Day: August 28, 2008

Project 166/365 - Foliage

The universe may be sending me a message that I should not wear red knit hats because every time I make one, they end up too big or too small. This one ended up being way too big, and I am someone with an above average head size. I like the fact the pattern is top-down, but I really was not in the mood to make this hat and made several mistakes while doing the lace. I probably will never wear this hat. This red Cascade 220 is the one I ripped from Koolhaas (and from leftovers of Gretel) and that for some reason, I keep having bad luck with it though it’s a lovely colour and yarn. I still have one skein of it which will go into storage for who knows how long because of my upcoming move.

Foliage, started August 23rd 2008, finished August 26th, 2008 Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Foliage by Emilee Mooney from Knitty Fall 2007 Ravelry Pattern Page
Size: Worsted version
Yarn: Cascade 220 (220 yards/100g) in #800 Cranberry – I had exactly 58g left (weighed at my LYS) of this.
Needles: #7/4.5mm metal long circulars with magic loop
Modifications: Emily Ocker CO and I only knit 5 rows of 1×1 rib because I was running out of yarn.
Cost of Project: $7
Would I knit it again? Doubtful. If I do, I’ll use lifelines or make the chunky version or the beret mod.

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?

Or, um, is it just me? – BTT

It’s hard to say what my favourite reasons are to read. It is true that plot and story factor into overall enjoyment of the book. There have been many times when I dislike the characters but am interested in the plot or the writing powers of the writer. I think style and themes really do factor into books I like; it’s also why I can read poetry these days. It is true that a good character can not really be saved if the plot is boring, but I find good plots more common than good characterizations, and both are fed by good writing. But yes, stories and plot are very important to my enjoyment of a book for the most part.