Another notch in my Book Challenge belt, and this one was very good. I love reading first novels by an unknown writer that make me want to say, “Ha! you mediocre best-selling novelist, now this is writing!” My original challenge list included The Devil Wears Prada. A couple of pages into it, I decided reading it all would be like knitting a sweater with yarn I hated and knew all along wouldn’t fit. So I stopped reading. This was a big step for me. I have a hard time finishing knits, but a harder time not finishing a book I’m not enjoying. I feel obligated. Now I'm on my way to recovery.
Note: If I have offended you in any way by not appreciating the merits of The Devil (and I acknowledge there must be some as it has been made into a movie) you are not alone. I have a habit of speaking freely when it comes to books and offending someone. I once told someone that I didn’t care for Nicholas Sparks. I read a couple of his books and found them too formulaic, too sappy- emotion driven rather than plot or character driven. Of course, NS is “someone’s” favorite author. In a more recent book discussion, we all agreed The Kite Runner is a must read. Then The Divinci Code had to be brought up, and I had to be asked first, “What do you think?” I told the truth. It received a lot of undeserved hype due to the subject matter. Over all I felt the basic premise was interesting, but it was so poorly written I had to struggle through at times to finish it. I can’t enjoy a book if I have to stop and think, “I would have said blah blah,” or “Ooo, wrong use of that word,” or “That's awkward.” Too much thinking about the writing when I just want to immerse myself in a good story. Of course everyone else loved it and I created an awkward silence. If only this didn’t keep happening at my in-laws’ house.
Now that I have criticized your favorite books, I will shut my mouth, start the next book, and show you what I knit this week.
I needed a baby sweater fix, so I finished the blue set- buttons and all. It’s really too long, but I get carried away sometimes. The good thing about not looking while you’re knitting is that you don’t have to look while you’re knitting. The bad thing is, sometimes you knit too far and don’t feel like ripping out because you are knitting in the car and you don’t want to get car sick putting the stitches back on the needle so you just keep going. Otherwise, it came out okay. The pattern is from a Knitter’s magazine, the yarn is Wool Ease sport. The pink set is the Little Lambs pattern from the Leisure Arts book “Precious Layettes.” The yarn is Cotton Ease. I’m so glad LB is bringing the yarn back. I love knitting with this stuff, and it’s perfect for babies.
DD#2 and I are packing up to go to the mountains for a couple of days. She wants some time away from distractions to study for the SATs, and I just like to go. I’m taking my fall sweater (It was put on hold so I could use the needles for the pink sweater. Why is it I couldn’t find another #8 circular when I probably have half a dozen?) and yarn to knit candy corn hats. I’m also taking a book, a bunch of chick flicks, lettuce, a bag of junk food, and a larger bag of scrap wood to build a large fire in the large fireplace. And my hiking boots. And Cocoa. And an electric blanket incase we can't figure out how to turn on the heat. See ya'.