Yarn Along

I’m trying something new today. I’m joining the yarn along started by Ginny. Two of my favourite things are reading and knitting so it just seems like a good fit for me to get in on this group. Although since I do most of my reading on my ereader, the pictures on my part might not be so… how shall we say… inspiring maybe?

The pattern is already written and ready to go but the sample needs to be finished in order for me to do a photo shoot! Fingers crossed that the weather will improve soon so that I can take some pictures of my finished projects (or rather so that I can charming ask/coerce the Mister into taking some pictures). I have several patterns that are nearly complete with finished samples that are just begging for pictures!

The knitting details:

Yarn: Opal Handgefarbt [75% wool, 25%nylon, 420m/100g] in the Rosenbeet Colourway

Needles: 3.0mm Wood KnitPro circular

Pattern: Arya’s Needlework by me! coming soon to the patterns section of this website. As soon as I get this sample finished. :)

The pattern is already written and ready to go but the sample needs to be finished in order for me to do a photo shoot! Fingers crossed that the weather will improve soon so that I can take some pictures of my finished projects (or rather so that I can charming ask/coerce the Mister into taking some pictures). I have several patterns that are nearly complete with finished samples that are just begging for pictures!

I’m really enjoying knitting this. The lace pattern is very simple and stretchy, so I’m not doing any shaping on this sweater, I’m just booming along in the round. Progress is slower than the past couple of knits but that’s much more about the fact that I am knitting with a much finer yarn than I had been for my last few projects than it is about the pattern or my skills. I think that after several worsted weight projects it’s nice to come back to a finer weight yarn.

The name of the pattern is also based on a book. Any guesses?

The book details:

Endgame: Volume 1 The Problem of Civilization by Derrick Jensen

I’m fairly certain that I will flesh out my thoughts into a full review later but for now I only have a couple things to say about this:

Derrick Jensen is an angry man. And he should be. He’s angry about the way human beings treat the environment, other humans and non-humans. His anger is righteous. But I think that all this anger about civilization makes it so that he can’t see the benefits that civilization has to offer (medicine, food production, art, the internet etc.).

He’s a talented writer and he has a very engaging and personal style but for someone who is not already fired up (and I mean really fired up) about the environment the amount of vitriol this man has for civilization could be very off-putting.

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

With all the anger I'm getting from Endgame, I really needed something light, clever and funny. So I turned to my go-to author for this sort of thing - Terry Pratchett. I hadn't read this particular book of his but of course I wasn't disappointed. It's funny and clever and as usual I got a couple of strange looks from the Mister when I laughed out loud at something or other. Unfortunately this is one type of book that is better in the paper version - footnotes are harder on a reader, though not unbearably so.

I think I may need more Pratchett to make it through the Jensen though. I'm ripping through this book and *ignoring* the other. Oh dear.