Books and knitting, knitting and books.
(I have Marcel the Shell on my mind. Treats and snoozin. Snoozin and treats.)
I briefly mentioned our trip back East yesterday, which was wonderful. And during our many hours in the car getting there and back, Mr. and I listened to a few books including Finding Alaska (a YA book), John Grisham's the Summons, and Beautiful Boy (which we haven't quite finished).
The road trip also inspired one of my new knitting projects: the Beekeeper's Quilt. This project is so perfect for road trips - it's simple and small, which makes it completely portable. I also love that I'm using up some of my fingering weight scrap yarn - I hate seeing that go to waste. Estimated time until completion? One billion years.
Now that we're home, I'm working on reading with my eyes rather than with my ears and knitting something that is a bit larger and more complicated than my little hexipuffs.
Lately I've been on the hunt for good adult fantasy books - a genre that is attractive to me in theory, especially since I devoured fantasy books as a kid, but not usually in reality. I have such a hard time finding good adult fantasy books that I enjoy reading. However, I recently discovered the King of Elfland's Daughter, which was written in the 1920s by Lord Dunsany. It's a beautifully written book - worth a read just for the prose. And I love the story as well. It was such a good find.
My knitting project du jour is a lighter, summery top for myself - the pattern is called Radian Yoke and I'm knitting it with a fingering weight linen blend. Since the pattern calls for sport weight yarn, I'm being especially good about swatching (how about that!) and luckily, this is one of those tops that will look good even if it's a bit too big.
(Joining Ginny at Small Things for her weekly Yarn Along.)