sounds like bliss.

  14. Oh yes, Licorice All Sort! Absolutely! Love the look of it.
    Now I hope you're 100% in no time! Can't wait to see your Year of Projects list.

  15. Love the stripy colours. Very liquorice allsorts. Ali x

  16. So glad you're feeling better and there was an upside to being sick. You've accomplished so much on your shawl! What a perfect simile to liquorice allsorts! What delightful fun it'll be to wear that.

  17. Definitely liquorice allsorts :D

    So glad you're feeling better Sarah, and thank you for the mention :D

  18. One day I WILL knit the color affection! I love how yours is coming along. Keep feeling better!

  19. Gorgeous colors! I hope you like the Book Thief, I really did. Especially with the unique narration. : )

  20. Really love your knitting work and the yarn looks delicious ! :)


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