I was on vacation last week – my first true vacation in many, many years. Technically it was a “working” vacation, since I was supposed to be finishing some short stories that seem always to be in progress and adding another chapter to my novel. Those tasks didn’t get done, but I did get ideas for several new short stories and spent some time brainstorming and drafting these (oh good – more unfinished work!). I did a lot of reading, and right now I’m finishing Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River – which was a snooze until this really creepy guy was introduced around page 200, and now things are hopping – but at one point toward the end of the week when I was bored with Peace Like a River, I picked up Robert Stone’s novel A Flag for Sunrise and read the first 30 pages, and WOW. I predict that this coming weekend I’ll be so transfixed by this novel that I won’t even have time to berate myself for not having finished Paradise Lost yet.
Also last week, I met up with the friend who special-ordered the tank sweater I’ve been working on. She was really happy, and I think the sizing is going to work out well (in spite of the fact that I started it without her measurements because I was so excited I didn’t want to wait for her to send them to me!). This project pushed me way out of my comfort zone – I never would have attempted something like this if she hadn’t asked – and it really wasn’t all that hard. I’m already plotting a longer version – like a minidress, to be worn with tights or leggings.
Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog, Small Things.
Your yarn is beautiful! I’m sure the recipient is going to love it.
The yarn is beautiful and I love the yoke.
Thank you – I love it too!
The tank sweater is really pretty! I love the edging colors.
Your tank sweater is quite pretty. I love the neckline.
Thank you – I’m so happy with how it’s turning out!
Interesting how we all enjoy different reads.
I absolutely loved Peace Like a River 🙂
I thoroughly admire the artistry of the language throughout the novel. For the first two-thirds, the plot didn’t interest me much, and I felt I had read a lot of similar child-protagonist morality tales already (Bless Me, Ultima, Wingshooters, Montana 1948, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.). I still don’t think this book will ever be a favorite of mine, but I thought the introduction of Jape Waltzer made the novel really come to life.
But yes – it’s always interesting how a book can inspire such different reactions!