Hermione’s Everyday Socks

It’s been over a year since I’ve knit myself a pair of socks (that last pair is preparing to be frogged, so they don’t count), so I headed into my stash and pulled out some Patons Socks Kroy FX in the Cameo colourway. I’ve had Erica Lueder’s Hermione’s Everyday Socks in my queue for quite some time – she’s  got great sock patterns inspired by all sorts of Harry Potter characters and places and there are about half a dozen or so in my queue.

Love the texture

Love the texture

These are a really easy knit so they’re moving a long quickly. Now that I look at it, the colours really remind me of my Sid Cowl from earlier in the year.

Second Star to the Right…

Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.

-J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan has taken up his spot on my Story Time Sampler. I listened to a radio dramatization of the play (I think it was a BBC production) while working on this and quite enjoyed it. It’s very much of its time, but J.M. Barrie really does an excellent job of capturing a child’s logic.

Doesn't he look impish?

Doesn’t he look impish?

I didn’t make any changes this month, just lowering their mouths like I did in all the other frames. Read on for more…

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See You in Autumn

Just a quick post today to show you my completed February Lady Sweater. As I’ve mentioned before, the Knit Picks Chroma that I used is beautiful but it does have it’s challenges.

It's done!

It’s done!

This adaptation of an Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern was a great introduction to her Knitter’s Almanac – I can definitely see more EZ patterns in my future.

Now to pack it away until it’s cold enough for a wool sweater. Since this is Canada, that probably won’t be too long!

Juliet Was a Surprise

Well, in my last Evergreen post I said my third book would be a surprise, and it certainly was.

I have to be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Bill Gaston’s Juliet Was a Surprise. Working in a library I’ve had the chance to discuss the Evergreen nominees with other book lovers, and no one I talked to liked this book. I was tempted to skip it, but I said I’d read all ten books, so I picked it up with some trepidation. And I hated it … at first.

I think a major issue with this book is that it’s a collection of short stories and, quite frankly, short stories can be really weird. In my experience short stories are designed to get under your skin and make you a little uncomfortable.  That being said, two of the first three stories in this collection really turned me off. It was the kind of situation where I could appreciate Gaston’s talent as a writer but I just didn’t like what he was saying. And then came the fourth story, Tumpadabump. Oh my, was that ever glorious. The rest of the stories fell somewhere between the two, they weren’t as amazing as the fourth but they were nowhere near those first two. Overall I’m glad I stuck it out because I ended up quite enjoying this collection.

Leftovers

I’ve finished my February Lady sweater! It still needs a few ends woven in and a good blocking, so I’ll hold of on the pictures until then. I decided against the moose buttons and instead decided to use these vintage ones I picked up at Market Road Antiques (if you’re ever near St. Jacob’s Country I strongly suggest visiting this place – I could spend a whole day in there).

Vintage Buttons

Vintage Buttons

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