• Knitting & Crafting

    Fake Isle Hat

    Fake Isle Hat

    Fake Isle Hat, started November 13, 2007, finished November 30, 2007
    Pattern: Fake Isle Hat by Amy King from MagKnits November 2006.
    Yarn: Less than 1 skein of each Patons SWS in Natural White and Natural Earth (70% wool 30% soy 80g 110yards)
    Needles: #6/4.0mm 16″ metal circs and DPNs
    Modifications: CO for small size, but I added a few rows it at the rim and in the middle, and then realized it was too long so I skipped a few of the decrease rows.
    Lessons Learned: Two handed stranding.
    Cost of Project: $10 for yarn
    Would I knit it again? Yes, but I’d probably just do the Small size as written, maybe add a couple of rows for extra length.
    Pattern Notes and Comments: First colour work project. Started this project on 13/11/07, but had to CO three times. The first time I did it with the big size and it seemed too loose for me (I have a slightly bigger than normal cranium), so I recasted on 18/11/07. That somehow twisted. This actually was actually finished between 19/11/07 and 30/11/07. It’s a bit big because I did knit the large size row wise for a bit, but realised that it was going to be huge so I skipped a lot of decrease rows. It’s not that bad, but this hat knits up larger than most. The good thing is: it covers my ears!

    This is my first time using the Patons SWS. I bought a lot of it for this hat and a scarf that I will be making to match. It’s really fuzzy, but not itchy as I’ve heard some people say. My tickle factor is low. I used less than skein of each of the SWS colours so more for the stash.

    I love stranding.

  • Books

    Man Booker Challenge

    I’m a reading challenges addict! Here is Dewey’s second challenge, six books from the Man Booker Prize to be read between January to December 2008.

    • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    • Life & Times of Michael K
    • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    • The Gathering by Anne Enright
    • Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
    • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

    The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
    Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
    The Sea by John Banville
    Posession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
    The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
    Atonement by Ian McEwan (shortlisted)
    …and the rest

    Bookers I have read:
    The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel