Life has been extremely laid back for the last while. Winter has melted away, the trees have sprouted some buds, and there’s a warmish breeze in the air. I think what I love about spring is how similar it is to fall – you still get that crispness in the air in the mornings, the leaves still don’t have leaves, and there’s still a need for a sweater when you go outside.
I’ll enjoy this while I can because once summer comes, I’ll turn into a gremlin and complain all the time – I am most definitely not a fan of heat. And here in Alberta you might think that we don’t get a load of heat, but the past few summers it’s been way too hot for my liking. Is it wrong to say I’d love fall and winter year round?
Anyway, enough weather talk! I have been dabbling in something that’s old, but new, lately – knitting! Way back in 2011, I came home with some needles, hooks, and yarn, and wanted to try something with yarn. Whether it was knitting or crochet, I wanted to find one that appealed to me and start to make things. Over the past 8 years I’ve always come back to crochet, but in the past month I’ve had this need to learn to knit. I have knit over the past years, but it never really stuck with me. I’d try here and there, make a hat or a scarf, but I’d never retain any information on what I was doing, I could never identify my stitches, and don’t even get me started on dropping a stitch. That basically meant frog the whole thing and start over!
This time around, though, I have been loving knitting. I love the patterns, the feel of a knit item, and how relaxing it is. I mean, crochet is also relaxing, but I find knitting to be even more so because it takes so much longer to make something. I love getting into the groove of knitting a shawl and just going from row to row, almost on autopilot, with my project slowly growing.
I actually tried my first fair isle project last week. I’ve always loved the look of nordic knits and just had to make one of these hats. And boy did I learn so much making this one!
- The colours aren’t going to line up in the back unless you slip the stitch at the end of a colour row. I still need to practice this!
- Maybe don’t make such a big brim. I thought it would work better for me since according to my husband I have a big head, whereas I just have a lot of hair, but the brim is too long which makes the hat even longer. Oops!
- If I’d have realized I would be adding a pom pom, I probably would’ve not had so many decreases at the end and would have instead threaded my yarn through the top stitches and cinched it shut.
And I learned that fair isle isn’t so bad if you concentrate. There are a lot of colour changes and I had to remember to grab my colours with the main colour every so often to add more stability on the inside, but once I got into the groove, it was quite fun!
I know my last few posts have been mostly about yarn and crocheting and knitting, but I promise I have been reading! Definitely not as much as recent years, not nearly as much, but I still do cozy up with a book every night before bed. It’s interesting looking at my previous reading stats from the last 8 years because I’m fairly certain I’ve read more in the first month of past years than I have this whole year so far.
Here’s what I’ve read so far this year:
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1) by Agatha Christie
- The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2) by Agatha Christie
- Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3) by Agatha Christie
- Poirot’s Early Cases (Hercule Poirot, #38) by Agatha Christie
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4) by Agatha Christie
- The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
- Stories of Motherhood, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
- The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5) by Agatha Christie
- The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6) by Agatha Christie
- Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8) by Agatha Christie
- I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
As you can see, I’ve slowly but steadily been working through Agatha Christie, starting with the Poirot series. I’m loving it so far with the only dud being The Big Four, which was okay but not as good as the previous Christie books I’ve read.
My current read is quite fitting for the hobby that’s been taking up my time:
Who doesn’t love a cozy mystery? I love them, especially ones about yarn! I love these yarny mysteries because they usually include patterns and this one includes a pattern and a recipe and I can’t wait to see what they are! I remember reading a crochet cozy that had the most delicious chocolate muffins as a recipe in the back.
I’m thinking of aiming for a 4 book a month goal, maybe trying to work in at least one audiobook a month to listen to during my yarn time. I honestly feel like my unread books are judging me.
And as for this blog, I changed the name to A Little Winter Yarn after the brief change of Reading (& Crocheting) In Winter because to spin a yarn can mean to tell a story, and yarn is also, well, yarn! I’m going to try and share more reading and try to find a balance between books and yarn and maybe some other things in between.
To close, may your book be enjoyable and your yarn plentiful!