My first Newfoundland edition of Ginny‘s weekly yarnalong. And although I’m knitting something I’m excited to show off here, I have to say that I’ve got a lot of other fibre ideas on my mind. The community we’re staying in has some many talented women, and I think I’m quickly being seduced to try my hand at something other than knitting.
However, with the two skeins of Estelle Arequipa that I decided to bring over, I knew I wanted I come up with something lovely. Bristol Ivy’s Lida – published and sold by the fabulous Quince and Co. – caught my eye immediately. Every other shawl I liked seemed to require two different skeins, while this one only used one, and was just too lovely to pass up.
I must admit that I was bit confused by the directions at first – the diagram looks as though you’re knitting from the point down, when actually you’re adding increases that make up the longest side. This is probably a common way of designing a shawl, but since it’s my first one, I actually had no idea and thought I had got it all wrong.
There hasn’t been a great deal of page turning around here lately, unfortunately. I started a novel that I immediately fell in love with last week, but as it was a library book and we were leaving, I had to return it. Jake managed to buy an ebook version for me, but I just can’t get in to reading off the screen (though perhaps his iPad might work – he doesn’t arrive here until Saturday). In the meantime, I’m trying to find time to read Francine Prose’s Reading like a Writer, which is a booklover’s dream. It takes on literature from an anti-academic, pro-author slant, and it’s come at just the right time, I think.
What stitches are you knitting and pages are you turning this week?