Progress is interesting isn't it. Every Wednesday lots of bloggers come together and write about what they have been making with yarn. Usually the pictures show more rows of crochet or knitting than previous weeks, a work in progress is a project that is getting nearer the end, or is it? What about the project that grows very slowly, or grows a bit shrinks a bit, grows a bit, stalls a bit, is that progress too?
For the last few weeks I have been sharing one project, my Shalom, which is doing just that. I knit a bit, frog a bit, knit a bit more, frog a bit more.......and yet I am making progress. Frogging, the art of ripping out stitches, is often seen a negative part of a project, a sign of a mistake but if we were to turn this on its head and view it positively what is it now? Learning, improving skills, progress. So my shalom as pictured here is not to stay, I have knitted a lot of rows this week but it needs frogging again I am just debating by how much. I had spent all my time ensuring that the front of the cardigan looked right, the front as the pattern is written is not meant to meet, I wanted to be able to button the cardigan all the way down. What I had neglected was the back, when I tried it on a couple of days ago I realised that the back was flapping about like a flag in the wind. I was also a little perturbed at the amount of yarn I had left, this project seemed to be eating up yarn at an incredible rate there was not going to be any left for the sleeves. Not surprising really as I was knitting up a garment for two and as I am not proposing on mutating any time soon there is little call for that round here. So now I am pondering my next move, progress it is, if a little different!
I have been busy, in the meantime, knitting up a bowl. The pattern can be found here. It is fulled or felted depending on your take on such things.
It would of course be rather odd to read a book by flitting about between the chapters, depending on the book, it may make no sense. So my progress in reading has been forward through a book, an excellent one in fact. I am nearing the end of Kith by Jay Griffiths, but I am sure I will return to it again and again. Her take on childhood and all its many facets is inspiring, thoughtful and, for me, reassuring. She laments the loss of so many aspects and offers her own explanations of why this may have happened. What she doesn't do is preach or suggest what we should be doing. This is her essay, her opinions and she leaves you to decide for yourself whether you agree or not.
As it's Wednesday I am joining in with Tami and Ginny head on over to see some progress!