Another Knitting Black Hole

I’m in another black hole of knitting.  Remember this picture of my Shadow Spiral Scarf I posted two days ago?


Well, I been knitting for WEEKS since that post 2 days ago, and my scarf hasn’t gotten any longer.  My yarn seems to be getting eaten up but every time I look at the scarf, it’s the same size.   Here is part of the problem:  The scarf is knit in the round, so it will be a double thick scarf.  I also cast on 32 more stitches than the pattern calls for because I wanted it wider.  Plus, the pattern calls for the scarf to be 49″ long, but I like it longer, so I can wrap it around my neck.  I have two skeins of each color, each skein being 220 yards (880 total yards).  I’m just about done with the first skeins and the scarf measures about 30″.  The pattern calls for 280 yards of each color (560 total yards).  So, if I had knit this according to the pattern, I’d be almost done.  Instead, I am halfway done.  But, I love how it is turning out and I love, Love, LOVE the yarn (Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca; 100% Alpaca).  Soon, I’m sure I will begin the “I think it’s probably long enough” chatter in my head, even though I won’t be done with the yarn and it won’t be as long as I originally planned.  I will try very hard to ignore that chatter, and knit until the yarn is gone.  Wish me luck.

And I want to finish, so I can move on to this Vine Lace Vest:


A cute spring/summer (although the pattern says “four season”) little number!

How about a book review?
I just finished reading Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron and I really enjoyed it.  Rachael, a knitter,  has written a knitting romance series which is fun and light, but this is her first stand alone fiction book.  Aside from a couple of knitting analogies, this book does not have a knitting theme.  It is wonderfully written, going back and forth from the present to the past and in the point of view of three main characters.  Rachael constructs this story in such a way that you can’t help but keep reading to find out what each character will decide to do next.  Here is a little snippet from Amazon (and the book jacket):

“A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.”

If you like these family drama books, I think you will really like this one.

Now, to start Divergent which I’m very excited about!

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