10 October 2012


I am sharing with Ginny and  friends for this weeks knitting and reading and Tami for this weeks work in progress.

I have several projects on the needles at the moment all of them Christmas presents, I hope I can get them all made in time!  I have started this cowl.

The wool is a double knit from Colinette Yarns the shade is Fruit Coulis.  It is knitting up really quickly I hope it will be finished soon!  I also have a sock, two scarves and a dress on the needles too.

Reading wise I now have a big pile of books waiting to be read. I have had a birthday recently and they were all presents.  I am still reading the book about the Crusades.

One of the books, Call the Midwife is one that I have been meaning to read for a while.  I know that whilst I am reading it it will, for me, invoke memories.  The author was my piano teacher as a teenager, for me she will forever be a tall elegant lady who loved to sing and who introduced me to some wonderful music.  I coveted her beautiful hands with long fingers she could play a tenth, an octave plus two for those in the know, with ease whilst I struggled, and still do, to play an octave.  Not only did she teach me to play the piano she also used to take groups of her pupils on the train to London to music concerts.  There is something special about hearing live music and she introduced me, and all her pupils, to a very diverse range of music I will always be greatful to her for that.

What are you knitting and reading this week?


  1. That is beautiful yarn you are using for your cowl. I find Christmas knitting to be a lot of fun, but sometimes a little stressful too. I am working on my Christmas list too so I am there with you. :) Happy knitting.

  2. Oh, she sounds like an amazing woman - how lucky that you got to learn from her!

    Lovely fruity yarn. I'm not knitting any Christmas gifts until I get my blanket squares up to date - I've fallen way behind (again).

  3. I missed your birthday, you kept that one quiet!!

    Simplicity Parenting I have on the kindle app on my phone. The unconditional one by Alfie Kohn looks good but I do wonder whether I would feel a total failure reading it!!

    Hugs San x

  4. The cowl is lovely! The yarn is so pretty.

  5. your cowl is coming along nicely, that yarn is really festive. simplicity parenting has been such a blessing of a book for me, so much great advice.
    what beautiful memories of your piano teacher.

  6. Oh, I love Simplicity Parenting! I have been thinking about re-reading it actually.

    1. I have heard good things about it from so many people that I asked for a copy as a present, hope it is as good as everyone says!

  7. Oooh, pretty! I will now attempt to disregard that little shot of panic I felt when I read the phrase, "Christmas knitting". Eep!

  8. Yum! A honey cowl! So pretty!

    I'm reading RU to finish the Giller Prize shortlist. S'okay, but I wouldn't pick it to win.

  9. That is a stunning yarn, absolutely love it! Am impressed you're knitting a dress - socks & hats are about my limit. Did knit a sleeveless polo-neck sweater once but unfortunately didn't know what I was doing and made it in very cheap acrylic wool - it stretched sooooooo much !!!

  10. Pretty cheery warm hues! I really love Alfie Kohn, but haven't read that book on the bottom of your stack. I'll have to order it from the library. Thanks!

  11. I have been watching Call the Midwife on TV lately. The series has just finished but I have to say that it was one of my all time favourites. I don't do much Christmas knitting down here in the south. It would be a lovely thing to do, knitting gifts!


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