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April 28, 2016

late-april yarning along
posted by soe 1:53 am

I took a few days off to create a long weekend that I spent up north visiting my folks and my best friend. It gave me a little perspective on work and a little head space to open up for knitting and reading projects.

Here’s what I’m currently working on:

I am not loving Mansfield Park so far, although I’m about a third of the way through it. The main character is kind of a drip thus far, and both the love interest and everyone else in the book is rather one-dimensional and mostly horrid. I’m hoping it picks up, but am not holding out tons of hope at this point. Frankly, if it weren’t Austen, I’d give up on it.

Late-April Yarning Along

I am, however, really enjoying The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle, who also wrote Better Nate than Ever and Five, Six, Seven, Nate, about a gay teen boy falling in love the summer after his sister dies. It demands comparison to Becky Albertalli’s award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, not least because Albertalli blurbs Federle’s book.

I picked up my Lightning Shawl again tonight for the first time in forever. It felt good to work on it again, but Corey came to sit on me and demand my attention instead, preventing extensive progress. (Life is hard, right?) I also started (for the third time) a pair of vanilla socks over the weekend and, thanks to the drive home Monday and an all-staff meeting this morning, am now pretty much through the heel flap. Probably a couple more rows to go and then we turn the corner and head into foot territory.

Yarning along with Ginny.

Category: books,knitting. There is/are 4 Comments.

Lovely knitting! I have not read anything by Tim Federle, but I have added the ones you listed to my “read list”! Thank you!

Comment by AsKatKnits 04.28.16 @ 7:27 am

I hope mansfield park picks up, I took a while to get into my wally lamb book. LOVE your knitting!!!

Comment by karen 04.28.16 @ 7:48 am

I am with you on “Mansfield Park.” I continue to read it in small doses.

Comment by Karen 04.28.16 @ 8:10 am

@AsKatKnits: Thanks. It’s definitely colorful!

@karen: Thank you!

@Karen: I was totally serious about you picking the next book we read together. Between this and Thoreau, I’ve struck out on the two I recommended.

Comment by soe 04.29.16 @ 2:39 am