Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yarn Along: Busy Needles

This week was a busy knitting week. I finished the first row of the mitered squares afghan and made a pair of mittens to match my son's hat. I also started some black "short finger gloves," as a thank you gift to a friend of mine. He's a religious, hence the black. I'm planning on making a matching hat for him too.

I first made short finger gloves (often called finger-less gloves) for my husband and he adores them. I have made them for my brother and another friend too. They are really useful for keeping warm when you still need your fingers for traction. My brother rides his bike to work in them, they are good for driving, and they are great for the subway. 

I have been reading Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. It's growing on me. The characters are not as vivid as Jane Austen's, who I have just come from reading, but they are still very well done. The novel is more like a series of vignettes or scenes from Cranford that all fit together. It took a few chapters to adjust but, half way through, I am adjusted and happy with the change of perspective. And, by the way, the book is much, much, better than the movie (and I liked the movie too)!

My husband and I finished True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and have resumed The Story of a Family. I get so many good ideas about motherhood and family life from learning about St. Therese's family.  It's a truly beautiful story.