Aren't the twisted knit stitches in the Shalom pretty? I tried it on carefully last night to see how the yoke would look and I think it will be really a nice fit for me. The second picture is a pretty close representation (at least on my computer screen) of the true color; the other pictures make it look more orange-y than it is.
(excuse me a moment while I go try to pat dry the head of my teething, sleeping baby, who is covered in drool... no wonder she is moaning in her sleep. There, Orajel will hopefully give her some immediate relief. Back to my knitting chatter...)
The yarn is just so weighty and I love how it feels in this pattern rather than the original sweater which had long bulky sleeves and big bulky collar and usually felt stifling, especially indoors. I'm really in love with this knit and the modifications; since I eliminated the waist shaping it's just stockinette with a few rows of garter at the bottom now; quiet mindless knitting for the evenings after days full of children and canning and laundry.
I have been reading Keep A Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot for a long time now, just savoring a couple pages at a time, which is really how it is supposed to be read since it's excerpts from her newsletters. It seems to speak immediately to my heart regardless of what I'm experiencing and feeling. After reading her thoughts regarding a visit to Dohnavur as she was writing her biography of Amy Carmichael, it was clear to me that I have been a fool to let that biography sit on a shelf without reading it, so it is now on my nightstand waiting to be read - A Chance to Die. I think it will likely end up being life changing.
I saw Gretchen post a few weeks back about The Egg and I and since it takes place on a chicken farm on the Washington Coast, how could I not look it up? I suddenly remembered as I was searching for it on the library catalog why the author's name was so familiar - two words: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! Her writing for adults is just as clever and funny as for children but so very very different. I'm not very far in (this week has been too busy for much reading) but the 20 or so pages I have read have had me literally laughing out loud. I am also listening to North and South on Craftlit and because waiting for a new episode and chapter to be released each week is so difficult, I also started listening to The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, also on CraftLit. It works out well to turn it on as I begin my canning in the afternoons once Rosie goes down for a nap. I can usually get through one episode a day that way.
Free the Elves!! The signs were a posted all the way down an alley between two shops in Puyallup when Jesse and I were hunting for antique shops to poke around in on our one-night getaway. I thought other book-addicts might enjoy them too! My parents graciously kept the girls overnight and it was our first time away from them besides quick dinner dates in two years. The signs made me smile and so did spending time alone with that handsome man.
Joining in with all the yarn friends at Yarn Along with Ginny!