Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Words and Wool

Knitting is continuing at full speed ahead here at my house. I finished another one of these amazing Alpaca baby hats and got it into the mail. Must get another hat onto the needles this week.

I am trying to crochet one circle a day on my spring colored Japanese flowers which I hope to turn into a shawl or scarf.

 I have made progress on the Downton Abbey Knitalong of Violet's fingerless gloves. I need to make more is "thinking" knitting so I have to do it when I am not distracted or too tired, which is hardly ever.

As for books.........

Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James  Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America by Thomas Craughwell tells the events of Jefferson's appointment to Paris and his love for the food of France and Europe at large and what he brought home to share with his beloved country. It is such an interesting subject. I wish the author had made the text more interesting than it really is and included more vivid descriptions of the food or anecdotes. I did find the appendixes the most interesting of all!

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth. Christina bought this book and kindly loaned it to me. I am now thoroughly engrossed! You know it is a good book when you find yourself trying to steal moments all throughout the day just to read a few more pages. This delight does not happen to me often enough. Farewell to the East End continues with the stories of midwifery in London's East End in the 1950's and is every bit as good as the first book (Call the Midwife). Of course there are hard parts to read (child trafficking, intentional killing of children, etc.). Honestly, we probably need to read these things and be aware that they are the very things happening under our noses in our own cities! That said, there are still many heart-warming and amusing stories in the book as well.

Call the Midwife: Season One lent to me by Christina so I could catch up! Nursing and Midwifery was the life I never led. Sometimes I mourn that, but I am always thankful for where I am now -- I couldn't trade. But it sure is fun to live vicariously through other people and this series enables me to do just that!!!

And now I must get back to work......

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Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I'm making my way through Call the Midwife (the book) now, it is so good.

Did you see the Christmas special? I loved it even more than the series and I really liked it.

There is a book I've heard is good called The Founding Foodies. I haven't read it, yet, however.

Unknown said...

I'm in nursing and have always wanted to work in maternity/mother-baby nursing, but have yet to do that. Maybe someday...