Knitting: My Going for Gold Asagi is finally coming along! I’ve made a few silly mistakes and keep having to rip bits out and redo them. But I think (touch wood!) that it should be pretty smooth sailing from here. I’ve been really enjoying the pattern, despite the mistakes I’ve made. The construction of the sweater is interesting, I really like the leaf lace detail, and the color of the yarn makes me sooo happy. As I mentioned last week, I thought I’d try to see if I could finish this while the Olympics was on as part of Ravelry’s Ravellenics. I think I’ll be lucky to finish by next Monday, but who knows. The remainder of the sweater is pretty easy knitting, so maybe I can just squeak in under the deadline!
Reading: James Rebanks, The Shepherd’s Life. I finished Girl on a Train Sunday morning. I ended up binge reading it in two sittings … Saturday afternoon on the beach, and Sunday morning. I really enjoyed it! It was the type of book that, once I finished, I was sad it was over and wished I had paced myself more on. And I’ve been reading for pleasure so little lately (sadface!), that I was a little unsure of what to read next. So on Tuesday, Mr. N and I decided to head to Vroman’s Bookstore. Founded in 1894, it’s the oldest independent book seller in Southern California. As I wandered around the huge shop, I realized that it’s been a really long time since I’ve been properly book shopping. When I was little, a trip to the book shop was one of my absolute favorite things. I felt positively giddy pacing the aisles, reading staff recommendations, and adding books to my little pile.
In the end I came away with this somewhat eclectic assortment, besides putting in an order for a title I was after that they didn’t have in stock. I also picked up a postcard of Gamble House to hang by my desk in Philadelphia and remind me of Pasadena. The houses in this area are really spectacular!
I decided I’d start with The Shepherd’s Life. I’m only about twenty pages in (women’s gymanstics has cut into my evening reading time!), but I’m enjoying it so far. Rebanks is a sheep farmer in the Lake District, working land that his family has been on for centuries. He does a really good job of evoking daily life on a farm, without overly romanticizing it. And he’s very historically minded, emphasizing longstanding continuities in the farming community, which I like. The book itself is also quite pretty. In addition to the sheepy dust jacket, sheep portraits grace the end paper:
What are you reading and knitting this week? As always, you can head over to the original Yarnalong post to see what knitters all over the world are knitting and reading this week!