Thursday, February 8, 2018

Reading, Listening &Knitting

It is supposed to start snowing any moment, and I'm hoping for more than the 3 to 5 inches that have been predicted. Maybe we'll have a snow day tomorrow! I'm pretty sure every teacher in southern Wisconsin has his or her fingers crossed right now.

I'd love to stay home and read. Right now I am loving both the books on my bedside table.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is written in modern English but has the feel of a Victorian novel and is set in 1890s England. There are rumors of a serpent, as well as a widow with a socially conscious friend, her autistic son, and a bevy of other intriguing characters.

I've been waiting for Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein to come out in paperback. The book tells the story of what happened in the city of Janesville, Wis., after GM closed a huge plan there. I grew up in Beloit, just 15 minutes from this plant. Beloit was always Janesville's poor sister city because we never had a plant like the GM monster in Janesville. Back in the '70s, tons of my schoolmates were happy to head for those great union jobs rather than college. Of course, I want to know the rest of the story.

As for listening, I am still making my way through Prairie Fires, about the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Lane. The real story is so much darker and more complex than the rosy world set out in the Little House books. I'm listening to this on Audible, and it's perfect for knitting.

And then there's knitting.
I decided to make this hat after a sock I made from this yarn just didn't feel right. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Prints, and the sock was stiff and kind of small. I also wasn't happy with the striping. But, I love the way this hat is looking. 

Best of all, this is a stash-buster. That sock has been sitting in my basket for a couple of years.

14 comments:

  1. I have a pair of socks from that exact yarn: they softened in the laundry. The hat looks wonderful

    How I remember wishing for a snow day, even though I knew it would have to be made up.

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  2. Janesville just went on my TBR list on Goodreads.

    I love how that hat is striping ....pretty colors. Glad a sad sock could become a happy hat.

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  3. The book reports are great-thanks for the reviews!
    The hat is a great use of the yarn and very rewarding to put it to use and not have it staring at you! lol

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  4. Love the hat-to-be! Janesville sounds like an interesting read. (My dad went to college in Beloit long ago.) Did the snow arrive? Happy Weekend!

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  5. That is going to be a very happy/cheerful hat - love the colors. I had gotten The Essex Serpent on Overdrive...but my loan expired before I could get to it - appreciate the reminder. The Janesville book looks quite interesing as well.

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  6. I read The Essex Serpent last year! Pretty engrossing, but maybe a little too long? We are having a snow day, and I hope you are, too! We probably have a foot of snow in Michigan, and it just keeps coming. Interesting about the Janesville book. Honestly, that union job vs. college still describes how a lot of people in Detroit think, even though most of those good jobs disappeared long ago.

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  7. Ooh! Beautiful hat! Love the colors and the way it's striping.

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  8. I grew up in Rockford (until my family moved out west when I was 12) -- just across the border from Janesville and Beloit. I think the book looks intriguing. Hope you got your snow day . . . we sure did here in southern Michigan!

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  9. Oh Do let me know what you think of the Janesville book.
    I hope you got a snowday!

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  10. That's going to be a wonderful hat! Love the colors. Staying tuned for the review of Janesville. blessings ~ tanna

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  11. Yay for stash-busting! It is such a good feeling. Plus your hat is looking fantastic.
    Thank you for the book mentions. I am always on the lookout for new reads.

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  12. I hope you got your snow day! Those books all sound so interesting. I like the hat you are working on so far, it is very colorful.

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  13. My SIL lives in Elkhorn, very close to Janesville. I imagine there are many stories just like this one in many states. Enjoy.

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