Wednesday is YarnAlong day with Ginny at Small Things. Linked together, more than a hundred bloggers share what they're knitting and what they're reading. Visit Small Things today and pick a few links to explore....when I explore these links, I usually end up with a few book titles jotted down (on whatever piece of paper happens to be near), and usually I've checked Ravelry to look at a couple knitting patterns that were described. My book queue, as well as my knitting project queue, always grow a little on YarnAlong day!
At Yarn Camp last weekend, my friend Haley gifted me with the knitting pattern called Just Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau, and very popular on Ravelry. Off we went to the yarn shop in Abingdon, Virginia (A Likely Yarn), where I selected two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Bijou Blue.
I'm knitting Just Enough Ruffles on the bleachers at soccer practice in the gym
where this girl of mine is pursuing her passion - soccer - I know it's her passion because she told me the other day, "Soccer is my passion!" (Along with baking cookies.)
However, my next project, after finishing Just Enough Ruffles, is a project dear to my heart
because it is a sweater for Amie. She actually asked if I would knit her a sweater. Be still, my beating heart! Of course I will knit you a sweater! That's mother/love/excitement happening.
So the yarn is here - Cascade 220 Heathers, my go-to yarn for sweaters, in color number 2434.
And the pattern: Little Buds in English, downloaded from Ravelry.
Selected because it has a hint of spring, in the color and the design
which is good because it might very well be spring before Amie puts it on.
I'm casting on and ready to go.
What am I reading? I'm excited to share it.
Venison, a poem, is by Thorpe Moeckel. He teaches at Hollins University near Roanoke, Virginia. He's also written Odd Botany and Making a Map of the River. He's contributed to Taproot, the magazine pictured in the right sidebar.
Venison is about the nature of nourishing yourself and your family by what you yourself have killed. The process is described in its raw, graphic details; also described is the spirit of provision for yourself and your family, the hard work and skill that are combined to produce the cuts of meat, eventually wrapped in foil and frozen in the freezer. The contrast between this method of producing food in this manner, versus the "Wal-Mart" way, is alluded to.
I'm excited to share this book today because later this morning I am meeting Thorpe's wife, Kirsten, and their three children for the first time! Their family lives near me, and a mutual friend is hosting us. Kirsten knits, and I'm looking forward to some soup and fiber-sharing today. I'm thrilled!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my joy.