Happy Post-Election Day! Yesterday, I had all these plans to knit and read at the polls, but holy cow… there was NOT a minute to do either all day! And, I had a planned post for today, but a bout of insomnia last night altered that a bit. (Because, of course when you must be up extra early you can count on not being able to sleep that night… oy.) I am not a “napper” but today… that might just be happening! LOL
So, lets talk a little about my NaKniSweMo…I swatched. Carefully. I did not get stitch gauge with a size 4 needle, but I got row gauge. I got stitch gauge with a size 3, but I did not get row gauge. So, I chatted with the gauge whisperer and cast on another swatch for the lace work. The lace work looked good in the size 4, so onward I went.
Spoiler… my lace work is at some astronomically LOOSE gauge. As you can see in the below image the lace work should be shallow… m’kay?
Mine is not. At all. In fact, my lace work exceeds 8-inches in depth…unblocked…
And, so… sometime this morning, I will be ripping the lace out and reknitting it… on the smaller needles!
All I can say is that I am so glad that my state results matched as I voted… so there’s that.
On the reading front:
I finished Robert Galbraith’s Silkworm and loved it! It got 4-stars and I was so happy to see that Career of Evil was available from the library! I began listening this morning!
I also finished a short and quick Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None. I enjoyed the format of this audio book, being like a play with multiple characters! 4-stars for this little gem.
Sadly, I began listening to Educated and I just knew this book was going to go places I did not want to go …so I stopped listening and returned it to the library. Life is too short to read painful books!
There you have my unraveled week. I truly hope your reading and knitting are much more pleasing than mine! And, as always, if you wrote a post to share today, please leave your link below!
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OH sorry about your lace work…not fun to rip that out. Mixed results on the Eastern end of the commonwealth, but my candidates did win! I read Educated but did not enjoy it.
I’ll suggest watching And Then There Were None – the latest remake with Aidan Turner as the Irish mercenary. If you wait long enough, he’ll take his shirt off. Whoa! lol!!
Read Educated & while I can’t say I enjoyed it, I did find it educational. Hard to believe there are people with those hard-fast ideas living in the US.
Gauge. Ugh. Sometimes I just hates it!!!! It lies and taunts and makes fools of good knitters. (Sometimes.) XO
Yikes, that is quite a difference! I’m glad you’re ripping and reknitting, because it will be so worth it in the end. I suppose it’s a good thing that you did not get a lot of knitting done yesterday!
I read Educated early this year and really liked it, but it definitely was hard to read. I did find some inspiration in the fact that the author managed to remove herself from her family, but it’s scary to know that there are people like that out there.
I wish I had known you were awake as I was, too. I think my insomnia was due to too much thinking about too many races and what it all means. My verdict: I don’t know. Locally, the mayor was defeated by eleven votes, and the county clerk who supported him has said that she can surely find 12 or 13 votes for him in a recount. :-0 It’s a tossup whether I take a nap, go to bed very early, or both!
well that’s a bummer about the lacework – you’ll have to let me know how it looks/works on the smaller needles (I HATE it when gauge swatches lie!!) Like Bonny said, I, too, was awake last night … we should’ve had a party (because sadly, it does not look like the results in Georgia are going the way I voted … except that restaurants will be allowed to sell booze starting at 11am on Sundays 😉 I do have good news about the Robert Galbraith books – Career of Evil is good, but yikes!, gory … and the latest – Lethal White is the best in the series IMO … and not nearly as gory. So – yay! – books to look forward to!
Career of Evil nearly did me in…just too much. I had to read Educated (because of where it takes place) and it was painful, but worth the read (for me). I can see why you wouldn’t want to finish. We must respect the gauge, but swatches are fickle. I hope you’re able to tame the shrew! 🙂
Oooooooooo…that lace work sure is pretty. I’m looking forward to seeing how yours looks in the grey.
Hope you are all napped up soon.
I took a nap and therefore, managed to stay up past my usual bedtime and fall asleep feeling, for the most part, good re: results – best I’ve felt in nearly two years re: governmental state of affairs! I hope and pray it’s all for real and lasts! And that we can get on with the business of living and loving, giving and caring, growing.
Get some rest, friend!
Sometimes I cannot get row and sts gauge no matter how I try. I give you credit. You’ll get there!
Career of Evil is very, very grim/dark. But, Lethal White is fantastic! My book group read Educated but I did not care for it, I wanted more about her education not about the dysfunctional childhood.
Thats too bad about Educated, but good you enjoyed the other books. The sweater looks great! love the lace work.
Gauge set up can be such a pain in the butt. I’ve been struggling with gauge on those Appleseed mitts for over a week but I think I’ve finally found a yarn and needle size that work together. And Then There Were None was the first Agatha Christie book I ever read, way back in 7th grade. I still remember my English teacher from that time and her love of Agatha Christie.
I’ve been considering Educated as a friend gave it rave reviews but now the comments (and your thoughts) have me reconsidering. Good luck with your knitting today, I’m sure it’s going to be a beautiful piece.
Glad you found out early that the lace wasn’t going to work rather than later!