Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thinking in Threes

I've got three things on my mind today, which works perfectly for joining in with Carole and friends.

1. Current WIPs
I am just about finished with my relay sock (and my apologies for the terrible lighting in this photo -- it's a very dark morning here). I've got about half an inch to knit on the foot before I'm ready to start the toe, and I expect that I'll be able to wrap it up during my lunch break tonight.

As soon as this is done, I'll be turning back to work on my hedgehog dishcloth, as that also needs to get done this month. I'm itching to get back to my granny square blanket, but I'm not pulling it out again until the obligation knitting is done.

2. Reading
I finished Raven Black last Friday, meaning it took me only two days to read, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I've already added the additional Shetland series books to my Want to Read list and have put a hold on book 2 at the library.  Earlier in the week, I started reading The Murmur of Bees, which I've had in my Kindle library for a while (it was a freebie a while back) and was inspired to finally read thanks to several good reviews by friends. I had a little trouble getting into it and was a bit confused at first (most chapters are from the point of view of an omniscient narrator, but there are chapters every so often told in the first person, and I didn't understand initially who that person was), but now that I'm about 2/3 of the way through it, I'm enjoying it. I expect I'll be able to finish it by the end of the week.

3. Planning ahead
Before my relay turn came up and I had to start the sock, I had started swatching for my first sweater of the year. I'm planning to knit Jennifer Steingass's Darkwater (though I keep calling it "Deepwater"), finally -- I bought the yarn for it almost a year ago! I love my Humulus so much that I'm using the same yarn, HipStrings Buoy DK. Yes, I know the pattern is written for fingering, but the gauge is really more of a DK gauge. Also, I find Buoy to be a little on the light/thin side for a DK, really more of a heavy sport, so I'm confident I can knit it at the gauge the pattern specifies and still get good drape in the fabric.

We have a long weekend ahead due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, and it will likely be a quiet one. The Mister is actually headed out of town early on Saturday morning for a work trip, and we're also expecting a bit of wintry weather to head through, so I will be happy to stay at home and craft with Rainbow. I hope it's an equally relaxing weekend for you!


  1. That is one cool sock! I'm not a colorwork person (yet), but I'm impressed that you've knit this so quickly. It's great that you've got so many projects you're knitting/looking forward to and a long weekend to work on them!

  2. I love those socks! Really, they are brilliant!

    And, yay you for swatching another sweater! I got a lovely parcel from Lerwick today and I am swatching tonight for the Pheasant Pullover!

  3. The socks are awesome! And, thanks for the Darkwater mention. I've added it to my Rav queue.

  4. Love that sock yarn! Enjoy your weekend toggling back/forth between a great knit and book!

  5. The socks are beautiful! I haven't knit myself a pair of fair isle socks yet ... Do you go up a needle size, or do you adjust by stitch count, or both? The colour combination looks great.
    YAY for the sweater pattern! Darkwater looks amazing, there are just so many beautiful yoke sweaters on ravelry, everywhere you look, it's almost a little overwhelming. Nice!

    (Also, I hear you on the confusing reads - I am currently reading John Brunner's "The Sheep Look Up", and while it's a very good Sci-Fi novel, you have about ... ten? different people you follow and it's all just in snippets and bits and pieces, which makes it hard to keep track of who is who and what they do ...