Somewhere along the line in the last month or so, my life became officially busy. I don’t mean busy in the so-many-books-so-little-time sense of the word, although I’m still capable of plenty of angst in this area. I mean actually busy: work as always, plus appointments with private tutoring students, plus helping my dad with errands, plus finishing special-ordered knitting projects (more on that in a moment!), plus appointments and get-togethers of various kinds, plus writing and reading my assignments for the class I’m taking, plus – well, plus a lot of things. I think I’m officially not a professional invalid any more – and I feel a little bittersweet about that.
The blue tank sweater that I’ve been working on for the last several weeks is DONE. Here it is:
I love it! I want to make a million more. But for now, I’m making a men’s cable-knit vest for my Etsy store. The yarn is a thick green wool, and it’s fun to work with a cable pattern again.
For some reason I don’t quite understand, I don’t like putting my Kindle in Yarn Along photos. Kindles are a great way to hoard books without alerting the attention of the neighbors, and for the discreet way it masks the ridiculous size of my book collection I am grateful. Kindles are also easy on the eyes and convenient for travel. But they’re not aesthetically pleasing. I love everything about physical books: their shapes, their sizes, their textures, their smells, their weight in my hands, the sounds of covers closing and pages flipping. Taking a picture of a Kindle captures none of the beauty of a real book.
But the fact is, I’m sort of, well – focusing on one book, and it’s on my Kindle. I haven’t read with this kind of focus in at least a year. I’m reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It’s long and engrossing and the story is great (though the language and characterization often don’t rise to the same high standard – more on this when I review the book). You’ll notice Anna Karenina peeking out from under the Kindle in the photo, reminding me that it really, really wants me to finish it sometime soon.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog, Small Things.