Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Two of my three knitting projects are coming along swimmingly. I worked for the first part of the week on the Holden shawl. I discovered that the blues, greens, and purples of the yarn are joined with a bit of magenta. These flashes of color look good together thus far. No real signs of pooling or flashing. I am eager to get to the lace section as I am still in the foundation rows of stockinette stitch. With any luck this week will find me working on the lace.
While convalescing this weekend with Aine and then feeling crummy myself, I cast on and focused solely on my Bedford pullover. This style of sweater isn't my normal pick. I prefer cardigans and more fitted pullovers. After using the Rowan Purelife Wool for my leggings, I just knew I needed a slouchy sweater made from it. Enter the Bedford pullover. After spending far too much time on Ravelry reading notes, I decided to reduce the ease that many incorporated into their sweaters. I am making it with zero ease and hoping for the best. I have knit the ribbing and 2-3 inches of the pattern. I am loving the squishy fabric. I am sure it will make a great lounging sweater.
As far as reading, I actually finished a book this week. (Cue the fanfare!) My hold on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children came up. Since it was a digital title, I downloaded it right away. The storyline is very intriguing in the beginning. I could not stop reading it. Toward the middle and end of the book, it lost its intrigue. I think it fell a bit flat. I also don't like when books seem to be set up for a sequel from the start. Sometimes I just like a self contained story.
Once I finished the Peculiar Children title, I needed something new. As you can see from my pile of books, I had some time to browse at the library. I picked up a few selections that others have recommended on the Yarn Along with Ginny. Currently I am reading The Night Circus. I have only just begun the book, but it seems like it will be good. Of course, it is due tomorrow, so I am going to have to check it out again. My library has a section of newest releases that are always available. These titles cannot be placed on hold. Since they cannot be reserved, you can only check them out for a week. My strategy is to return the book and subsequently check it back out. A week is just not enough time for me these days.