I knit this vest in February as a birthday gift for Josiah. My first actual knit garment! I had wanted to make him a vest for years now, as he always wears wool vests in the winter. I think I may have even bought the yarn before I knew how to knit, but never could find a crochet pattern I liked. It took me a while to find a suitable knit vest pattern, something rather rustic with cables but not too fancy, and well written as I'm still a novice knitter. I kept coming back to the Matthew's Vest pattern and finally bit the bullet and bought the Green Gables collection. If you don't want the physical book it's a little less expensive as a Ravelry download, which is what I got as I like to print out the patterns and make my notes on it. I also needed it in a hurry in order to get the vest done in time. I'm very glad I went with this pattern as it was very straightforward and easy even for a beginner like me to follow. I'm looking forward to trying a few other patterns in the collection as well.
As for reading, a couple of us have just finished Louis de Wohl's The Spear, a historical novel set during the time of the end of Christ's earthly life. It is told largely from the perspective of Cassius Longinus, the Roman soldier present at the Crucifixion. While it is fiction, it gives a great deal of historical context to the events of the time and really makes you think about what it might have been like for the people living through it from a distance. We are now reading The Glorious Folly, the sequel set during the life of St. Paul. I have two copies of The Spear but only one of The Glorious Folly, so we have to share. More time for thinking between reading.
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