Sunday, 25 November 2012

YoP Update #14: New Things

On Saturday afternoon I started reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time. I can't believe it has taken me so long to pick this book up (well actually, it was a free Kindle download) and I loved reading the first 17 chapters. So far at least,  it's as sharp and pithy as an episode of The Newsroom. I really had no idea! 
If you missed Friday's post, another YoP Project flew off the needles in the last week and I'd hoped to show it's full glory today, but it is still blocking. Great pattern, lovely yarn. What more can I say? 
PATTERN: Rondelay by Jennifer Dessau
YARN: Malabrigo Sock - 100% Merino in Rayon Vert 

22 Little Clouds has also made it into the Project pile. Since it's recent release I've wanted to cast on this pattern, and lacking any suitable DK, resorted to using a sturdy 4 ply from my stash and slightly smaller needles - after all this Year of Projects is about using up yarn I already have. I like it so far, despite the inevitable "stocking stitch roll". As with the other Martina Behm patterns I've tried, this is a straightforward and clearly written design. It's simple and basic enough for a beginner. Were it not so quick to knit, it would run the risk of being a little boring (which is my current problem with Nuvem) but is a good "TV" project or one for knitting whilst travelling as it doesn't require much attention. 
PATTERN22 Little Clouds by Martina Behm
YARN: Nimu Striding Edge - 100% wool (BFL) in Saxony

Plans for not purchasing more yarn were, unfortunately, dashed later that evening when the Kemps Clearance Sale details appeared my inbox and I managed to pick up some bargainous bits and pieces to make a few other things I have in mind. (£1.69 for 100g of wool blend Aran isn't to be sniffed at this close to Christmas.)

This morning made it to yoga for the second Sunday in a row. It's frustrating to have become seriously unfit, unbalanced and inflexible after a few months of neglect - it seems possible likely that my motivation to exercise was removed along with my gall bladder, as it has never fully returned - but I'll get there... eventually! It's fair to say that while I was huffing and puffing at the back, the rest of the class were like this: 
That's it for today apart from a reminder that the Festive Gift Guide Giveaway ends this week - entry is open until midday on Thursday 29th November. For links to more Year of Projects blogs, head to the Ravelry group. Happy Sunday! x


  1. How can you have never read Pride and Prejudice before?! It's brilliant.

    1. I know!!!!!! And I even did English A Level but have never read it before!!!!

  2. I preferred Mansfield Park, but I think I'm in the minority :)

    I've had the same problem with yoga! For a brief couple of months I was able to go twice a week, but then I had to stop, and getting back into it is harder than starting in the first place.

    Lovely knitting; I added that Rondelay pattern to my queue immediately.

  3. Does that story come in audiobook format so I can "read" and knit at the same time? The shawl's coming along beautifully. I can't wait to see pictures of it after it's finished being blocked

  4. I read Pride and Prejudice. Lots of conversation in it that sometimes made my head spin. I did love the Keira Knightley movie version tho.
    The shape of your unblocked shawl is so awesome. It has great curve and looks to be such a warm hug around one's neck.

  5. I can't remember if I read that or not...but I'm so old that even if I read it again it would be like a new story to me! LOL! I love your shawl that you just finished and the yarn you used for it is scrumptious! I wasn't really into shawls but I'm thinking lately they are way more attractive than turtlenecks! Actually my neck does get cold too that's why I wear turtlenecks. Thank you also for saying "boring" and "beginner" as those are my clues that I could probably handle it! Both of those are going on my list!
    For next year of course...Tee Hee!!!!
    P.S. Good for you and the yoga....the same thing happened to me when they took my thyroid out....I ballooned...I mean blossomed and I'm not sure I'll ever be the same but I keep trying. You go girl!

  6. Absolutely love 22 Little Clouds and your yarn choice looks perfect. I've been deleting the sale notices from my inbox without reading them, otherwise who knows what could happen :)

  7. Love both your projects, I very intrigued as to how you block your shawl?!

  8. It's such a good thing I didn't get the Kemps email ;) I don't need more yarn. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

    Good for you with the yoga too :) Hope it goes well

  9. I'm with Tink on this one and how can you not have read Pride and Prejudice before someone who is a complete and utter Pride and Prejudice nut...(my youngest daughter is named Elizabeth! lol). If you enjoyed the first 17 chapters you'll enjoy the rest, its a timeless classic that you can pick up again and again and it never dates!
    There is a BBC version on dvd with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle which is just the book on screen, totally gorgeous..of course it is 6 hours long or so but great for a rainy weekend with some knitting.
    Love the projects that have come off and are on the needles, your making great progress, best of luck with the yoga think its beyond me at this stage and I'll stick to some walking.
    Thank you for your kind words, when spelling things out plainly you always run the risk of offending and thats not been the purpose, I really do hate having to put things in black and white but onwards and upwards and as you say so much more better things to be looking forward to.

  10. yoga, ugh! I'm a walker, so I'm fit cardio wise..but does very little for the belly region...and the local yoga class is a bit advanced for me... Your projects are wonderful, as usual... ps..I've never read it either..but don't tell anyone..seems I've been missing something.. I do love the BBC version Ruth talks about!

  11. I love the shades of blue in your 22 Little Clouds! I haven't read Pride and Prejudice either, but with you and Ginny both raving about it I'm thinking I should!
    Good luck with the yoga :)


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