Monthly Archives: October 2012

Afternoon Tea – A Shawl

I have a confession.  I love knitting circular shawls.  They take forever to knit, and they eat yarn, but they’re so pretty when you’re done.  On the other hand, I hate wearing circular shawls.  I always end up feeling like I’ve gotten my self into some sort of modern Elizabethan ruff situation.  I’m pretty sure that the ruff wasn’t a good choice for most people.  Even in it’s heyday.  So I see no reason to try and bring it back.

Accordingly I generally knit triangles, rectangles, and squares.  Then I came across the “Afternoon Tea” pattern in the Spring and Summer 2012 issue of “Knitty“.  Here’s the Link:

I really liked everything about how it looked.  And while I’m not usually one to get sucked in by pretty pictures  I had to try it.  Also, I have to look for one of those Turkish tables for my living room.  The only other half-circle I had tried was “Summer Flies” also a “Knitty” pattern.  The pattern worked well, but I didn’t end up liking the proportions of my “Summer Flies”.  I assume operator error.  I probably should have made it deeper.

So when I started “Afternoon Tea” I bumped up the weight to a DK, and the needle size up to 8.  That’s a 5mm needle for all our metric minded friends.  I used Knitpick’s Cotlin in Moroccan Red.  Which seemed totally appropriate, and washable.  I love how it turned out.  I can’t wait to wear it.   In fact I like it well enough I’ve thought of taking the 70’s yarn someone gave me and making another one.  Wouldn’t that be something to behold??

Here are the pictures:

Not to much else going on with the knitting right now except some cowls.  Which I suspect I will need this winter.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

A Summery Summary

I have been reading many books, as usual.  Just nothing recently that’s really made me want to write a review.  Also, I’ve been mentally gearing up for NaNoWriMo.  It’s been two or three years since I’ve finished my NaNoWriMo project on time.  Or in fact at all.  So this year I’m trying to work myself back into a writing schedule.  I feel silly having finished with time to spare three years straight, only to lose my edge.

I did read the first two novels in the Liam Campbell series by Dana Stabenow.  Both Fire and Iceand  So Sure of Death are very entertaining reads.  I confess that I don’t find Liam as interesting a character as Kate Shugak, the authors other major hero.  However, I find the people placed around Liam more compelling than those surrounding Kate.  Which is to say there are four minor characters and one major one in these books, that could easily be spun off into their own series.  I’d be on board.  I also like that these books make me feel like I could possibly survive in Alaska.  Where the Kate Shugak books make me feel that I would surely perish in a horrible way if I set foot in our forty-ninth state.  The Liam Campbell series puts me in mind of my friend Cindy who lived in Alaska for many years, and claims that old saying “the chances are good, but the goods are strange”, is dead on.

For my new book club I read A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers.  I admit, I am not a fan of Inspiration Fiction.  Generally I find the genera to be heavy handed, over emotional, manipulative, poorly sourced, badly executed, faux theological drivel.  That said, A Voice in the Wind was an interesting read.  There are plenty of cliff hangers, red herrings, and game changers to keep the reader engaged.  Francine Rivers is a talented writer.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series, which we are reading for next months meeting.  Be aware, she does stray into some works righteousness theology, and I have questions about how deeply she researched the Roman social order, but all in all, there’s nothing to get unhinged over.  I think most of the ladies in the group were upset by the gore, especially in the first several chapters.  Return readers will not doubt be aware of my Bernard Cornwell fixation, and take it into consideration when I say, the level of gore didn’t bother me.

Just now I’m reading Rift Zone by Raelynn Hillhoues.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but I feel a very good review coming on.

Hope everyone had a great summer.  So glad the fall is here.

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