For the past few Wednesdays, I've loved taking the journey through my sister's yarn alongs. Books and cozy yarn projects...such a lovely way to begin this journey into long nights and chill air, don't you think?
So this week, I'm joining her and Ginny with my own little yarn along.
J and I both agree it's going to be a very cold winter this year. Until now, I've survived Boston winters with just my earmuffs. Occasionally I'll give in and wear a hat, but (horror of horrors) they mess up my hair, and I resist them as much as possible, despite how cute they are. So my current crochet project is the Harlequin Hoodie.
Hoods are really my favorite thing, and I stocked up on some wool yarn, so I can count on the warmth this season. I'm loving the faint sheep smell that stays even on this processed stuff. I also really loved the cheerful rainbow colors of the original pattern. Bright winter gear always makes me think of Scandinavia, where you have to find the happy in winter in order to make it through. But I wanted my hoodie to feel a little chillier, a little more like cold ocean air and cloudy horizons...
And that brings me to The House at Tyneford. It's set in Great Britain during the onset of the Second World War, and reading about winter on the British coast while I'm cozied up in my feather duvet with a hot water bottle at my feet...well, it's the best. It pairs perfectly with my cool colored wool.
The heroine is an Austrian Jewess (+1 point for the occasional German reference), who has to sacrifice a luxurious life in Vienna to secure her safety. Elise leaves her parents behind to work as a maid at the Tyneford House in England. I won't tell you too much, but so far it is sad and hopeful and romantic. It is full of dancing, adventures on the shore, and descriptions of indulgent food. (It had me at creamy custard and herbed potatoes.)
You will love it if you love any of the following: Great Britain, Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, the Brontë sisters, creamy custard, or herbed potatoes.
And if you're not looking forward to the winter, I'm sorry to share our chilly prediction with you. But I heard it's already snowing in Minnesota...