I am knitting with Ginny and the other wonderful ladies of the yarn along, you should join us. Hope to see what you are knitting and reading!
I put away the rainbow shimmer baby blanket of last week having almost finished the purple, as I have until March to finish. You'll see it again, but not for a while. I have also put away fiction reading for the term but have decided audio books don't count and they help me knit faster, so I will be starting Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris this evening. I have picked up a few non-fiction books to look at. I am not giving up reading but I get so involved in a story that I have to finish which is not a good plan when I have course work to finish! One More Skein 30 quick Projects to Knit, Artisan Cheese Making at Home, & Around My French Table are my three books to read right now.
The Rainbow sweater goes on and on and on. I found that after so many quick projects and large needle projects, knitting bulky yarn on size 6 needles is the pits! I thought a new needle might help, so I checked out a new store in town. A friend had mentioned that the beading store she goes to - she is a jewelery maker - was expanding into carrying some yarns. Hopefully they would have the needle I needed. I walked into the tiny little shop and in the tiny-er little back room was a nicely arranged selection of yarns. Not a huge selection, I'll grant you, but a nice one. Acrylic, cotton, & wool, in various sizes, some pretty bags to carry projects in, a few books, and a selection of Knit Picks needles. Including the size of circular cables I needed. These are my first knit picks and I love them. The store owner was friendly and helpful and another customer - who teaches knitting at the local technical college and will be giving some classes at the store - explained how to tighten the cables onto the needles. I will definitely be going back and not just for the skein of yarn I think will make a wonderful blanket for my other pregnant cousin!
The new needles have helped but I miss read the pattern, it was split across two pages oddly, so I am off pattern, it looks fine and is to the correct number of stitches. I just have to add a few (10) rows and then I can return to the pattern for the rest. I am upset about the mistake but I asked several people and no one can see anything wrong with the sweater and since a row is taking about 25 minutes and I have to be done by the 10/9 I have to keep going. I hope it will be alright.