Hello all - I hope your week has been going well. Mine has been ... well, fine, especially since we are again enjoying lovely summer weather, with low heat and no humidity. Mornings are cool enough to wear a sweater while walking to work, which makes me happy.
Today I thought I'd join up again with Kat and others for Unraveled Wednesdays.
Reading-wise, I started this at lunchtime the other day, and even though so far I've been only able to read during lunchtimes, I'm about halfway through (it's a short book).
So far, it's interesting - about life in modern-day Ireland during the recession when so many lost their financial safety nets. Each chapter is told by a different character, and you learn how their stories are woven together while still being separate.
Moving on to knitting, I have one of my Social Security Number socks finished - I forgot how quickly worsted weight socks knit up! I tried but could not get a decent photo, so you'll see them another day. And I cast on the second sock, and think I might make some of the colors represent different numbers, so I can have socks that are the same but different. Since they are to wear around the house, it will be fun to have a really odd pair. :-)
So those are underway, but I really wanted to work on some other things as well. I've reached the lace border part of my Scattered Wishes shawl, which means only one or two rows at any given time, as even the simplest of lace patterns can be misinterpreted big time by me. I'll get there, but I can't just sit and knit on that like I used to be able to do.
The answer: start another pair of socks and swatch for another project.
On the left, is the yarn for socks, from Yarn Ink, a new dyer (at least to me). It's difficult to photograph, since it is very light, but trust me, it's AMAZINGLY PRETTY, with colors and speckles throughout. The colorway is Beach Life, and so far I have a bit of a cuff knit, and oh do I love it!
The yarn on the right is Quince and Co. Tern in the Dusk colorway. Depending on the light, it looks lavender, or slightly gray, or purple-blue. Even though it's August, I want to swatch for this pattern, and even if I can't wear it until next spring/summer, I'll have it, right?
You may ask, why am I even thinking of knitting a garment, when I have - at best - a spotty history with garments? Well, I just want to give it a try, and do it as properly as possible. I *think* I have a much better understanding of swatching than I used to, after a class I took a couple of years ago at Loop. Believe me, I'll keep you posted!
What are you reading and knitting these days? Are you involved in any make-alongs in preparation for Rhinebeck? I've noticed a few seem to be getting underway. As you know, whenever I join a KAL or something similar, I seem to have a severe attack of knitter's block. And since I'm not going to Rhinebeck (though I would certainly LOVE to someday!), I'm just going to enjoy seeing what others are making and enjoy their anticipation. Vicarious knitting and travel can still be fun, you know?