With a bum knee keeping me down, I've been able to spend a little more time knitting. I am no longer a fast knitter, but with the advent of leisurely time, I'm getting back into the swing of a regular knitting routine. Over the last 3-4 years my knitting production has consisted of one or two shawls per year, plus a few small projects to fill in the gaps. I feel as if my real knitting mojo has returned and I am fully involved in the process.
Sweaters have not been of interest, as nothing in recent years caught my eye, but then, I wasn't really looking. I have been uninspired and not drawn to sweater knitting, but, when Kim of The Woolen Rabbit and Elizabeth of Blue Bee Studio decided to co-host a KAL the right sweater materialized. Brickyard had a gauge that my hands could handle, a construction process that looked doable, and Kim had a beautiful DK weight yarn. Everything came together in a way I could envision and I jumped in.
Elizabeth writes very clear instructions, with creative and easy to follow techniques. The sweater has come together in a unique and interesting way. When I first read through the pattern I felt a little daunted and worried about its difficulty, but that has not the case. Step by step I've knit each section and kept the faith through each stitch. The yoke came together like magic in my hands. I have been pleasantly surprised over and over again at the ease and I became completely enchanted in the process of knitting this yoke.
That isn't to say I haven't had to reknit sections, that's just part of knitting, but I've always realized MY errors and been able to backtrack and fix the problem easily. I am now into the smooth sailing zone of a stockinette body. Round and round I go. Happy as a clam.
The real book in my hands is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Last year I read Another Brooklyn when it was first published and I'm rereading because it's the book groups choice for November. Woodson is an excellent author with a rhythm to her writing and a realness to her story that grab the readers emotions. The book in my ears is two-fold, We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehsi Coates and Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. If you haven't read one of Ta-Nehsi's books I highly recommend every one of them. He is a brilliant writer, who will make you think about who you really are. Kristin Lavransdatter has been on my bookshelf for years and, finally, I bought the Audible edition with all three books in the series. I have enjoyed a look into life in the Middle Ages Norway.
Take a wander over to Kat's and see what other Unravelers are upto today.