My book this week is Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick, an historical fiction story about the tormented life of Vincent Van Gogh during the time he painted in Arles. It is told from the perspective of Rachel, a young prostitute, who falls madly in love with the eccentric painter. So far, I'm enjoying it very much (close to a million years ago I was an art history major, so I'm always a sucker for a good art story.) Ms. Bundrick is an art historian and professor at the University of South Florida; the book seems to be very well documented, and there is a nice bibliography for further study at the end--as well as reading club questions. I still have quite a ways to go...I just got to the "ear-part"!
On the needles...is an Alice Starmore shawl I volunteered to knit for a friend. This was a kit her mother-in-law bought years ago, and sadly passed away before she had a chance to make it. Carol was the most incredibly talented, generous knitter I've ever known; I'm honored to have the chance to knit this for her daughter-in-law. The instructions (for an Alice Starmore creation) are very straightforward....but rather than saying....
"repeat pattern for xxxx inches"
it says: "repeat the 12 row pattern 50 times. 600 rows in total."
I can't help myself...when the pattern has a specific row count listed, I immediately start "doing the math"...if I knit 12 rows a day, I'll be done in 50 days, BUT if I knit that repeat 2x/day, then it's done in 25 days, and figuring somewhere I'll have an extra good day, this could be finished in 3 weeks! It really didn't take ALL THAT LONG to do the 12 row repeat...maybe I could do 4 repeats a day...then I'll be finished and have it blocked and sent off by Mother's Day---Carol was her mother-in-law---that would be cool.
(Of course, this will never happen, mainly because I spend so much time figuring out how long it will take to finish, rather than just knit. And I really don't get it.....I'm totally a process person--not a product person..........unless they give me a row count.)
Joining Ginny for yarnalong! Hop on over for great book suggestions and knitting inspiration.