Sitting up for the last 2 nights, I've finally managed to finish Look at Me by Jennifer Egan. I really liked certain parts of the novel - especially the initial set-up chapters - and considering it was released just before 9/11 it's an interesting read (one of the characters is a 'terrorist' in NY). The main theme of identity is both interesting and thought-provoking, but I did find the middle section to be wordy and cumbersome. It's a long book and 75% of the way through, reading it felt like a chore and then had an ending which felt quite rushed - which is a shame as Jennifer Egan can obviously write very well. I'd be interested to read her later, more well known novel, A Visit From The Goon Squad. After that, and for a bit of light relief, I started reading Remix at 3am yesterday and am already 80% done - it's a far-fetched whodunnit involving impossibly goooood looking (did you read that in the voice of Zoolander?) people, a supposedly dead rock star, and rocking horses. It's just what the doctor ordered!
|Not this moody in real life! :)|
|Whoops - a bit blurry! It was the excitement!|
- 4 x King Cole Merino and 2 x Lang Yarns Jawol Magic
- plus 1 x Noro Silk Garden Sock all from the lovely chaps at www.knitting4fun.com
- 1 x Splendor (Merino/Silk) in Flamingo (& stitch markers) from www.easyknits.co.uk
- 2 x Silk/Cashmere from www.nimuyarns.co.uk in Bayou and ?? (unlabelled)
- pincushion from www.derynrelph.co.uk
- "treasure box", stack of woven felted fabric and 4 x small balls of 100% wool from Eliza Conway
- Desirable Crochet Motif book from www.thenaturaldyestudio.com
- assorted button yumminess from www.textilegarden.com
- 6 x mini skeins from www.skeinqueen.co.uk
|Missing the kids!?|
As usual I'm linking in with Tami and Ginny today, where there are lots of other yarny and bookish posts.
|iPhone Cover (kit) & Crochet Apple Jacket - my 1st EVER crochet item!|
HOW TO ENTER:
Over the last few weeks I've been really touched that so many people have visited and commented while I was unwell and in hospital - a comment from Chrissy at Stitched Together to the effect that she came for the crafts, but stayed for the rest too made me stop and wonder what you all like to read about and the type of posts you like the most. And I'm hoping this is my chance to find out! To be in with a chance to win this prize, please leave a comment below including a link to your favourite post from this blog and why you like it, by midday on Wednesday 29th February (GMT). I am happy to post this prize to ANY country, so please just make sure your entry includes a way to get in touch. One entry per person. Please feel free to share this post.
There are more prizes to come, so if you already have a copy of this issue don't despair! I'll be sharing more love next week :)
|A lady asked who made their lovely hats and was shocked when I said I did, because |
it's "so unusual to see young people knit" - I was very flattered
... but did have to point out that late-30s isn't actually that young!
|My first trip out after 10 days!|
|"I'm making something for you, Mummy, for your forehead" (!!!!!!!!)|
|(in artificial light)|
I'm going to HAVE to make one!
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