On the needles are some things that have been lingering a bit....the orange blob is the ethereal triangular shawl by Lakshmi Juneja. I have quite a bit of the Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace yarn, so decided to make this a full size shawl; I'm on the seventh repeat of chart 1, and will probably do a couple more before the deep lace edging. I'm in this one for the long haul.
The beige is Java socks for PapaGeek; one sock done and it fits and he likes it. Too bad I showed it to him, because now he sort of looks at what I'm knitting....not saying a word, but I know he's thinking....what about my sock?? I love the madelinetosh sock yarn, so this one will get done sooner rather than later.
The stripey bright is the Berroco sox I got last weekend; mindless "vanilla-sock" pattern that's good for a read-along; I just started them, but they'll probably be the first of the three finished. That's just the way things go sometimes. (They are PapaGeek's, too--he'll be happy.)
I finished reading Winter Sea from last week and just loved it--historical fiction with a modern connection. Highly recommend it. This week I brought home Almost Amish, and am not loving it quite as much. It's yet another book on the virtues of simplifying one's life--using the Amish lifestyle as a model. The writing seems a bit forced, slightly preachy. I thought I would love this, because one of my all time favorite books is Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish by Sue Bender. I pulled it off the bookshelf, flipped through it, and immediately got sucked in once again. A much better choice. This is the story of Sue Bender's love affair with Amish quilts--her need to learn more about them--her attraction to the faceless dolls--and how they connected her to the Amish community--and ultimately how she spent a year living with an Amish family.
"Before the visit to the Amish, I was proud to make art--precious objects to be seen in a gallery......" " (now) I looked at their life and saw it as art." One woman's awakening to the importance of simplicity as well as a tribute to the community that helped her on her journey. A really really good read.
joining Ginny for Yarnalong--what are you reading????