Linking up with Ginny for current yarns of both kinds.
With the start of (home)school and the cooler weather I have been doing some knitting. I tend to avoid yarn crafts during the warmer months but once the weather turns I'm ready to get back to the hooks and needles, and I need to have something to keep my hands busy while I'm helping Eliza with her school work.
I am very pleased to have finished my first little knitted shawl. The pattern is not too complicated and good for a beginner like myself, although I freely admit I had to watch this very helpful video tutorial to figure out how to do the set up row at the start. I am still very much new at this knitting thing and I'm excited to have done this little bit of lacy work.
I also finished a simple cable scarf done up in a bulky weight natural color wool. It's rather short, just long enough to use up one skein I had on hand and get in some cable practice. (I'm TeaDrinkingFool on Ravelry)
For my current reading I've just begun on Kristin Lavransdatter, an epic trilogy of novels set in 14th century Norway, writtenby Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. I am only about a dozen pages in but I am already finding the writing style beautiful and very much to my liking. I have a vintage set of three hardcover books, with the original English translation by Archer and Scott. I had actually purchased the modern paperback without really thinking about what version it was, but realized it was far too unwieldy due to its hefty size. Being always fond of vintage books I then got a nice old slipcovered hardback set. Reading this article on the two translations makes me realize I will indeed much prefer the older translation, as 'modern' anything is not my cup of tea. Alas, it will probably take me a hundred years to read - we shall see!
Isrid and Arne gathered heather and dwarf-birch and cast it on the blaze. It crackled as the fire tore the fresh green from the twigs, and small white flakes flew high upon the wisps of red flame; the smoke whirled thick and black toward the clear sky. Kristin sat and watched; it seemed to her the fire was glad that it was out there, and free, and could play and frisk. 'Twas otherwise than when at home, it sat upon the hearth and must work at cooking food and giving light to the folks in the room. -Kristin Lavransdatter
PS An amusing book-buying tip: if you're looking for the books on ebay there are some listed as Kristin Labransdatter. The 'v' in the fancy gold lettering on the cover looks a lot like a 'b', and you can find some inexpensive copies searching that way. :-)