Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Neckwarmers, Downton Abbey KALs, and Books {Yarn Along}

16 January 2013

Neckwarmers, Downton Abbey KALs, and Books {Yarn Along}

I FINALLY finished the Celtic Cable Neckwarmer for my sister-in-law. I knit it with Tahki Donegal Tweed; it's a traditional Irish homespun tweed. I chose this yarn for bringing happy reminders to Jen about our trip to Northern Ireland Christmas 2010 for my cousin Helen's wedding.  I have only been knitting it over a year.  Actually that's not quite true, I started it November 2012, and it was hibernating sometime after 2011 Christmas.

Me wearing the neckwarmer.
FYI, I dislike self photographs.

I am participating in the Jimmy Beans Wool Downton Abbey Mystery KAL. I chose Knit Picks Felici Sport yarn for the Dinner Gauntlets. If I knit this again, I will probably not choose self striping yarn.  This was my first time casting on using a provisional stitch.  I watched Season 3 Episode 2 of Downton Abbey on Monday.  I must confess that I cried because of what happened to Edith and reminded myself, "This is just fiction Sarah."

I am listening to one of my favorite books-Little Women.  There is at least one instance where it talks about knitting.
"It's bad enough to be a girl, anyway, when I like boys' games and work and manners! I can't get over my disappointment in not being a boy; and it's worse than ever now, for I'm dying to go and fight with papa, and I can only stay at home and knit, like a poky old woman!" And Jo shook the blue army sock till the needles rattled like castanets, and her ball bounded across the room.

So, I guess I'm a poky old woman.

I'm reading Pride and Prejudice, one of my other favorite books, but I only finished the first chapter.  I love the wittiness. I also feel very much like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail when she writes, "I'm always in agony over whether Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are really going to get together. Read it-I know you'll love it."

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  1. Nice neckwarmer, I love celtic cables. Those gauntlets are cute too, I should really try some Downton knits!

  2. Little Women was one of my favorites, I think I should read it again! The arm warmers are looking awesome!

  3. I love the yarn you used for the neckwarmer! it's beautiful! :) I like the combination of red yarn and blue buttons:)
    thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post :)

  4. Yes, all with Edith has been so sad lately. I really think she could do better though! She's turning into my favorite character, I think!

  5. I turned out great! I'm also a lover of Downton Abbey AND am currently reading Little Women to my daughter (I'll never grow tired of that book). Have a lovely day!

  6. Little Women was my definite favorite as a kid! It was nice to see your blog- thanks for visiting and commenting on mine!

  7. Nice neck warmer, lovely cables, perfect colour.

    Fun reading. I believe you're not the only 'poky old woman', you have good company.

    Enjoy your new arm warmers.

  8. Love the neck warmer too! You might like this site I came across: http://theyarnbox.com/

  9. The neck warmer turned out just lovely! I'm sure you're happy to have it off the needles. :)