Wednesday, March 06, 2013

of words and rows

Even when painting never ends and work bleeds into my home life, I rarely let a day pass without reading a few pages and knitting a few rows. Likely I would lose my marbles if I didn't - somehow a few moments of making and a paragraph or two of fiction ward off feelings of being overwhelmed. Restorative pastimes indeed.

Both The Kitchen Daughter and The Three Weissmans of Westport were light, enjoyable reads. Nothing too cerebral, but full of compelling characters. I took a small break from my Canadian Challenge for these two, but they were great books to end hectic days with.

I have hit that time of the year though when my knitting isn't really working out. It's bound to happen and this time it's because I was too determined to have a red sweater. Like Red Riding Hood, we should all have one red sweater, right? Wrong. Some people just can't wear the colour and no matter how hard I try, I'm one of them. So after knitting everything but the sleeves of a raglan cardigan, using Quince & Co's Peak's Ferry, I had to call it quits. I haven't had the heart to unravel it just yet, but I'm thinking Sadie would like an Annabel cardigan like this cute one. Perhaps red sweaters are more for 8 year olds anyway? And on the bright side, I found a new colour in my favourite Debbie Bliss yarn. It's more of a raspberry/coral mix, but hopefully it will turn into something more successful. And less RED.

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Evelyn said... [Reply to comment]

Red is an amazing color but oh so tricky. Don't give up yet ... perhaps you just haven't found the right red? ; )

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is a gorgous yarn! (even though it looks quite red to me) but maybe you have finally found your red.

Charis's Mum said... [Reply to comment]

I like the yarn, and I definitely think it would work for the cardigan.

Cynthia said... [Reply to comment]

Love the tweed yarn. Have you tried burgundy? Sometimes red is just too bright for my taste but burgundy is nice. Looking forward to seeing the progress on the cardigan.