Almost a sweater!

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I am almost at the finish line for my Bel Air sweater! I got quite a bit of the second sleeve knit this weekend during down time at the festival and I am up to the cap shaping on it. Woo hoo! Since all I have to do as far as seaming is set in this sleeve and pick out buttons, dare I think I will have it finished for Hoosier Hills this weekend? We can hope, but unfortunately that’s probably a bit unrealistic since my knitting time will likely be non-existent this week. We only have today and tomorrow at home before hitting the road again and there won’t be as much down time for this one. I’ll have it in my knitting bag at the very least so if you are coming and want to take a peek, don’t be shy. Just ask! Winking smile

On the reading front, I finished The Hunger Games and am a few chapters into Catching Fire. I am enjoying it, and did like the first book for what it is. It’s definitely a light read and that can be good, so I am not being critical. I tend to read a lot of larger more complex works and classics so it’s nice to take a break from those occasionally and read something light and easy. My only constructive criticism of it so far is that the characters don’t have much depth, at least I don’t feel it. I can see the attraction of the series for the pure entertainment value and the plot, but that’s about all I am getting from them. There are many books with so much depth that you can and want to re-read them, but I don’t see that happening for me with these. It’s a good story and all, but I can’t see needing to read them again, so I am glad I only paid $5-$7 each for them. Winking smile Looks like they have gone up in price some since I bought them. Sad smile

I don’t know if any of my readers are even remotely interested in the same music as I am but I’ll share what I have been enjoying lately. I am still finding myself turning on my Foo fighters collection quite a lot. I have all of their albums and would have a hard time picking a favorite. I love them all. Also The new Journey album, Eclipse, is awesome! No, really. I haven’t loved a Journey album this much since Evolution, which is my favorite. I have never felt like Escape was their best, although I do like it. I have also started listening to Finger Eleven more lately. This is a new to me band. They have been around since their first album, Tip, in 1998, and I have all 5 of their albums now. It’s a bit more Alternative than I used to like, but their style is a unique mix of Alternative and Melodic Metal. I think I like the last two albums Them vs. You vs. Me and Life Turns Electric the best, but the older albums are definitely growing on me. 

2 thoughts on “Almost a sweater!

  1. Hey Catherine! I was just wondering, can you read while knitting? Since I’ve taken up knitting, I’ve read almost nothing. I get books on cd or mp3 from my library but when I have discretionary time, I knit instead of holding a book. I’m wondering about getting the kindle or nook– They can read books to you, I’ve heard.

    1. Debbi, I do have a Nook and can in theory read while I knit pretty easily, but I usually don’t. I prefer when reading to not be distracted by other activities so it’s what I save time to do in the evening before sleeping. It’s my favorite time of the day! I tend to do my knitting just before that in the early evening while watching a DVD or while reading blogs and other online stuff. I can however listen to audiobooks while driving, so /i do that quite a lot when I am traveling. I’m currently listening to Moby Dick. As for the Nook and Kindle reading to you: the Kindle does have “text-to-speech” but as I understand it’s a kin to having your computer read to you. I lacks human intonations and animations which you get from real audiobooks. The Nook doesn’t have that feature, but I wouldn’t have used it anyway. Stick to real audiobooks. I do highly recommend an e-reader though and the Nook is wonderful. I actually have one of the brand new Nook Simple Touch readers on it’s way to me.

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