I resumed knitting my Fairfield sweater again, but with somewhat less enthusiasm than before. I am a few inches up the armscythes, so progress is being made… slowly.
This is the Rainbow Warrior shawl, which has been in my favorites for awhile. I was pondering what to do with the self-striping yarn; it is Knitting Fever Indulgence 6-ply with Silk and soft enough for next-to-skin wear. But the colors are, um, unusual. Much pondering led me to combine it with this KnitCircus Greatest of Ease I. decided I wanted to knit a crescent-shaped shawl in two colors for next year’s silent auction; this pattern fit the bill. As soon as I figure out how to keep my stitch counts correct it will be off to the races with this one.
Reading is such a joy when one finds a couple really good books, which is what I read in the last week.
This book is every bit as good — and as disturbing — as you have heard. Whitehead writes readable prose, and this story is horrifying and absolutely believable. One quibble I have seen is that the he does not write the female characters with any depth; true. Even the white guards at the boys’ *school* are more fully realized than the few female characters. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book. 4✭
This is the fifth book in Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series. I think I need to go back and re-read them all; Brodie is present in this book, but does he actually initiate or meaningfully direct the action? I’m not sure. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable real with frequent dry humor, and I recommend it. 4✭
Sometimes a wildly popular author recommended on NPR does not appeal; this is one. Andrea Camilleri, an Italian mystery writer whose many books have been translated into English among other languages, died last month, and NPR did a piece about him. (I cannot it find it on their website; perhaps I heard it elsewhere?) So I requested three of his books from the library. Sadly, the first one did not translate well for me, either in language or culture, and I gave up halfway through. YMMV, however, so you may want to check out his writings.