My recent posts have shown you all some city views from around NYC that featured warming weather as spring helped both people and plants to celebrate spring.
Meanwhile, in my little apartment, it's still cool enough to continue with some knitting projects.
This fair isle project is a jacket/cardigan that I am knitting for myself, not for my etsy shop. As you can see the colors are blues, greens, off white and touches of pink, lavender and rose.
Since I am making this design up as I go along, I am making lots of notes, doing lots of mathematical calculations, coloring lots of grid patterned papers with my colored pencils, and even ... unravelling a few or more than a few rows every so often, to fix an error.
On three sets of needles, I am simultaneously working on the back, the fronts (with pockets,) and the sleeves. This means that I can see how the design shapes up as I go along, and how the fair isle motifs will meet properly at the seams, making sure the motifs are centered.
Yes, it is a bit slow going, but a very interesting project. It's my hope that when I do complete the jacket, I will have enough detailed notes and charts to actually write a pattern. This would be a first for me.
When I am not 100% absorbed in this experiment, I've been enjoying more long walks outdoors, even when an umbrella's been required, visiting the the farmers market, seeing friends, putting in my required work days at the shop, and doing lots of reading on my subway rides.
I first encountered Kate Atkinson's writing talent when her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was published. I was lucky to buy a softcover version in London before it was published over here in the States. And so, when Ms Atkinson made her first U.S. book tour and did a reading at a neighborhood Barnes & Noble shop, I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet her and let her know how much I admired that book.
Since way back then, I have enjoyed every one of her books and truly think that this new novel is a wonder. It features many characters from the prior book, Life After Life; however, it is not necessary to have read Life After Life to appreciate the new book. Still, I would recommend that you read them in order.
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