yarnalong_gsheller_grayHooray for Yarn Along Day, where crafters from all over share what they're reading and knitting with Ginny from Small Things. You can join too -meet other crafts bloggers and introduce them to your blog.

This week I've got start-itis, big time. Ever since I got to the armholes on the Shakespeare Cardigan I've been hesitant to work on it. I need some serious quiet time to focus on doing the armhole and neck decreases properly and I don't get that too often around here, but I will soon. In the meantime I've finished a pair of socks, cast on a new pair of socks and started swatching for the Dahlia Cardigan.

You might say that Stitches West 2013 inspired me. I kinda want to wear a sweater that I've knit in the past 3 years for next year so I'm very motivated to get a lot of knitting done.

It doesn't help that the Knit Picks and Webs Catalogs arrived in my mailbox this week, which is what I'm reading right now.

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It's like reading a knitting magazine except that everything is easily sourceable right now and there are fewer obstacles between a knitting project and adding to the stash for the new knitting project ;)

Speaking of new knitting projects I am swatching for the Dahlia Cardigan. I'm wondering whether I should buy some extra yarn in case I want the fronts of the cardigan to be longer. I'm already going to knit it in the 40" size. I think this is the kind of project that is better slightly oversized. I'm using Cascade 220 sport and using size 6 needles. The size 5's were just a little too small.

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I know I'm nuts to try to knit lace, but I feel like the lace panel is small enough for me to power through. Plus the yarn color is one of my favorites and looks fantastic against my skin. LOVE IT. Oh btw, the cascade 220 spot is only $4.75/skein at Jimmy Beans Wool. Just saying.

Also I don't feel like I'm a knitter unless I have a pair of socks on the needles so even though I finished a pair of socks on Monday I couldn't wait to cast on for another so I did this morning. I'm using Colinette Jitterbug, which I know some people don't like, but I adore it. I love the high twist squishiness of it.

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So what are you knitting and reading this week?

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