Yarn Along

Yarn Along photo 2.23

I’m reading A God in Ruins more or less monogamously, but it happened to be in the car when I took this photo, so Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton was kind enough to fill in. I’ve been reading a few chapters of it every time I have a stretch of free time, but sometime soon I would like to really dive into it and finish it.

I am close to giving up on my green blanket. I am just not enjoying it. One of my knitting pet peeves is patterns for items that will regularly be seen on both sides (scarves and blankets, basically) that have a “right side” and a “wrong side” as this pattern does. When an item is knitted mostly in stockinette (as the blanket is, with the exception of some pattern stitches), not only does it look “wrong” on one side but the texture of the piece always feels flimsy to me. Stockinette is fine for sweaters and other garments that will not be seen on the inside, but it doesn’t work for blankets. I knew this, but the blanket looked so nice in the pattern photo that I was sure this blanket would be an exception. Someday I will learn to listen to myself about these things.

The knitting in this photo is a child-sized English rib pullover (nope, not tired of that pattern yet) that I cast on around the same time that I cast on the blanket. I am very happy to get back into it.

And finally, in case you’re wondering: No, we did not paint our front porch with blood. That’s just ordinary red paint with lots of sunlight on it, I promise. It’s much less horror-movie-looking in the fog.

Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog, Small Things.



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13 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. Heather says:

    I agree about the patterns – I tend to knit patterns that look the same on both sides and like it better that way. That Alexander Hamilton book looks interesting! I might pick it up. It has been a while since I have read some good history (besides the kids’ homeschool books)

  2. Donna says:

    If you’re not enjoying a project that is your queue to stop. Knitting should be fun.

  3. Caroline says:

    It’s a shame that you aren’t enjoying the blanket. I am knitting a throw at the moment and so far haven’t been too bothered about the wrong side. But this is why I love crochet blankets, although there is a wrong side it’s not too obvious. Hope it ends well

  4. Emily Boyd says:

    I have been wanting to read that book forever! The books I am actually reading never seem to be close at hand when I want to take photos for Ginny’s link-up, either.

  5. Jeanette says:

    Knit what you love! I laughed at loud at the blood painted porch! ha

  6. carolinehauf says:

    My baby blanket definitely has a wrong side, but I’m OK with it. It’s a gift and I don’t have to look at it…………….. HA! Love the blue of your yarn.

  7. Your description of the paint on your porch actually made me laugh out loud. I’m sorry you had to frog, but better to use the yarn for something you enjoy.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Yes! I always feel this way about blankets! A couple of times I have just knit two and sewn them together.

    • lfpbe says:

      I thought of that, and also of sewing a piece of flannel or fleece to the wrong side. I thought the blanket might turn out too stiff that way. Were you happy with the results when you sewed two together?

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