Monday, February 27, 2012

Sarah's Key

I am a fan of historical fiction. All time periods, although I find that if it's a time period I know "too much" about, I have a hard time enjoying the book because of the inaccuracies.

However, I greatly enjoyed Sarah's Key, written by Tatiana de Rosnay. It was two stories in one- the story of 10 year old Sarah, a Jew living in 1942 Paris, and the story of an American journalist named Julia, who is determined to bring Sarah's story back to life.

I don't normally enjoy books written in this format. I find it distracting, for both the reader and the author. But this book was superbly done. There are so many things I want to say about this book, but I won't for risk of spoiling the ending.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Better Late Than Never

The Catholics group on Ravelry held a mystery knitalong in January. I decided to participate, but as usual, the finishing took longer than expected.

I used Dream in Color, colorway Into the Mystic that I've had in stash for a few years. (Originally destined to be a February Lady Sweater, it ended up becoming a Saroyan, a Bittersweet Cowl, an experiment in dyeing, and now this. I still have a skein and a half left. Don't know what I'll do with them yet.) I also selected buttons that came in a multipack bag I bought at a Big Box Store.

The actual knitting took a night or two (or, would have had I had all the directions.) The finishing... not so much. It took over two weeks, probably closer to three to finally pin it out, then I left it on the blocking mat another week or so. It came off the blocking mat five days ago, and finally sewed the buttons on today.

(I must confess, the only reason I took it off the mat was to block the shawl I discussed in my last post.)

I don't normally procrastinate and put things off.

crickets chirping

Really, I don't.

Yes I do.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wool Hugs

I'm sorry for being quiet lately- life has gotten a bit crazy. I haven't given up knitting though- that's probably why I'm still mostly sane.

I have gotten a lot done in the past several weeks. But right now, I can't remember much, except for the fact that I have completed my first quilt, and I am currently wearing a shawl. I never thought I would, thought it wasn't me, even though I find them quite gorgeous, especially the lacy ones. But I was in need of a hug one day and my best friend was busy dealing with a family crises (she gives the BEST hugs- the kind you still feel in your ribs three days later) so I cast on a shawl. I decided on the Simple Yet Effective Shawl, using scraps of Patons Classic Wool. My camera is on the fritz right now (maybe when Uncle Sam mails me my tax return I'll buy a new one. Yes, I have my tax return spent six ways to Sunday, how'd you guess?) so this is the best photo I can come up with:

The colored yarn was dyed by me. The darker section is a purple/blue variegated that turned out quite lovely for my first attempt. I thought it might be one of those "potential" yarns- the kind that is always in ball form because the yarn's potential is always greater than anything you could knit with it. But I really like how the colors worked up. The magenta was a kool aid experiment, and are leftovers from the Kindle cozy I knit last year. The two colors don't "match" but they work together. Although I think the bottom border in white helps a lot too.

But regardless as to how I got the colors, I took it off the blocking board five minutes ago, and immediately put it on.

And I feel like I'm getting a hug from somewhere.