Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Yarn Along: Fuzzy Lamb
Hello! It's a sunny Wednesday morning and I have a little Mr. Sicko in bed upstairs, but I thought I'd jump into the Yarn Along for a quick sec.
Inspired by my friend Angela's knitted penguin, I scoured the Ravelry pages for a little knit softie I could make as a present for my cousin's baby, due in April. I found Fuzzy Lamb! I'd never made a creature before, so I learned a few new skills. It was pretty easy. Only took a few days. And the lovely thing is that it's not being worn against the skin - so I bought soft yarn but not $20/skein soft yarn, yanno?
I'm reading Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's set in the not-so-distant future on the Gulf Coast where a bunch of beach-rat type folk work on scavenge crews breaking down the big oil tankers that have washed up on the shore. The main character, Nailer, has a pretty crappy life; poor, dangerous job, violent father, and he just had his shoulder ripped apart. He realizes that his only way out of his dead-end life is a lot of luck and a lot of smarts. After a big storm, a fancy ship washes up on the beach (luck) but he has to use his wits to help save the swank girl that survived the crash in hopes that saving her will help save himself. I'm really enjoying it. I like worlds that have one foot set in my reality and one foot in fantasy. Nailer is a great character. He's a good young man in a savage world. The plot moves quickly. The characters are colorful. The stakes are high. Just my speed.
Now back to knitting...
The weather is changing and I needed something I little more Spring to knit and I found this lovely loose vest. I'm knitting with a linen/cotten mix yarn, which is definitely a different sensation, but the good folks at Ravelry say it softens up nicely after a wash or two. But again, this will have a layer of clothing between it and my skin so it doesn't have to be the softest thing ever.
Man oh man, do I love having this mannequin body to drape stuff on!
(Joining Ginny at Small Things.)