The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman's trilogy "His Dark Materials" is probably one of the most thought provoking books I've read in recent years. I shan't attempt to describe the complexities of Lyra's world of parallel universes and those incredible daemons. But if you haven't read them, do. They are very compelling and real page turners and definitely not just children's books. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.

I was very excited to read here on Kai's blog and here on Aknita's blog that there is to be a film "The Golden Compass" based on Northern Lights - the first book of the trilogy and I loved seeing a clip and of course I couldn't resist checking out my own daemon.

He is Zotius, a snow leopard.

The film is to be released in December 2007. That's one I shan't miss.

And Glade?

I was so disappointed with Glade's fit when it was finally tried on. It needs some serious restructuring and I might completely abandon the sleeve bottom edging and have 3/4 sleeves with some crochet to finish it off. And the same for the front frilly trim. I've unpicked it and I think I shall have to use scissors and sewing machine to adjust the shouders and then use the crochet trim on the front opening edge to make that fit better. In other words, it's got to be botched....at the moment it's in a bag, on a shelf out of sight. I just don't have the heart for it. We don't talk about Glade.....

But socks and shawls - they are reliable. They're like old friends. Comfortable and reassuring. You know where you are with them.

And exciting too.

Fleece Artist have produced a new sock yarn called Sea Wool. Like my favourite for shawls, Sea Silk which is a combination of silk and sea cell, Sea Wool is 70% Merino and 30% Seacell.These are the first two I've chosen

They're a bit more subdued than usual but I think they'll make nice summer socks.

And two finished pairs....
Toe-Up of course and short row heels but a variation from short row toes. I did the Turkish cast on and Make one Right and left increases with a simple lace 3 x YO,K2tog from PGR's Simple Socks. I'll write out more details in next post. The yarn is lovely hand-dyed Merino from Hobbledehoy

And this

And a close up of the stitch pattern and you can see the colours better
This is the Fyberspates Sock Club yarn for May and the pattern that went with it Helterskelter. It's absolutely gorgeous - 90% Alpaca and very soft.


Sussex Yorkie said...

The Hobbledehoy looks lovely knitted up. What size needles did you use for the Helter Skelter Socks?

Seawool is gorgeous.

kathryn said...

Sorry...I usually put this info with my sock piccies....

I used an Addi 2.5mm turbo for the Helter Skelters.

Helen said...

That alpaca sock yarn is just beautiful and it looks so soft. *covets*

Dipsy said...

Your knitting is gorgeous as always - and a big thanks for telling us about "His Dark Materials" - this sounds absolutely fascinating and I'll definitely check the books out!

Susan @ Damn, Knit & Blast It said...

Glade - I know what you mean - mine is stuffed away awaiting "botching" too!