On My Needles:
This falls into the category of Oops! A few months ago on Ravelry I discovered the pattern for Vivid. For months I would log into Rav and somehow find myself staring at this blanket. I would check out other people’s blankets and think about making one for myself. Then I would remind myself that I have a very limited amount of knitting time right now, and that I really don’t need another blanket, and I would walk away. And then I would come back the next day and do the whole routine again. In May, I broke down and added it to my queue (so that way I could go and stare at it whenever I felt like it). And since then I have ignored it…..mostly. Until this past Sunday, when in a moment of weakness spurred on by exhaustion and a serious case of startitis I found myself downloading the pattern and digging through the yarn stash to find acceptable yarn. And then, in the blink of a knitterly eye there I was half awake on the sofa with the yarn on the needles and my first square cast on. OOPS!!!!
And you know what? I love this pattern! I was a little concerned that I was nowhere close to getting the right dimensions, but a little bath in some hot soapy water and Voilà!! Dimensions achieved. Two little variations to the original pattern – it should actually have two more border rows but in my dreary eyed state I read “repeat the last two rows four times” and missed the “four times more bit.” Also, try as I might on Sunday, learning a new cast on method just wasn’t going well, and I gave in and opted to go with a long tail cast on. Each will be cast on the same way and I’m calling it a designer feature. And…..the whole thing is being made with stash yarn!!!!
Between My Pages
This past week I was able to indulge in something I haven’t really been able to do for months. I got to read a book that wasn’t school related!!!! It really was a joy to read for pleasure again. And what I read was this.
Yes this is the same book that is the basis for the movie Fight Club. First let me start by saying I love the movie. I think that it’s brilliant and well acted and I have watched it more than a few times. Reading the book has not changed my opinion of the movie at all. In fact, it has given me a whole new respect for the movie because I am not really certain how the directors managed to make something as streamlined as they did from this book. To point out, I think the book is a very enjoyable read and well written. But one could say it is, perhaps, a bit odd. However, if you enjoyed the movie give the book a go. You won’t be disappointed. And, in my humble opinion the book has a way better ending than the movie does.