Quick update to let you know what I’m working on at the moment — I’m finished with the body on the Willard Pullover and have knit the first sleeve. Hurray! I ended up redoing the hemline since I used a regular bind-off and hated how tight it was.
I actually knit the sleeve 1.5 times. I was working a 72-stitch sleeve, as my size required, but when I tried it on, it was way too big. So I decreased it to 62 stitches, and it fits much more nicely now.
There are a couple of structural problems with this sweater, though: the decreases on the sleeve are very noticeable, as are the places where I did increases in the yoke. And, as I’ve mentioned previously, the floats on the fair-isle bit are a bit too loose. However, I am chalking all this up to experience and this being my first sweater. It’s still very warm and soft, which is I what I wanted, and it will provide a welcome burst of colour in my other black-brown-burgundy Winter wardrobe. Perfect timing now that Spring has officially arrived.
I finished the first sleeve yesterday, groaned at the thought of having to knit the second one, and picked up my Cranberry socks to work on for a bit.
I’m about halfway through the heel flap, and they’re looking super cozy. This is the second pair I’ve knit using Schoppel-Wolle’s Admiral 4-ply, so I know they’ll become very fuzzy and pill a bit after a day on your feet — it is very thick and warm, but I just wouldn’t recommend this yarn for cables or intricate patterns, as I think they would end up engulfed in fuzz.
On the reading front, I’ve put down Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country for a while. I’m reading this one in Portuguese, so I don’t know if it’s a translation issue or what, but I’m not feeling very gripped by the story. Or the characters. Or anything, really. So, I picked up Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, by Amanda Foreman. I watched the movie adaptation of this biography a long, long time ago, but I was recently re-watching Marie Antoinette and was suddenly very curious about the friendship between these two women.
This book marks a momentous occasion for me, because I’ve discovered that I can knit and read at the same time if I’m reading on my e-reader.
My reading really has taken a toll ever since I took up knitting more seriously — which isn’t a bad thing, because that means I spend more time creating than consuming, but I have so many books I want to get to, and audiobooks sometimes just don’t work for every book I’m interested in. I’m already 50 pages into it and so far, it’s being very good. I’m very fickle about biographies — sometimes they’re great, narrative and interesting, and sometimes they’re like eating dry flour.
What about you? What are you working on? Have you read this book, or any other cool ones recently? Let me know in the comments below!