Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Halfway Home

With a quiet weekend this week, I have been doing a whole lot of knitting and reading. I am finally working on the border of my Leaves of Grass blanket. I am halfway around the edge, which makes me so excited. As I move around the circular needles, a little more of the beauty of the blanket is revealed. I am so pleased with it. I am hoping to finish this week. I am trying to figure out how to block it while we are away from home. It may just have to wait a bit longer for a good soak. There isn't really space here for such things, but I keep thinking anyway.

While knitting away on my blanket, I finished listening to Coming Home. It was a nice story with likable characters. The story follows the life of a young girl in England in the mid thirties, through WWII, and the time immediately afterward. It is a bit predictable, but I did enjoy it. Some times I just need a good story without having to think too much or be bothered by horrific characters no one would like. This is especially true with an audiobook.

I also finished The Enchanted April. It tells the story of four women who rent a castle in Italy for a month. They begin the stay as strangers but their relationships change as the story evolves. Debby mentioned that her sister really liked the book and told me about a movie version. It is waiting for me at the library. I am curious to see a film adaptation now that I have finished the book.

While at the library last week, I picked up Home by Toni Morrison and The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. Both authors I have read and enjoyed in the past. I started Morrison's book first as it is more of a novella. It is a tightly written work full of imagery, complex people and struggle. I enjoyed it a lot. It is quite short and not quite as dense as some of her other works. The idea of home, race relations and internal struggle play out throughout the piece. I enjoyed it and read it in two days. Once that one was finished, I started The Sandcastle Girls. I am just beginning this one, so I don't have much to share. Hopefully next week, I can tell you more.

Phew! It has been a full week. How has your week been? Any knitting progress? Or perhaps you have been reading a great book. Please share.


  1. The blanket is a masterpiece! I hope my skillls are so good one day, looking forward to seeing how it blocks.

    I just started a blanket foe me this week. In crochet so nowhere near as delicate :)

  2. Heather, it's stunning, just stunning!
    If you need a place to block it I could call my sister and you could block it at her home, I know she wouldn't mind and there is plenty of room. Let me know.

  3. Your blanket is beautiful..I wish I could work on something so beautiful...You must be a fast reader..your books sound so good!

    1. Thank you! I think my reading secret is that I have been running every morning on the treadmill. Rather than watch the clock and hate every minute, I read for the time I run my 5K.

  4. Your blanket literally took my breath away. Beautiful, friend.

  5. I've been waffling about starting Leaves......oh, my----I'm ordering the yarn and downloading the pattern TODAY! It'd absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  6. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Oh wow, it looks absolutely amazing. I bet you can't wait to see it finished, so much work! I doubt I'll be ever patient enough, but I'd love to make one - one day...

  7. You are a knitting wizard! Beautiful- beautiful work. I hope you get to use this lovely shawl everyday.

  8. Your blanket is beautiful, hope you find somewhere to block it.

  9. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Absolutely beautiful. I liked Coming Home and Enchanted April.

  10. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Stunning! What a beauty that will be when finished.
    Renting an Italian castle sounds like a wonderful vacation. I'll have to add that book to my (ever growing) list :)

  11. oh how exciting, it's just beautiful heather, i love it. i love chart e too for that reason, it's magic. :)

  12. Your blanket is jaw dropping! I can't get over how much you have completed - just look at you go!!

    Enchanted April sounds like a good one. I'll have to check it out!

  13. Anonymous2:42 PM

    I haven't read Enchanted April but I did enjoy the movie! You are sooooo close...I know you must be excited to finish up :)

  14. What a beautiful blanket!
    I read Coming Home more than once, years ago, and really liked it.

  15. Your blanket is really pushing me towards casting this pattern on again. I can just image cuddling up with it and a good book. Just beautiful!