Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Words and Wool

This week I've been hard at work on the Ginger Leaves Shawl, another design by my sister, Christina. It's been moving along a lot faster than I anticipated! Maybe that is because I have three evenings a week of children's activities during which to knit, not to mention school and if I watch a movie! I hope to finish it before the week is out!

As for books, I finished:

Hills Is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith. This book tells the story of a middle-aged English woman who goes north to the Hebridean islands to get some rest and discovers a completely different way of life to the one she is used to. It is quaint and humorous and some of the stories make you wonder if island life was really this way. However, firsthand accounts from others I know make me believe what Beckwith has written!

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska is the current read aloud I am doing with the children. It tells the story of a young boy, the son of a now-dead bull fighter, who grows up with the unwelcome expectation that he must fight bulls. The kids love the story and we are all on the edge of our seats wondering just how young Manolo will either decide to fight or be given an escape.

The Life and Times of Call the Midwife: The Official Companion to Season One and Two by Heidi Thomas is the companion book to one of my favorite television series. I was so happy to have it arrive at the library and find it very difficult to put down once I get a chance to read a chapter or two. The layout and photos are lovely and the descriptions of how the series came together and behind the scenes information just adds to my enjoyment of the stories themselves.

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Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

So impressed that you can both watch TV and knit complicated patterns. My patterns go all awry if I have to do as much as say "yes" or "no" to anybody. That's the reason I'm not doing any but the easiest patterns rigth now.

Leslie said...

I had to add 'Ginger Leaves ' I'm such a shawl-oholic, yours is so pretty.

Knittymama said...

What a pretty shawl! Might need to add that one to my queue as well.

Jessica said...

I love that red.. so pretty! I've been working on a sweater but I'm stuck on some instructions. I can't quite work it out. I'm casting on with some scrap yarn to do some experiments. I need a tutor! : )I need to take some pictures too...

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I'll have to find the new "Midwife" book at the library!

So ready for this rain to start. It's hard to believe our weatherman is predicting another dry summer when it is so soggy.

I just put on my blog that I was reading my favorite D. E. Stevenson series.

It reminded me of you as book #2 and #3 in the series take place in Scotland (the woman who the book is about in #1 lives in England but is from Scotland, the next two books center around her son who goes to live in Scotland permanently).

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Hehehe, that should be that I'm waiting for the rain to STOP.

Hoping to send an e-mail soon. I've also been very busy.