Sunday, January 15, 2012

A project on the needles and a novel on the nightstand

This post is inspired by the weekly Yarn Along posts by Tracey at Clover .

I didn't set goals or make resolutions for 2012, but I did make an informal decision to try and use up a good portion of my stash before buying more yarn. Part of the reason for this decision is I still have most of the yarn I bought at Stitches West last year ... and the year before. Stitches West 2012 is coming next month, and I am hesitant to attend. The temptation to buy more yarn will be hard to resist.

As part of my attempt to knit down my stash, I'm working on a lace scarf for myself with this hand painted silk from Urban Fauna Studio that I bought at Stitches last year. It feels strange to knit for myself, but I bought the yarn specifically for me because of its softness (my skin is super sensitive) and because of the color.

On the bedside table is the novel Death Comes to Pemberely , a mystery featuring the Pride & Prejudice characters six years after Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage.

I am obsessed with Pride & Prejudice and love reading "what if" stories that reimagine Jane Austen's original work or continue where she left off. The first few chapters of Death Comes to Pembereley are a bit slow, but I am eager to see where the story goes.

What are you reading and knitting?


Katiebee said...

such a beautiful color and i really like the pattern~

Suz said...

oh Mr darcy....
Love the color of your yarn
and of course..kitty is purrfect
My daughter has taken up knitting...and she already haunts yarn shops!
ha ha

Tracey ~ Clover said...

Oh Stacy that yarn looks so soft!
I wanted to let you know that I join in the yarn along every week hosted by Ginny
It is every Wednesday and you should link in!
I am making plans to attend Stitches South in Atlanta! I am so excited as this will be my very first fiber anything! I am not planning on taking any classes this year, all I want to do is soak in the atmosphere [and buy yarn!] I don't do well in huge crowds so for now I think just walking around for a while will be all I can handle.:)

Pumpkin said...

That is some lovely lace! Wonderful job! It looks very soft and cuddly too : )

Theresa said...

What a wonderful idea to use your stash:) Hope that you have a wonderfully creative day my friend, HUGS!

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, your pictures are beautiful - I love the one with your kitty! Both my book and my knitting are UFOs - sewing has possessed me!

Angela said...

That yarn looks scrumptious! It appears so soft and the color is gorgeous!
I love your use up your stash before buying more yarn. That's a goal I'm trying to stick with, too..fabric, not yarn, though.
I'm not knitting anything at the moment (finished the poncho) and I just finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Ii haven't started another book yet.
Take care!

justjenn said...

I'm currently working on some fingerless gloves for my mother-in-law. I have a nightstand full of books that I can't seem to get interested in opening up.

I love the idea of busting through stash. I just have piles and piles of remnants of skeins -- there is not enough to make much but I'm not sure what to do with it all.

Maiden Jane said...

Oh! DH bought the book for me but I haven't started it! I've read a number of "follow up" books, (including zombies but couldn't get into that one.)

Are you watching Downton Abbey? Love it!


Hi Stacy!!
Very pretty color that you picked for your scarf!
My "project" is my craft room!
Take care.