march09-088 I know I said I'd never knit a sock and suddenly I'm sitting here with the first twelve rows of Cookie A's Marlene socks knitted in The Yarn Yard's Bonny on Knit Pro sizes 2s. Gosh, just typing that made me feel like a real knit blogger. Honestly? I love the intricate nature of the pattern: lots of twisted stitches and clever decreases. I'm not too hot on the colours, so I think I'll rip it all out and begin over with some green merino I bought in Copenhagen last year. If I am to knit a sock, it might as well be in a colour I'd potentially wear.

march09-082To the right you see my actual current project. I decided to go for the Garter Yoke Cardigan (incidentally from the same magazine as the sock). The yarn? Ah, the yarn.

Seeing as I am currently knitting from stash in a desperate attempt to downsize it a tad, I dived deep into my boxes and unearthed some of the nicest stuff I own. About a year ago, a very dear friend sent me some of her handspun yarn. I am using her green handspun in the yoke (and also as a delicate accent to cuffs and buttom band). The rest of the cardigan is in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. I have a mind to take my time with this cardigan because I'd hate to rush it and mess up the detailing. The design is so minimal that I want the finishing to be exquisite (or as close to as exquisite as I can get).

When I'm not knitting, I'm reading Let the Right One Come In by John Ajvide Lindqvist as Other Half was insistent that if I liked Faber's Under the Skin (oh yes I did), I'd really enjoy this one. So far I'm not so sure but I'm only 120 pages into a long-ish novel.

(In other words, yes, I'm still under the weather. I'm bored out of my skull, miss Denmark immensely and Chez Bookish is an absolute mess. Woe.)