Sunday, February 28, 2010

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Ok, I probably shouldn't be so pleased with my weekend, as my poor Thomas has had to work the entire weekend (and we're talking about 16 hour days here, his new exhibition is starting on Sunday at the museum. He's an exhibition producer, not an artist, and it's an exhibition on the computer history in Sweden), but I've had all weekend to just sit around and knit! I've mostly worked on the Percy shawl, which I've found a rekindled love for again, and some on my socks and mittens too. I feel like I haven't had a completely undisturbed weekend for way too long! 

Anna tipped me off a while ago that the city library has some audio books that they stream, so you can listen to them from the web. Today I investigated their inventory, and I've started to listen to the Twilight books. I think they are a bit too adolescent for my taste, but they're ok so far so I'll probably listen to all of them. I think that my main problem, as usual, is that it is the swedish translation I'm listening too, and most books actually lose a lot in being translated to swedish. I mean, you all know how the Swedish Chef sounds, and let me tell you, it's not too far off the mark... I also saw that all of John Ajvide Lindqvist's books were on the list (He's a swedish horror writer, who is AMAZING! He's written Let the right one in. which has also become a movie that is quite good), and I'm hoping that the versions at the library are the ones where the author himself reads the books.

Ok, time for some photo updates. I'll start with the shawl, I think. I've made about half the first repeat of chart B (you know, the dreaded one with patterning on both sides), and I'm actually pleasantly surprised. It isn't that difficult! I've done a lot of cable knitting, and then you learn to read a chart from both sides, and this is just the same! So this far in, it's going really well, so I'll probably add at least three repeats of this chart too, before moving on to the edging. I've also remembered to put in a lifeline before my first B chart, and I'll probably add one after every finishe repeat to be on the safe side :)

I've also almost completed the first cat on my Cat mittens. I love working with this yarn so much (it's KnitPick's Palette), and I have so much of it right now! I'm going to try and make lots of the mittens from the Selbuvotter book from this yarn too, hopefully I have enough to last me all year :)

I've also completed the heel and gusset on the Glynis socks, but I think they are still a bit too big around the foot, so I'll probably add some extra decreases there. It's looking really good, and this yarn is just so soft and wonderful! I just can't get over how elastic it seems, even though it doesn't contain any nylon or similar (it's 100 % merino). I hope to give them to Christine (my friend) for her 30th birthday at the end of March. She already knows that she's going to get them, but even so it would be nice to have them finished by then.

Anna is actually making a shawl in this yarn, in a green colourway, and it's going to be so much fun to see it completed!

Oh, and I have to tell you about one more book find I made this past Friday! I got my hands on my very first cook book by Jamie Oliver: The Jamie at Home book. I like this TV series a lot, and I really appreciate that he's growing so much of the ingredients in his own garden. And the book is just so beautiful! And filled with lots and lots of yummy recipes (is that spelled like that?). Hobbe seems to like it too...

Now I'll continue listening to the Twilight book!

/ Jenny


Nalamienea said...

the twilight books were fun, but i'm with you on them being a bit adolescent for me. I'm glad you had a good weekend! I'm looking forward to our next skype knitting session :)

goldenbird said...

The Percy shawl is so pretty. I love that intricate pattern. How fun that you had the weekend to yourself to knit.

I recently started listening to audio books in my car during my commute and have been enjoying them so much, especially the crime thrillers that I never read. I did read all of the Twilight books and have to admit couldn't put them down. I stayed up all night to finish the last one in the series.

Leander Mutsaers said...

The house is taken over by twilight here, DD and DW are obsessed with it. I stay far away from it.
The audio books are nice esp. while spinning since you cannot really pay close attention to a movie or read a book at the same time. I am listening to the dark tower series from Stephen King (finally).

That shawl is gorgeous as ever Jenn.