First up…some mood music courtesy of the First Full Day of Spring.
Next…Did you vote yet? Round 2 is open until 11:59PM (Pacific time) tonight.
Now that we have that taken care of, on to the knitting which has been very focused this week!! I began the second half of my Cluaranach yesterday! Once I get through the tricky bits of the border lace charts and on to the body charts, I can get a little more than a pattern repeat done each day. I am going to say it and hopefully not jinx this, but I am feeling hopeful that I will get this done before Easter! I need to do some research on how best to kitchner lace and how to kitchner garter stitch. (If you have a link to instructions that you use, please share them!) True confession: I am surprised at how lacking the instructions are on how to do this. The only other complaint I had about the pattern was the lack of direction on the right side decreases in the border charts – how it is written does not mirror the wrong side decreases – meaning right side and wrong side decreases don’t lay the same way if done as the pattern is written. It took some figuring on my part on how to do the right side decrease so that they line up nicely. A note to knit wear designers… please do not assume that the knitter will “just know” how to do what you do. More detail is always better. Those issues outstanding, the lace charts in the body of the wrap are easy to read and memorize – and thankfully are quick to knit!
The reading this week has been good as well:
I finished The Power and wow. This one easily got 5-stars from me. Without giving anything away, it is a chilling novel of “what if”, it is though provoking and yes, a bit scary.
I also finished A Boy in Winter, which is on the long list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This was so good, and I gave it 4-stars and I highly recommend this book.
After a surprisingly long wait, two novels came through this week: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. The first is insanely long and the second not much shorter, but I hope to get through them!
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I have the same comment to knit designers – more details please. And schematics for garments. I love All the Light. Happy knitting. Here is my hello to spring post – https://chasingstories.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/hello-spring/
I loved all the light we cannot see but my son abandoned it, so I can’t wait to see what you think! It’s dismal here with the impending snow….blah. I’m reading the haunting of Maddy Clare as a palate cleanser before Beartown..
That’s a beautiful purple yarn! I haven’t a clue how to Kitchener lace so I’m no help.
I’m focusing on my purple/grey Farmhouse Cardigan .
I, too, loved All The Light and found it to be a fairly quick read. I’m enjoying Manhattan Beach (which I know disappointed you) and I just finished Slow Knitting which is wonderful. Snowing here and I am home for the day! Yay!!
I’ve had very minimal knitting and reading time, sadly. I have voted in the Mason Dixon bracket, though!
Thank you for reminding me to vote! I’ll join the chorus for All the Light.
Take your time and savor All the Light. So long. But worth EVERY word.
I’ve never knit an Anne Hanson pattern, but I am surprised — I would have thought she’d be very thorough & meticulous in her directions (or would at least point you in the right direction for instruction).
All the Light is on the longer side, but the chapters are short, which makes it go fast.
Glad you figured out the incomplete/missing knit instructions. Knit on!
I’m not voting but I am following the brackets…interesting… and the knitted pieces are all inviting…
Enjoying our “snow day” on this, the 2nd day of spring! Enjoy oyurs, too!
I loved All The Light You Cannot See. It is beautifully written. Your shawl is quite pretty. The color is perfect for Easter. Isn’t it nice to feel like an experienced knitter who can solve pattern glitches? Of course it is better not to run into them but I remember the first time I figured out some tricky bit and felt so smart.
i am so with you on when directions are not clearly written out. I get it. They don’t want to use a ton of space, but when you are doing front decreases right and left. Ugh. Proud of you for figuring it out.
I;m rereading parts of THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON. Guess I’m feeling highly sensitive.
I believe Kitchenering garter is actually easier than stockinette — you just enter every stitch as if to knit.
“All the Light We Cannot See” is amazing, and though it is long, it goes very quickly.
I’m with Sprite–All the Light was a quick read for me because the chapters are so short. I thought it was a great book.
What a beautiful purple yarn, great for Easter! I’m still working my Black Bean yarn into my comfy Big Blue sweater. My hem is done! http://lovelyyarnescapes.blogspot.com/2018/03/wednesdays-yarns-finally-hem-done.html
I haven’t used these, but Woolly Wormhead has some instructions on grafting garter stitch.
Oh, thank you for the link!
I love Carol Sunday’s tutorials – here’s one for grafting garter stitch https://www.sundayknits.com/techniques/grafting-garter.html and here’s one for a lace shawl https://www.sundayknits.com/techniques/pachelbelgraft.html (gotta love that Carol includes video techniques for her patterns 🙂
All the Light and Cold Dish are both great reads … but wow, very different! I listened to both and don’t remember them being all that long. sign of a good book, I guess!
Perfect! Thanks for sharing these links Mary!
I do love your purple yarn, and the FO will be lovely even if the pattern is a bit lacking. (And enough of this Spring Wonderland!)