Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I made a decision

I finished the first of the the Spiral Rib socks (called "After Bertha" in the book).


They're short, but I'm ok with that. I kind of got tired of doing the spiral rib, not to mention that the cast on is a little tight. You can't see the pattern well with this dark yarn, but I like them, and that's all that matters.

Next, albeit late, my "I" for the Knitty ABC along. I is for ISBN.


The ISBN you see is for my favorite book, Falling Leaves, The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. As some of you may know, I am half Chinese. I went thru a period of time where I wanted to read books written by Chinese authors. Sort of searching for something with my heritage. I picked books at random, and this was one of them. I fell in love with this book. I have read it over and over again, and when anyone asks me for a book recommendation, I give this one. And every single person that I've recomended it to has loved it as well.

And last but not least, the decision I made. I have decided to put the shawl away. I am leaving it as it is, marking carefully where I left off, and putting it away. It is no longer fun for me to knit. And I don't want my knitting to be a chore. So, look for it again at a later time, but not anytime soon. Instead of this shawl for the wedding, I'm going to make Convertible. I need yarn (of course I do, don't look at me like that...), but I will purchase it this week. Look for pics soon.

11 comments:

weaselrina said...

Good for you!! Giving yourself permission to stop something you don't feel like doing is one lifes great privledges :)

cpurl17 said...

I think Convertible will be beautiful for a wedding AND you get to buy more yarn, yay!!!

Laura said...

call me stupid or call me blind, I didn't know that you were half Chinese. So am I. I'll have to get that book.

Jennifer said...

I loved Falling Leaves! I also went through a Chinese author period for the same reasons. :)

Gina said...

Hey...I wasn't giving any look. I promise. I swear. If you aren't getting joy from your knitting, what is the point?

Terby said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'll add it to my list.
I like the colors of your sock, and I think I'm a big fan of the shorter length. They don't fall down that way.

Good for you for putting away something you're tired of. Knitting is supposed to be fun. When it becomes an obligation, it's much harder to be excited about it.

Looking forward to seeing Convertible. I like that pattern.

wendy said...

Ihope this one is a fast knit for you

LaBean said...

Teehee It's ok to let the shawl go. But you knew that anyway. I've now learned to only do fancy stitchwork in solid sock yarns. I'm working on accumulating a bunch of that too!

Thanx for the book recommendation. I'll have to check that out sometime. Oh, and Tag, you're it! (again, sorry lol)

Bezzie said...

I kind of like the handknit socks on the shorter cuff side anyways!

I love your I! I was entering ISBNs all day selling some books online. Course I kept my favorite Chinese author Maxine Hong Kingston (I love The Woman Warrior) I'll have to check out Falling Leaves

PURLPOWER said...

I fully agree with you, we knit for fun not for penance. I know you'll come back to it again some day anyway!

Susie said...

I went through a "Chinese book period" too. The one that seem to satisfy me was "The Concubine's Daughter". I think I have Falling Leaves somewhere on a book shelf, somewhere in the apt... Drat! that must mean I need to clean some more! :)