Knitting and Reading


I’m joining in with Ginny’s knitting & reading today. After knitting my latest sweater, I hit a bit of a knitting lull. My fingers needed a break and when they were ready to start again, I went for small needles and a little colorwork. This Bayard beanie is a great hat project. I made another one of these last winter. It has just the right amount of slouch to it and has this neat design detail in the back that gives it character. If you haven’t tried working with two colors before, this is a good intro project since you don’t have to carry the second color in your left hand. You only work with one color at a time, there aren’t any tangles or confusion about which color should wrap around which finger.

That said, I’ve ripped this hat back three times. I’ve become somewhat of a knitting perfectionist in certain cases. What you see at top got ripped out and then reknit on Sunday at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. My oldest son and I went together specifically to see Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, the latter who I’ve adored since high school. We both brought our knitting and at one point as I looked around there were three other women knitting. Apparently we sat right down in the knitting section of the Banjo stage. Alas, concert knitting results in something that once again I had to rip out. Good thing it’s enjoyable knitting project.

As for reading, I’m reading Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. I read her book Animal, Vegetable Miracle a few years back and this is another work of non-fiction. It’s an older book, written after 9/11 happened. It’s beautiful! Just right for this season, I think.

Are you knitting or reading anything good these days?


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7 responses to “Knitting and Reading

  1. Jennifer

    I love to watch you knit. I am not a knitter, but I can put out a stunning embroidery when in the mood. I just finished Haunted Grounds by Erin Hart. Really good story about when bodies are discovered in the bogs of Ireland. They are so well preserved. Intriguing, ancestral, forensics, and a touch of romance. The story moves right along.

  2. I too was at Hardly Strictly on Sunday, having a farmers day off! I tried to watch Steve Martin but it was so crowded. It was such a beautiful sunny day, my favorite acts were Shovels & Rope (I’m obsessed) and Billy Bragg!

    • asonomagarden

      I hadn’t heard of Shovels & Ropes before, but I’ll have to look them up. I saw Billy Bragg there two years ago, I love his albums with Wilco!

  3. Kendra, You inspire me so many ways. I love your ability to tell a story, convey a moment and sense of place with your photos and just capture your life in such a beautiful way. xo, L

  4. My last knitting project was shredded and needle splintered by the teething puppy, about 2 months ago. I’m still in mourning and haven’t started anything new.

    I had to stop going to HSB after the 6th year, the crowds and the pot smoke gave me anxiety. I’m glad you were able to enjoy it!

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