I finished an adorable blue-and-white sweater for ASH, after about a year of working on it (long story), which culminated in losing not once but twice, the two sets of identical buttons I purchased for it. (I bought the set, lost it, finally broke down and bought another set when I serendipitously found them in another store, which I took to be a Sign from God, and then lost those.) They had Beatrix Potter characters (Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, etc.) on them and were too cute and went perfectly with the sweater. Just when I had given up and was about to either order a THIRD set or just buy some boring old mother-of-pearl or something, I found them. Sewed them on. They looked insanely perfect. Then about 2 days later T was taking the sweater off ASH and broke one of the buttons. Sigh. Now, since I can't remember where I bought them originally and don't have plans to go to Camden where I bought the others, I face having to order one 65-cent button online, for which I will probably pay $7 or so in shipping. Ah well.
Now I'm on to a sweater for myself, which I will probably finish just in time for Summer '09. It's the Hourglass Sweater from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. It's going OK so far, but I fell daunted by the finishing work ahead. I've never done Kitchener Stitch. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Jacquot and the Waterman (see 9/9 post for link). It's a murder mystery set in Marseilles featuring an ex-rugby-player detective. I'm liking it a lot. The only trouble is that like The Prince of Bagram Prison (which turned out to be just OK, not really worth the trouble), it has a lot of characters and plotlines and again I am having trouble keeping them straight. I think this time it's me, though. The heartbreak of mommy brain.
And also, Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I know, I know. I am actually kind of loving it so far. She does a great job describing the sexual tension between the main characters. Ow! Smoldering! In general I love children's and YA books, so this is totally in keeping with my usual tastes. I swear I am not just jumping on the bandwagon. OK, maybe I am. And it's fun.
Currently Avoiding Reading
Yeah, I am not even going to keep this list here until I get a new book to avoid. I am starting to feel like I am going to abandon all of these except Fortress of Solitude, which I think I'll get back to eventually.