Reading and knitting - two of my favourite pastimes.
I used to think I was a good knitter. Well, I am ... a good knitter - I've always got something on the needles, usually more than one thing. But I've recently discovered that I know very very very little about the subject. One of the plus points of being laid up in bed for an extended length of time is that I've had loads of time to look around short reads - i.e. blogs - and I've found so many great knitting blogs and it has really recharged my interest and enthusiasm.
So I'm joining in the Yarn Along today, run by Ginny at Sweet Things for the first time. The point of this blog hop is to share what you're knitting and what you're reading. Some of these other knitters are quite amazing and there are some good ideas for reading as well.
So this is my first attempt at knitting socks - it's been slow going over the past few weeks, but thanks to the brilliant instructions of Winwick Mum and her Sockalong, I've finally nearly got my first pair of hand knit socks. Woohoo.. I love the wool too - Regia sock yarn self striping wool. I was shamed into this by the lovely Amy at Love Made My Home who, although she is a fabulous crocheter, started knitting by knitting socks! You what?! So, finally caught up.
Reading, I've finally slogged my way to the end of Edith Wharton's "Age of Innocence". She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature with this novel in the 1920s. I'm sure at the time it was scandalous and a great look behind the scenes of the New York elite, and the descriptions are superb and suitable claustrophobic and paranoid, but I found it hard going and frankly boring. However against my usual rule of if it doesn't hold my attention leave it there, I ploughed through to the end and I'm glad I did, sort of - there's a different rule for classics isn't there? Although I confess that I diverted for a day in the middle to read the first Dr Siri Mystery which was brilliant - more about him at a future date.