It’s Yarn Along time again! I’m really excited to share my February Yarn Along with you today, because I’ve been doing some designing of late. This is an initiative started by Ginny at Small Things, where internet people share what they’re knitting/crocheting and reading for the month. If you’d like to add your own, click on the pic below:
My Current Read
Actually I just finished this book this afternoon! Thanks to a cranky teething baby who fell asleep on me so I had some time on my hands. The book is called The Timekeeper by one of my favourite authors, Emily Rodda, not to be confused with The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (which I haven’t read but I did love reading Tuesdays with Morrie). The Timekeeper is a kids’ book, which is often my preference for fiction (although I do enjoy a good crime novel too), and the sequel to the book Finders Keepers. The Timekeeper follows the story of Patrick, who, after discovering and befriending citizens of a parallel universe when he was recruited for a TV show on the other side (in Finders Keepers), is charged with saving both universes before a rift between the universes brings them both close to catastrophe. If you’d like to check the book out, you can see it on Book Depository by clicking here.
What I’m Knitting
This is the bit that I’m really excited about. I bought some new yarn recently and I’ve been experimenting with some stitch patterns. I’ve been inspired by a pattern from the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard, but as you can see in the photo above I’ve been changing things up and making it my own as the swatch grows. I’m planning some new fingerless mittens because I loved designing and making the French Rhubarb mittens so much. Some variant of the pattern above will feature on the cuffs. I love these colours together and I love the feel of the yarn. I’ve also been doing a tension swatch to figure out the best needle size to use, and after that’s done I’m about ready to start pattern writing and knitting a prototype! It’s so much fun to design something new. If you haven’t done it before, I’d encourage you to find a cool stitch pattern, get your needles, and experiment with modifying it to add your own touch.
What are you knitting and reading at the moment? I’d love to know in the comments, and check out Ginny’s blog and add your own Yarn Along to the list too!
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