In little fits and starts, I've actually accomplished a couple of things lately.
First, I finished sleeve one of Pas de Valse and started sleeve two:
As you can see, I had the same problem with sleeve two that I did with sleeve one - holes in the pickup/short row area:
As soon as I'm done writing this, I'm getting back to this sleeve. I really want to finish this sweater and move on. I can't decide whether I will like this or not. I'm skeptical. The yarn is very soft, and I'm worried about pilling and stretching. But it is very pretty. The next sweater will be sturdier, I promise. I know which one I'm knitting, and what yarn I'm using. It's taking all my strength not to start swatching for it now.
In addition, I finished the first of my Virve's Stockings. I love these. They come all the way up to my knees, true knee socks. I was a bit worried about whether I'd have enough of the main blue color to finish both socks, so I did a contrast color toe, using a bit of the colorwork motif from the colorwork band to tie it all together:
It's hard to tell from the picture, but the color I used for the toe does appear in the colorwork band. I've also started the second sock, but I haven't gotten too far beyond the lace cuff. Stay tuned.
And... my vote for funniest political quote of the year goes to Marion Barry, the man with more lives than a cat, from this morning's Washington Post: "They may take my committee chair. They can't take my dignity." This is true. They can't take his dignity. He hasn't had any for years, decades, even.
I'm continuing to read Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel, the author of Wolf Hall. I'm enjoying this book, although I can't really say why. It's not a book I would really recommend to people, but it's holding my interest. Mantel is a good writer, there's not doubt about that.
I'm almost finished with the book, so I need to figure out what to read next. Recommendations, anyone? I'm not sure anyone's out there, but I'd love to hear some good book recommendations. My only request is for fiction recs.