in my basket: successes and failures

i have shared so many uncompleted knitting projects in the past months that i have the feeling i owe you an update. i've had a few knit-free weeks, too busy during the day to sit down and knit (i rather sit down and play trains and cars nowadays), and too tired in the evenings. but i'm slowly getting back into my rhythm.


so, what is there that i've started and continued that might be shared?
my shalom in lettuce of course. the body was done even before i arrived back here in germany. i started with the first sleeve and hopefully it will only be a few nights until this sweet (and warm!) cardigan will be ready to wear. i still need to find some buttons for it (4 this time).


remember what this was supposed to be? a scarf for my hubby. after ripping the entire thing apart a few times, i had finally found a pattern that i "kind of" liked. i still wasn't exactly sure about it, but i almost finished it. until, while roughhousing with my little man (yes, holding my needle work at the same time, not a good idea!) i lost a few stitches and from then everything went bad. i wasn't able to correct the mistake so i started ripping... what was left was less than i had started when i was in the states. yes, i shed a few tears, but this is a knitter's life. i frogged the whole thing and will pick it up after i had a few successes, like the above mentioned shalom and maybe a fisherman's pullover for the little man.

as with reading, it has been a bit like with my knitting for the last couple of weeks. but i hope to pick up "The Help" again soon, which at least i started already.


joining in with ginny's yarn along. what are you knitting and reading?

20 comments:

Marianne said...

When you knit a lot - you'll end up ripping a lot, too. But don't be sad! All the items that you've completed are like little self-made treasures. Keep it up!!!

ChristyMichelle said...

I have always wanted to learn how to knit, but still havent taken a class to learn. I'm not the kinda gal that can read a how to and catch on with that sorta stuff. lol That "shalom in lettuce" is gorgeous, I love that color. :)

little macaroon. said...

I can't correct mistakes at all, so it always feels like a minor miracle when I get to the end of a project! But I like the fact that the yarn is never wasted (unlike when I make a mistake in a sewing project and the precious fabric is all chopped up).

Mia Foley said...

Your Shalom cardie is absolutely beautiful, that colour is gorgeous!

Greer said...

Oh, so many tears are shed knitting! But you can take solace in how beautiful your green Shalom is.

embracingitall said...

I love the yarn colour of your Shalom, drool! Can't wait to see it finished. Jacinta

Tracey said...

your shalom looks so pretty and i am so envious as i have yet to cast one on! i have the pattern all ready to go so i just need to find yarn!
i have learned in my short knitting experience that frogging projects is just part of knitting, i just wish it didn't hurt so much. now i am sure you will cast on something you will love even more!
xx

pinkundine said...

Your Shalom looks wonderful, fab colour! I have that pattern in my queue but I am waiting until I have reduced my stash and can buy some really special yarn for it, you may have inspired me to go with green ;)

Ellen said...

The shalom looks great in that lettuce color. And I especially like how you photographed it with the needles sticking out of the arm and the trailing ball of yarn...tells a little story.

Marfa said...

Beautiful...you could leave it with cap sleeves. You're going to love "The Help" and when you do, you're going to want to watch the movie!!!

barefoot mama said...

Wonderful...love the color:)

Lori ann said...

oh i love the green, its so very pretty on your shalom. it looks like it will be so soft and cozy to wear. lovely.

Swanski said...

Oh the sweater came out beautifully! That is a lovely vibrant green :)

Becks said...

The Shalom is looking wonderful. Love the colour. I just recently knit one as a gift but really want one of my own, complete with sleeves :)
xx

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

The sweater is gorgeous! Love the color!

Tonya said...

I love your projects (especially love the color of the green sweater) and wish I had the patience to knit! I have no aptitude for crafts.
Reading is another story! The Help is fabulous. I'm reading The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. And I'm hoping to get into the second book of the Hunger Games soon - been reading a lot of middle school books lately for my school library training.

Tirza said...

Beautiful yarn. I'm also working on a Shalom but in the scratchy Cascade Eco wool. Next time I too plan to use a soft merino wool.

Laura Emily said...

that color of the sweater is so gorgeous and vibrant! Love it.

no spring chicken said...

I love the cardigan! And what a yummy color...

Blessings, Debbie

oaxacaborn said...

Love the look of the little Fisherman's Pullover....such a delightful little sweater! And the shalom is gorgeous. You are so talented!

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