I am joining Ginny for her Yarn Along this week. I, along with the rest of the folks in my house, tend to break from 'yarning' in the warmer months every year and then naturally take up crocheting again as the weather gets cooler. This fall has been like the others and we have our hooks flying again. I wanted something simple to work on while I sit with my young ones doing their schoolwork so I started this 'Eva Shawl' for myself. The pattern looks lovely in lace weight but I was in a hurry to just start something and use what I had on hand - so some Paton's wool in 'cognac heather' from my stash that I had picked up at the craft store on clearance it is. It should prove nice and warm for the winter. You can find the free pattern at the Without Seams blog (patterns are listed in the sidebar) or on Ravelry.
Presently I am reading The Golden Key and Other Stories aloud at teatime. We are all very fond of fairy tales in general and George MacDonald in particular and thus are greatly enjoying the book. Yesterday we finished the beautiful, lush History of Photogen and Nycteris and today read the Dickens-evoking Shadows. We love stories of other worlds and unusual beings, rich with language and descriptions that are at once so simple and yet run so deep.
"How old are you?"
"Ten," answered Tangle.
"You don't look like it," said the lady.
"How old are you, please?" returned Tangle.
"Thousands of years old," answered the lady.
"You don't look like it," said Tangle.
"Don't I? I think I do. Don't you see how beautiful I am?" And her great blue eyes looked down on the little Tangle, as if all the stars in the sky were melted in them to make their brightness.
"Ah! but," said Tangle, "when people live so long they grow old. At least I always thought so."
"I have no time to grow old," said the lady. "I am too busy for that. It is very idle to grow old..."
Be sure to visit Ginny for lots more yarns of all kinds!