Three Books & a Sweater

In my last post I mentioned something about clearing out the knitting basket a bit in January.  At the end of 2010, I had 3 projects lingering from the year: Hamamelis, TTL Mystery Socks, and the Climbing Vines pullover.  In keeping with the natural yearning for a fresh start this time of year, I fantasized about having these projects finished in January.  More realistically, I just hope to finish up the sweater this month, moving on to the socks afterward.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a new wool sweater to wear while the weather is still cold?  That’s what I’m telling myself, and it’s working.  Plus, the verdant green in the Dream in Color yarn is a breath of fresh, spring-like air and has me fully entertained through the miles of stockinette.

So far, I’ve completed the sleeves and am halfway up the back.  Saving the best for last seems to be a good motivation for me, and so I am knitting toward some lovely, leafy charts on the front.  Once I get all the pieces knit up, I will be searching high and low for the motivation to seam them together, I’m sure!

This week I am reading 3 lovely books.  I tend to have more than one book  (and knitting project, ahem) on the go at once.  Typically there’s a fiction and nonfiction option to suit my mood at any given time.  Over the weekend I picked up Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in hopes it would help me get my imagination in order in time to plant a spring garden.  Unsurprisingly, it has also gotten me thinking about eating more seasonally, which in January can be somewhat of a bleak undertaking.  Imagine my delight, then, when I was shopping this week and found locally grown kiwi fruit!  Not kidding!  If it were April 1st, I would think this were some sort of locavore joke, but apparently someone in town has a greenhouse so who am I to refuse these green gems?

Up next is the hot-off-the-press debut novel Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.  I’m not typically into Young Adult Fiction, although I am a devoted Harry Potter fan and am somewhat embarrased to admit I’ve wasted a few hours of my life on The Saga.  I picked this book up because a friend of mine from college wrote it!  Naturally we have to support these things, and Sweetie marched right down to Borders (after I called every bookstore in town to see if they had it), and made them put the book out on display.  She’s definitely someone you want rooting for you, eh?  I have only read the first few pages, but have already found the book to be captivating.  Do me a favor and go check out the description on Cindy’s website and think about whether you or someone you know might enjoy this book.  I hear angels are the new vampires…

And last but not least is the sweet Phoebe’s Sweater.  I got this for Christmas from my mom, and could not have been more pleased.  Part children’s story, part knitting book, it’s a lovely blend.  There’s this mama mouse who spends all winter and spring knitting a sweater for her daughter mouse; and then there’s a pattern for the very same sweater at the end of the book!  Not to mention patterns for a charming little mouse complete with a dress and matching sweater.  I can hardly wait to knit up something from this book, and am heartened to know that even in the world of fictitious mouse knitting, it’s okay for a sweater to take months to knit.

So that’s what I’m knitting and reading this week.  If you’d like to yarn along, head over to small things and put your blog on the list, or leave a comment here telling me what you’re up to.

I’m still trying to finish my sweater by the end of January, though.  I mean it.

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13 thoughts on “Three Books & a Sweater

  1. I love the colour of the sweater, the green is fabulous. I hope you manage to finish the sweater by the end of January, and I’m sure you will as there are a fair few days left 🙂

  2. oh gosh!!!! that green is so beautiful!!!!! wow!!! love it!!! …so many people are starting sweaters now that I think I might fight my phobia of big knits and actually start one too… 🙂

  3. The yarn for your sweater is so beautiful! Makes me want to go purchase some, just to have it around and look at it 🙂

    Even though I am a 30 something mom of two, I LOVE LOVE LOVE YA fiction. Your friend’s book is right up my alley. I can’t wait to read it. I’m also passing it along to my sister, who, like myself is a 20 something mom of two that also loves YA fiction.

    I love your little family all in hadknits in the previous post. Greg needs to take a page out of L’s book and wear something I knit for him!

  4. Hi Sonia, Nic and I read Animal Vegetable Miracle a year or so ago and enjoyed it. It will really make you think about where your food comes from, you know? By the way, that green yarn you’re using is just gorgeous.

  5. Oh, what gorgeous yarn. Can’t wait to see the sweater! (I’m working on a belated-Christmas hat myself – fortunately it’s for my sweet husband, who is also very patient.)

    I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last January and ran into the same problem – this time of year is bleak for locavores. (But yay for surprise kiwi!) However, later in the year, you will just salivate at what’s available. And I loved the recipes.

  6. Iwill definitely have a look for your friend’s book. You are right, angels are the new vampires and I hav been on a huge YA/Urban fantasy kick lately so it sounds awesome. I also like the sound of the sweater one too. Cute.
    Happy New Year

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