There's something new on the needles. I'm knitting a tie for 'A.' I bought him a nice narrow vintage knitted one from Portobello Road and a lovely fine tweed one in Oxford. We couldn't find others in the colours he needed, so I offered to try and make some.
I remember a lovely narrow olive green leather one that my father used to wear with dark checked shirts, narrow trousers and brown leather Doc Martin laceup shoes.
'A' spotted the petrol blue and grey linen yarn in my knitting basket and asked if I would use some of that. So I've put my shawl to one side for a bit and am experimenting with plain stocking stitch on five needles and I'll try moss(seed) next.
I hear that blue, along with burnt orange, mustard and olive green are going to be all the rage in menswear this autumn. So he's going to be right on trend...Not that he'd mind if he was, or wasn't...me neither for that matter.
I've almost finished reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It wasn't at all what I expected. The whole book (so far...p209) is a series of emails and letters. Not my favourite format for a novel. I think it stints the narrative and I somehow feel that it's an easy option for the author.
I hope that doesn't make me sound pompous...I'm a rubbish writer and struggle to write a comprehensive email or blog post, let alone a whole novel. But it's just an observation and it hasn't made me put it down. All the same, I can't wait to begin "Things I've Been Silent About" by Azar Nafisi, an author for whom I have great respect.
But what about you, anything new on your needles and what are you reading?
I'm joining with Ginny for Yarn Along...
...you coming too?
PS...the film looks really fun: