Thanks for waiting for Wednesday Words instead of Tuesday Text this week! This will be a part knitting, part reading post since I finally finished a sweater that I cast on (according to Ravelry) in December 2016 that I intended to finish by Christmas- Christmas 2016. I was apparently feeling VERY ambitious. So here is is February 2018 and it is finally done! I think the hold up was that it was a sweater knit in one piece in alpaca so by the end it was so heavy and hot. This is the Beatrice Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge in Blue Sky Alpaca Extra in Carmine. The yarn was lovely to work with and I would use it again, my LYS has a green color called Marsh that I am oddly attracted to, but I don’t think I’ll be making a whole sweater out of it again because it was so heavy. It was super easy to finish but I still think it needs a little blocking to make the neckband stand out.
I love sweater knitting but they do take a long time. I have a beautiful Mrs. Crosby yarn – Hatbox in African Grey- that I would like to make a gansy out of next. But I also need a quick finish so I think I may cast on a shawlette or wrap this week. Any suggestions?
As my mom reported I took yesterday off from posting because it was Galentine’s Day- the day for celebrating lady friends! So I thought I’d use this post to give a plug to one of my favorite books about female friendship: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I love all of her novels because they contain such relatable, likeable characters. Also, most of her books, this one included, take place in Nebraska, and I appreciate another flyover state getting some attention as a real place where people live. Attachments is a semi-epistolary novel told partly through e-mail exchanges between friends Jennifer and Beth, who work at the local paper in the late 90s. I love Rowell’s depiction of female friendship because it is realistic in their support and love for each other, but also their occasional fights and disagreements. Also, Jennifer is married and Beth is single, which I feel like you don’t see a lot in pop culture but obviously happens in real life. Highly recommend if you need a light read to get you through winter!
On my bookshelf:
- Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
- The Light we Lost by Jill Santopolos
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (reread)
- The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce