What a beautiful, sunny, breezy day it is in my neck of the woods! A perfect day for a yarn-along. Post a picture of your current read and knitting project and visit Ginny at Small Things to join in.
I finally starting my Juliette Capelet. I am loving this pattern. At first glance, it seemed very complicated. I worked out all my worry doing the swatch. Now I'm zipping along very nicely. I love the colour. I think this will be the first thing I finish for myself. I'm not sure I'll ever go back to this vest. I seem to have been shrinking a bit lately so there is even less of a chance it will fit.
This week, I'm trying to finish up bits of books started over the summer. I counted 6 ...ahem ...that I have started and not finished. This is all due to distraction, not boredom. I finally closed the cover on The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. I loooooved it! Kristin has such a way with words. Her writing style is lyrical, yet brash. She provides a vivid picture of all aspects of her farm life ...and it sure is dirty and a lot of work. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This book could turn you on or off farming. She makes it sound very sexy at times. You can taste the sumptuous food she describes, but you can also smell manure. If I was a farmer, this is the way I would want to do it. I like the idea of a farm that provides everything you need, from grains, to veggies, dairy, meat, syrup, and more. They couldn't be further from an industrial monoculture. This book makes you want to dig your hands in the ground.
I am going to have to systematically finish up these books I've started before more start to accumulate. Now I'm on to the last section of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
Please come sign up for my first ATC swap! You can check out the original post here. As of right now, there are 35 people participating. I also have this posted on FB. I have decided to put a cap of 60 on this to make it manageable for all the artists. So, sign up soon! This is a great way to connect with other creatives and also to start (or add to) your art collection!