Reading and Knitting

This week feels like it has just flown by. Somehow in the kerfuffle both knitting and reading felt like they fell by the wayside. But in fact, when I think about it quite a bit actually got done.

I’m nearly finished with the second sleeve of Arya’s Needlework, which means that I am nearly done with it all together. Yay! I can move on to something new. I’m thinking some Wollmeise needs to come up next in the queue. Although I’m thinking I really should knit up a sample sweater in addition to the vest for Sansa’s Summer and that calls for a thicker yarn. I also want to knit a hat. Really I think I just want to knit anything except this sweater.

The knitting details:

Pattern: Arya’s Needlework by yours truly – soon to be released so watch this space.

Yarn: Opal Handgefarbt (75% Superwash Wool/25% Polyamid; 420m/100g) in the Rosenbeet colourway

Needles: 3mm KnitPros

Reading has been a little less prolific this week. I’ve been doing a lot of work on the computer which makes my eyes hurt. And I don’t want to strain my eyes too much (we only get one set!) so I’ve been leaving off reading in the evenings in favour of listening to podcasts.

Nevertheless I have been doing a little reading. I finished The Sea by John Banville and I really enjoyed it. The ending was a bit of a surprise, though in retrospect there was quite a bit of foreshadowing in the book. I still heartily recommend it.

I started reading, or rather re-reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Murakami is definitely one of my very favourite authors and while The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle isn’t my very favourite of his books, it’s the one I first read and one that I love to go back to every few years. It’s such a compelling read. The plot is amazing, the characters are well developed. It’s complex and surreal and every time I read it I find something new that I just love about it. Everyone should read this book.