Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This and That, part 2

Read THIS!  I spent the weekend reading Ann Shayne's new novel, Bowling Avenue.  It was wonderful!  It's full of great characters -- I identified with almost all of them, even the ones I didn't particularly like--with an equally great story, a flood, and even a little knitting subplot.  It's simultaneously funny, sad, and bittersweet.  You know, I'm a medical librarian and the word "self-published" strikes fear, or perhaps just derision, in my heart, but I guess Ann's self-published book proves that I should be a little more open-minded (although I'm still not sure about self-published medical texts....).   I bought the Kindle version from Amazon, but it's also available in print from Amazon and (there's a Nook version, too).  And if you have a favorite independent bookstore, they can order if for you.  If you're not sure, you can read the first chapter for free -- if you're like me, you'll order it even before you're done with the chapter.  Go do that now, and then I'll tell you about some knitting.  I'll wait.

Now, quickly before you start reading Ann's book -- remember long ago, at the end of my last post, I mentioned THAT gorgeous Tussah silk yarn I had ordered from DyeForYarn in Germany?  I ordered it especially for Fragile Heart (Rav link, which seems to be the only link available) -- it was the yarn the designer used.  The yarn is gorgeous, and a really good buy (about $35 for over 750 yards of lace-weight, and only $5 shipping!)  I will definitely order from them again.

The pattern was well-written, too, and I really enjoyed knitting it.  If you knit lace, it was both interesting and easy, if you know what I mean.  I was never bored (except during the picot bind-off!), but I was never frustrated, either.  The shawl is beaded, which slowed me down a bit, but it was worth it.  I used size 6/0 clear A/B beads that were lined in copper.  The designer, Boo Knits, has several other pretty shawls that I may need to knit, too.

Fragile Heart

Blocking, rather unevenly....

Fragile Heart

Closer up, although it's still hard to see the beads.

Here's my Ravelry post, if you want more details.