Wednesday, July 29, 2015

yarn along: finishing

Knitting: What a busy weekend we have had here.  My little girls were the flower girls in their uncle and new auntie's wedding and we were so glad we got to be a part of their special day.  I had lots of time in the car to knit and am nearly to the picot edge I am going to do on my Radiance shawl.  That will take me all week.  I can't wait to finish it and see it blocked.  Right now it mostly just looks like a wad of lacy yarn.

Reading:  I finished All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr with two days to spare before it has to go back to the library this second time.  I thought it was incredible.  The writing was lovely and careful.  As I sat on the couch with tears trickling down my cheeks during a particularly beautiful scene, Jesse looked at me inquisitively.  "He hits all the right notes in all the right ways," was all I could choke out before diving back into the scene.  It is a big book and I feel some relief over leaving WWII behind after spending so much time there.  But it is a good book and I am glad I read it.  I loved this short segment in particular for the wisdom in it and for the depth of character it provides for each speaker  (Slight spoiler possibility if you are planning on reading very soon):

He says, "You are very brave."She lowers the bucket.  "What is your name?"He tells her.  She says, "When I lost my sight, Werner, people said I was brave.  When my father left, people said I was brave.  But it is not bravery; I have no choice.  I wake up and live my life.  Don't you do the same?"He says, "Not in years.  But today.  Today maybe I did."
Listening:  Sense and Sensibility on CraftLit this week, and a bit of The Enchanted April on the Classic Tales podcast.  We spent a lot of time with Frances and Gloria during our drive, too, thanks to a library audio collection I picked up; I love Frances!   Russell C. Hoban just writes children so well. 

That's it for my Yarn Along post for today!  It's hopefully a week of finishing up for me - books and yarn projects, as we end July (how can that be?!) and move into August, another busy month for us and yet a different kind of summertime busy.  I'm already getting that little ache in my bones for the beauties of autumn!


  1. the girls look so cute in their pretty dresses and glittery shoes. I bet they felt like princesses? We are reading that book next year in our book club. Love your finishes.

  2. your girls are gorgeous!!! Oh you should frame some if not all of the photos :) I bet they loved being in the wedding :) can't wait to see the shawl.

  3. Oh my goodness, your girls are so beautiful! I bet they were the hit of the wedding ;)
    I loved All the Light We Cannot See too, the writing was excellent and I hope to see more from
    this author .

  4. Oh my, look at those little darlings! Tears in my eyes, so you must have been in floods of tears! I still haven't got to that book yet, but really must as everyone is raving about it. Glad to hear I am not the only person who cries at books (and movies and even, ads!)

  5. Oh honey! How I love my girlies. <3 They are so beautiful and sweet. I can't wait to see them all dolled up at Austen's wedding next! the hat looks great on Lyddie by the way. I am looking forward to seeing your lace wad all blocked out and beautiful. :) I am still working my way through the book you just finished--it is lovely and not too sad yet for me as I am really just in the beginning.

  6. Love the pictures of your beautiful girls in their white dresses! Also so glad you loved the book All the Light We Cannot See! It is a amazing read and thank you for sharing that sweet quote from the book. :)

  7. Ah your girls look fabulous as flower girls. Can't wait to see your shawl.