Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yarn Along

Reading: A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. This book was an impulse buy. I was drawn to it because 1) I love the cover, 2) It was originally published in Swedish, and 3) It's supposed to be a sweet, charming story about a grumpy, somewhat antisocial man, and that sounded appealing to me for some reason, ha. So far I'm really enjoying it.

Knitting: I finished my tweed fall socks and immediately cast on the Pixel Rise socks, which I've been very excited about knitting ever since the pattern came out last month. I don't have much experience in colorwork, but this pattern is easy enough that I'm not having any problems (the pattern is toe up, but I'm knitting these cuff down). The only thing I'm nervous about is trying an afterthought heel for the first time. This sock is so addicting! I can't stop knitting because I'm always excited about choosing the next color and seeing how it looks. :) I'm just trying not to think about weaving in all of those ends...

{Yarn Along is a weekly link up hosted by Ginny where you can share what you've been knitting and reading.}

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Knitting: fall tweed socks.

Another pair of socks finished! I planned on knitting this yarn into socks last fall but never got around to it. This color, plus the tweed, reminds me so much of autumn! It looks all over the place in these photos, but the last picture is the truest color: a dark, burnt reddish-orange.

I used the Impossible Girl Socks pattern, named for Clara in Doctor Who. It's such an easy pattern. With the mock cables along the sides, it's just enough detail to keep things interesting, without really being any more difficult than vanilla socks. The yarn is Knit Picks' Stroll Tweed in the autumn heather colorway (maybe that's why this color makes me think of fall, ha).

Ravelry project page.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A bookish tag.

I saw this tag online recently and liked the questions, so I decided to answer them here. I would love to hear your answers in the comments!

1. What book is currently on your nightstand? My desk is next to my bed, and I keep a stack of books there that I'm planning on reading soon(ish). As you can see from the photo, it's currently Northanger Abbey, A Man Called Ove, Blue Like Jazz, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, and Evenings with Cary Grant.

2. What was the last truly great book that you read? Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson, though not perfect, was pretty great for what it was: a fun British-inspired middle grade mystery. In terms of pure enjoyment, I loved A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside.

3. If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would you want to know? Jane Austen, of course. She's such a beloved author, but so little is known about her. I'd want to see what her personality was like and find out about her love life (was the film Becoming Jane accurate in any way, or was it all speculation?). And I want to know what was in those letters that her sister Cassandra burned after her death. So basically, I'd be nosy.

4. What books might someone be surprised to find on your shelves? I'm really not sure. I feel like my shelves, random as they are, are a good representation of who I am and what I like to read. :) Maybe the amount of children's books would be surprising? I do love children's literature.

5. How do you organize your personal library? All of my fiction is together, organized alphabetically by the author's last name. If I have more than one book by an author, I usually have them in the order that they were published (series, obviously, but also stand alones). I'm a little less obsessive about my nonfiction. It's roughly grouped by topic: all of the classic film star biographies/memoirs are together, the travel books are together, the books about authors, etc.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read? There are lots of classics that I mean to read but haven't gotten to yet. I also want to read the Percy Jackson series. There's nothing that I feel embarrassed never to have read. Either I want to read it and plan on getting to it eventually, or I have no interest in it, and I don't feel embarrassed about that, ha.

7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing? I hated Wuthering Heights, even though it's supposed to be a wonderful classic. I expected to at least like it, because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever. (And because of Wuthering Heights, I'm now a little nervous about reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.) Much more recently, I was sort of disappointed with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I rarely put down books without finishing, so I'm not sure about that one.

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of? I'm drawn to British books. :) Anything cozy or interesting set in the English countryside. I don't need a ton of action and excitement in a favorites seem to be slightly quirky stories about people's everyday lives. I don't usually read much sci-fi or fantasy where there are too many details to keep straight.

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? Either Mere Christianity or the Chronicles of Narnia series, both by C.S. Lewis. Just because I think that everyone should read those books.

10. What do you plan to read next? Probably A Man Called Ove. That was a spontaneous purchase, and I'm really excited about reading it. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yarn Along

Reading: Martha's Vineyard: Isle of Dreams, by Susan Branch. Despite the cheesiness of these books at times, I've really been enjoying them (after getting past the fact that they don't feel like something I would normally read). My favorite one is, by far, A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside. But I've really enjoyed the two "prequels," too.

Knitting: I'm nearly finished with my pair of Impossible Girl Socks! I'm at the heel on the second sock. Though you can't really see the fake cables unless the socks are being worn, I really like how this tweed yarn knitted up into this pattern. Just enough small details to keep them from being boring. :)

{Yarn Along is a weekly link up hosted by Ginny where you can share what you've been knitting and reading.}

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yarn Along

Reading: A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster. I've heard such good things about this book, and I've been meaning to read it for a while. So far it's very enjoyable, though I haven't yet reached a point where I'm drawn in and absolutely loving it.

Knitting: Still knitting away on hats to sell at festivals this fall...I'm not quite halfway to my goal yet. (They're just simple hats, but I'm listing them all on Ravelry, if you're curious.) In between, I made my mom a shawl for her birthday and I've been adding a few squares to my sock yarn scrap blanket.

{Yarn Along is a weekly link up hosted by Ginny where you can share what you've been knitting and reading.}