Here are some things on my mind this Thursday . . .
- I’ve been listening to The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and it’s fantastic. It’s suspenseful – which makes it very difficult when I’ve arrived at my destination at an especially intriguing part and the setting – Amsterdam in the 17th century – is terrific. Burton’s descriptions of marzipan and sugar loaves and frozen landscapes are particularly wonderful and I can’t recommend this highly enough.
- Generally in January I do a post about all of the knitting from the previous year. I may or may not do that this year but I definitely can’t do it until I actual blog about everything I knit last year, including the Cactus Flower shawl. That thing has been finished and blocked since the end of October but I haven’t taken pictures of it yet. I also have a pair of socks that need to be photographed and gifted. And I need to go back and finish the Market Jacket I started in November. NaKniSweMo my ass. In the meantime I’m knitting socks for Dale, pictured above with my iPad and the latest book I’m reading, TransAtlantic.
- The cold weather has descended on us with a vengeance. Considering that it was mild enough on Christmas Eve that we had all of the windows open this is particularly cruel. And it has made me realize that I need to knit a hat for myself. I have scarves and mittens and fingerless mitts galore – and boy do those mitts come in handy in my very draft office at the COA – but hats? I have none. I’ve generally avoided them because hats and bangs do not a good combination make. However, I grew my bangs out over the last 18 months (what a process that is, my friends) and now I can happily wear a hand knit hat. Suggestions for awesome patterns are welcome.
- I’ve been to the gym twice so far this week. Yay me!