|Apparently I can't hold my arms still for two seconds.|
Part of the reason I would love to make another one is because I have rediscovered my love of reading lately, and the knitting of it was easy enough that I could read while knitting. Of course this is most easily done with either a book that doesn't need to be held open, or an e-reader of some sort. The Enabler got a kobo glo from Costco a couple of weeks ago, and when he wasn't using it (which hardly ever happened), I would seize my opportunity. I loved it. It has an adjustable light built into the screen and you can make the font whatever size, and it's touch screen that just needs a light tap to turn the page. It rests comfortably on my lap while I knit, and it was just lovely.
Until, of course, the Enabler would ask for it back and I'd have to give it up and go back to reading my hardcover book that didn't really stay open that well unless I propped it against my leg JUST right. It got annoying. So, as soon as we got paid this week (yay overtime pay!) I got my very own kobo.
There was an immediate problem with this, however. Although the kobos sold at Costco are a very good deal, they are all identical. Luckily, I'm brilliant and handy with a crochet hook, so it didn't take long for me to devise a solution.
I wanted to start knitting something else that was possible to do while reading. I tried reading while knitting this sock:
Well actually I didn't try while knitting this exact sock, it was actually the second sock that I tried reading while knitting it. I'm showing you this sock, the first sock, because it's not full of mistakes. The second sock, well it IS full of mistakes. The lattice lines are all crossed wrong. It's not the sort of thing that you'd notice unless you were looking for it, and it's just a sock, but still. I can't even blame all of the mistakes on reading, because it didn't take me long to realize that I'm not skilled enough to knit an actual pattern while reading. I can do stockinette. Or garter stitch. I could probably do ribbing if I had to. But this sock? Not a chance.
I finally realized that I knew exactly what I should knit while reading, Wingspan. I even had the perfect yarn for it which had been sitting in my stash for nearly a year and a half.
I cast on yesterday and knit the whole first triangle section because each row in the section gets shorter and shorter as you go along, I wanted to see how it worked when you finish one triangle and start the next, and I really wanted to knit some of the pink. Back when I first got this yarn I started knitting a sock with it and was really unhappy with it so I unravelled it and it sat in my stash until now. I've started knitting with the new yarn now and it's great. You know how when you've unravelled a previous project and re-wrapped the ball, and you start knitting a new project with it and then you finally get to the point when the previously knitted yarn is done and you start knitting with new yarn? Yeah, I love that. I'm also loving the really gradual colour changes of this yarn, which is pretty perfect for this pattern.
I've done a bit of spinning since the beginning of the year:
|Fractal-spun Frabjous Fibers Polwarth top in Blue Lagoon|
|Chain-plied Polwarth (I think) fleece that I hand carded and spun.|
|50/50 Alpaca and silk|
...It's probably just me.