On My Needles & Between My Pages

On my needles

Two projects have been the focus of my attention this week.  First is my BFF’s Christmas gift.  I unfortunately can’t go into great details here, but I will give you this little sneak peek.


The yarn is “Hammer Meet Thumb” by IndigoDragonFly and I have to admit that when I purchased it, I knew that it would ultimately end up being something that I gave to my friend.  It has so many pluses going for it.  It’s her favourite colour and it’s from our favourite Indy dyer.  At this point, there’s not much more I can say except that there will be a big reveal after Christmas.  (I have a month worth of reveals happening after Christmas. At least I know what my Friday posts are going to be about!)

The second is the Blue Whale Shawl.

It’s a replacement gift for the ill fated Asterik shawl.  I am exceedingly pleased with how this shawl is turning out.  And I am very proud of myself for shopping in my own stash! When I realized that I was not going to be giving my Mother in Law the first shawl the thought of going to the yarn store didn’t even cross my mind.  I found something to match the pattern from my closet in a matter of minutes.  I’m pretty sure this counts as personal growth on a exemplary level 🙂  I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the idea of having to make a whole new shawl this close to Christmas with other knitting still to be done, but I couldn’t give my MIL  something that made me cringe when I looked at it, so there was really no choice.

Between my Pages

Much like my lack of blogging in the last couple of weeks there has also been a lack of reading time until this past weekend.  I did manage to steal whatever fleeting moments that I could, but I really haven’t gotten very far into the Stone Diaries.  I am enjoying it, but finishing  that book will be put on hold so I can read The Hunger Games.

One of my former students turned classroom volunteer has loaned me the trilogy.  She spent the last two years in my program wanting to lend me the books and now that she is technically no longer a student I could take her up on the offer.  (I still find it amazing that after 6 years in my program that she wanted to come back to us for her community hours.  I guess I didn’t traumatize her enough.  I will have to be better at that with my other students 😉


So far, I have to admit that I am surprised and pleased with  how well the first book is written, especially after my student asked me if I liked Twilight (a world of no to that one, though I didn’t say that to her), and then followed it up with “these are way better.”  Well, she was not wrong about that.  This is way better.  If you are looking for a fast, simple, engaging read then pick up a copy.

For more great Wednesday stuff check out WIP Wednesday and the Yarnalong.


11 responses to “On My Needles & Between My Pages

  • Minding My Own Stitches

    What a perfect name for that yarn … Hammer Meet Thumb. And it’s knitting up beautifully! Lucky friend!

  • Natalie

    Love both yarns – and nice one on the gift knitting from stash, definitely an example of massive personal growth 😉 Hope the shawl doesn’t take too much time, but you made the right call not giving away something you weren’t happy with!

  • Leah

    I love the Hunger Games books! Enjoy 🙂

  • (lia)

    Whatever you’re making for your friend looks beautiful! I love those colors!

  • Paula @ KnitandSeek

    Gorgeous yarn! I totally got sucked into Hunger Games, too. Once you’re done with them and dying for more, check out her Gregor the Overlander series. It’s a bit younger, but the stories are just as good. Enjoy!

  • Suzy

    My inner girl (I try not to let her out) actually did enjoy the sappy love story (NOT so much the sparkly vampires, I swear) in Twilight once I finally gave in and read them, but The Hunger Games was awesome. A friend tried to get me to read them for a couple of years but it’s not my preferred genre so I resisted until my brother got them for his Kindle & I stole ’em from there… I think I was through the series in under a week. Good reads!

  • Michelle

    I have yet to dive into The Hunger Games series, but have heard only wonderful things. I’ll keep an eye out for your review! I hope the shawl flies off your needles and doesn’t interfere to greatly with your holiday knitting!

  • cleancup

    I’ve been meaning to read The Hunger Games, but the Twilight phenomenon scared me off… glad to know it’s safe!

    I think I’d love IndigoDragonFly yarn for the names alone, even if the yarn wasn’t so fantastic! The colors you have look really beautiful.

  • Vanessa

    I liked the first Hunger Games book but the second one just annoyed me. Husband’s a big fan though. Twilight just makes me twitchy. 😉

  • Nicole

    Love the Hammer Meet Thumb yarn, perfect name for it! Your “replacement” shawl is coming along nicely and hey, finding the yarn in your stash is even better!

  • Gracey

    Love Hammer Meet Thumb…and Hunger Games was very good! No sparkly vampires for me either….

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