book + chocolate + a bubble bath = my idea of a good time!
I was craving a page turner and an addictive knit, and I sure got what I asked for!
Last week I could not put down these rainbow leg warmers. Each stripe knit up so quickly, that it was easy to say “oh, I’ll just keep knitting till I finish the next stripe.” And on and on until I’d knit a pair of leg warmers in a week. I may have been motivated to finish them while G was also captivated by them; she kept wanting to try them on and asking me when they would be done. Such a rare, sweet response to my knitting! My hands have been feeling a little sore since these came off the needles, so I probably overdid it with my enthusiasm. Looks like I’ll need to cast on a new project in some thicker wool. You know, to rest my hands.
I heard about this book on a podcast, and was lucky enough to find it right away at our used book store. Such a deal! Part mystery, part ghost story, this suspenseful novel spans decades and characters, and had me instantly captivated. I can’t wait to see how all their tales weave together and what the ending brings. I’ve been taking it into the bath with me, and going to bed even earlier to read it. Last night I definitely stayed up past my bedtime, I was so hooked!
Warning: a child dies and the mother grieves intensely, which isn’t for everyone. I’m not sure if it’s the writing or my pregnancy hormones (likely both), but it can be a bit of a tear-jerker.
Reading: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Knitting: Rainbow Legwarmies, my own pattern. Ravelry notes here.
Over the weekend I finished both the book and knitting project I shared last time. Both were a real treat! Before I even bound off my shawl, I started plotting my next 2 projects. The golden-yellow yarn in the back is a swatch for a sweater; I’m on the fence about this, so should probably finish off the swatch and block it already. Next, I pulled this rainbow yarn from my stash and cast on a quick hat. You know, just to have something ready to go. I wouldn’t want to be caught without a portable knitting project! After knitting the brim in a strip and picking up stitches for the body of the hat, this will be perfect potato chip knitting.
The book’s a quick read as well. I have already watched season one of Orange is the New Black on Netflix and loved it. It is rare that a television show have so many rich and nuanced female characters in one show. The book is Piper Kerman’s account of what led up to and including her spending a year in federal prison. She is respectful and empathetic for the most part, even when describing unimaginable treatment by the prison staff or the circumstances of her fellow inmates. I find it fascinating and upsetting all at once. I’m learning a lot about one person’s experience, and it is shocking to me how people are treated in prison. After having seen the show first I keep wondering how much from the show parallels her real life experience. I’d recommend reading the book first, maybe, so there isn’t that fact/fiction comparison. Although it would probably happen in reverse, too. Either way, I recommend both, so choose your own adventure!
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As an aside, I’d like to mention that we have a shiny new Stash blog with a great interview with knitting designer Susan B. Anderson. You should head over and enter to win a copy of her most recent book, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys!
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This Yarn Along post, as ever, is inspired by the lovely Ginny over at Small Things: ”Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?”
Yes, do tell! What’s on your nightstand and project bag this week?