One of the local radio stations has started playing Christmas music 24/7 and I am so ready for it! I’m not sure how I am going to make it through any more audiobooks during my commute, because I am so happy to be listening to Christmas music while I drive!
That is what I am choosing to focus on for this new month. We are officially in the holiday season, and regardless of how that looks this year, it is something to be excited about!
Fun craft projects and books are also something to be excited about, so today I’m linking up with Ginny of Small Things for Yarn Along.
Yarn Along is a monthly link up hosted at Small Things. The point is to share our yarn-type projects (such as knitting, crochet, or similar) as well as the books we are reading. I love watching others’ projects develop, and of course I love hearing about the books people are reading, too! You can see everyone’s linked posts and the guidelines at the host’s site, here.
Last month I knit a carseat blanket for a former coworker, and was working on it up until the day of her baby shower! Hopefully it’s understandable that I did not get a picture of the finished product. It wasn’t my best work, but it will keep baby warm and I found the softest, possibly best yarn that I have ever worked with. Granted, I’m not much of a yarn snob – I’m more of a “what’s on sale and pretty/fits what I need to make?” knitter.
A few days after finishing that blanket, I cast on another. Hopefully, I will get this one done with a little more time before the deadline! I’m using the same kind of yarn in a different color for this one. It’s called Pumpkin Spice, and while orange is not my favorite color, I think this one is a nice change from the usual baby blues and pinks. Also, I’m not sure whether this friend is having a boy or girl, so a generic color seemed the best way to go. Unfortunately, I got off on my counting pretty significantly while knitting and watching a lecture, and I had to frog back to the border in order to fix it, so it doesn’t look like I have knit much at all yet! I think I’ve settled into the pattern now though, and hopefully won’t have many more noticeable mistakes.
I read Don DeLillo’s The Silence in a single day. Unfortunately, I don’t really like it. It makes good points and is a catalyst to important and interesting introspection and conversations, but I don’t like the way it gets there. For only being around 120 pages, there is a significant portion of unnecessary suggestive content and disappointing language. I do like that the font used looks like typewriter. I may or may not provide a full review on this book, so if you’re interested in hearing more of my thoughts on this book, let me know.
I also recently finished two books I have been reading for school: The New Librarianship Field Guide and Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together. Both were solid reads, and I can see myself coming back to Libraries and Gardens in the future if I ever work with a library-supported community garden or want to create any kind of library program related to gardening.
Now, I’ve briefly started Faithful in Love by Cecily Wolfe, but I don’t honestly think I will have time to keep up with it until the semester ends. I’m also between theology books, and using Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotions as a filler.
The book in the top photo is Fifteen: A Compilation of Poems by Amie Woleslagle. I read this collection last month but my physical copy just arrived a few days ago and it is so beautiful, inside and out!
For more yarn-y encouragement and to see what projects others are working on and what books they’re reading, head over to Small Things!
Until the next chapter,