Yarn Along is a wonderful weekly link-up hosted by the Small Things blog about two of the best things in life, reading and knitting.
I'm so excited to be writing my first Yarn Along post in two months! Jarrod and I are in the process of moving from Ohio to Hawaii -- with a month-long pit-stop at my parents' in Colorado for me while Jarrod takes a class -- and between move preparations, selling our house and getting to Colorado, there wasn't any time for knitting. I had planned to pick out a short-sleeve sweater pattern once I got here, but I couldn't settle on a pattern or a yarn. Finally I landed on one and ordered some yarn, and it's such a relief to be knitting again!
Reading: I've only got a couple pages left of "A Gathering of Shadows," book two in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy. I enjoyed the first book, but I liked this one even better despite the fact that it's less action-heavy. I got a much greater sense of the world our characters inhabit (magical, beautiful Red London, one of four parallel universe Londons with varying degrees of magic). Later today I'll start "Black Rabbit Hall," a gothic British tale I've been looking forward to. (But it's been so long since I requested it from the library -- my parents' library, that is -- that I barely remember what it's about! Sometimes that's the best kind of reading, though.)
Knitting: The Cap Sleeve Lattice Top by Purl Soho, knit in Knit Picks Comfy. I've only worked with cotton yarn once before, but I thought it would be best for Hawaii; wool isn't exactly the fiber of choice when it's in the 80s every day. The body of the sweater will be navy blue and the cream yarn is for the lace pattern on the chest and shoulders. It's coming along well so far; since this part is just straight stockinette stitch it's perfect TV knitting. I'm a little nervous because this'll be my first experience with mattress stitch. Every time I've had to seam something in the past I just winged it (and hated every second), but now I'll finally have to buckle down and learn the professional method of sewing knitted pieces together. Eek!