Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hooks, books and sticks!

~" Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? " ~ Ginny at Small Things
 
I am joining Ginny in her Yarn Along and I would have to amend that quote to include cross-stitch, crochet and quilting among my favorite things.
 
This week for the Yarn Along, I decided to show you an afghan my 86 year-old mom is knitting for my 24 year-old son.


It is #10 Comfy from Leisure Arts' Big Book of Quick Knits. She is using Vanna's Choice yarn in Barley. The second photo shows the true color. Mom is using only one strand of yarn as she found the double strand too difficult to work with. As a result she has adjusted the stitch count to obtain the right width. I think it is quite beautiful. Mom is about halfway done with it now and looking forward to finishing it as she also wants to knit an afghan for my daughter. They are her only grandchildren.

I am also updating the progress I made on the hand warmers from here. As you can see I have finished knitting one navy hand warmer. The picture includes the teal pair I made for myself last winter. I just have to get started on the second navy one. The pattern is quite easy for a beginner knitter like me, with no increases or decreases.



I am just finishing reading Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber. I had to hold back tears while reading the first chapter, but the book has lightened up since then. As usual, the interpersonal relationships are quite interesting and this is a quick read. I would probably be finished with it by now but I have been trying to work on all my various projects so that I actually have something new to post.

I am still working on my Daisy Squares from here. I was able to finish several on the car ride to and from Wilkes-Barre, PA. I think I will need 140 square and currently have 120. Soooo close. Hubby and I have a few free hotel nights banked so we decided to go to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.



Hubby loves horse-racing and the casino is a bonus. We had a great couple of days with good food and break-even gambling. Couldn't ask for more.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

11 comments:

Ginx Craft said...

Great your mum is still knitting. My mum decided to give up because of eye sight problems, but then changed her mind and thought with big wool and needles she could still manage. She is 92.

Cathie J said...

Wow, that is great that you mum is knitting. My mom's eyes aren't a problem but the arthritis in her hands limits her to two rows a day at most.

karen said...

Once your son receives that blanket he will treasure it! Love that knitting is in the genes. The handwarmers are lovely and I wish it was cold enough to wear them! That would be heavenly :)

Susan said...

Hi Cathie! Thank you for visiting my blog and saying hello. : ) Your mom does beautiful work--that afghan is lovely, something your son will surely cherish. Sounds like you and hubby had a great weekend! Your handwarmers are shaping up nicely. Looks like a great pattern.

mysparemoments.com said...

What a really lovely afghan, I love the colour. Your handwarmers are gorgeous and those daisy squares are so pretty and you are so close! Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Cathie J said...

I'm not so sure knitting is in the genes, crocheting comes much easier to me. I think I might keep making different hand warmers for Christmas gifts.

Donna said...

How sweet is your mom? What a great afghan! I love Debbie Macomber. I have a few books of hers that I have yet to read. A little gambling is always fun! I wish we had a racetrack close by. Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

Deborah Hamilton said...

Your mom's afghan is really pretty and so special. I've read that book, and it's really good.

Cathie J said...

The funny thing is that we rarely go to the racetracks that are close by. Thanks for visiting.

Cathie J said...

Thank you for visiting. I will tell my mom you liked it.

Almond Tea said...

That blanket looks so cuddly. Can't wait to see it finished.