26 November 2014
It's been a very long time since I shared any knitting with you here, May in fact. One of the projects I mentioned in that post has just been finished and is busy blocking as a write this, I will share pictures and pattern notes another time......
One of the reasons all has been quiet is that I have come to realise that most of my knitting does not look very exciting when shared week after week. I have knit up a few hats, one as a present, one for me and one for a lady I have never met, following a request from her thoughtful friend, they are so quick to knit that a progress photo is not usually worth it. I am not a fan of lace, a little bit is for me but not lots. I knitted a shawl this year, a prayer shawl which had lots of lace in the pattern, chosen for the recipient in mind as befits a project of this type. I have to admit I made lots of mistakes, no lace is not for me. But it makes for interesting pictures doesn't it, along with colour work and maybe cables? Most of my knitting is row after row of stocking stitch or just plain knitting, the finished garment is pleasing to me but it does look rather unexciting as a project. So I knit in the background sharing other life projects instead. Then I considered what to share with you today, rows of knitting maybe or a just started Milo that is but a few rows in..................no I chose my third project. With just a hint of irony it contains a bit of lace and some interesting colours.............my slowly growing Column of Leaves a present to be gifted next month, you know what! In order to get this off the needles I have set myself the task of knitting at least one round of the pattern a day, eight rows which I read that some knitters have been able to memorise that feat is beyond me, My brain is too full of other bits and pieces of life, do you memorise your patterns when you can?
A Luminary, n, a person having much intellectual, moral or spiritual influence; a natural light giving body esp. sun or moon my Oxford English informs me. There are many characters of influence in this wonderful book, like many books it has gained mixed reviews, reading is a very personal thing don't you think? I was given this book as a birthday present, I picked up reading it after trying a book recommended by a friend who I know many have loved but was not for me. I was slightly concerned that I would feel the same about this book but 600 odd pages in I am hooked. It is very slow to start this book I so nearly, as many others have done, gave up a few chapters in. My intrigue got the better of me, I wanted to know where this book was going a mystery was slowly and cleverly being built, it is still twisting and turning and I am not sure where it is going to end up!
What influences you knitting and reading, I wonder? Whilst you ponder that I am joining in with Ginny for the weekly link up of knitting and reading, another thing I haven't done in months. I would also like some advice if you don't mind. The Milo that I mentioned I have just started, the yarn is highly perfumed I suspect by the lady who owns the shop. It is making my hands itch, which is rather annoying. If I was to wash it to remove the perfume should I undo the ball, before I wash or after? It is an entirely acrylic yarn so I wonder whether I can get away with not undoing the ball and just immerse it as it is?