Today I’m joining Ginny’s lovely yarn along, sharing a little bit about what I’m reading and knitting right now.
While I’m still plodding along with Wade Davis’ The Wayfinders, I am really excited to be also reading Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants with the boys. We first read this book with our son, Sam, when he was about five or six (now just shy of ten) and Eric and I have re-read it with him a couple more times before reading it again now with all three younger boys snuggled up together.
Needless to say, Odd and the Frost Giants is a family favourite that tells the tale of a unfortunate Norse boy, Odd, who chances to meet the gods Odin, Thor and Loki, who, as it happens, have been banished from their realm of Asgard and trapped in Midgard in animal form. Odd helps the gods return to their rightful place and form in Asgard thus saving the world from destruction by the frightful Frost Giants at the same time. This book is a wonderful adventure story that highlights the saving graces of hope, determination, courage and compassion. I love this book (as I do all of Neil Gaiman’s books) and I’m so happy to be reading it once again. A great book for boys, especially (but not exclusively).
As for knitting, you can see that I’m still avoiding my weaving-in task (I’m giving myself a week to do this before I need to mail it out to my eldest). Besides, weaving-in isn’t technically knitting now is it?
Instead, I’ve cast on a hat meant for Tim (below) with the Peace Fleece yarn I brought home with me from our last trip in Vermont (it begged and pleaded to come with me, I swear). This pattern is inspired by the Skyping Beanie (free on Ravelry). It’s a simple pattern that I’ve adjusted to be knit in worsted-weight and sized for a child’s head though I fear it might be better sized for a youth’s or adult’s head. Sigh, oh well, Tim hinted that it was a bit scratchy anyway (must be the mohair content).
My only hesitation in raving about this yarn (because it is really quite beautiful) is that it still has lots of active twist in it, or, at least this skein does. This active twist has resulted in the hat biasing to the left – a result likely compounded by the fact that I’m knitting in the round, continental style, to boot. I don’t know if you can see the biasing in the photo with Tim but you can certainly see how unbalanced the yarn is in the photo beneath it – see how it twists back onto itself? Frankly, it’s kind of annoying to manage while you’re knitting.
Who knows? Perhaps it is just this one skein. In any case, I’m about to find out because I have two more skeins waiting in the wings. Also, as you can see, I couldn’t resist ordering a new project bag from Fringe Association. As if I need another (!) but I seem to have a weakness for all things lunar related. I must say, I am really pleased with my first experience ordering from Karen; I love how quickly it shipped, how neatly and smartly it was packed and, most importantly, I love the bag. Just thought I’d share that with you.
What about you? What are you reading? Knitting? I’d love to know.
Happy Wednesday to you, wishing you a wonderful day!