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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yarn Along

This week I have decided to start participating in the Yarn Along from Small Things.  Hopefully it will keep me a little more on track with both my knitting and reading.

Right now I am working my way through Children At Play:Using Waldorf Principles to Foster Childhood Development by Heidi Britz-Crecelius.  So far, I am really enjoying reading her insights on play and the importance of creating opportunities for children to play with the elements.

For my knitting this week I am working on my first shawl.  I can't believe I've never knitted a shawl before.  I'm finding it really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to trying my hand at a bit of lace.  I'm using this Skipping Stones pattern but plan on adding some to the size of it by increasing my stitch count when I start the lace my multiples of twenty-four.    I am absolutely in love with the yarn which is lace weight merino wool that I purchased at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival from Mistralee Farm Studio of Oxford PA.  The colorway is called Mallard and I don't think you can really get a true sense of it from the picture.  It has the most beautiful deep blues and blue greens that are perfectly blended.  This yarn has given me such pleasure working with it.  I can't wait to finish this shawl which is going to be for me.  I've not actually knitted much for myself recently, so I think it's time I make something for me.  I'm also thinking that shawls would make wonderful Christmas gifts for a couple of special grandmothers and I have a beautiful wool/silk blend that I also purchased from Mistralee Farm Studio which would be perfect for those!


  1. That is a wonderful book ... kids need to play much more than we let them, huh?

    The shawl will be fun ... the color is gorgeous!

  2. I love your yarn! I did not get to go to MD sheep and wool but I am planning on Rhinebeck :D I really like the pattern that you picked.

  3. That was one of the first books I read on waldorf and early's a staple on my bookshelf:)

  4. I'd love to learn more about Waldorf principles. Glad you're enjoying the book. And that's a very pretty pattern you're working on. I look forward to seeing your progress!

  5. Woo hoo! Your first shawl! How exciting.

    That's a great newbie shawl knitting project, too. Best of luck!


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