If you love knitting and reading and having a peek into what others are doing, then head on over to Ginny’s marvelous blog, Small Things, and check out all the wonderful Yarn Along posts for this week.
I don’t think that anyone will be surprised by now that I am knitting yet another pair of socks – again for a lovely friend’s birthday which is coming up. The pattern is Polly Jean by MJ Kim and so far knitting up well.
The books are a bit of a mixture with “The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt” by Laurie Aaron Hird and “All That Swagger” by Miles Franklin. I need to make a new quilt for my bed, my first little log cabin I ever made on an old treadle Singer Sewing Machine is sadly falling to bits, and I am tempted by the Farmer’s Wife. The really lovely thing about this book is all the letters that were submitted by actual Farmers’ Wives for a competition – would they have their daughter marry a farmer? The responses are heart-warming and incredibly touching, sometimes rather funny as well. The main thread that ran through all of them, though, was that the Farmer’s Wife would work hard and while it could be seen as a simple life it was filled with beauty, reward and satisfaction.
Swagger is another heart-warming story for me – this book is very similar to the Brent of Bin Bin books, you kind of feel like you getting all the flesh and bones of a pioneering family story and working through the generations. There is quite a bit of love, scandal and an incredible amount of snobbery!