I wrote a bit about my rare 'knit something for myself' project a few weeks ago so I won't repeat myself too much. I'm using the Chorley Wrap pattern by Rowan, a design full of cables, which is not my favourite thing to knit. It's about half way done and I must admit, I'm liking the pattern a lot more now that I've had a few good runs at it. The cabling is still a little slow but it's made a nice accompaniment to a rather boring video collection I've been digitising at work.
The blanket is also coming along nicely, although I can only work on it at home since it's being gifted to a guy at work for his soon-to-be-born son. I'm fairly confident it'll be finished before I leave, but I want to make another thing for him so I'll need to devote more time to this one. There's a chance I might run out of the bright blue wool but my mum has backup supplies of a lot of Robin's range of double knitting yarn, so a quick phone call to her meant I have another ball coming in the post soon!
I was looking for a portable knit to take on the flight to Cardiff last week and I had some sock yarn in my stash. Easy. I ended up knitting less than I expected on the trip but it was nice to have something there anyway, just in case the notion took me. I did the cuff before I went to Wales and got a few rounds of the lace pattern in at the airport and in the air. I think I'll keep these as a portable knit so who knows when they'll be done.
Another Rowan pattern and another backup project. I started this baby cardigan a while ago to use up some yarn I had sitting around. I love these colours together but again, it's not something I'm making with a specific recipient in mind, so it'll go in the gift drawer when it's done. The baby cardi I sent to Louisa was made using the same pattern but DK yarn instead of Aran. I loved the colour combo on that too - this pattern seems to be my default for testing which of my yarn shades go together!
So, how many of these projects can I get done by the end of the month? As long as the first two get done, I'll be happy, although I'm kinda hoping that by the time I finish the scarf, it'll be too warm to wear it. Well, I can dream, can't I?
I also have two books on the go and another pile waiting to be read. Apparently I can't settle my mind on just one thing this year.
The last in the Call the Midwife trilogy and a book I've picked up and put down multiple times since Christmas. I tend to prioritise library books, for obvious reasons, but I really like this series and I'm looking forward to getting back to it.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
My friend loves this book and I thought it sounded interesting so I borrowed it a while ago. Last week I finally got around to starting it and I have to admit, it's not grabbing me so far. I'll give it a few more chapters and if it doesn't improve, I'm going back to the midwives.
Linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along.
What's everyone knitting and reading this week?