Daily Archives: January 4, 2012

On My Needles and Between my Pages January 4th

On My Needles

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I have decided to participate in the 12 shawls in 2012.  For my first addition I have cast on Sharktooth by Stephen West.  I doesn’t take much of a read through the back entries of my blog or a very long glance at my Ravelry project page to know that I am a huge fan of  his patterns.  I love them to the point of almost knitting nothing else.  When I cast on something new there’s a pretty good chance the pattern will be his.  It just clicks with me and I enjoy knitting it.  So believe me when I say that this pattern has the most obnoxious 2nd set-up row of anything I have ever knit by Mr.West.  I think at one point I had more markers then stitches and there was no love for the design or the man at that moment.  Anyway, with a little focus and a few words unbecoming of a lady and a second cast on, I got it right and am now working my way through the first section.  I love the way the colour is playing up in the yarn and am going to be happy to move onto to section two.

Between My Pages

I took a little break form the Hunger Games trilogy to sneak in All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee.  Initially I was a little concerned about this book.  The opening stories weren’t captivating me the way they normally do.  And even though I could literally hear Stephanie’s voice in my ears while I was reading, ( I am fortunate to share a LYS with her and sometimes we end up at the same knit night), there was just something missing from this book.  And then I made it the fourth story entitled Personal Filters and  started laughing so hard that I choked on my drink and gave myself an asthma attack.  And just like that, I couldn’t stop reading.  As always our beloved Harlot is able to mix humour and personal reflection in a way that makes you feel like you are getting insight into her own world.  Her writing is publicly relevant and highly personal at the same time.   It’s true that a non-knitter wouldn’t “get” everything that she writes about.  But I am kind of assuming that if you are currently reading this you are a fibre person and therefore will find great humour in what she writes.  The book (being a collection of short stories or essentially long blog entries) is a fast read and very easy to pick up and (slightly harder) to put down.  It’s great when you have five minutes to spare or you’re stuck in transit for 1/2 an hour.  I absolutely recommend this to all knitters/crocheters/spinners.  You’ll find yourself in the pages of this book and have a good laugh at the same.

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