Friday, May 26, 2017

Now, With More Books!

Hi all,

I know I've been kind of MIA recently, and I apologize for that!  I have been knitting and reading and doing working almost full time on top of it.  Plus, the wife and I are looking at starting a new venture which has taken up some more of our time.  I'm going to give you an update on my recent FO and my almost FO below, but first, an announcement!

I have been recently re-dedicating myself to my Goodreads TBR list.  For those of you that don't use Goodreads (which, why wouldn't you), it is a site for keeping track of books you have read, want to read, and reviews of them.  It gives you recommendations for books to read based on your preferences and books you've enjoyed.  It's a social media platform where you can see what your friends are reading and enjoying.

So, I'm going to be posting my book reviews here for you all, too!  As knitters, there are many things we have common ground.  You may not agree with every review, and that's totally fine.  Let's talk about it in the comments!  I'll be posting some recent reviews I've written and as I finish books and write new ones, they'll pop up.

Now, on to the knitting!

I have finally finished my Doodler shawl!  This was such a fun, interesting, and beautiful knit.  I loved everything about this pattern and am so happy with my final product.  I got to wear to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival.  If you were there, you know that this was much needed!

It is no wonder that Stephen West is so popular.  I can't wait to knit another one of his patterns. 

Most recently, I've been working on the Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm.  I was skeptical about this pattern.  I am not a big fan of shawlettes and I wasn't in love with the asymmetrical shape and pattern.  Plus, this is a huge favorite of my knitting group.  I tend to shy away from things that everyone else is doing (or knitting), so I haven't ventured toward it.  

At the grand opening of the Yarn Maven, the wife came to support the shop and asked if she could pick out yarn and a pattern for me to make her.  Of course!  And what does she pick out?  The Hitchhiker.  She picked out two skeins of Lorna's Laces and asked me to make her two of them.  That's right, two.  

I dragged my feet.  I wanted to wait to cast on until I finished the Doodler and then after that I dragged some more.  

Then, it happened.  At MSWF, I found a yarn that I knew a) Wife would love and b) would look AMAZING as a Hitchhiker.  I bought it without hesitating.  

It's a cake of Gradient Fingering by Wild Hare Fibers in the colorway of Grateful Dyed.  Since I cast on, I have loved every second of this knit.  I think the simplicity of the pattern would get boring to me if it wasn't for the sheer joy of watching the colors of the yarn shift. 


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