Monday, April 25, 2016

Never Too Early

I figure it is never too early to try out patterns for possible Christmas gifts.
and sponsored by Red Heart Yarn (using Red Heart Soft).
I haven't done any knitting in some time so it was an adventure for me.
But it is done and I really like it.


I learned some new tricks (you CAN teach an old dog new tricks),
and finished the shawl with the Icord bind off.

KAL Shawl

Love the texture of the shawl.
Now to weave-in the ends.

So, now that the shawl is done what's next?
Don't worry -- I have two more projects in the works!
But today I'm going to take a break.



With summer soon to be upon us - lets dream of gardens by reading
 GARDENS OF AWE AND FOLLY  by the delightful and talented Vivian Swift.
I love all of Vivian's books.
Wonderful journal like travel books with watercolor illustrations done by Vivian.
Gardens of Awe and Folly is her newest travel book.
I actually squealed with delight when the book arrived.
Now I can settle down with my tea and kitties and travel to Paris,
Key West, Marrakech, New Orleans, Long Island, Edinburgh, London, and
Rio De Janeiro
all in the comfort of my home.
I might even learn something new and something about life itself. 

Open the book, any page, and you'll find illustrations like these.

Gardens of Awe & Folly




Wishing YOU well and much joy!

No Place Like Home with Sandi
Yarn A Long with Ginny


The French Hutch said...

Oh I think your knitting is lovely and if you haven't been knitting for awhile it doesn't show. Love the blue and oh what a special gift to some lucky someone. It's always a good thing to take breaks and yours sounds delightful, come to think of it I need to plan one myself. What great books you have to enjoy, love the travel and garden and especially with watercolors. Enjoy your trip today to Paris and your other destination. Lovely……..

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

If only I could knit. I just love garden books.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That book looks delightful!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Snap,
You did a wonderful job of the shawl. As for books; love reading them. I love the travels one can go on without leaving the comfort of your home. Thank you for joining me this week and have a beautiful day.


Anonymous said...

Traveling in the comfort of our homes is my most favorite thing to do, love this shawl too.

Margie said...

This is the first time that I've heard of these travel books. I'll have to check them out!

Amy at love made my home said...

Beautiful shawl!

Desiree said...

I love your shawl I also love the book. Bright fun spring colors. Enjoy.

Hula La said...

Oh, I like it, too! Very nice! Onto the Spring Gardens! Aloha!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your knitting project looks splendid to me, Snap!

You are the second person I've seen to recommend Vivian Swift's book. It looks so beautiful, as well as informative. What a talent to be able to journal through watercolor!


I love your knitting, it's so pretty and so are the colors on your shawl.
The book sounds great too, my friend.
Thank you so much for your prayers for Ecuador and Japan.

Karen said...

Hi Snap,
Wow you are so talented! Love the colours in your knitted shawl. Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

handmade by amalia said...

The shawl-in-progress looks lovely. I've been missing knitting as well, lately it's all be crochet with me.

Pondside said...

I have never knit a shawl, but I would like to try. Your knitting looks very good!
The garden book is lovely. Getting lost in a book is the best use of time on a lazy day.