While “technically” we are in the Dog Days of Summer, I am declaring our current hot spell the Cat Days. Why? So that I can give this blog entry a title other than “Monday.”
The truth is, I’ve got nothing. Well, very little, anyway.
I am happily knitting along on the Shetland Garden Faroese shawl. I am in the second to last chart. While this sounds like I’m nearing completion, do not be fooled. I’ve got 55 or 60 rows to go, and the rows are, of course, getting longer as I knit.
But as it is a very fun knit, I’m cool. As cool as possible, anyhow.
So . . . some stash enhancement photos.
I went a little nuts buying Kidsilk Haze. (The colors are Jelly, Trance, and Lord, three skeins of each.) But I bought the Simply Stunning Collection of patterns, so I’ve got lots of uses for Kidsilk Haze. However, I don’t plan on knitting with it until cooler weather hits.
My next lace project is going to be the Inky Dinky Spider Stole.
Knitted from this:
Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca in the Java colorway. Yummers. Drinking coffee may make me feel as though my heart is going to explode, but I can still knit with it!
A Book Review
A while back I was sent a copy of Maran Illustrated Knitting & Crocheting and I’m now getting around to reviewing it. This looks like a very handy reference book for new knitters — there are lots of very clear photos accompanying detailed instructions for the basics of knitting, plus information on more advanced techniques, like knitting lace, cables, intarsia, fair isle, and working short rows, and fixing mistakes.
There’s also a section on crochet that I know I’ll find useful (being a crochet amateur). There are also a number of projects in the book, ranked according to difficulty.
All in all, a good basic reference book on knitting.