~yarnalong: So, I'm actually in between books today- I did finish up The Nest (and no, I did not like the characters any better at the end!) and I got in a quick read that I somehow managed to finish yesterday, so the only thing that I'm actually "reading" right now are our school books. We are currently reading Farmer Boy for our Read Aloud, and to be honest, I was a bit leery of reading it at first. I remember disliking this book as a child, as in, it bored me to tears, and I felt like my new found best friend, Laura Ingalls Wilder, had betrayed me in the most horrendous way! The happiness and love I'd found in Little House in the Big Woods, did not carry over to this book. and it bored me to tears. As an adult, I am finding the book to be just a bit better, yet I can see where a child could get bored with all the details about taking care of animals, the farm, and farm life. There isn't quite the story and imagination that Little House brought, but what I'm finding interesting, and what seems to capture my little's attention, is the fact that Almanzo is around the same age as my middle boy, who is the one who is listening to the story. It leads to some interesting discussions and comparisons, and if anything, I think it makes him grateful to be alive during this time, rather than "back then" (although he seems to think he would prefer to be allowed to miss school to do his chores and help with work that needed to be done around the farm!). My littlest is currently having Richard Scarry's Best Little Word Book Ever read to him on repeat, and he is soaking up every single word he can. I have been leaving out Welcome to Felicity's World as we just reviewed Virginia in History class, and this is a nice picture book of the time period we have been studying lately, so it does provide some nice background activity while we are reading aloud.
I finished up my cardigan design from last week, and I'm happy to report that this new fangled construction worked out! I am so pleased with it and cannot wait to get the pattern ready to share. After some secret, deadline work, that I actually managed to wrap up over the weekend, I quickly cast on for another cardigan design! This time, I'm focusing on some unique lace work, and how to incorporate a larger gradient set into a garment. I can't stop knitting on it!
Well, that wraps up my week, pretty much, what are you reading and knitting? Anything good I should pick up at the library?