I feel like I have fallen into the black hole of knitting….
It feels like I have been knitting lace forever yet I still have 7-ish inches to go. Grrrr!!!
So, yesterday I took a lace knitting sanity break and started Halloween Legging Swatching! After a few trials and errors, I found the stitch combination sweet spot and am now moving along nicely! I should have the leggings done in short order. Can I just say that knitting for a pint-sized 4-year-old is quick, gratifying, and fun?
Thankfully, reading is going better than lace knitting and I have finished books this week to prove it!
First up, I picked up another Henning Mankell book from Overdrive. The Shadow Girls is about refugees in Sweden and their compelling stories – all re-told by a failing writer who is so moved by their haunting tales that he encourages them to write their stories down, 4-stars and I highly recommend this book. Mankell’s writing is simply brilliant!
I followed this up with the audiobook, The Leavers – which is another refugee story, but this one is quite different…at times it is painful to listen to. The story is told from two different perspectives – a mother and her child. About mid-way though the book I really was wondering where the author was going with this story, but Lisa Ko manages to bring all those wandering lines together to a masterful ending. 4-stars and again, I highly recommend!
That is all I have for this week, but what about you? How is your making and reading this week?
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I’ll join you in that black hole (where I’m knitting the same thing for the third time). Your gray lace looks lovely and fluffy, and I bet you are the only person currently knitting reindeer leggings. I hope we get to see them along with the rest of the costume on sweet Genevieve some day!
Your lace may seem to be taking forever, but it looks delightfully soft and luxurious. And reindeer leggings just crack me up! I want to see them too.
Is the lace measured pre- or post-blocking? In any case, I’m sure you will suddenly be past where you need to knit to — that’s what happens with black hole knitting, right?
I’m slowly making my way through The Testaments and savoring every word!
I think you’ve made a wise move, there . . . taking a lace-break with reindeer leggings! When you get back to the lace, I’ll bet it’ll fly off the needles. (After all, you’ll have been imbued with flying reindeer magic by then!) XO
Do you have a red nose and antlers for the costume?
Hooray for making progress and for taking a break.There’s a quote in my mind that’s quite appropo; unfortunately, I can’t recall…
beautiful knits! I am knitting the banana leaf shawl which is simple but I cannot knit and read at the same time because of the increasing and decreasing that is done on every right side row! I’ve been starting podcasts and knitting away. Love the leggings!
You certainly deserve a break from knitting lace, I’m glad you found some instant gratification with the leggings!
Sometimes the very best thing is to do something else — smart move! Knitting for children is definitely faster than knitting for, er, Women of Substance.
That lace is going to be one beautiful piece though!
Oh that black hole of knitting. Some projects just seem prone to it – one knits and knits but the length never changes. The good news is eventually something clicks and you are scooting along again. Reindeer leggings sound like heaps of fun. I’m knitting on small projects waiting for autumn to blow in for good.
Haha. Watch it with those leggings… I kept overshooting and having to rip back a few rows when I was knitting socks for Ginny & Malina! It was like popcorn knitting, though… super fun! I can’t wait to see them!!
It’s almost spooky that I was looking at The Leavers today–and here you’ve just read it!
sending juju for the reindeer leggings 🙂 I’m binge-ing though the Shetland books on audio and really enjoying them (I’m ready for #3!) … also still loving Dani Shapiro (I have Black and White on my nightstand)