Friday, January 21, 2011

on my needles and my nightstand

Life has gotten a bit busy of late,
creating all the more need to fit in
a little knitting or reading
here and there.

My current knitting project is my third from
recycled yarn {the other two are here & here}.  The sweater above was found at
the thrift store on their $1 sale day--it was
very soft and a larger size so I knew I would
have plenty of bulky weight yarn to create something new.
Some of you have asked how I know there will be
enough yarn--well it's just an educated/lucky
guess.  I don't measure or weigh the yarn,
but just base my judgement on the size of the
original piece.  So far it has worked out!
I still have one arm to unravel...

...but decided to go ahead and get started...

It's the oatmeal pullover by Jane Richmond,
and on 11 needles it's knitting up very quick.
I was happy to pick this request up from
my library yesterday...

A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc... and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place.

I love Mary Randolph Carter's books,
and I think this is my favorite so far.
Thank you for all the comments on the window!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,



  1. Great idea. I only bought already knitted items once for a friend to use the yearn but once I use up all mine, I will do that for myself too. The yarn you have from your sweater looks great.

  2. Thank you for showing that book --I didn't know she had a new one.
    I used to drool over American Family Style!

    Great sweater project, too!

  3. Hi I think I might give that a try, buying wool can be a tad expensive sometimes. I'm just finishing matching berets for my daughter and her baby! just love quick knits! jennyx

  4. Your projects are wonderful and to think you recycled wool well that is fantastic.....i definitely want to try this....

    I just finished an eternity scarf and like it so much I have started another they are a fast knit and I need some instant gratification ...

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Your knitting projects look so cozy and warm. The book looks like something I need to read. lol Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  6. I so wanted to try to make those brownies you have on your blog. When I tried to access the blog they are on, it says I need permission. Do you have the recipe? Thanks! Love the sweater..

  7. So talented to be able to unpick a sweater and make something new!

    The book looks like it would be a great read. I will have to see if I can track it down at the library.

  8. Oooh! I looked at the Oatmeal Pullover on ravelry and it is so lovely! It is going to turn out so nicely!

  9. What a gift you have. I would love to be able to knit something so beautiful, I also love that quote on the book - that is the way I live for sure!

  10. I'm off to order this book at the library!! Looks like a book I MUST have!

  11. That book looks great, I am such a minimalist and would love to be able to keep things around and live comfortably with them!

  12. I will look for that book! Your sweater looks so simple and cozy...very nice.

  13. I am truly impressed! The new sweater is looking great - I'll look forward to seeing pics of the finished project!


  14. Luckily those temps are behind us and luckily we missed that storm on the east coast. Your knitting skills continue to amaze me. We are headed to Cambodia in a week to meet our new grandson so will miss the final month of winter. Lucky us.


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