Yarn Along ~ Knitting with a bit of reading!

Two of my favourite 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 from Small Things



I finished my top-down cardi this past week and I love it!  It inspired me to try another top-down, so I’ve casted on Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails.  I’m using my stash of Madelinetosh sport weight in the colorway Badlands and I love the look so far.  I haven’t gotten very far on this project, but at least you can see a bit of what I’ve done so far.

Sunday I finished reading Heather Barbieri’s The Lace Makers of Glenmara .  To me this book was very enjoyable and a relaxing book to read, refreshing maybe a good choice of words for what I thought of it too.  I have started to read Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon , which I’ve read many years ago and wanted to re-read.  I love this series and if you haven’t read any of Diana’s books, I do recommend reading them.

I like to read more than one book at a time and truly enjoy reading Elizabethan books (anything to do with Queen Elizabeth and the Tudors).  I have chosen to also read the Poyson Garden by Karen Harper.    This series is brand new to me and I happened upon book one in my local thrift shop and it looked interesting.  Chapter one has hooked me and I think I’m going to enjoy this book immensely and I’ve had the fortune to find the other 8 books of this series that I’m looking forward to reading very soon!

18 thoughts on “Yarn Along ~ Knitting with a bit of reading!

  1. lizella

    That yarn is beautiful, can’t wait to see how it looks as it progresses. I’m reading The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau, historical fiction set in 1537 England. I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ll have to check out that series you mentioned.

  2. Morgan

    I also read the Lacemakers of Glenmara, and found it an easy read but I did get hung up at times on the time-frame, in which everything resolves very quickly. I also read Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian; I liked it overall but do find his endings less believable than the rest of his books. I’ve recently worked through the Lord John books (connected to the Outlander series you’re reading), and liked those a lot – Lord John is an interesting character. Currently reading Snuff by Terry Pratchett.

    I’m about to start the Color Affection shawl, and am working on Angularities Armwarmers for my daughter (both from Ravelry).

    1. Tina Post author

      Well put on the Lacemakers of Glenmara. I haven’t read any of Chris Bohjalian’s books and will have to check this author out. Great knitting projects you’ve got going too :)

  3. Ava

    I am knitting a sleeveless waistcoat in Rowan chunky wool and reading a fantasy fiction series ‘Game of Thrones’ – currently on book 5, probably 6 more books to go! Happy Knitting.

    1. Tina Post author

      Your waistcoat sounds great Ana! Are you enjoying the “Game of Thrones” ? We just watched Season 1 and loved it :)

  4. Bonny

    I love knitting and reading as well. Sometimes I do both at the same time if the knitting is simple enough and doesn’t require focus. I go back and forth between actual paper books and digital books on my IPad. Using the IPad to read while knitting is awesome!

    I just finished reading “Lily of the Nile” #1 and now I’m reading “Song of the Nile” #2. Both written by Stephanie Dray. They are in order of sequence. The story is about Cleopatra’s daughter and her life first as a captive of Octavian and then as Queen of Mauritania. Simple and enjoyable.

    1. Tina Post author

      I’ve been thinking about Stephanie Dray’s books and it sounds like you’re enjoying them. I’ve done the same as you and have read via my iPad and the actual book ~ I love the portability :)

  5. agujasblog

    I’m getting ready to cast on for the “movie star scarf” from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I’m anxious for the next Johan Theorin novel to hit U.S. bookstores.

      1. agujasblog

        They’re all set in Sweden – there’s just something about Scandinavian literature. His novels have a sense of the supernatural but they are not otherworldly. They are typically murder mysteries. I liked his first two books.

  6. Karen Berthine

    Gotta love the name, “Vodka Lemonade.” A family member once told me that my mother used to drink vodka in Kool-Aid. I’m not sure combining those two would make a good yarn name, though!

    1. Tina Post author

      Hmmmmm…. Kool-Aid and vodka would be interesting and I have to agree, would it be a good name for yarn or a pattern.

  7. Wendi

    I hope to be making Vodka Lemonade soon. So many other things keep getting in the way. Darn it! Can you read a book and knit at the same time?!

    1. Tina Post author

      Heck no, I’m not that talented Wen but I usually read before or after, or listen to audio books. Vodka Lemonade is really a great knit, you would enjoy it!


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