I decided last week that I needed some knitting that I could do while reading, watching television, etc. In theory, the Marion Foale cardigan is straightforward enough, but actually if I don't pay attention the results aren't as even as I would like. So I have embarked on another cardigan. This is from Rowan's Classic Knits for Real Women.
(In this context, "real women" evidently means "bigger and/or older" - in comparison to most of the models that you see in books and magazines.) The design is a jacket that has two versions. Both are mainly stocking stitch, but one has beads at regular intervals, and the other (the one I chose) has an occasional purl stitch on the right side which gives a similar effect.
The pattern is for double knitting weight yarn, and I am using Rowan wool-cotton, in a lovely soft green colour called Verdigris. The 'beads' are on every 6th row, and otherwise the stitch pattern is plain stocking stitch. So I only need to pay attention on the 6th row - although I also need to check at the start of every knit row to see whether it is the 6th row, which I am inclined to forget to do. So it is ideal reading knitting.
I started the jacket last week. This week I am at a workshop at a research institute in the Black Forest in Germany - quite taxing for my retired brain, but very stimulating too. I had a long journey to get here, involving a train to Manchester airport, a flight to Frankfurt, another train, and finally a taxi. Altogether I spent more than 3 hours on the various trains - very productive knitting and reading time. (I didn't attempt to take my knitting in my hand luggage on the plane, because I have heard of even bamboo needles being confiscated.) I had nearly finished the back by the time I got here, and I expect to have a lot of the first front done by the time I get home again.