Thursday, March 29, 2012

Knitting and Reading . . .

Hello Everyone.  Been a little poorly lately, so mostly staying close to home and doing a lot of easy knitting.  My favorite go to knitting when I'm feeling a little weary is garter stitch (anything that doesn't require much from my foggy brain) -- dishcloths, dish towels (a new favorite knit), etc.


From top left clockwise:  Elvish Leaves, Chinese Waves, & Soft Knit Dish Towel.

Oh, and I also finished my Tess a few weeks ago (Rav link).  I do love it.  I'd had it in my Rav faves since 2009, but hadn't cast on because I was afraid it would fall off and be cumbersome like my sad Affric.  But, after reading the lovely Alicia's positive comments about it, I jumped in.  I'm so glad I did, as I'm happy to say, Tess stays on and is cosy, comfy, & soft.



Horrid blurry photo, but I'm too lame to drag out the tripod today -- sorry.  But you get an idea of what it looks like, right ^v^?

I've been doing a lot of reading lately too -- still loving "Under the Apple Tree", and started "The Violets of March" a few days ago.

(photo via Amazon)
Nice cover, lovely title, don't you think?  I did.  But, I'm sorry to say it's kind of 'meh'.  I don't know, I'm pretty sure it's just me, but a protagonist (Emily) whose mother finds out about her recently pending divorce on her Facebook page is hard for me to relate to.  There's more, but I'll leave it at that.  Guess I better start reading more books about boring middle aged ladies if I want to really relate ^v^. 


(photo via Librivox)

Oh, I almost forgot, I finished "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (wonderful Librivox version here).  I wanted to read it b/c our sweet Leah had recently read it in school (thank you Charlotte Mason!), and I try to be up (a little bit) on the things she's doing/learning in school (well, not Math). 


(photo via Librivox)

I also downloaded "The Story of Mankind" from Librivox  (don't you love Librivox?!) -- which is another book from Leah's Ambleside reading list.  I haven't gotten too far with that one yet.

Anyhoo, I had lots to report on our Spring Break Camp Gigi but will try to get back with that another day -- soon.

Happy weekend Everyone!

♥ ♥ ♥
G

Oh, and even though I'm really late to the party, I'm linking with this week's Yarn Along (thanks Ginny!).







16 comments:

Jodi said...

Oh, I'm so sorry that you've been under the weather! Hope you feel better soon.

Tess looks cozy, and I love the dish towel (cheerful red stripes)!

I just finished "The Violets of March," and "meh" is a generous description. It felt oddly disjointed, and the writing was pretty heavy-handed. I was thoroughly unimpressed. I just started "Gentlemen and Players" -- we'll see how it is!

Gumbo Lily said...

I hope you get back to your spirited self soon, Gigi. You do look lovely in that Tess shawl and your "simple" knitting is truly beautiful.

Oh, I loved reading aloud The Scarlet Pimpernel to the kids years ago. We all loved it. There's a pretty good movie out with the same title. You're such a good granny to keep up with the Littles' homeschool reading.

Get well now, ya hear?
Jody

Pom Pom said...

Hi G!
The Language of Flowers: A Novel. Have you read it? You'll love it, I think. I did!

Erin Kate said...

I love the white&red striped one, it is a great combo of colors. I hope you feel better soon!

SusanB-knits said...

Sorry you're under the weather. Hope you feel better soon.
Love Tess! It's lovely.
I stay away from books about boring middle aged ladies, lol. I don't want to admit to being one.

Lisa said...

Oh, I LOVE your sontag! ahhhh

And, glad you weren't too sick to knit; the striped towel is especially nice.

Fam said...

Hope you feel better soon! - how gorgeous is Tess!!

GretchenJoanna said...

Your knitting projects are so beautiful...and I think even I could do a dishtowel like that -- garter stitch, yay!

elizabeth said...

hi Gigi--- I love that shawl wrap and may even be brave enough to try it-- will see if my knitting coach will help me through but it is the first time I have seen something I want to wear that I think I could actually make (with help) fingers crossed-- I'll let you know-- oxox, e

wayside wanderer said...

Ambleside has some wonderful book suggestions and I think that is so neat you are reading what your grands are. You do look lovely in the shawl and I am always so impressed with your knitting. I hope you are feeling better and you are always missed.

Jess said...

Hi mama. Sorry you're not feeling well! Lots of R&R, ok ;-) You look stunning in the Tess shawl! Enchanting....
I agree with other commentors, so sweet of you to keep up with Leah's reading lists. So blessed to have you. I just finished Hens Dancing. Liked it but not LOVE.....

XXX&OOO!!!!!!

Gigi said...

Hello Lovable Darling Friends & Daughter of mine. Thank you all so much for stopping by. You're so kind to take the time to leave me a cheery sprinkling of fairy dust ^v^.
♥ ♥ ♥
G

steph said...

your shawl is simply lovely! so glad you finished!!! (just in time for the heat wave??)

I downloaded the Violets of March--and quit rather quickly, too. Meh sort of sums it up. Guess I need to get over to Librovox==I keep forgetting about that one! Thanks for the reminder.

melanie said...

I am sorry to hear you have been feeling poorly lately, I hope you are feeling better soon. I love your new knitting :) xxx

Lori ann said...

dear gigi i'm so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, hopefully your better soon. your knitting is so pretty, i love tess and have it queued also. it looks beautiful on you.
xx lori

Rebekka Seale said...

Oh my gosh, I have really been wanting to knit that shawl! It would be perfect if I already had it done, because we are having the chilliest shawl-wearing-weather spring mornings you ever did see, but it's too late now. I will have to keep it in mind for next year! It's lovely on you!

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