That shawl I blogged about last Wednesday got pretty boring partway through, so I set it aside temporarily and cast on a small, palate-cleansing project.
I have cast on and frogged at least two projects with that yarn. I quite love the yarn but had not found the perfect project for it. As you might guess from its unfinished state in the above photo, I am not totally sold on this project, either.
I added that last section of stockinette because it didn’t seem that the cowl was going to be long enough to encircle my (perfectly normal-sized) neck comfortably. After knitting it, I laid the cowl aside for six months rather than go through the backbreaking work of digging out my little clips and trying it on. Yeah, Lazy’r’Us.
Now that I have actually tried on the cowl, it appears that it will fit just fine. The question is, do I still want it? or should I frog it and knit something that will use up the whole skein? Stay tuned…
Continuing my stash-using-up ways, after setting the cowl aside to marinate and finishing the shawl, I knit an asymmetrical garter stitch scarf for next spring’s silent auction.
This was going to be a Summer Camp shawl, but the scallops along the edge were a PITA, plus I didn’t think they added anything. So I eliminated them and knitted merrily on my way, thusly, in a dead-easy pattern I made up myself:
Cast on 1st.
Sl1, kfb. 3st.
Sl1, kfb, k1. 4st.
Sl1, kfb, k2. 5st.
Row 1: S1, yo, k1, yo, knit to end.
Tow 2: S1, k2tog, knit to end.
Continue alternating rows 1 and 2 until initial section is desired length (mine was about 9”, measured along k2tog edge), ending with row 2. Cut yarn.
+Join other color. Continue alternating row 1 and 2 until stripe is desired width.+
Cut yarn. Repeat between +s until scarf is desired length or you are about to run out of yarn, ending with a stripe of the same color as the initial section. Bind off loosely.
Yarn was Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock lightweight in Jengu and Carbon Dating, the latter of which has been in my stash since 2006(!). So good to use up some of that! Knitting those BMFA yarns was a complete joy. I think I have enough left of each to make another scarf for myself; this one is for a silent auction next spring.
This was the perfect pattern to knit during the hectic months before the November election, as you will see in my next Wednesday’s post.
I started John Connolly’s Every Dead Thing, but got a notification that the latest Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling book had arrived for me. Connolly went back to the TBR pile forthwith, and I started Lethal White. Currently I am about 3/4 done. The pretext of the plot seems rather weak to me, but the writing is very good. I’d give it my standard 3 stars if I had to rate it today.
In my ears is Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age. It is very interesting and educational, since I knew exactly nothing about 18th and 19th century China. I have been listening to it for about a month, mostly in the car, and am almost up to the actual Opium War. Yeah, it is a long book.