Unraveled Wednesday.

Joining Kat and friends to talk about knitting and reading.

I did a bit of unraveling since I last posted about knitting.


From this…


…to this.

I brioched that cowl to within an inch of its life and never got more than an inch past the reverse stockinette border. In other words, brioche kicked my ass. Repeatedly.

Brioche, 10; me, 0. 

Never one to know when to say DIE, I frogged back to the afore-mentioned border with the intention of trying again (and maybe using a lifeline this time). But on the way to the border, I noticed that the yarn I was frogging was a slightly different color than the yarn that hadn’t been knitting yet, as you can see in the second photo above. Yes, the dye in that silk yarn was nowhere near color-fast. I had been having second thoughts about it while I was knitting, thinking that there was a fair chance that the dye would run when I washed the cowl. Well, there was no washing required to make that dye leave its silken home and migrate to the white wool.

So. I intend try this cowl again, probably after the holidays, and replace the white yarn with black or dark gray.  Anybody want to place bets on well that attempt at brioche will go?

On the reading front, I should have lots to report, since I haven’t put up an Unraveled post in two weeks. But I don’t.


norse mythologyStill listening to Neil Gaiman read Norse Mythology to me. (It’s going slowly because I only listen to it in the car, and I don’t have a commute. (That was the only good thing about having a commute: the listening time in the car. (But once  tax season starts again in February I will have a half-hour commute twice a week. Looking forward to that.))) Gaiman does good voices; Thor is appropriately belligerent and a bit dense, Freia is serene and clever, etc. There are occasional LOL moments.

I am trudging through The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen, #2 absent one.jpgin the Department Q series. “Trudging” because I only read before I go to bed and this is a longish book. Plot and characterizations are okay, but I’m not sure I will continue this series. So many books, so little time.


On my nightstand are The Passage by Justin Cronin, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael Perry, The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy, Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, and Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant. Looking forward to all of those!

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7 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday.

  1. Kat with a K says:

    I too have achieved epic failure at brioche!

  2. Kym says:

    Count me in as another Brioche-Failure. Life is just too short… I’ll just enjoy the brioche of others instead.

  3. AJ says:

    Thanks for the update:) I hope brioche goes better the next time!

  4. Carole Julius says:

    I tried brioche once ages ago for a 19th century product and I gave up. Life is too short to knit complicated stitch patterns!

  5. I have watched so many at my knit shop wednesday knit in , struggle with brioche. You are not alone! Fear not. Sometimes you take a break and voila! it suddenly means a break through for you.

  6. Nicole says:

    I’ve never tried brioche. I think it looks neat, though, so maybe I’ll try it sometime soon. I completely understand about switching colors due to the silk yarn bleeding, but I love the way it looks with the white contrast yarn! I’m sure it will be lovely with a darker color too, though.

  7. KSD says:

    Your use of “brioche” as a verb delights me.

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