I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along this week.
It might be different where you live, but for some reason (which I really can't explain), I don't have many knitting friends. I mean in-the-flesh knitting friends. My circle of fiber friends exist in the virtual world and with the ease of technology today, I have no complaints. It's a rich and sincere and joyful circle. Still, sometimes it would be nice to actually knit with someone and chat over patterns and yarn and projects.
Much to my absolute delight and surprise, the other day, as I left my house for a walk in the sunshine, I passed my neighbor, Jess, as she arrived home. I couldn't help but notice the stack of library books in her arms, with one in particular that caught my eye. On its spine was the word KNITTING and after a quick chat, I learned that Jess was teaching herself to knit. Fast foward, Jess came over the other night and I taught her how to cast on and knit garter stitch. Now that I'm an intermediate knitter, it was eye-opening to step back in time and teach the basics, making sure to use the right language and include the right steps. I wanted to make sure I didn't assume too much (or too little) and I wanted to focus on good habits. I gifted Jess my pair of US9 wood needles so that she could have a better grip -- both in her hands and with her yarn. It was lovely to chat about her aspirations with knitting and my huge passion for it.
Our visit reminded me how much I enjoy sharing and with this in mind, I'm starting a weekly giveaway which I'm calling Winning Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, I'll have a little something to offer which I hope you'll like. All you have to do is comment on the post or answer a question I may pose. I'll draw and announce the winner on the following Wednesday. Hope you'll play....and hope you'll win!
This week, the giveaway is two skeins of Fiesta Rayon Boucle, one in lilac and the other in clematis. This is worsted weight, each with 240 yards. Imagine the beautiful spring-inspired shawl or shrug you can knit with these! Leave a comment below for a chance to win.
Now to my reading: I finished A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven and was pretty speechless when I was done. How do writers do it? How do they create characters who are so real, so complicated, with entire lives that they inhabit? I'm a really slow reader and at 480 pages, I wondered at first just how long this novel would take me to finish. I was riveted and polished off this book in a mere two weeks! That may not be impressive to some of you super fast readers, but for me, it was like winning silver in a marathon. Go read this book!