I forgot to share the Yarn Along link last week, which was not good linkup manners.
This week Stella and I are finishing up Matilda. We should wrap it up tomorrow. All five of my children have loved Roald Dahl, but he is a little bleak for me.
I am still working my way through How Not To Be Wrong. I'm enjoying it very much, but I keep trying to read it in bed at night. In the battle between sleep and math, math keeps losing. I just finished his section on what Bayesian inference can tell us about the existence of God. (Answer: not much, but it's worth reading anyway.)
I am knitting a Metronome. It's a fun pattern featuring a novel and clever method for painless intarsia, but I think I'm going to rip it back. I want to take that blue stripe a teeny bit farther over, so it is exactly the same length as the setup rows. This small difference has bugged me in all of the Metronome pictures I've viewed, and dernit, it doesn't have to be that way. I am also wondering if I might get a nicer drape with a size 6 needle, or if the yarn will become more pliant and drape-y when I wash it. It's all garter stitch, and you know how garter stitch will sag if you give it a chance. I should probably just wash it instead of wondering, you figure?
I am knitting it with fancypants yarn: it's Kate Davies' Buachaille, acquired in last winter's Seven Skeins Club. None of those patterns really spoke to me, and I'd been thinking to myself, "What am I going to do with these 50g skeins of luxury sportweight wool?" Then when I got the itch to knit a Metronome I thought to myself, "It's too bad I don't have any nice sportweight wool in my stash." And then, like a 1970s Reese's cup commercial, those two thoughts collided and produced a good idea. Or at least I think it will be a good idea. That green on the left does not fill me with joy. I like the pictures of it in other people's projects, but in my own personal house with my own personal lighting, it always looks to me like somebody's grandma's couch from 1977. I was thinking I might use it as the contrasting border for my Metronome, but I am going to have to go outside in the sunshine and take a good hard look at it first. It would be a shame to knit up something that left me looking like I had mistakenly donned a 1977 couch.
Speaking of books: fun quiz from the NYT!