After finishing Pride and Prejudice, I decided to buy the el-cheapo Barnes & Noble editions of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. Right now I'm reading S&S, which I've read before but wanted to read before tackling the latter two books (which I haven't read). After Austen, I might read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See or The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.
Since the last post, I've made serious progress on the Somewhat Cowl sweater. All I have to finish is whipstitching the cowl neck. I'd like to go back and undo the short rows I made on the sleeves. But it looks like it would be too tricky to do, being so close to the already grafted underarms. I don't know... we'll see. My reasoning for putting in the short rows was to add curvature to the sleeves (for the shoulder tops) with the intention of preventing stretching (it's a close-fitting raglan). It turns out, the sleeves didn't really need short rows. Or, shall I say, they didn't need short rows where I placed them. If my intention was to round out the shoulders of the raglan, I should've placed the short rows higher up... *ahem*...near the shoudlers. DUH!!! Other than the bungled short row placement, the sweater looks really nice, and I can't wait to wear it! It's a nice olive green yarn made with alpaca and tencel. When it's complete, I'll post pics.
I'm waiting on the yarn to arrive for the pullover and tote. For the v-neck pullover, I'm going to try to make a loose, 4 to 5 inch double rib crossover v-neck collar. I'm still trying to decide whether to make set-in sleeves or a raglan (top down, or bottom up with a CCD seam). Hmm... I'm thinking slightly belled sleeves would be pretty. As for the stitch pattern, I don't know yet. I need to see the yarn first. It's Decadence from Knit Picks.
I found a free felted tote pattern online which looks somewhat similar to the Oregon Tote. For this tote, I ordered Knit Picks WOTA in Chocolate and Arctic Pool Heather (blue).