Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wednesdays are for reading (Reincarnation Blues)

I'm reading Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.


It's another ARC from the good people at NetGalley. It came up on Robin Hobb's feed, and she hasn't steered me wrong yet.
Here's the description: 
 What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.

 I'm about halfway through, and really enjoying it. It reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Fiveexcept it makes a little more sense. It's a book that requires suspension of disbelief, but I have had absolutely no problem just going with some of the absurd aspects of the premise, because it is really well written. i'm really looking forward to going home tonight, curling up with this book and finding out what happens next.

Matchy, matchy, matchyness

The other day I mentioned that I have a new splint for my broken finger. It's black. When I got it I asked if I could have another colour. Remember my bright blue hand brace? I was hoping for hot pink this time. My finger therapist said “no. this is Melbourne, almost everybody asks for black.” So I got a Darth Vadar black finger splint.
 

Continuing the theme, I got my nails done to match. Because everything must be matchy in my life. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Finished: Ardmore Jumper

As I mentioned, I finished Leon's Ardmonre jumper and we're really happy with it!
It looks fantastic, and it fits really well from the front:

The back has a tiny bit of flare at the hem, which improved with blocking, but is a slight flaw, which I cannot work out how to fix. If I'd known earlier I would have made the back a tiny bit longer than the front, or thrown in some short rows, but, well, hindsight is 20/20 and for this one I actually just followed the pattern. Maybe it's because of Leon's well developed shoudlers and tiny waist?

I love the yarn - Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu. The bamboo gives it a silky shine and the semi solid dye is just wonderful. I've got enough left over for a jumper for me, I'm going to make Romi Hill's Manzanita.
here's a photo of Princess Daisy helping with the blocking:

But back to the point on hand: Leon, looking handsome in his handsome new jumper:



  

Friday, August 11, 2017

A knitting and a finger update

You know how I love everything to be matchy matchy – when I bought the Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn that I used for Leon’s Ardmore, I bought a matching skein of sock yarn in the same colour – Meet brown, Joe. They look a little different because they are dyed on different bases, but they are the same colour:



I finished the jumper this week, it’s blocking now and we’ll do a photoshoot on the weekend. I cast on a matching pair of socks – I’m using the Ardmore pattern transcribed onto a 68 stitch sock.  This is such fun, although it has progressed slowly this week, partly because it is quite cabled:

But look how the cables pop in the Socks That Rock! Mainly they have been slow because we’ve been out every night this week. I saw my finger therapist this week and he gave me a new splint:



I’m seeing him again in two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be done with the splint by then. I want to finish a project at the same time as I get free of this splint, because it’s probably affecting my tension. I asked my hand therapist if I could take the splint off to cast on – I tried to explain how the long tail cast on is difficult without being able to use my fourth finger. He gave me a blank look, and then said “no”. Well he took about six sentences to do so, but the summary was no. At least the new brace holds my finger in perfect knitting position.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wednesdays are for reading (Beauty and the Moustache)



Katie came across this book somewhere (I really should ask here where)  and put it on Instagram. Knitting, romance and free? Yes please. This is the fourth book in the Knitting in the City series, and the prequel to the Winston Brothers series. Normally I would not read a series out of order, but it was listed as a standalone, so I “bought” it.

And I loved it. This might be best romance book I have ever read. The characters are delightful, the love feels real and the process of getting there feels believable. And she cuts out of the sex scenes, which is the way I like it - close the door, I know what they are doing in there, I don't need a blow by blow description thank you very much.
While story is told is told in first person from the point of view of Ashley the main character, there is a whole cast of supporting characters – a knitting group of friends, and her brothers, and the landscape itself, that give the book vibrancy and texture.
While there is some mention of knitting, which made me smile, knitting is not the focus of the book - in fact, I never found out what Ashley was knitting. I did keep wondering though.
 

My only regret is that I didn’t start at the beginning of the series. True, the book makes sense by itself, but you meet Ashley’s friends and their partners, who are the subject of the previous books. The moment I finished this book I bought the first in the series, and I’m so excited that there are loads of books by Penny Reid for me to catch up on - 7 Knitting in the City Books, and 6 Winston Brothers - to be both excited and exact!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Just like old times

Kris is knitting a Miller's Daughter shawl, and I've been utterly obsessed with it from the moment I saw it. The pattern is written for laceweight, but I wanted to make it in fingering, because I'm still scarred by my last laceweight knitting. Also, I want the extra warmth. I decided I wanted something with cashmere in it, and so, on Friday night, I bought some Wollmeise Blend:

It's three of these colours, I'll show you which when they arrive. The shawl mainly uses two colours, with just a tiny bit of the third. I bought three so I can choose when they get here. 

Remember when Wollmeise was really hard to buy? They would do updates on Friday nights, Melbourne time, and I'd sit down after a boozy dinner and do my shopping. Well, it felt like that on Friday night, glass of red wine in hand, beautiful colours on my screen to choose from. I'm really looking forward to this yarn.

And this feels like a suitable time to do a stashcount: 13,695 meters.
Record lows, and doing well. Although I do suddenly want to buy ALL THE THINGS, so I will have to proceed with caution if I don't want to end up back where where I started. 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Whisky and knitting

My Ardmore jumper is motoring along nicely. I’m moving down the second sleeve. It’s been a pleasant kind of knit.
Last weekend I went to the hairdresser, and Leon said he would mosey on to the fancy whisky shop. I asked him to buy some Ardmore whisky, because I thought, given the club, it was appropriate to match my whisky to my knitting.


Although let’s face it, even without the club I would have thought it was funny.

So, Leon went to the fancy whisky shop, where he did not find Ardmore, but he did buy a delicious bottle of Ardberg. They he went to the normal bottle shop across the road and found the Ardmore, and bought that too.

The outcome being, I’m making a marvellous jumper and have a couple more bottles of wonderful whisky. Kate Davie's Inspired by Islay club just keeps on giving.