Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yarn Along


I finished my shawl, and am so pleased with how it blocked out.  I actually have been working more on my second one this week which is a deep purple, and I'm making it not quite so shallow for a bit of variation.

I'm going to be doing something a bit different with this pattern, and doing a KAL (Knit A-Long) right away when it is released, which I'm hoping will be near the end of next week.  The first 10 people to post pictures of their finished shawl on Ravelry will get their pattern reimbursed, or have the option of picking one of my other patterns.  I have already seen some interest in this, so that's exciting.  If you want to be ready for the pattern release, you'll need some fingering weight yarn, (depending on size, somewhere between 500-600 yards, but I'm still confirming those numbers as we speak).

Besides knitting, we had Silje's grandparents and great -grandparents and cousins over yesterday to a final harrah to her 8th birthday.  This weekend my parents fly in for the week, and we are looking forward to our huge 4th of July celebration each year that centers mostly around freshly baked pies.

For reading, I've picked up an impulse buy when shopping for Silje this last week.  I totally did not go into the store intending to buy a book for myself, but this one looked too tempting.  It's called Baby Catcher
 and is just a collection of stories from a midwife who practiced as a labor and delivery nurse for many years, and then finally decided to go to midwifery school.  Of all the "midwife/birth" books that I've read, this one isn't so "hippie" as she comes from a midwestern/hospital loving background as me, so I guess you could say I relate to her better than some other books.  Her stories are laugh-out-loud funny, and touching and I have to admit, I have stayed up way too late at nights reading just one more chapter.

I suppose when I'm pregnant, I love surrounding myself with positive birth stories, as opposed to the ones you hear off the street or on cable television.  This book has such a variety, including one scary one that I read where she had an emergency transfer to the hospital for a breech birth and it was so intense.  It's so interesting to see how differently each woman handles labor and works her way through birth.  These charming stories go past that into the fun of each family, from grandpas present at birth and being in the way to older children being entranced by the process, and brought to tears with the miracle of it.  It's my joy reading these days.

I'm linking up again with Ginny this week, who hosts a fun weekly party where people gather together to talk about what they are knitting/crocheting and reading.  It's always bunches of fun.

7 comments:

Ellen said...

Gorgeous is all I have to say. Love the color and patterning. I need to block a mini shawl or unravel the end and add another skein to it (since I have another skein already)...can't decide yet.

Mom said...

Love the shawl! Anxious to see it in person!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

HI! I'm visiting from Circle of Moms =-) I think my favorite thing about the contest has been finding other homeschool families and getting to get a peak at their journey!!!

SUPER cute blog header - what cuties you have =-)

I blog at Living Life Intentionally (currently #27 on the list) and would really like to get into the top 25!!! I would appreciate it so much if you would give me a vote!! Thanks for considering and Happy Homeschooling =-)
Beth
http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Homeschooling-Moms-2012

Leslie said...

Saw the shawl and went OOOOOOHHHHH!
then saw it would be a KAL and knew I had to try this one, too.
I've decided I'm a shawl-aolic and don't want to be rescued.

Mistea said...

Pretty - colour, shape and design.
Clever you.
Enjoy

Melissa said...

I LOVED reading Baby Catcher!!!!!

amy + ryan said...

Beautiful! I want this. You are so dang creative, Gretchen!