I finished the Lacy Raglan from last week (well, all except the buttons!)
Not entirely happy, as I seem to have blocked it too wide and not long enough. These were the measurements but the styles have changed from the era of my vintage pattern. We tend to like garments longer now.
And the stitch definition didn't seem to block out - it still looks quite uneven. A friend told me it was just the way alpaca is; that it doesn't have natural elasticity like wool, so stitches don't 'bounce' into place like wool does. Lesson learnt, I guess. Easier lesson than my friend though. She discovered this problem with alpaca after knitting a sweater than ended up stretching nearly to her toes! It just grew like Topsy!
I am starting this little treasure pouch for a 10 year old girl's birthday present, a free pattern from The Sitting Tree. She is a real magpie and I think she would really love this to keep her treasures safe. I will add a few gemstones to it as well. Pink is her favourite colour, so this is the yarn I have chosen.
The pink sock yarn is for the little pouch. With the purple yarn, I am casting on a Primrose by Julia Stanfield. Her patterns are wonderfully detailed; you just can't go wrong.
My book is The Goldfinch, which won the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in 2014. I haven't started yet as I just picked it up from a friend, who highly recommended it. She is a book loving friend, so I trust her judgement and am looking forward to starting it tonight. Also I love a book that has mixed reviews from the reading public (see the Amazon star ratings) as it generally means it will be worth reading. I would love to hear if anyone else has read it and what you thought.
So it seems most of my Yarn Along post this week is about beginnings - new projects, new book. Maybe I will have some progress to show next week (although that book is 784 pages long, so don't expect too much!)
And just wondering, do you think I am being a prude with this opinion? I am sure everyone has heard about the imminent release of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. I have no wish to see this movie. But I am bothered by the fact that our local kindergarten is using this film as their fundraising movie night this year. I understand their need to raise funds for the kindergarten (and it worked, as the event was sold out very quickly!) but is it only me that thinks it would be extremely uncomfortable to watch a movie like this with the other parents? Maybe I am just being a stick-in-the-mud, but I would feel extremely uncomfortable watching this movie in any circumstances and do not think it should be promoted by a kindergarten fundraising drive. It bothers me greatly that this movie will probably be the box office hit of the year, possibly encouraging other movies along the same lines to be made. At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy duddy, 'what is the world coming to?!'
Linking with Small Things for Yarn Along.