|You Passed 8th Grade US History|
Okay, technically, I did not pass this the first time. (The quiz. Please. I aced history in school. It was reading.) But I did know enough to know the four questions I missed. Wikipedia is really pretty darn awesome, you know?
This is what my brother found my mother for Christmas:
This is what my brother got me for Christmas:
Next year, I've really got to get ready for Christmas earlier or skip it entirely. And somehow I think skipping it entirely isn't going to be possible.
Reading: (or rather, read.) Elegance and Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro. I liked Elegance better. It was a cute story of a woman who was basically sleep walking through her life and her marriage, until she picked up a book named "Elegance" in a secondhand store and started applying a few of its precepts to her life. She doesn't rely on the book, but it does jumpstart her life again.
Innocence relied too much on gimmicks. The ghost of her dead friend was one, and one I find really annoying, flashing backward and forward in time during the story. It got confusing, or as confusing as such a simple story can be. The only purpose I could see it in was to drag the storyline out a bit. Girl Wants It All, Girl Wants Boy More, Boy is An Ass, Girl Gives Up, Girl Gets It All (more or less.) It was a bit too twee for my taste.
Still slogging through 1968 by Mark Kurlansky. Oh, that's a lovely way to describe it! It's interesting, it really is, it's just not a quick read. Did you realize John F. Kennedy was born in 1917? 1917. I didn't.
and then unknitting it. The pattern barely showed, it was almost impossible to knit without relying - heavily - on the chart. Not enough contrast, alas. So it's frogged and I think I'll try it again with the blue yarn I picked up the other day. And dang, I've really got to get some decent lighting for pictures. It's orange, yes, but sheesh.
I knit up a couple of Fetchings in the Touch Me yarn, now I just need to knit the right hand mitts. Yes, two entirely different sizes, and yes, on purpose.
My Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn from Yarnmarket arrived yesterday so with any luck, I can knit the final......60-34= 26 inches by Sunday. Hmmm. Fat chance.
What I probably should have done is just knit feverishly on my Mary Tudor so that I have some hope of finishing it before the Dale of Norway KAL starts but I wanted to see some discernible knitting.
Oh! TK of Everywhere Knitting is looking for some knit bloggers to answer 20ish questions to help her out on her thesis. Anyone interested can leave a comment on her blog.
Happy New Year! Stay safe and have fun.