I'm happily knitting away on my "arrows" project . . .
After a summer of knitting that included lace and mosaic and beads and all the attention and counting that kind of knitting entails, I'm just thrilled to be working on a projet that is free-form and open-ended and not restricted in any way at all. (It's kind of like knitting dishcloths, but with much nicer yarn.)
I love just being able to follow a basic recipe . . . while just riffing with color and texture. This kind of project is very forgiving. If I don't like what I see, I can just . . . end it. Try something else. Grab a different color instead. Throw in a garter ridge or two. And if I make a mistake of some sort? Well, I can just work it into the project and no one will ever be the wiser.
I also like creating such a colorful, bold accessory for myself. Because I love looking at the bright and the wild . . . but I don't really like wearing it. Unless it's an accessory! So perfect, non?
Finally, though, I have always love the symbolism of arrows. Movement. Direction. Strength. Grace. Power. Give me an arrow anytime!
So, basically . . . this is just what I need to knit right now.
As for the reading, I've just started Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (one of my favorite authors) (this one was on the Man Booker long list). Over the weekend, I finished Autumn by Ali Smith (another of my favorite authors) (this one made the Man Booker short list). I loved Autumn, although I'll readily admit that it won't be to many readers' tastes (so be warned if you like your books strong on plot with few holes by the end of the book) (just sayin').
How about you? What are you knitting and reading?
This post is part of Kat's Unraveled Wednesdays. To read more knitting and reading posts, click here.