I'm joining back in with Ginny's Yarn Along today - I missed it terribly when I was busy last week!
Firstly, a little update on the Vinelle situation. I am grateful that so many of you were generous enough to share advice and asked to see how it turned out.
This was the biggest project I had ever knitted and when it came down to it, I was too scared to unpick it in case I ruined the entire thing, which amounted to an entire Summer's worth of knitting! I intend to practice doing it on smaller projects, though, so that I can be more confident about fixing things in future.
I was also not brave enough to cut it or to use the sewing machine on it. Instead, I plumped for hand sewing some darts about an inch long into each side of the neck. By a sheer stroke of luck, I think, they are almost invisible and don't create padding on the shoulder as I feared might happen.
The neck is still quite open but it's a lot more comfortable to wear so I'm really pleased.
There hasn't been much time for knitting this week but I did manage to make a Windmill dishcloth/mat for a friend who sent me something lovely through the post a few weeks ago. I love these little patterns and remember finding them useful for building my confidence when I was feeling brave enough to move on from basic knit and purl stitches.
This week I have been reading A Householder's Guide to the Universe by Harriet Fasenfest and I love it! It's kind of a month-by-month guide to urban homesteading. There's no denying that the book is US centric so the foods that are in season, for instance, are slightly different but I love the author's approach. There is practical advice but also (what endears me, I think) Harriet writes about problems, making mistakes, shifting her perspective and shows a really human side that I often find lacking in self-sufficiency type books.
'If today I call myself a householder, it is with the hope that you might do the same. With all the obstacles currently facing our planet, householding has given me a way to understand - and challenge - the quagmire of contemporary society. It has turned my frustration into action and my problems into solutions. Perhaps it will do the same for you.'
What are you knitting and/or reading this week?