A Lit Bit of a Yarn Along


I've so missed sharing about books and knitting! I'm sort of sneaking in here with just the wee, tiniest bit of knitting so that I can maybe get back into that happy rhythm–of both knitting and of Yarn Along. 

My elbows are still ridiculously sore. Ironically, they were somehwat better in Florida, despite carrying Sarah everywhere. I attribute that to nearly no driving, no phone, no texting, and no keyboarding. 

A friend recommended cubic needles to me. They are similar to my favorite Knit Pick's Harmony needles, only they are squared and not rounded. The idea is that they are ergonomic and require less tension to hold them firmly. i do find that to be true. I can't say that there is no pain. I'm not sure. My elbows hurt when I started:-). I

I sat last night and just knit a few rows of a simple washcloth as I get used to the new needles and test their effect. My first few rows were a little looser than I like but the later rows are very nice. Promising, promising.

I'm  juggling books right now. On my Kindle, I'm reading Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit and How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic in Your Everyday Life. Tharp's book is a very interesting tutorial on cultivating creative habits. I read it as much for the opportunity to crawl inside a choreographer's brain and understand better a dancer as to explore creativity in general. I've learned a great deal and would highly recommend the book to anyone wanting to think more deeply about creativity.

The Disney book is excellent. I plan to make it required reading for all my teenagers. Disney was a fascinating man. The book is a witness to his hard work, perseverance, and understanding that he was created to create. I wish I'd read it before our Disney trip, because it puts some things in context, but then again, it has already inspired me to go back and look even more closely.

New on my nightstand (it was just released yesterday) is Quiet: The Power of Introvets in a World that Can't Stop Talking. For the life of me, I cannot remember where I learned about this book. I'm utterly fascinated. As an introvert who is still reeling a bit after a very extroverted vacation, it's nice to read a book with such appreciation for the strength of people who "listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams." I've just begun to read, but I know I'm going to learn a great deal about myself in these pages. 


There! I got to share; I feel much better now and I'm grateful to Ginny for the opportunity. Now go visit her and get more great reading and knitting news.


  1. Lisa says

    Once again, you’ve given me more books to add to our to-read lists. The one about introverts especially intrigues me.

  2. says

    So glad to see you are getting to knit a little again. (you were the one who led me to Ginny’s and all the lovely inspiration there) And not that I need it, but now there is another book to add to the must read list. Quiet sounds like just the book I need to read (and maybe my honey too :)

  3. says

    I am so excited to see you Elizabeth and now you have written about two things I have on my list, the cubic needles and the book Quiet {which I didn’t realize came out yesterday]. I think I first heard about Quiet in a book review in Whole Living magazine. I was hoping the cubic needles would help with the carpel tunnel I have in one of my hands so I will have to see.

  4. says

    So nice to see you knitting again! I have to say that watching you tackle shrugs helped give me the courage to try some new things. Thank you!

  5. says

    I am knitting a baby blanket for a friend, and I thought about you last night as I worked on it. I hope so much that these needles work for you. There is such peace and joy in knitting. Don’t you think?

  6. Carrie says

    I was thinking about you as I am reading Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell. He was the VP of operations at Walt Disney World for a number of years, and taught some of his secrets on what makes their company special both at the Disney Institute and in this book. It is definitely a business oriented book, but a readable one, and I am appreciating the insight into how Disney does what they do. I am off to search for the one you recommend on Walt Disney….

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