Knitting: I have decided to expand my sticks and string pleasures to crochet. I started with a simple granny square. When I think of the traditional granny square afghan, I can’t help but think of the itchy acrylic, wildly colored afghan that use to sit on the back of our couch growing up. Luckily, these days, the sky is the limit with fiber and colors. I have noticed more and more granny square afghans on the back of couches and hanging over arm chairs on TV. It seems they are back in fashion. It got me thinking, although that afghan was itchy and brightly colored, it was a comforting staple in our living room. I want the same kind of feeling for Griffin in our home. I am using three colors, red, brown and a light tan in Lion Brand’s Hometown USA, super bulky acrylic. Seriously, not your grandmother’s acrylic. This yarn is so soft and squishy…it really has been a pleasure to work with. Using a 10mm hook. The combination of the hook and super bulky is making quick work of these squares and I am already 12 in. I am trying to work up at least two squares a day. It won’t be long before these square are complete and I’ll have it all put together. It’s a great project and a nice change from knitting, for a little while at least.
Reading: After finishing my first classic of the year, Wuthering Heights, I wanted a quick read. One of my favorite reads this summer was Gone Girl. It was a dark obsessive story that really sucked you in. Amazon suggested this book The Dinner by Herman Koch, calling it “European Gone Girl”. I thought I’d give it a try. So far, it is also a dark story, much like Gone Girl, that all takes place over one dinner. During this dinner, the story slowly unfolds as the characters have to face a horrific act that their sons have committed. The beginning was slow, with a few descriptive scenes that I thought the book could have done without. It’s really kicked in now and is very intense. Also, a quick read so far, I am interested in seeing where it will go. A different read for sure.
What are you reading/crafting?
P.S. – Here are a few fun links I have found and used in the last week…
A Funny (but serious) look at GMOs
A New Exhibit (for my NH followers) – Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor at the Currier Museum of Art
Another Crochet Blanket that has my eye
What’s for dinner