Knitting: So far, this has been one of those weeks … a week where you feel busy, but nothing seems to be getting done. It’s the first full week back on a regular schedule at the University. Work’s been frustrating, and, to be honest, so has my knitting. My Constellate hat took a trip to the frog pond because of a silly mistake — I forgot to purl all the purl stitches through the back loop (and trying to restart it late in the evening has not been productive — and the start of the hat is just ribbing!) My attempts over the weekend to get my Rail Trail going again similarly failed. Mr. N’s socks have, at least, grown slightly — I’m maybe half way through the leg. But over all, it seems like nothing’s getting done. What I have been able to accomplish are swatches. The black is Brooklyn Tween Quarry yarn in Obsidian, a lovely Christmas present from my mom, which will one day become an Arctic Cardigan. That amazing yellow is De Rerum Natura Gilliatt in Genet; the swatch is for the newly released Brookings pullover, which I love. I have no idea when I’ll actually get to start either of these sweaters. But I thought that maybe sitting down and doing some swatches would cure me of my cast-on-itis. I’ll block these, make notes in Ravelry, and when I am ready to start, I can dive right in. (Or maybe I’ll just put all my knitting plans on hold and cast on for these right away!)
Reading: Shetland Oo, by Kate Davies and Tom Barr. Like my swatch knitting, including this in Yarnalong is more aspirational than anything. Consider the Fork (and for that matter, Remembering Baylon) are still sitting on my nightstand — and I’m still enjoying them. But really, I’ve been staying up too late wrestling with my knitting, so haven’t been doing any bedtime reading. I have been so excited about reading Shetland Oo (a Christmas gift from Mr. N), but keep waiting for the perfect time to crack into it and enjoy it. Hopefully one day this week.
Here’s hoping for a more productive rest of the week! You can see what others are reading and knitting at the original Yarnalong post. And I hearing what you’re up to in the comments 🙂