Thursday, April 10, 2014

YarnAlong

YarnAlong with Ginny happens here on Wednesdays....I'm a day late.

I finished socks, for me, from sock yarn hand-dyed somewhere in Maine, and I just can't remember the name of the place. 

Oh, and I finished my sweater. But no pictures yet...because I can't get organized enough to wear my sweater and get outside in daylight and ask Ana to take several pictures of me...and it has to be several, you know, it takes a lot of tries to get a good picture...so....

Just the socks today, but a sweater picture soon, I promise.




I finished Bristol House  (mostly...I skimmed the last third of it)... strong on the historical narrative, the story, the interesting details...but presented flat main characters, a lame love story and the even the "supernatural thriller" part advertised on the cover was disapppointing. A very boring ghost...he was not interesting or creative, much less thrilling.

I started My Life in Middlemarch  and I LOVE IT. Middlemarch is the novel by George Eliot which Virginia Woolf famously called one of the few novels ever "written for grownups." I'm not even sure why she wrote that, but it's mentioned in My Life.... anyway...the author interweaves her own life experiences, such as her discovery of the novel Middlemarch while a teen, with the life of George Eliot and the lives of her characters. This is a book that I wish I could have written!

I am still reading I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. Like The Goldfinch, which I recently finished, it is huge (over 800 pages), it is about depressing situations, but so incredibly, beautifully  written that even the sadness is worth feeling to read it.

And on my Nook, I'm reading an e-book...William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back. It's The Empire Strikes Back presented as a Shakespearean play. It is hilarious. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekending

Joining Amanda at habit...

Spring is here.






....also here is the season of chalk drawings in the driveway...






Knitting doesn't let up in the spring, so I picked up some Heritage Sock Yarn, wool and silk, at Mosaic





Lauren helped wind the yarn...



The 2 for 1 sale on Rowan Worsted... (I bought 6 skeins and the plan is this: Louise. )




The Dundurn sweater, completely finished except for the buttons, which I sewed on this afternoon....




Have you ever petted a baby camel? You can experience it if you pet this yarn; it's Refuge by Kismet Fiber Works, 50% camel and 50% silk. I have plans for this ball of yarn...the Strangling Vine Lace Scarf.




and here is the Heritage sock yarn, expertly wound by Lauren, safely home and waiting for me to knit a swatch with plans for socks for Karl.



How was your weekend?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Training Murphy








This is Murphy. He is our lovely neighbor Kelly's dog, and the girls got to help train him for his dog-obedience test. We're at the Greenfield Recreation Center.




He has to walk on a leash, and be able to sit and stay sitting even when Kelly walks away.







And we got the news yesterday....Murphy passed his test with flying colors!