I’ve made some progress on the Epic Knits Heroes of Yarnia MKAL! This is the progress after completing Chapter 1.
I am very pleased with the Epic Knits pattern and the Yarnia quest. The purple colorway (Stroll Tonal from KnitPicks) is gorgeous. I don’t like the off-white/gray colorway, but it’s too late to change now! The picture makes it look better than it is in real life. In retrospect, a bright white would’ve been more appealing for me. Lesson learned.
After frogging Son No. 1’s fingerless gloves AGAIN, I restarted and am now almost finished with the first one:
This is my own pattern based on the glove pattern in Ann Bud’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. This is a great book to use as a starting point for your own patterns. Not only does she have easy to use instructions, but also tips and tricks that help make the project look more professional. I’ve used it over and over for gloves and hats; not so much for sweaters.
For this glove, I’ve used a twisted knit ribbing and am working an alternate knit/purl pattern for the main body (which isn’t obvious in the photo) that adds texture and should provide some additional insulation due to the air pockets. The wool is fingering weight, which is what he wanted for driving gloves, but I was concerned that it wouldn’t provide much warmth in just a simple stockinette stitch. Hopefully, this one will be finished today and I’ll try to get better pictures.
On my Kindle, I just finished reading Being Peace. I really like Thay’s books, and this one was no exception. His flavor of Buddhism seems to appeal more to Westerners than most others, and I think it’s because he takes the time to thoroughly interpret from the Eastern way of thinking. Many Buddhist texts don’t do this. The result, when literally translated, is a book of concepts that are more difficult to grasp, since the words used are often not what was really meant in the original language at the time of writing. Thay’s books, on the other hand, are not only written in the English language, but also written with American-European cultural context in mind, making them much easier to understand.
On a personal note, we had a bit of a scare over the weekend with a huge release of water from the Oroville dam spillway. I’m not located in the flood zone, thankfully, but many of my friends and relatives were evacuated. It’s quite a mess still, and will be an environmental disaster for certain. More rain is expected today and through the weekend, so we aren’t out of the woods yet.
My thoughts and well wishes go out to all who are affected by this catastrophe.