OFF THE NEEDLES:
Hot, humid 'stay-inside-if-you-don't-want-heat-stroke' temperatures + miles and miles of knitting-in-the-round when you have some good books lined up =
quickly turning into...this
which turned into...
Bressay dress by Gudrun Johnston from the book, Fair Isle Style. This was another one of those books that I bought for this ONE pattern, although I might (just might) someday knit the SpillyJane mitts.
The dress is shown with half-circle pockets on either side; I'm pretty sure I'd run out of yarn before both pockets are knit, but I can try to add them if/when I feel like a lively game of yarn-chicken. For now, I'm calling it finished and I couldn't be more pleased.
There is no way I'm donning leggings, boots, and a long-sleeved turtleneck to show you how stinkin' cute it is. I did try it on...and declared it a winner even without the 'styling' layers.
And now....to the books.
I can't recommend the YA book Counting by 7s (Holly Goldberg Sloan) enough. A story of loss, of friendship, of survival, of kindness, of hope....and it's funny. Loved it. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
Mud Season (Ellen Stimson). Why did I even bother finishing this one? It's a memoir of the Stimsons' adventure in relocating to rural Vermont from their very midwestern life in St. Louis. There is some exaggerated, self-deprecating humor, but overall I was just irritated with the author who keeps coming up with all kinds of crazy, ill-thought-through schemes and then leaves her poor family to sort out the mess she creates.
They eventually lose the country store she impulsively buys; she brings contractors from Missouri to do her house renovations---a crew that is clueless on how to deal with Vermont winters which creates not only a mess, but ill-will with local repair people. She decides to homeschool one of her children, yet almost immediately leaves the town, the country store, the house issues, all the animals she adopts (much to her husband's dismay) and her kids as she starts three new businesses (simultaneously??) in NYC to help bail out the financial mess at home. I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. There were some recipes at the end of the book...not a one that isn't a heart attack waiting to happen (and may account for the 'big-butt' she keeps referring to). This one wasn't for me.
Which brings us to the last book in the stack: This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper). From the cover, I'd never pick this up in a million years, but both members of the 'Cape Cod Book Club' insisted that I would love it. So here goes. I'll let you know!
I'm taking a short break from knitting from a book ...
(although, in honor of my vow to always --who am I kidding?-- have something on the needles from a book, I do have some socks from Sock Innovation in progress....I'm just not knitting on them at the moment; they are the ones on the left. FYI...I'm not working on the ones on the right, either.)
and have picked up Meridian again. A lovely shawl pattern by JumperCables. Simple. Lots of garter stitching. Another perfect pairing with a book.
Is anyone else knitting something from a book?
(REMEMBER: There is a giveaway for this book going on; I seriously doubt anyone would want my copy of Fair Isle Style since Freddy has pretty much chewed the cover off---and munched several critical pages.)