I can’t get enough of reading lately. I’m not sure why, but I’m a book fiend! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! But I thought it was only appropriate to be sure and join the Yarn Along today as well as WIP Wednesday. So let’s start off with the books, shall we?
First we have Maus I: My Father Bleeds History & Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began. If you are interested in Holocaust stories at all, or have kids who are, then I highly HIGHLY suggest these books. They go about telling the story in a completely different way than a typical book. You can’t exactly tell in this picture but they are Graphic Novels. Basically, it’s like reading a comic strip that goes on and on and on. Except it’s not exactly funny, but I can say that not all the comics in my Sunday paper were funny. These are great books to study in classes because of the history and also the symbolism. That’s actually how I originally heard about the books. A local college required them for their WWII history class and for years I’ve been meaning to check them out. I found them at the library the other day and my husband has started reading them also. If you have a child who isn’t into reading, I definitely suggest you have them check these out. Did I mention they are a true story (minus the mouse part)?
Next we have So That’s What They’re For, a breastfeeding guide. I’ve been trying to read up on the subject since I have no idea if I’m going to have the energy to read about it later on in my pregnancy. Plus, as much as I can read on the subject the better. I’m going to continue reading the book because it seems to have some good information. But, I don’t quite agree with the views of the author. She basically writes about how evil using formula for your child is. Now I agree that breast milk is best in most cases and you should do what you can to try to breastfeed. But two of my dear friends who have recently had babies both tried and tried and did everything they could. But breastfeeding didn’t work out, and the best thing for their child was to switch over to formula. So, I’m going to take it with a grain of salt and look for the good information. I have a few books in transfer at the library. But if you have any suggestions for good resources, please let me know!
Next up is a book I just picked up and started yesterday. You can’t really see the book in the picture, since my gorgeous knitting is hiding it. The title is The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared. The book is a memoir of a recent college graduate, and her story with her father. When she was young they started a pact: to read every night to each other for 100 days straight. Well, they ended up continuing this streak till she left for college. I love reading, and grew up with an importance placed on reading in my family. So this book caught my eye. And with the baby coming, I’ve been thinking about what kind of books to get to read aloud.
Onto my knitting. Above is the Brandywine Shawl I started months ago. I picked it back up. You know what that means? That means my mojo is back!! I’ve knit a few repeats of Chart B in the past few days. I have of course also been working on my Hemlock Ring Blanket. The future baby blanket. I picked up the yarn in New Mexico, and for the life of me, I wish I could remember the shop I picked it up at. The yarn is Single Ply Rayon Slub, by Interlacements. My MIL and I decided to buy it and split it since we didn’t need 1400 yards each. So, I believe I promised you a picture of it?
My Hemlock Ring: hard to take a picture