Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yarn Along: hats

I like to knit hats and I knit a lot of them! The thing about hats is that they're small enough projects to tote anywhere. When I don't feel like hauling my entire knitting bag, I can easily put a hat project in my purse. There's an endless variety of hats and I can learn lots of new skills knitting hats. So, right now, I'm knitting two different hats. The hat on the left is the Snowtracks Cap and it's got a lot of fun cables. I really enjoy cables and this one is challenging in that there are several different cables twisting in every direction.  I can't really work on this hat mindlessly though. It requires lots of concentration and well, that's why I'm not much past the ribbing section. I'm also working on a Fair Isle hat using two different yarns. The main color is the navy blue and the coordinating color is a variegated color. This hat is extremely simple, but looks more challenging than it really is.

As for reading, I just finished Between Shades of Gray and it was a fast-paced gripping novel about Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic region during WWII. With so much emphasis on Hitler's atrocities, I didn't even know that similar events occurred under Stalin. Lina and her family are deported from their home in Lithuania to a labor camp and ultimately end up in Siberia above the Arctic Circle. It's  a fascinating read!

I received Seeing Trees for Christmas and it has some fantastic photography of trees. The detail is excellent. The book challenges to really look at trees and see their amazing complexity.  Luke and I just finished The Westing Game last night and it was a very clever mystery! Now, we're chatting about what we're going to read next. I'm thinking about The Fellowship of the Ring. I wonder if this will be a godd read-aloud. We've made no decisions yet.

It's always fun to talk about books and yarn and I'm so happy to contribute to the weekly Yarn Along!


Tracey said...

I love knittng hats too; it was my 'gift' of the Christmas season.
Iread Between Shades of Gray last year and really learned quite a lot. Another good book besides, all the books by Albert Marrin, is A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

Jeannine said...

The hats look like they are coming along cutely.

Thank you for mentioning the Westing Game. Now that is a good one for the list!