A bit warmer this morning – low 30’s…but there was frost on my windshield when I started my car. Oy! Heard on the radio that they are doing controlled burns in Valley Forge Park today in an effort to control invasive plant species.
So, here we are mid-week, hump day, Unraveled Wednesday. And yes, there has been a bunch of unraveling. I did manage to finish the first Shell Cottage sock on Monday – not at work, but before dinner. Here is the proof:
That night I started sock #2. I did the ribbing (15 rows) and about 12 rows of the pattern (4 row repeat). The knot stitch was still a PITA. Tuesday morning I knit 4 more rows while having coffee. At that point I decided ENOUGH! I don’t like the socks. The first one does go on my foot, but it is tighter than any other sock I have ever knit and the yarn does not feel good on my foot or leg. I said it before – this yarn is just weird. It gets very thin and then thicker – almost like thin roving (as Nancy said on her blog yesterday about yarn she is using). It splits easily and is difficult to work with. Folks – life is just too short to knit things I don’t like. I could finish that second sock, but I doubt I would ever wear them. So last night I unraveled the beginning of Sock #2 and put the yarn away (really I should toss it or donate it – someone might like it for something!!).
Moving along to Mailing’s Hitchhiker. That was also unraveled! Yup. Fortunately I ended up being busy at work yesterday and didn’t get to knit more than 8 rows (1 pattern repeat), but I decided that I wasn’t loving it on #2 needles. The eyelets weren’t really showing up (and I do know that blocking would improve that), but also it was a tighter knit than I wanted. After unraveling that, I tried about 3 different size needles and finally decided on #5. I managed to knit a little bit last night and then this morning I did a bit more.
Loving the way the eyelets really show now and this is just a nice, soft knit.
Moving on to reading. Fletch and I finished reading The Zookeeper's Wife last night. Yes, we are late to this book. And we have not seen the movie. Not sure I want to now. The book is good – well written, but I think I’ve read enough books dealing with the WWII era to last me a long, long time.
On my personal reading front I am still in a slump (unheard of!!). NOTHING is appealing to me or grabbing my attention. Last night I ended up deleting a bunch from my Kindle and today I plan to start Island – a book that I had given Fletch a few years back that he really enjoyed. It is a group of short stories focusing on people who came to “the harsh new world” from Scotland. Flipping through the pages last night felt good (so different than my Kindle). Maybe what I’ve been longing for is to just hold a *real* book in my hands. I’ll let you know.
Today could end up being quite busy again. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff for Bobby, our CEO, this week. I always enjoy working with/for him…but it does cut into my personal time – lol. Tomorrow there will be no knitting at work as we are having an employee meeting/luncheon off site at Season's 52. I love this restaurant and am hoping that we can just go home after lunch!!
Be sure to head over to Kat's to see what others are up to on this Unraveled Hump Day.