Wednesday, July 04, 2012

summer's seaside

Wearing a cowl on a day of stinking high humidity was definitely not my smartest move. Same goes for knitting a double thickness cowl in the summer. Well, any cowl really.

But you know those days when you just want to start a new project and you're going to be near a yarn store? That's exactly how this happened. In the matter of two hours I purchased Tiny Owl Knits' ships & seaside pattern, visited Lettuce Knit, chose 3 colours of Berroco Ultra Alpaca and started this cowl (the 4th colour was from my stash). The knitting was quick and mindless but I did stall at the grafting. I guess I'm a bit better at the Kitchener Stitch now, but that's after at least 8 starts and a serious commitment to Youtube and it's still not perfect. Luckily it hides well in all the wrapped and folded loveliness of a cowl. Though I'm not entirely sure how much I'll wear this cowl since the colours are a little...not what I'd usually pick? Guess that's what happens when you make a hasty, less-than-2-hour knitting decision. But I do like the pattern and the effect of having one side predominantly one colour.

As for reading, I have finished up two very different novels. First, A Tiny Bit Marvellous which was light, quick, slightly unbelievable but enjoyable nonetheless. The daughter character was frightening in her entitled, yet low-self-esteem teenage way. But in truth, I remember very little now because I was so swept away by Cutting For Stone. Wow. The characters are rich and compelling and the story is heartbreaking and eye-opening. I was hooked from the very first page, and when one of my favourite characters died I wept uncontrollably (which was during a flight and rather hard to conceal, can't they make those drink napkins bigger?). The novel made me think about parenting, love, ambition, culture - substantial themes set inside a wonderful story. A fantastic read.

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amanda {the habit of being} said... [Reply to comment]

oh i know that feeling. i've been itching to knit a sweater for myself despite the heat and humidity.

your cowl looks great!

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

Love the stripes! I've only tried Kitchener stitch once and was mildly successful.

ltrsktr said... [Reply to comment]

So pretty! Thanks for the book recommendations, I am desperate for something new.

beth lehman said... [Reply to comment]

cutting for stone - what a great read! just reading your words gives me chills. my mom actually read it twice! i'm hot enough to stop knitting for a while....

bedroom ideas for young women said... [Reply to comment]

sam lamb
That is a cool idea, it absolutely helps me out. I enjoy your blog and your style of writing!