First up is something I found via a comment on Donnell’s blog, WickedPete. Katie, a blogger who raises chickens, is married to someone with great muttonchops, and knits, commented that she enjoyed D’s frankness. I do, too, so I went to her site, Caffaknitted, and found a link to Lamaisonbisoux - and nominations for some of the coolest knitting I’ve found anywhere. Katie’s work is called It’s The End of the World as We Knit It, and it’s just one example of rampant creativity. Seriously, look at the sites.
Speaking of amazing knitting, I was at Book People last week (I’m in Book People every week, to be honest) and was attracted to the new American Scientist magazine, which features an article on scientific knitting by sarah-marie belcastro, whose work I’ve admired for years. I don’t claim to understand it, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it. Same goes for Wooly Thoughts, whose Some Square Over the Rainbow pattern I bought around 2007 but have not yet knit (and this is mathematical knitting I do understand).
As for quilting and amazing Kate (must be Katharine Hepburn – yes!): I was reading Joanne’s blog (always interesting) and admiring her Grandmother’s Choice block this week (as I do every week), when she segued off to talk about Kate Hepburn (whom she resembles in many ways, physically as well as in character). You should be a follower, too.
Last weekend I went to Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, a fabric store I’d first found during the 2012 quilt hop. Now that I live closer (well, 30 minutes’ drive), I thought I’d check it out again. The folks are really nice and the selection is excellent. I bought an ironing board top (a large wooden piece that fits on my board and makes ironing of large pieces (e.g., sheets) easier) – but I bought it mostly to use as a cutting board. Yay! In the apartment, I had a large granite island on which to cut fabric, but I have a much smaller kitchen here and the dining table is also small and low, so I haven’t cut a piece of fabric in three months. This should help. I’m so far behind on everything, though, that I’ve not yet tried it. Instead, I joined the embroidery group that meets at the store the first Friday of each month. I had a good time and started a new project; yes, I have a redwork quilt in progress, but am going in a really different direction with this one and have already learned some things and improved my stitches. Next Saturday is pajama class, and I am really excited about learning to make my own pajama bottoms. They take just 2.5 yards of fabric, and there’s so much fun fabric available. After that, there’s a good chance I’ll break down and make my own t-shirt quilt. You may remember I was signed up for a class to learn just that at another quilt shop, but life intervened and I wasn’t able to go. In fact, I’ve been wearing (out) the t-shirts I want to put in the quilt; need to stop that because they’re fraying and, really, it’s not as if I have a small supply of t-shirts.
Finally, books: I am so far behind on the Tournament of Books that I feel like a loser already. Some of them are irritating, as they are every year (Ivyland and How Should a Person Be); some I do want to read because they look challenging and I want to improve my reading diet (HHhH and The Round House); some are not engaging, for one reason or another (Fobbit, Yellow Birds). I’m hopeful my favorites – which I’d read or planned to read even without the tournament – will make it through and I can return a couple of the also-rans to the library without feeling as if I’m missing out on something important. My favorites? Building Stories, Bring Up the Bodies, The Orphan Master’s Son, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Gone Girl. I also enjoyed Beautiful Ruins, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Fault in Our Stars, and May We Be Forgiven. I’m planning to read Arcadia, Dear Life, and The Song of Achilles next week . Meanwhile, I’m reading The Glass Castle for one book group and Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie for another group (really enjoying the re-read of the latter; I’d listened to it the first time round but am reading it in real life now). Have you read any of them? What did you think? What others do you recommend?
I hope you have a restful day, filled with satisfying productivity or satisfying rest, as you please.