Frogging is such sweet sorrow

Thank you for the sympathy on my gauge tragedy. I’m in the process of frogging Manon, and it isn’t easy to frog a Norah Gaughan design, let me tell you. I want the yarn for (possibly) Honey from the new Kim Hargreaves book, so it needs to get a nice bath. Last night I sat with Marc and watched a few episodes of “How I met your mother” while I worked on Tuscany. Tuscany is a little frustrating because you are increasing every row, resulting in a scarf with very long rows quickly, but not much length to the shawl. I’m still committed to finishing though – my shawl love shows no signs of diminishing anytime soon! Besides, I think it will be nice to have a shawl that’s long enough to tie easily.

All of the Knitting Daily galleries for summer are up, resulting in me deciding to make the hoodie after all – I can’t help it, it looks cute on every single person in the gallery! I think I will use Cashcotton, as really it isn’t too expensive for my size. I have a complicated relationship with fine gauge knits. One one hand, my fine gauge knits are some of my favorites, because they are so light and easy to wear, and I think they look more polished than chunkier things. One the other hand, I will not be winning any awards for patience any time soon, so it’s hard for me to contemplate anything knit in 4-ply yarn. I have 4 or 5 knits like that in my queue already, so I decided to get started with one.

This is the tuxedo tank from IK Summer 07. Yarn is Berroco Naturlin in Cinnamon. You may recall that I tried to start this one before but had gauge woes. This time my gauge is fine, mostly because I scrapped the crochet cast on. I don’t think it will roll that much, being mostly linen, and if it does I’ll just crochet around the bottom. I hate doing crochet to start anything because it seems to take forever, so I avoid it whenever possible, and in this case it was making the bottom flare a lot more than I wanted.

After adding the Apres Surf hoodie to the queue I realized I now have 3 of Connie’s designs in my list. I have yarn for the diamond lace tank from the spring IK, and it will come up soon in my queue – I’m just waiting for the weather to be a little warmer. I have been on a mission to find yarn for the printed silk cardigan, but so far I have been thwarted. Last night I swatched three different yarns, hoping that one would work. I have a photo, but it’s just sad… none of them were right. I’m about to break down and buy the Pima Silk that a few people on Ravelry used, as all my subs seem to not be working, and I really want to knit this sweater! I have this weird thing where I don’t like to use the same sub as someone else because I don’t want it to seem like I’m copying their sweater, but never mind that now – I give up! I have swatched that diamond pattern at least 10 times, and I can admit defeat. Nothing in my stash will work, I will have to actually buy yarn (oh what tragedy, right?)

Marc has had a cold all week, and I seem to have caught it from him (it was inevitable.) I’m sitting here obsessively eating zinc lozenges (I don’t know if they shorten a cold, but they do seem to keep it out of my throat, which is usually my goal.) Thursday is one of my days off, and usually we eat dinner out somewhere (to avoid the weekend crowds) and go to the library afterwards.

I think this will be the week I try to learn to read and knit at the same time – the tuxedo tank will be adorable I think, but man that’s a lot of small gauge stockinette! I finished two books this week, which is a little under my average – I can usually do three, but I had a hard time with one of them. First I read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, which I really enjoyed. I love books which are set in an alternate version of our own world – it’s fun to pick out the differences. I also love anything involving time travel, so this was a great book for me! I highly recommend it for classic literature buffs, as it takes place in a world where the complete works of Shakespeare are required in every motel nightstand along with the Gideon bible, and the characters attend a performance of Richard III that brings to mind the Rocky Horror Picture Show . I’m looking forward to reading more of the series.

I also read I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson. I’ve read several of his travel books and really enjoyed them, but I found this book, a collection of essays written for a British audience about returning to America after 20 years abroad, to be a bit of a slog. It takes me forever to read books without an overall plot because I have no motivation to move to the next chapter.  He also came across as a bit more curmudgeonly than in his other books (he is cranky in his other books, but hilariously so) Not recommended, but I would highly recommend A Walk in the Woods by the same author.  It’s the story of his walk on the Appalachian trail, and it’s much better than that description makes it sound.

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14 thoughts on “Frogging is such sweet sorrow

  1. I love time travel books, too – and also loved The Eyre Affair! I’d also recommend To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – really funny time travel/19th century comedy of manners type novel.

  2. the apres surf hoodie is super cute, and you’re right! it looked good on every single model! i like the tuxedo tank. i can’t wait to see how that one turns out!

  3. Great color for your tuxedo tank…can’t wait to see it finished. I really like the apres surf hoodie too! I’m adding it to my ravelry queue.

  4. mick says:

    I read the Eyre Affair this year, as something fun to read before bed. I LOVED it. So much fun! Definitely a lot of nerdy jokes for a lit grad student. Glad you liked it!

  5. How do you find the time to do it all?! Read 2-3 books a week, knit gorgeous fully detailed items and I’m assuming holding down a full time job. I’m curious what you do in the daytime 🙂 Your ‘about’ section is blank! You should fill it out.. Anywho, I hope to be a productive knitter/reader like you sometime soon.

  6. I’m so flattered you have 3 of my designs in your queue 🙂 because I love your aesthetics. You always make the most beautiful garments. I especially love your 80s shell from a few months back.

  7. I love A Walk in the Woods too, Bill Bryson is great. He has another book I believe called A Short History of Nearly Everything that is really educational and fun. I just ordered some Ella Rae Silkience (on sale at WEBS) that I hope might work for the Printed Silk Cardigan, now to find a copy of the magazine 🙂

  8. Zicam. Works like a charm. If you take it right when you feel symptoms starting, you can often head off the cold completely. Even if you do get sick, it’s much milder and doesn’t last nearly as long as without.

  9. What is it about the NG designs that make them so difficult to frog? I ended up *throwing out* the yarn for one of them because it was such a mess.

    Yeah, I’m not going to win any patience awards anytime soon either…LOL.

  10. Oh, and I *love* the Knitting Daily gallery. I thought it was so interesting to see the different body types all look great in the designs! I have the same body type as the one that they said is a workout girl so that was esp. helpful to see stuff on her.

  11. The Eyre Affair is one of my favorite books. I’ve read the whole series so far except the most recent one.

    If you liked the Bryson book on the Appalachian Trail, there’s another one by Eric Kampmann that was inspired by his hiking of the trail.

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