Yarnalong: Droving and Persuasion

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Knitting: Droving by Ann Kingstone, from the lovely Tup Knits book.  The main color is a yarn by New Zealand indie dyer Red Riding Hood Yarns.  It’s her Fleur Sock base in the color way Flight of the Concords Griffin which Mr. N got me for Christmas a few years ago — I’ve been saving it for something special.  The contrast is a yarn I’ve had in my stash for ages (like 8 or 10 years!) It’s Brooklyn Handspun Signature Sock, and I think the color’s called Sunset Wheat (I’ve temporarily mislaid the tag – doh!)  The twist and feel of the two yarns were quite different, so I wasn’t sure if they’d play well together when I cast on, but they’ve got on beautifully.  I love the sheep-y pattern, but it’s been very slow going for me.  I’ve just completed the sheep of the first sock, now there’s some more geometric colorwork–I’m much faster when I can memorize the colorwork repeat or see in the knitting what’s coming next — then the heel and foot are knit plain.  I’m toying with the idea of using the contrast color for my heel.

Reading: Persuasion, by Jane Austen.  Every so often, I like to sink into a Jane Austen novel.  Persuasion is probably my favorite of them all, so as soon as I get article revisions, which have temporarily taken over my life, out of the way, I’m going to spend some quality time with Anne Elliot.

What are you reading and knitting this week? As always, you can head on over to the original Yarnalong post to see what people from around the world are doing this week!

 

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18 thoughts on “Yarnalong: Droving and Persuasion

  1. so very sweet but i thought it was an owl ~ my bad!! i started my first sock last week and 1/4 of the way in, i am just looking at it, thinking about it!!!

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    1. Thank you – if you could see it in person, you’d see there are all sorts of little mistakes where I’ve stranded too tightly or too loosely! But it’s all good practice. I’ve been having regular Austen movie viewings with some friends, which is part of what prompted me to pick up Persuasion again!

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  2. I love your colorwork! I like how it’s subtle and soft. I haven’t read that book yet of Jane’s. I will try to find the audiobook. I’ve listened to the audio of Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility so far.

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  3. Ohhhh, I love your sock! Now, you’ve got me itching to cast on something stranded. 😉

    Enjoy Jane Austen! I reread Mansfield Park recently had the best time doing it.

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