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.