This week will be busy, but today and tomorrow are days at home. Which means I got to watch the season finale of Downton Abbey this morning – WOW! No spoilers here, in case, like me, you tape and watch at a more convenient time, but it had a whole lot that was interesting. 🙂 All set up for next season. I heard on the news this morning that Maggie Smith says next season is her final one. I hope they don’t try to replace her – just kill her off (dramatically, with some deathbed straightening out of her granddaughters, of course) Because Maggie Smith is just the perfect Dowager Countess, I can’t imagine anyone else doing it.
I also finished another black and white hat. I might have it out of my system. 🙂 I like this one, it is very textured and to me, at least, IS the Maine woods in winter, which was my goal. I think I will keep this one, though, not sell it or send it away. I haven’t made myself a new hat in a while, and we all need more hats, right?
Me, looking out at those cold Maine woods, in my warm cozy hat.
I will remember how cool the top came out next time I am making a hat, I really like the dark lines the decreases made.
Now, back to my tinier knitting. Only three WIPS on the needles right now, which is still one more than my rule allows, but I am OK with that.
We have slow slippery blue linen with beads.
We have a green and cream necklace, for when I just have a minute.
Here’s a close up of it.
We have the fabulous baby sweater which is cruising right along now.
I took it to book group last night, and it grew a couple of inches. Amazing what dedicated time can do for a project. (By the way, I was wearing my red business casual socks and received some sincere compliments, which I much appreciate. I do have the best sock wardrobe in town, I have to say. 🙂 )
We read the Orphan Train, and the reviews were mixed. All of us agreed it was a good, fast read, and that we had no clue the orphan trains existed. And how we might not ship kids off on trains any more, but we still need to work to figure out good systems to protect them. Not everyone liked the writing, however, or how some things felt contrived and abrupt.
Next up – Bill Bryson’s One Summer. Which I need to go see if the Library can get for me…in time to read it before the end of the month. 🙂
Sometimes I think that I should resign from book group – it is far away (an hour or more, on a clear night) and I often don’t get to finish the books, so feel sort of dull. But then we have a night like last night – interesting women gathered around a fire with good treats, having fun conversations, brining our own experience to bear on the conversation. It is worth the drive.
Today I have a few errands to run and a grant to work on, between bouts of knitting.
Life, as they say, is good.