Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yarn Along: Mystery Birthday Project 2.0

After yarning alone last week, I am delighted to be back where I belong on a Wednesday, Yarning Along with Ginny and friends!

~ 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? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I promise I'm not being sketchy for the sake of being sketchy.  I restarted the Mystery Birthday Project that I mentioned a few weeks ago.  I am half-way done and wanted to share it, but also didn't want to give away the surprise.  Actually, the photo is doubly a tease, since the yarn doesn't look exactly like that - it is more of a heathered teal in real life.

So, why the restart?  I was being realistic with myself.  The original Mystery Birthday Project used fingering weight yarn and US Size 3 needles.  What work I finished looked lovely, but there is no denying that they were going to take forever!  In addition to that project, I have a baby bolero, baby blanket, and mommy-to-be shawl in the queue, so I found a pattern for a similar object that uses worsted weight yarn and US Size 9 needles.  The work so far is lovely and I'm half-done after only four days, so I'm viewing the decision as a win-win rather than a cop out.

After a few weeks of floundering with a Saint with whom I was not connecting, I gave myself permission to go out of order (gasp!) with A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms .  I am enjoying a very fulfilling week with Saint Monica.

Be sure to check out Small Things for more knitting and reading inspiration and tell me what's on your needles at the moment! Ginny is sharing a delightful children's book about knitting today!

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  1. Your mystery knitting looks lovely - very pretty yarn! And yea for worsted weight yarn & #9 needles ;). I've been seeing so many pretty shawls lately that we're meant to made with fingering, but the knitter used worsted instead. I like the way they turn out even better than if using fingering. They look more substantial & warmer - not to mention knitting up so quickly.
    Oh, and good idea about the bluebird houses!

  2. Thanks for stopping by the World of Wiedz and for the book suggestion...I LOVED the Secret for grown ups is definitely going on my library list!!!

    Your mystery project looks great and I would definitely say that the changes you made were more for realistic getting things done...not a cop out at ALL!

  3. Really like the subtle colors in your yarn. It's no mystery that your project will be beautiful!


  4. It is okay to be sketchy sometimes, especially when it involved a mystery knit. :)I love that yarn color!
    Thank you for the book recommendation, I will be adding it to my reading list.
    Happy knitting!

  5. hehe, a mystery knitting... the yarn looks very yummy. Sometimes it is just the right thing to start all over again.

  6. Oh, now I NEED to see the mysterious project...