17 April 2013

Knitting


I have cast on a new project this week, another baby cardigan for my nephews due next month.  Having just finished knitting a big project entirely of garter stitch I must have conveniently forgotten how slow and tedious row after row of knitting can get.  I fooled myself into thinking that as this was a baby sized cardigan it would knit up quickly.  It is a kimono style cardigan so the rows are long, so long that I find myself measuring how much I have knitted and realise I have only actually knitted one more row! I am longing to get to the decreases so that I will at least have some interest.  To further add to my woes I am not going to have enough yarn to finish this, I am playing an extreme version of the game Yardage Chicken I have already used a ball and half of yarn to get this far (to buttonhole two) and have one ball left.  I bought this yarn from a bargain bin in my local yarn shop so I need to go back and see if they have any more if not I think I will have to frog it and knit something else!

I have been reading lots this week.  I finished the excellent Veiled Kingdom which I shared last week, a wonderful insight into the lives of women in Saudia Arabia.  I am now about half way through reading How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall, I have previously read Haweswater by the same author.  How to Paint a Dead Man focuses on the lives of four people, each chapter is written from the perspective of one of them.  Even though they live quite separately their lives are wonderfully intertwined.  She has a remarkable way of drawing you in to each characters life and then leaves you to ponder whilst you move onto the next.

Joining in with Tami for this weeks work in progress and Ginny for this weeks sharing of knitting and reading.

10 comments:

  1. Best of luck with the cardigan and I hope the continous garter stitch does not bore you to death, on the plus side the kimono cardigans looks very cute on baby's. Veiled Kingdom sounds like a great read.

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  2. What a wonderful color! I just got done playing chicken with yardage on my most recent FO too... thank goodness I won! Good luck!

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  3. Don't frog it! STRIPES are the way to go - garter stripes are awesome! :D

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  4. Have fun with the cardigan, I'm so excited to see how it grows. Have a knitty wednesday xx

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  5. Aw it would be a shame to have to frog it. Perhaps you could gradually add some stripes in a different yarn and finish off with that?

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  6. I think stripes would be a nice balance with the blue...and give you a point to look forward, too. That's my trick when the work gets tedious.

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  7. Oh, yardage chicken ... that's a great term for it. I've done a fair bit of that myself. Another vote for stripes here!

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  8. Yardage chicken! I love that, what a could phrase. Something I regularly do, I'm afraid. That deep blue is lovely though, I can see why you tried so hard to use it in this project. x

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  9. Garter stitch and I get along very well, haha. This blue yarn is lovely and I have a little guy - perhaps your finished results will inspire me to give a cardi a go. :) It would be my first.

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  10. I love the phrase yardage chicken, too!
    I completely relate to what you're saying about long rows of garter stitch - I have cast on a cardigan for myself in DK yarn that is painfully slow and boring. I'm keeping it for times when I need to concentrate on conversation rather than stitches.

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