Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Christmas Knitting Started

So I am a little concerned about this vest that I hope to make for my mom for Christmas. The size is what concerns me. I am not sure whether to make a medium or a large. I want to surprise her (she will tell me not to make it otherwise), but I also want to be sure it fits when it is done. The pattern is in metric measure, but I did the conversion and of course the measurements for my mom come out right at the M to L cut-off point. I cast on the large and a couple of rows in I decided it looked huge. I frogged it and started over with the medium. I may need a clandestine trip to mom's house to measure one of her store bought vests for size. I am not even sure where she stores them. Sigh.....


I am really enjoying working with this yarn though. It is really soft and knits up quite easily. It is a dark teal color which I think Mom will like.

As for reading, I have finished Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline. I will try other books by this author as many people like her writing, but I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. This was this author's first book and maybe that is the excuse, but I didn't find the characters at all engaging. Although I should have, I felt no sympathy for those characters who warranted it. Many of the character were stereotypical Southern boors. The book didn't make be laugh, cry or in fact feel anything. There was supposed to be a mystery, but there really wasn't. This was just a sad story about the effects infidelity and alcohol. This book also didn't really resolve anything in the end. You wanted to know more, but not enough to want to read further.

On a lighter note, I hope, my next book is Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer. I haven't started reading it yet as I am still recovering from the last book.

I am joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are reading?  Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

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7 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

I would say if you are struggling to get a size, better to have it too big than too small. I love the colour of the yarn.

CathieJ said...

Thanks, I just frogged the medium size I was working on and have begun the large. I was only 10 rows in.

Reinventing Mother said...

I love your cross stitching as well! Before my knitting days I did tons of it!

steph said...

good for you---starting early on the christmas gifts!!!! sometimes when i'm between sizes, i'll go up a needle size from the one where i get gauge. this usually makes the end result a little bigger, but not a whole size. ???? might work for you, too.

CathieJ said...

Thank you. I can't leave any of my crafts behind.

CathieJ said...

Thanks Steph, I would never have thought of that. I think the large size will work out fine, but this is a good tip for the future.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have a very lucky Mom! I'd go with large if you already did not...it's always better to have something a little too big for your body than too small, ha ha ! :)