CROCHET: Peter Pan Collar by Emma Escott
(Also pictured - yarn sock FO)
After a disappointing lack of hexipuffs in yesterday's post, you can see that I haven't been completely idle over the last week. The beret and collar, both stashbusting projects, are almost done so you'll be able to see them on Friday - both are from great free patterns and would be suitable as a first knitted hat or a first crochet project in my opinion (perfect for when the kids are home). Nuvem is getting big but I can't see quite how big due to the small cable. I've been trying not to knit it as it'll make a perfect holiday project - light, packs up small and isn't too hot on a lap in high temperatures but I may add a couple more rounds and then transfer to an extended cable so I can get a better look at it.
Last week I finally finished reading Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke by Peter Benson, and I didn't really enjoy it. I kept reading in the hope that it would get better but it felt like it was lacking something - more like a first draft than a finished novel and it left me disappointed that I'd stuck with it until the end. Not so my latest read, The Earth Hums in B Flat which is much more enjoyable. It's told from the point of view of ingénue Gwenni who is growing up amongst a Welsh village of interesting and well drawn characters. There is an element of mystery (a missing villager who shares some unknown past with her mother) a sense of other-wordliness (Gwenni is convinced she could fly as a baby) and if I had the chance I wouldn't put it down until it's finished. Sadly that's not an option!
The other book to have arrived from Amazon is for our book club. I haven't read any Allende and am looking forward to getting into The Sum of Our Days, however it's not available on Kindle and the paperback I bought (second hand) has really small text and I've managed only a few pages so far - once I've finished the other book I'll set aside an evening for it.
Well that's it for today. The children and I are going to a friend's garden to enjoy the sunshine and some splashing about in water. It's so nice to finally have some summer - we've waited a long time and endured much rain to get to it. When I get back I'll be visiting the links at Tami's WIP Wednesday and Ginny's Yarn Along to see what everyone is making and reading. Enjoy your day!