Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday.

Joining in with Kat and crew today to share about books and knitting.

I haven’t told y’all how obsessed I’ve been with Andrea Mowry’s Comfort Fade Cardi – because until Tanis posted kits on November 3, I hadn’t found yarn that I wanted to use (and could afford). Dark early that Friday morning, I placed my order for the Mona Lisa kit and asked if I could substitute Chestnut for Tartan. Tanis has little ones; she replied right back that it would be no problem. And even shipping from Canada, the yarn arrived Monday.

Chestnut, Stone, Mona Lisa, Sand

… too late to wind and swatch.

And then yesterday, I had the privilege of seeing Nicole Krauss at the book festival. Y’all – total fan girl moment!

She’s smart, and articulate, and kind, and funny, and … she even said it was great that I had two books for her to sign. Hearing her talk about the why and the process of writing Forest Dark* (I was about one-third through it yesterday), has made me want to slow down to really savor the words and the story.

…in any event, by the time I got home it was too late to wind and swatch.

I’ll bet you know where this story’s headed, don’t you?

Yep, this morning I wound those four skeins. Oh aren’t they pretty?

Then I knitted a “fade” (whoa, it takes a bunch of rows!), washed and dried (to just damp) it and let it air dry to finish. And finally, about an hour ago, I measured. Woohoo – it’s perfect!

(and the gauge is spot on too)

I was skeptical about this whole fade thing – and about using a super wash merino – but that blocked swatch has convinced me… it’s ok!

Happy Wednesday! happy halfway through NaBloPoMo!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Honoré!!!

*I actually won an advance copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway but the reviews from my friends (some of y’all) made me reluctant to even read it. When I found out Nicole would be at the book festival, I decided to give it a chance. Something is different for me, because I’m loving it. It’s not A History of Love, but I’ve already read that book (at least three times). This is an engaging exploration of new territory.