Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A wee while since I posted on Yarn Along - and you would expect me to have a big list of FOs to show off. What - you didn't? Oh well, that's fine, because since the pebble vest (which went down very well) I have been very lax in the yarny department. The ripple is slowly - slowly undulating along at it's own pace. I am still enjoying this very much, and it is so good whenever I am able to just sit down and lose myself in that meditative rhythm - 4-2-4-2...
But - I have a stash to bust, and other needs to fill, so I have decided to complete an item then have a few days rippling before I cast on another project. Good plan! So, I have started knitting another baby cardigan for our other nephew's forthcoming baby. S/he, who will be the cousin of Dylan (pebble), is not due to join us until June, so I feel safe enough knitting the small size. I have already knitted this cardigan in bright pink, for Erin, but I am using a cream superwash merino by artesano, and I will add a couple of extra button holes.
I am struggling to read anything right now. I had started Good Food for Everyone, by Colin Tudge a few weeks ago - in fact i think it may be overdue at the library ( oops,just checked - 9th Feb). I am finding it hard going, as I am so tired when I fall into bed that after a few lines I find myself drifting....zzzzzzz
Sorry! A much more accessible book - ideal to dip in and out of in short snatches, is Katharine Stewart's The Crofting Way. This was a surprise and wonderful gift from the very lovely Christine (Tefighe on Ravelry). I have been enjoying Christine's blog for a while now, and we met for coffee last summer at the Callanish Centre, so I think I can say we are friends in real life. I had never read this author's work before, which is suprising, given that I usually fall on any book about people who are crofters. It must have been so that Christine could send me this - and it is signed by the author - how cool is that! Anyway, it is written in diary form, so I can read a quick entry, then mull over it as I go about my day. Katharine Stewart and her family came to the Highlands of Scotland to work a croft in the 1950s, but I find that her preoccupations and musings are much the same as my own. The weather, the yearly tasks, the community, the weather... beautifully written. It makes me want to leave it all and become a crofter ;)
Do pop over to Yarn Along and see what everyone is knitting and reading - thank you Ginny for hosting this party every week. xxx