Saturday, May 16, 2015

Words and Wool

It's been two months since I've written a Words and Wool post! I have a lot to catch up on so will break things down into two posts.

To begin with, the most exciting wool news is that I've finished my Ballyshannon Cardigan!!!! I am very, very pleased with how it turned out, mostly because it fits me!!! I'm wondering if the alpaca blend will "grow" over time though.....

I just love how the cables came out on the back and under the arms!!!! It was worth the tedious keeping track of many lists of numbers at once. However, it's probably not the right time in my life to do lots of this kind of knitting -- it doesn't work well for school, etc. 

I also love the color and tweediness of the wool! And I ordered the buttons from Etsy which worked out to be probably cheaper than going to Joann's and I got exactly what I wanted, even if they did have to come all the way from England!

I can't remember if I posted about my spring tea cozy I made for Easter. I love how cheerful it is!

This is the most recent tea cozy finished -- a custom order for a customer's mother. Somewhere in Canada it is keeping a teapot nice and cozy!

I have another finished project to show you but am saving it for next time since, like the sweater, it has been a very long journey to finish. In the mean time, I've pulled out another long-time work-in-progress to get back to -- this vintage tea cozy. And I did find its missing pattern! Grannie's Traditional Tea Cosy

 One thing that has distracted me a bit from blogging this month has been my participation in an Everyday in May Sketching group on Facebook. I have really enjoyed trying this challenge (I haven't managed everyday) and it is giving me the chance to try something quick, practice regularly, and share my work with others no matter what I think of it.

One day's sketch called for "your most recent purchase" which happened to be books for me! Our library had a $1/bag sale and I lighted upon an Elizabeth Goudge book! What a treasure!!!! So I added a few more books to the bag since they would be free anyway. Perhaps the other most interesting book was a book on Glasgow Architecture which I want to peruse some before re-selling.

Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering by Elizabeth Johnson was an excellent book, so much so that I bought it for my own library. Johnson gives a comprehensive, yet simple, overview of what the Bible says regarding physical suffering, boiling down the biblical doctrines into something you can apply to your own journey of suffering. Since Johnson herself suffers from a rare, debilitating disease, she writes from experience and with compassion. I highly recommend this book.

Cotillion (Regency Romances) by Georgette Heyer was recommended to me by my library clerk. I had not heard of Heyer before but apparently she is, perhaps, the mother of Regency Romance. The story was good, and extremely clean. No doubt I will read more of Heyer in the future.

The Singing Tree (Newbery Library, Puffin) by Kate Seredy is the sequel to The Good Master (Puffin Newbery Library) which we read, and loved, several months ago. This book takes places in the Hungarian countryside leading up to and during World War 1. We enjoyed this book just as much as the first.

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer was another entertaining and engaging story of Sherlock Holmes "sister" Enola and a mystery in London. We all love these!

An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War: An Irish Country Novel (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor is the latest in the Irish Country Doctor fiction series set in Ireland in the 60's, I believe. This book flashed back to World War 2. I was especially glad to notice that Taylor's use of bad language has gone way done, making this a much more pleasant read.

Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children by Sarah Clarkson examined the different stages of growing up alongside the different parts of a story (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, etc.) and a child's need for  good stories during each of those stages. Of course this book is a little bit like preaching to the choir if you already love to read to your children but I think all of us need encouragement now and then and a reminder to keep reading. This book certainly gives it! And Sarah does give booklists for each age group.

  The Housekeeper's Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House by Tessa Boase told the stories of different specific housekeepers in Britain: how they got their job, what it was like, what happened to them afterward. It was a bit heavy on the research and not as much on the story, but certainly informative.

First We Have Coffee by Margaret Jensen was a little memoir someone in blogland recommended. It tells how Jensen's mother immigrated from Norway, married, and lived as a pastor's wife her in the USA in the early part of the 20th century. It was interesting to me from several aspects -- thinking about my own great-grandparents who immigrated from the UK about the same time, reading about one congregation Jensen's parents served at that happened to be just two blocks from the place I used to live in Chicago, and, of course, looking inside another pastor's family.

That's it for now! When I get some more time I will update you on the rest of my "wool and words".

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southseaislandhome said...

Lovely Heather! That blue on you is beautiful. I love working cable as well. Your sketching is amazing as always, and those books look good. I started reading the Irish Doctor books and was put off by the language so I'm glad to hear this one is better. They're such good reads! You always seem to find interesting books.

elizabeth said...

really lovely work! that blue is so vivid and bright! and the cabling is very nice! and I LOVE those buttons! looks to fit you perfectly!

the tea cozies you made are so cute! I will have to look at the vintage tea cozy pattern! thanks for that!!

that book about the pastor's wife sounds intriguing; it is not easy to be one I am sure; we call the ones in our church Matuska which is 'little mother' in Russian.

So great to read all this! have a great weekend and much love to you!

Becki said...

I love your cardigan - the color and fit. It's just beautiful.

While I was here I took the liberty to wander around your blog a bit. You take terrific pictures. Honestly, I think I could hang out here for quite a long time enjoying the pics and things you have to share.

Anonymous said...

Wow you are a total crofter babe in that cardigan! Seriously, you and it are both beautiful. The yarn is a gorgeous colour. Well done. Your painting and tea cosies are also wonderful. I love the wee eggs in the nest! I think I must read The Hem. I haven't yet got to the book on Rest! But I have it on the shelf.

Pom Pom said...

I'm so glad you read First We Have Coffee, an absolute favorite of mine! I love your book recommendations and I applaud you for completing your gorgeous sweater! Well done, Cutie Pie!

Heather said...

Hi Heather! I always love your words and wool posts!

I have added the suffering book to my cart. I love Georgette Heyer! Cotillion is one of my favorites! I first found her books when I was first injured and bedridden. She helped me get through some very dark days! :-) She is comfort reading to me. In fact, I am reading The Unknown Ajax right now. :-)

I love your tea cozies! Your sweater looks gorgeous on you!