Lately, I’ve been working a lot on my Rocky Coast Cardigan. As I was uploading the pictures I took of the sweater, it was then that I realized I made a mistake in the cabling many, many rows ago. My heart sank. The last time I shared this project with you, I explained how I had to rip back about four inches of cables and how I chose to be happy that I learned how to rip back and pick up my stitches successfully. But this time, I’m not so grateful or graceful. For starters, this is more that twice as much progress. Plus I was so happy with progress I was making and the look and feel and fit of the sweater in general. It’s quite a high to fall from.
But before I make any decisions regarding the body, I’m going to do the arms. After I complete them (and have a chance to cool off a bit), I’ll decide if I will rip back or learn to live with the pattern flaw. (The row with the mistake is at the very top of the photo below. So you can see my heartbreak.)
In reading news, my book pile is large. I was in the middle of a book on Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales when my brother passed on a book of Russian fairy tales to read as well. Then after talking on one of our walks, he passed on a book he is always raving about: The Invisible Partners. It’s an easy approach to the Jungian theories of anima and animus. I wasn’t really enjoying it but it is picking up a bit. I’ll push through because my brother swears it’s revelatory and profound.
Stitch Rabbit’s recent posts on dyeing fabric reminded me that I always wanted to experiment with natural, homemade plant dyes so I borrowed The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes and Eco Colour from the library. I’m looking forward to trying some out when the weather gets warmer.
Also in the stack is Knits at Home (lovely) and 30 Min-Knits (cute). Plus Don’t Throw It, Grow It! Wish I had that last year when I was attempting to regrow celery and ginger. (The former was somewhat successful but the latter didn’t pan out. Chalk it up to a lack of experience and knowledge.) I would like to try out regrowing some more things this year.
What have YOU been knitting or reading?
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PS: I’m planning a yarn giveaway for Monday!