Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back to my needles...

and  my reading.

After a 6 month hiatus from all things knitting, I finally picked up my needles again this past week.  I  have a larger project to get working on before its recipient outgrows the size of the pattern I have, but I knew that I wanted to start back to knitting with something quick yet interesting.  I settled on an Elvish Leaves Dishcloth.  It is a fairly simple yet beautiful lace pattern and it has the added benefit of practicing lace techniques on larger needles with a heavier yarn.  After finishing the dishcloth, aside from weaving in ends because my darning needle is among the missing, I finally chose a yarn from my stash for my next project and wound it into a couple of balls. 

Another one of my hobbies that has taken a nosedive since having children is reading.  I probably read more than the average Joe if you consider that I am reading picture books to Lily and Ish for a good portion of the day everyday.  My own reading, however, has really fallen by the wayside.  I have made efforts since January to read more and it is going well.  I am not reading as much as I would like, but I am well on my way to completing my fifth book of the year.  Right now I am borrowing a friend's copy of Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.  So far I am enjoying it.  It is nice to be reading a carefully crafted fairytale retelling; the last one I read was a train wreck--one of those books I finished because I had already gotten so far into it that I couldn't not finish it. Enchantment is definitely a breath of fresh air in comparison.

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1 comment:

  1. That dishcloth pattern is beautiful. Having recently completed three very simple ones, it might be time to move on to one like this.