No big news here – just a collection of small things that I've been doing, watching, listening to and reading lately. A bit of a jimble-jamble, but that's all right.
The hot weather has arrived in earnest. In the evening, right around ice-cream time, light from the setting sun bounces off the balconies across the street and into my apartment, casting long shadows.
It's not a great photo, really, but for some reason I love the way the light falls on this little collection of precious-to-me things I've gathered over the years. Each one has a story.
Knitting-wise, I'm making good progress on my Audrey in Unst sweater, although I'll be pushing it to make the KAL deadline (July 1st, midnight), I think. The short-row set-in sleeves is like a magic trick, and I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out. The pink (SweetGeorgia in Rosebud) is slightly less...violent...in real life.
I waited for weeks for my copy of Knit to Flatter to arrive, and it was well worth it. Thanks to what I learned in the book, I've got a good excuse to give my cardigan short sleeves – a good figure-flattering strategy for bottom-heavy types like me, it seems. Look better and have a better chance of making that KAL deadline? Works for me!
There's a lot to like about this book – it's got a friendly, no-nonsense tone; it's non-judgmental and very supportive of all shapes and sizes (I loved the range of models they used); the hints and tips work for all your outfits (not just the hand-knit ones); and in addition to the handful of attractive patterns designed with my shape in mind, each of the other patterns includes notes for figure-friendly modifications. (There's also help with the required math. Perfect!) This is a book I'll go back to again and again.
I did a bit of spinning with my Moosie, and wow, what a difference a good tool makes! Unbelievable. I've been too preoccupied with my sweater to do much more, but I did splurge on a little incentive...a bit of fibre. Isn't it pretty?
Polworth + Silk in "Coal Harbour," again from SweetGeorgia. I'm going to have to be careful that I don't end up with double the stash, it seems.
In non-fibre news, I've had this song on repeat; seen Much Ado About Nothing (loved it, and that's not just my appreciation of the theatre's air-conditioning talking); and spent an evening at Another Story Bookshop, where Marianne Elliott was reading from her new book.
Zen Under Fire is the story of her time as a UN employee in Afghanistan (to put it very, very simply), and it's a fascinating account of a place – and a set of circumstances – that I can barely imagine. If I was in a book club, this would be my pick for the year.
Tomorrow, I'll pop back to share the results of what might be the best culinary experiment I've done in a while (or might be an enormous failure). Cross your fingers!