I've skipped a week, but I'm back on board for Ginny's yarn alongs. (Check out her cute photos from last week.)
Every day that the air has just a little bite, I am reminded that I need to get down to business on my Harlequin Hoodie. I've made a lot of progress in the past couple of weeks, but there's plenty more to go...and the real cold will be here before we know it.
This is such a fantastic pattern for meditative crocheting. I've ridden the waves of the rows like blue, grey, and maroon ocean currents, easily memorizing one to the next.
But because it's such a bulky creature, the hoodie hasn't sped me along like my books.
I finished The House at Tyneford, sadly saying good bye to the characters I'd nestled into, and then said hello to the eagerly anticipated new Rowling book. This is no Harry Potter.
And that's ok. People have been hating pretty hard on this book, and I don't think it's because they were expecting Harry Potter. I think it's because they weren't expecting such a gritty, uncomfortable novel from the woman who took us all away to the places of dreams.
The Casual Vacancy is social commentary. It tells uncomfortable truths. There are swear words, and sex, and windows into the kinds of thoughts people don't usually talk about. Whether I'll close the cover and proclaim it a masterpiece, I'm not sure yet. But in the midst of this dark story, I am embracing the Rowling that delivers realism, knowing that I can always escape again back into her magical worlds of good and evil.
And I have to admit, I like the cover. Count me in the minority, I guess.