Saturday, December 19, 2009


It's the season for a lot of things and one of them is trying to ignore all the hustle and bustle.  Of course, there are needful things to get done for the holidays.  But I'm a pretty fast worker and I like the creativity that last minute pressure brings.  So, here's what I've been distracting myself with the past few days...books and extra-curricular knitting.

The books are all interesting and there's a common theme - sort of.  None takes place in the present and one is actually a time jumper.  Household Gods takes us from late 20th centry Los Angeles to 2nd century Italy.  You have to really, really suspend your disbelief but it's a good read.  The Chili Queen takes place in the Wild West  with so many twists and turns it's hard to keep track of  who's conning who.  And Dairy Queen Days is a lovely trip back to the 1950's except that it's set in a small Southern town in 1979.  Well-written coming-of-age story. 

I had some merino/bamboo yarn left from the cardigan  so I knit a very cool slouchy hat.  Easy, easy pattern - it was done in a night.  It really hugs my ears and they will be toasty warm.  They say the cold weather will return.  And, then, since there was still some yarn left, I made a pair of nice warm gloves to match.  I modified the cable pattern from the hat for the gloves.  Except for the color they don't look too matchy.

Playtime is over now...I have cast on for that last pair of socks.


Ginny said...

You are a wonderful knitter! I just love this color of blue, and I wish I had that hat and gloves right now!

Angie said...

That's a very nice & warm 'beanie' (that's what they call them over here) & gloves to match, I'm sure it would have taken me much longer to knit! The books look interesting, do you read more in the winter?


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