Okay, I cast off my first stockinette Noro yarn sock - mmm, the jury is still out. Even after a good soak, the fabric is a little odd, maybe a bit saggy? It could be a nice boot sock - maybe I just needed to go down a needle size? I will never know since I plan to make a mate but then that's it for me - no more Noro sock yarn. Tried it, meh. (so Knitting Bandit - you are off the hook on this one *hee hee* no more bad influence from me!)
I've read several books since my last review - but these are most deserving of a nod. Riding Lessons and Flying Changes are a "mini-series" by Sara Gruen who also wrote Water for Elephants.
The book centers around Annmarie Zimmer - once an Olympic bound jumper - but after tragedy strikes she decides she will never get on a horse again. Fast forward 20 years, Annmarie struggles through divorce, a sassy teenager, moving home to her parents' home - her father is dying from ALS and they have had a strained relationship since the Olympic hopeful became a has-been - she also can't seem to help but repeatedly make a fool of herself as she fails to "get a grip". In spite of all of her faults...Annmarie is likable and real - I had empathy for her pathetic, undone foundering.
I have been trying to journal my reading adventures as I am trying to read at least 52 books this year and in Riding Lessons I loved this passage - "I stop, perplexed. I examine it a little and toss about in my head, testing its consistency. I poke at it, and it pokes back. Is this what it feels like? Yes, by God it is. It's contentment, and I'm so full of it I almost don't know what to do."
Have you ever felt that - what a full feeling. You can feel the sun warm on your cheeks, your heart bursting against your sternum, so good. I was glad for Annmarie to find "it" after stumbling so aimlessly. I was glad to see her become a hero in her own right after being such a screw up. Very pleasurable books. I have struggled through a couple of so-so's, so these were a treat.
Lastly, Cinnamonamon tipped me off the new Knitty is up. I like the Honeycomb, looks like a nice scoopy vest that could be...wait for it...flattering!