Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yarn Along: Mermaid Tail Blanket and "Saga" Volume 3

Yarn Along is a wonderful link-up -- hosted by the Small Things blog every Wednesday -- about two of the best things in life: reading and knitting!

mermaid tail 1

Reading: I finished "This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!" by Jonathan Evison and "The Adventuress" by Tasha Alexander, the latest release in one of my favorite historical mystery series, and they were both 4-star reads. Last night I finished up volume 3 of the amazing "Saga" graphic novel series. "Saga" is my first real foray into the world of graphic novels and I'm hooked! It's amazing how so much story can be told through so few words.

Now I'm going to (try to!) take a tiny bit of time off reading. "Saga" brought me to 80 books read in 2015 and that's a nice, round place to stop, so I'm planning to hold off on starting anything new until New Year's Day. (I know, I know, that's like two days. But can I do it?!) I have so many things to watch on the DVR (and I have to watch it all before we move this spring!) and I'm hoping to get some watching and knitting done during my mini reading break. First up is finishing season one of the awesome Masterpiece Mystery show "Grantchester." If you like historical fiction and mysteries, check it out! Also, Jarrod and I just started watching "Orphan Black" and I'll definitely be knitting while we binge on that.

Knitting: I got a good start on the mermaid tail blanket I'm making for my friend's toddler. The tail fin is done and I'm a couple repeats into the body. The pattern uses quilted lattice stitch to make the "scales," which turned out to be super easy, and I'm thrilled that this project is going to be perfect TV kitting! My friend requested pink and white since her daughter is into Minnie Mouse at the moment and I thought knitting them together would help create a faux shimmery/sparkly scale effect. It looks a little more wild than I anticipated, but then again, if I were 2 I would probably love it!

mermaid tail 2

Here's a close-up of my tail progress. I'm enjoying the stitch pattern!


  1. the mermaid is so cute!! what 2 year old wouldnt love that?!

  2. That mermaid is going to be FLIPPIN awesome

  3. So adorable!

    There was a lady selling mermaid tail blankets at one of the craft shows right after Thanksgiving that I set up at with my Lilla Rose.

    I think they are the cutest thing!

  4. Oh my goodness I have to check out this series! I love graphic novels for all ages. Big fan of the Amulet Series and Lumberjanes. Awesome. I am especially drawn to the ones with great illustrations. :)

    I love your knitting project! It’s so cute and I love the pattern for the scales. Can't wait to see if finished!

  5. Your mermaid tale will come out beautifully; I just know it from the photos of what you've done so far.

    I understand your wanting to hold the status quo for now. Eighty books is a good amount. I made it to 75, finishing my last book of the year today. :-) I may start another one tonight or tomorrow depending, but I know I won't have it finished before the New Year.

    I hope you have a Happy New Year!

  6. That tail will be adorable! Happy New Year.

  7. That's such a cute project, love the colours together! :)

  8. what a fun project to be making, I bet it will go fast :) The books you've mention sound interesting! Thanks for the recommendation.


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