Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yarn Along!

It's been awhile since I've joined Ginny at Small Things for her Yarn Along.
She believes folks who knit and crochet love to read and I agree!

Knit Blanket Buddy

This is the Bear Blanket Buddy I finished yesterday.
The little blanket and all the bear pieces are knit.
Mary Maxim has a kit for several different Blanket Buddies.  

Knit Blankie Buddy

He even has a tail!
My Grand God Son is due any day.
This little bear and a crochet blanket will be on their way soon. 

I finished HEARTSTONE the fifth book in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by C. J. Sansom. I love historical mysteries and this has to be one of the best series I've read. The detail in each book is amazing. You are in Tudor England while you are reading.

In HEARTSTONE it is the summer of 1545 and England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone wrong and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. Matthew is given a case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr which deals with the corrupt Court of Wards. Matthew and his assistant, Barak, travel to Portsmouth (where the French and English fleets are massing) to look into the case. While they are there, Matthew plans on looking into the mysterious background of Ellen Fettiplace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam hospital for the insane that he has befriended. Somehow, someway, Sansom weaves all of this together (in 600+ pages).

The other book I finished is THIS IS GETTING OLD: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity by Susan Moon. Susan is a writer and longtime Zen Buddhist who teaches popular writing workshops. This book is a collection of essays on the "sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty." With chapter titles like "Where Did I Put My Begging Bowl" (those senior moments), "Leaving the Lotus Position" (joints that refuse to work), "The Tomboy Returns" (return to childhood), "Tea with God", "Alone with Everyone" (something I'm going through now after the death of Mr. Dragon), I really did think this would be the book for me. I was disappointed. I'm not sure what I expected, but I didn't get it ... then again ... maybe I did and I just haven't realized it yet!!!!! (I tried to upload a picture of the cover of the book and Poor Blogger ... it wouldn't let me.)

To see what fellow *yarners* are reading and working on,

Wishing YOU well and a lovely day. 


Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable artwork with crochet!Very talented!

Donna Heber said...

OMG! What an adorable knit blanket. You are very talented.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Love your bear! You are very talented!

The Tudor-age historical novel sounds interesting. I might have to look for the first Sansom book (I like to read series books in order, if possible.)

Anonymous said...

That blanket buddy is stinkin' cute!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That bear buddy blanket is just too cute for words!

Charlotte said...

I like your Bear Buddy cute!

MJ said...

Love the blanket buddy!! I bet my son would go nuts over it (even though he's 8, he LOVES bears).

Crafty Christina said...

That bear blanket is too cute! I'm on a knitting kick too!

Pondside said...

Cute Buddy blankie!
You know, sometimes I'll pick up a book and think it is going to be so 'me' only to find that there's not much there at all. That's how I felt about Eat Pray Love - boy, was I in the minority!

Janet said...

The little bear buddy blanket is so cute!

no spring chicken said...

Your bear buddy is adorable! I've never seen a pattern like that before. Is it one that you can share?

Blessings, Debbie

Sherry Smyth said...

That blanket is more than's precious!!!!

And thank you for introducing me to new works...I know I'll love the Tudor series and I'm liking the thought of zen as I "age" (we're aging like fine wine and good cheese, right???) ;)