I love putting together the Yarn Along each week. Thank you, Ginny for continuing to host the party each week where you can find lots of inspiration for knitting and reading.
This week week I've been working on 2 knitting projects at once. I've been working on that handspun BFL Clara Cowl for Nerdy Gerdy Boutique, and I've been continuing on with the Dirk sweater. I continue to push back the release of that pattern, but who want's a pattern that's put together haphazardly anyway? I may as well take my time. Both of these are very simple knits, so I've been able to knit and have a conversation, knit and watch a movie, knit and teach my kids. It's been nice.
I'm reading a book through the BlogHer book program, and this is my first time doing a formal, paid book review. Through the ad network for my blog I signed up to do book reviews, and have already got a few offers to read and review books. This is the first time I took them up on it since the book looked interesting and I was in need of a new book to read. (That might be stretching the truth. There is never a shortage of books in this house, but I am always on the lookout for a good book.)
It's about a New York executive who is basically forced into early retirement and has to re-learn how to live without her face paced former life. She examines her choices in life, and learns how to slow down and notice things. So they sent me the book, and my review is due on Thursday. I love it when Knut says to me "Don't you have some reading you have to do?" I love that reading has been moved to the "have to" section of my life.
By the way, I don't like the "tag line" of the book: "How I lost my job, put on my pajamas and found happiness" because it makes the book sound so flippant and cheesy, which it's not.
It's been ages since I've taken notes as I've read a book. It's been ages since I've written critically about what I read. I'm 100% loving the process. This book is full of elements to write about that I'm having a tough time narrowing it down. I was chatting Knut's head off about it on the way to the lake last Monday.
I'm hoping I won't go overboard with my review and my part of the massive blog discussion that will be going on that day as part of the publicity of this new book. I'm having a tough time writing concisely. Forgive me if I'm not.