My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Power Knitting

Yesterday evening I signed off early from Plurk, telling my Plurk-buds that I was going to go power-knit. And power-knit I did. While watching a couple of re-runs of House on USA, I got a huge chunk o’ sleeve knit. So much so that I was able to complete the cap of the second sleeve of the Rib and Lace Cardigan on the train today.

The sewing in of the sleeve will occur tonight and I will share photos of the completed cardi tomorrow.

This has been a very fun project to knit, and a fairly easy one as well. I’ve got some ideas for altering the pattern a bit and knitting another one.

Books and Reading

Thanks for all the comments about reading and knitting. Several of you recommended that I get a Kindle as a “solution” for my reading and knitting.

First off, I don’t have a problem with how I read and knit. I’m perfectly happy, thanks, with anchoring my book down on each side and stopping to turn pages. I know in that post I linked to about knitting while reading I joked about hiring a page turner when I won the lottery, but really, stopping to turn pages does not bother me. I take lots of breaks in my knitting and think they are necessary for me, whether I’m reading a book or not.

Second, I love “real” books and can imagine limiting myself to electronic ones. I buy a lot of my books secondhand. In fact, I went to a church bazaar this past weekend and bought four books: three paperbacks and one recent hardcover that was on my Amazon wishlist (and retails for $25) for a grand total of $1.25. Most of the time, when I’ve finished reading a book, I pass it on to someone else to read, or donate it somewhere else to sell. Now and then, I’ll keep a novel instead of passing it on.

So as you can see, a Kindle and electronic books just don’t appeal to me. I also am not a fan of audio books — I like reading but I do not like listening to books.

If it works for you, great! It’s not for me.

Just So You Know . . .

The temperature in my condo is at this moment 76 degrees. That’s with opening the windows and not turning on the heat. So don’t let Lucy fool you into thinking she is freezing. πŸ˜‰

Lucy sez:

“OMG! I’m so embarrassed. I can’t believe you told them!”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some sleeve-sewing . . .


  1. I wish I could power-knit in front of House. The problem is I find myself doing more watching than knitting. If I want serious knitting, it has to be the i-Pod all the way.

    Mandellas last blog post..Look Mum, I Made Art

  2. technikat says:

    I found myself unable to even listen to music the other day while I was knitting some lace. The rhythm was different that what I chanted to keep to the pattern. ;-( Luckily, most of the time music is ok.

  3. 76 degrees? Turn on the A/C, fps!!

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..Sooner or Later

  4. I find sports to be good knitting time, only look up occasionally when something amazing happens (and they always show it again). I love real books too – and shop at library book sales for good used books. I also use the library, we have inter-county loans that allow books to be requested online. Lovely! I can’t listen to a book – my attention wanders.

  5. Michele In Maine says:

    Lucy, you are a heat-seeking kitty!

  6. I’m like Tammy, 25 Β°C, sorry I’m european, I will need the A/C

  7. I hear you on the Kindle. I like the aesthetics of books – feel of the paper, smell of the book, a really good use of space and font and ink…. Electronic is absolutely NOT the same for me (it just sounds cold and makes me think of work and electronics). You just can’t riffle the pages on a Kindle while reading πŸ˜‰ I do like audiobooks sometimes though – it has to be the right book and the right reader. I tend to like adolescent books in that format (the plot is never so complicated that I might need to remind myself of something). I like the Potter books especially and since I know the series well, it’s close to background noise without having to listen to radio ads.

    Hey Wendy….I know you talked about how you block a sweater like this (cotton, with lace) for the initial wearing. What do you do when you need to WASH this sweater? Can you just sort of pat this out to dry and then steam block or do you have to do something more “vigorous”? I’ve always steered clear of lace sweaters because the thought of blocking the lace back into looking nice every time I wash is a daunting prospect.

  8. I tried an audio book of Steven King’s once – it was only available that way, and didn’t like it either. I guess I’m old school that way.
    Your sweater is beautiful and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
    Is it just me, or can’t I make out Lucy’s photo? I’m not sure which end is up πŸ™‚
    Plurk on.

  9. Personally, I prefer the good old-fashioned printed book too. I just like the feel of a book in my hands. Maybe one day I’ll convert, but in the meantime I’ll reside in the land of old school printed copies. πŸ™‚

    Opals last blog post..Big and small.

  10. Must be the tactile sensation of reading that appeals. I find that listening isn’t even close to the same as a real book.

    Poor Lucy, 76* she’ll die of frostbite! πŸ˜‰

    Dorothys last blog post..A Happy Halloween

  11. I have audio books on my iPod, but almost every one is something I’ve read before, and most are classics. I have all of Jane Austen on audio and in book format. I love books–the feel and smell of them, but I like having something to listen to as well. Right now it’s “Middlemarch” which is a good story, but does have excruciatingly boring sections. πŸ˜€

    Oh, yeah, the sweater is gorgeous. So is Lucy, but don’t tell my Emmy-cat I admired another!

  12. Count me as another old fashioned book reader. I cannot immerse myself in audiobooks and find the entire experience unsatisfying. Ebooks are equally unsatisfying to me–I miss the “depth” (that sense of where text or events fall in the book and on the page) of a real book.

    Tell Lucy that she should do what my kitties do when it’s cold–sleep away the day under the covers on the bed. It’s always warm under the comforter.

    Rosemarys last blog post..No November challenge this year

  13. I’m currently reading “Three Cups of Tea” while knitting on my log cabin blanket. Nice and cozy to knit under, and mindless garter stitch so I don’t have to devote anything but “tactile awareness” to the knitting. Perfect!

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Checkerboard Scarflet

  14. You know, it’s funny…. I WANT to say that I only love real books, and holding the books is part of the pleasure of it, etc., etc. I’ve been a relentless reader my whole life — I was that child with the flashlight under the covers reading Nancy Drew after bedtime! But I downloaded an e-book a couple of months ago when I was giving my new netbook (an Acer Aspire One) a workout, just to see what all I could do with it. I used the mobipocket software to read it. And yes, I have to admit, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being able to adjust the font size (so I can prop it on my chest at night in bed and read without my glasses), and not having to have a light on when reading in bed. I’ve since downloaded a bunch more books, and read through about 6 of them. Since I carry this with me everywhere, it means I have all my books with me too. I still love ALL books, but okay, I’ll just say it: My name is Betty, and I’m an e-book reader.

  15. You know, I have a ton of books that I wouldn’t mind selling but where the heck can you sell them and not feel like you’re losing an arm and a leg? I’m reluctant to donate them, and God knows there’s no where online I could sell them that the buyer would be willing to pay a decent price plus postage. /rant.

    I miss books. I can do stockinette or ribbing when I read, but beyond that, and I might as well just put the book down. *sigh* I need to become Mme. Defarge so I can just read my knitting.

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..Plain & Fancy but Fabulous

  16. i feel the same way – audio books and kindle just aren’t my cup of tea! glad you found something that works for you.

  17. I’m very intrigued by your sweater and am looking forward to your modifications. I’m planning to make this in a different cotton blend yarn myself. Can’t wait to see yours modeled.

  18. I, too, prefer “live” reading a book to listening to one–I’m too impatient. I can read a book in probably a third of the time it takes to listen to one. If I had more of a commute, perhaps I would listen more–and it was good for a plane ride so I could knit and listen (Playaways pack really well–but you have to remember to have working batteries). But in some books, the illustrations have significance (i.e., The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time).

    Hope you take a picture of your sweater with you in it. Love, love that color!

    LizE (Lizziehelen on Ravelry)

    E. Engmans last blog post..SKULL ISLE HATS

  19. Paper books all the way, I’m with you on that. I love to read and my son has built me a book case ceiling to floor across the whole wall in my living room. I just recently donated a huge amount of books to a church sale. Have not been multi tasking with knitting and reading though. Poor cold 76 Lucy.

  20. Gotta feel the paper……….seems as if there is a connection between the author writing the page and me, the reader, reading it……….How’s the Guernsey Literary Society & Potato Peel Society???

  21. I’m book traditionalist myself. Though, I prefer to do my reading lying bed like I’m 14 on summer vacation.

    Denises last blog post..Three Cats and A Dead Moth

  22. I don’t think I’d like audio books either. I listen to podcasts sometimes and have trouble staying focused. I love the sweater. I saw your picture on plurk and it is beautiful. I started my Daily Sweater Saturday using Cascade Pima Melange (wrong side feels like French terry).

  23. PS I agree with you about the M1 at the end of the round. I’m making mine at beginning of round. Makes more sense to me.

  24. 76ΒΊ!! No wonder you have the windows opened, I would be sweating to death with that temperature!

    Lucy, I was on your side, until I heard what the temperature is there — sorry Sweet One – you’re on your own with this one πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to see the Cardi finished….Everything about it is gorgeous, love the color and the pattern – can’t wait to see it all together. Horray for power knitting!

    TheSockKnitters last blog post..Lost and all alone…

  25. I really can’t say which I prefer – I’m always anxious to try new things and I do love my Kindle, but just because I have it doesn’t mean I’ll stop reading paper books and I do listen to audio books from time to time! I guess it all depends on my mood and what I’m doing at the time.

  26. Sleeves are my bane; I never have an attack of second sock syndrome but sleeves are a definite bog down! I have to sound in favor of Audio books , though! Love them; I mostly ‘listen’ to tv so listening to a book is engrossing to me-I am not missing any clues cuz there aren’t any visuals! A book is great in any form; just like knitters!

    Cindys last blog post..Success for the Garage Sale!

  27. Lucy, I knew you weren’t that much of a princess! πŸ™‚ I also knew Wendy would never let you get too cold. Wendy, I know what you mean about reading books. I like the turning of the pages. I do enjoy listening sometimes when I really can’t read, but I love holding the book myself.

    Jennifers last blog post..Planning for fall, and beyond

  28. Oh man, why did you have to go and humiliate poor Lucy. Poor girl. Even at 76 degrees it’s probably a little chilly for a Her Royal Pawness. But the sweater looks great.

    Pats last blog post..I love Fall!


    I really hate looking for books at the library, bookstore etc. so when I realized that I could look for books and download them while waiting for my kids to get out of school, I knew it was for me. I’ve read more books in the moth that I’ve had my Kindle than I have the past 5 years!

    Page turning is really easy so I find I read while folding laundry, cooking dinner, etc.

    I ran right out and bought that Vogue Knitting magazine to make the rib and lace cardi but I also really love the sweater on the facing page. I’m torn now! I can’t wait to see your finished sweater tomorrow!

  30. Theresa in Italy says:

    I love Denise’s description of reading while lying on the bed like a 14 year old on summer vacation! I also like the feel of the book in my hands, turning the pages, the look of the print on the page, all that stuff. Although lately the print seems to be getting smaller….Looking forward to seeing the finished sweater!

  31. Thank you for not going on ad nauseum about the election. It has been refreshing to read your blog everyday and just read about you and Lucy and knitting.

  32. ditto for me-if I can’t smell the ink and feel the paper it’s not reading! I rarely purchase a book at full price or even Amazon price-I shop yard sales and estate auctions where I pay from 25 cents to $2 for my books-eventually I find almost every book I want. Also, I end up reading some wonderfully obscure things…one man’s treasure and all that.

    Donnas last blog post..Spinning Right Round

  33. Okay, sweater’s almost done, shawl with beads –not a commuter knit–got anything lined up for on-the-move-knitting?

    miss sandras last blog post..It’s Here!

  34. I can’t wait to see it finished. I’m just loving the pattern!

    Jewels last blog post..Chicken Needle Punch

  35. I have a great book holder I use while knittin’ and readin’. Only works for hardbacks, but that’s what I tend to get from the library…. I love to read and knit!

    And good on you for not doing the Kindle thing. I love electronics, but that one just seems one step too far! I listen to books on my MP3 player all the time, but….just can’t wrap my head around paying for an electronic device so I can pay to put books on it to read, when at the library I get free books and free audio books… More yarn money!

    LizzieK8s last blog post..just a post….

  36. I love paper and especially trade paperbacks and hardcovers. I love how they feel and smell, so I can’t imagine using an electronic or audio version. It just wouldn’t be the same. I am not quite as fast a knitter if I am reading, but I will sit and knit for longer because my mind and my hands are happily occupied. It definitely works for me!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..2 for Tues?

  37. I hope you model this sweater in your photos. I’d love to see how it drapes.

  38. Don’t send Lucy to visit my kitties! It easily gets down to 55 degrees, or lower, in my house in the winter!

    And I’m with you. Even though I don’t read while I knit, I do prefer “real” books to electronic ones. They seem easier on the eyes to me. I pass mine on as well when done, with a few exceptions. Of course, the library is always my first choice of a source if at all possible…free!

  39. I only like audio books for cross-country driving… I feel like the characterizations by the readers (if they’re good readers) are too limiting to my own imagination’s version of the characters. I want to decide what Mr. Rochester sounds like, you know?

    I’m not too good at reading and knitting, unless subtitles count. That I have down. πŸ™‚

    Jennifers last blog post..

  40. wow– 76 degrees in Nov, without heat and the windows open!! I live in CA and my house is in the mid 60’s without heat..which considering my haywire internal thermometer, is just fine thank you.