there is a good explanation for this increase in wool and books (in case you are reading somewhere up there in the arctic honey!). a shop was closing, sad when this happens, but all the yarn in the first four photos was 50% off! variegated yarn is something i don't really use, but this pink, looked just like the pink of my hollyhock! it was so pretty, it came home with me and was made into a baby sweater, now on it's way to a friends newborn.
online, the lion brand cone was on sale too, it seemed interesting so i ordered one to try, the eggplant color. it is lovely! knitting with a size 4 it's making into a beautiful soft squishy fabric. it's a super fine 100% virgin wool, but feels a little heavier. i like it so much i went back to buy more, and found two new colors, fisherman and charcoal heather, and on sale too! at 2045 yards per cone (1870 m) these are such good value. i'm trying the silk mohair from lion brand too, i hope it will make a pretty shawl for an upcoming wedding.
i've been knitting dishcloths, three at a time, for all my kids. the closing store had lots of cotton (forgot to photograph) so we should be good for the next few years :) and hmm, more knits on the needles...two hats, no, three, a bag and another baby sweater, all to be gifted (and then there are the knits for me).
lots of reading too, some new books to share. i've been re-rereading very favorite alexander mccall smith books, the #1 ladies detective agency. starting with the first, these are SO good, so filled with warmth and wisdom, gentleness and compassion (and africa!). so lovely. just finished the summer book by tove jansson, truly a gem, tove was the author of the moomintroll books. and am anxious to get to the others, the art of cleanup at first glance is brilliant (it's not about cleaning) :)
i'm afraid i've got cast on itus, many knitting works in progress at once. this makes me a bit shaky, i like one project at a time. i'm sure i know how this happened, there is SO much inspiration everywhere, but what i wasn't sure was how to gain some control. and then, just this morning, sweet andi at my sister's knitter, began a ravelry group, a sort of knit along, finish along group! if this sounds like a good idea to you, please join in here!
i hope you are having a wonderful summer or winter so far. between knitting and reading and hiking and gardening and riding my bike to the beach, oh and going to work, it's been one of the quietest summers ever for me, but good. chuck will be home next week and it's back out to the islands for us both!