I will admit that I'm the sort of parent that lets her children dress themselves--no matter how it turns out. I like to view it as self expression, and everything from spots and stripes to terribly clashing colours is allowed. To that end, I like to involve the girls when I knit them something. I want them to wear what I make, or really, what's the point?
Recently we came to the conclusion that they each needed a new jumper. Both girls were quite specific--they both wanted a pull over sweater, not a cardigan. We decided on the pattern together (ok, mostly me), and selected Tiny Tea Leaves. I'll stop you right there, I know it is a cardigan, bear with me.
After much searching from a seemingly endless supply of online yarn stores, the girls agreed on a yarn (the same one, no surprise there). I ordered the yarn, bought the pattern, got a few extra needles I needed, and then waited for delivery. I hate waiting. It took especially long because I ordered it a few days before Christmas, so of course I had to wait until after New Year for it to arrive. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, did I mention I hate waiting?
The yarn they picked is Araucania Aysen in a variety of shades of pink and orange. I LOVE this yarn. It is 70% merino, 20% alpaca, 10% silk. I swear to you, my children have better taste in yarn than I do. They put me to shame.
I'm not one to mess around with patterns, truth be told. However, I really like this pattern, so I put my mind to the task. Fingers crossed it all goes according to plan. Here is where I'm at so far:
As for reading, I just finished The Luminist by David Rocklin. It was really very good, I recommend it, especially if you like historical fiction.
I've just picked up the Last Days of Ptolmey Grey by Walter Mosley. I can't comment just yet on how good it is, it is certainly different that my normal book choice though. I'll keep you posted.
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