Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Flitter and Twitter

This color is much more intense than the real color, which is a dark rose pink.

I am swatching for a blanket that I'm making for one of my granddaughters. The yarn is Vanna's Choice, which I have not used before. When I knitted this square, it was very wavy, perhaps because of the combination of stockinette and garter stitches. I like this butterfly better, though, than the ones that are done in stockinette and reverse stockinette. I ran the swatch through the washer, and it was still wavy. Of course, it also doubled up rather badly. Pinning it out to dry seems to be working, but I certainly don't want my daughter to have to deal with that every time it is washed. A blanket for a 6-year-old is going to get frequent launderings, after all. I would welcome comments and suggestions, particularly from anyone with experience with this yarn or with garter/stockinette combos.

I am watching with interest the excitement over Twitter. I think I can possibly see the appeal of it, particularly if I were in a more isolated situation all day. However, whenever I read a list of tweets, I feel very disconnected. I've been trying to analyze my reaction, and I've decided that it is because I spend much of the day listening to tweets. I'm a teacher, and I'm constantly listening to a multitude of disconnected threads while monitoring students to make sure that they stay on task. If they were little children, it would perhaps affect me differently, but teenagers are enough like adults that I often feel bombarded with random thoughts. That's the way reading a log of someone's tweets always strikes me. In principle, I think Twitter is a neat idea, but it's not for me.

A pleasant book surprise. On my list for this summer is a plan to reread all of the Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. I discovered them in college. There are only ten of them, and I found them to be delightful. I also have an idea they may be hard to find. Imagine my delight when I checked the local OverDrive audiobook offerings and found that the very first book, Whose Body?, was available. I downloaded immediately, and I'm very pleased so far with the quality of the narration.

Please remember that my book reviews have moved to my Shelfari shelf in my sidebar.


Knitman said...

I am just guessing here: it looks to me as if you haver used moss stitch(seed) on the edges. This could well be why it waved. The design is attractive so I hope you figure it out. Also, if the blanket is going to be made of squares, perhaps there will not be a problem.

Cathy said...

on the Vanna's choice... I am knitting with it making a blanket. It seems to be a little more than worsted weight to me. I wonder if increasing your needle one size would make a difference.