24 July 2013
Sometimes when you start knitting a project, even though you love the photos that entice you to knit, you fail to see that to complete it you need to knit and purl many long rows. The body of this cardigan is 149 stitches of knit and purl for 16 inches, although I knit 15 as this will make for a better fit for me, which I thought I would never complete. I have taken this with me everywhere this week even if I had only time to knit a row or two it has made the knitting, somehow, much easier to complete, I am a very slow purl knitter. I had also forgotten that 15 inches of aran weight wool on 5mm needles knits up a lot quicker than using 4 ply on 3mm. I have now joined the sleeves and have just started the first cable row. I am really enjoying this project now.
I have finished reading the book I shared last week, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier which I loved. It is the fictional account of the story behind the painting of the picture with the same name. It is written from the perspective of the girl in the picture who is a maid in the house of the painter, Vermeer. It is a wonderful book, one that I read in only a few days. I have also read Why be Happy When you Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson this week. This is an autobiographical story of the authors upbringing in Northern England in the 60s and 70s, adopted as a young baby this is a harrowing and honest story of her life with her adopted parents and the years hence including her search for her birth mother. It is a story of hardship, no love, religion and emotional neglect despite this it is a wonderful read, one that I throughly recommend I will be seeking out other books by this author. I am now reading a completely different book, The Devil's Acre by Matthew Plampin, set in Victorian England it is a story of intrigue, violence and mystery. I am a few pages in and am enjoying it thus far.
Joining in with Tami for this weeks work in progress.