Wednesday, August 3, 2011
So since the studying is behind me I have focused on fun reading! I really enjoyed this book The Help. I got it at Borders in Burlington b/c they are going out of business so everything is on sale. Frank and I spent WAY too much money on books but we got some really useful books about farming and knitting and crocheting, plus a few fun books for ourselves and the kids. So I'll have plenty to write about as I read through our new stash. Anyway back to The Help; I enjoyed it very much and it was an interesting change to read about the civil rights movement through the eyes of women and servants. I was truly amazed at how different and complex their relationships were. The whole part about wanting the black servants to have a separate toilet but yet the white ladies were perfectly content to eat the food they cooked and have them watch their children. It's just very interesting.
Heat Wave I read because Castle is one of my favorite tv shows. I think I'll stick with the tv show. The book was fine- a quick easy mystery read but certainly nothing special.
As for my knitting I finished up the first part of a pair of glove/mittens for myself. They are from this pattern. The fingers were way more a pain than I was expecting so my goal had been to have them finished in time for the fair. I didn't get as much knitting done as I had planned so they were not nearly ready in time this year. We're heading to the fair this afternoon so I get to find out how I did. I only entered things into the needlework division this year- I skipped canning and cooking b/c last year was such a disappointment that I didn't feel like it was worth my time. I take real pride and enjoyment in my needlework- both knitting and sewing so I feel confident that I won't be terribly disappointed. Plus by exhibiting in the fair I get to purchase a discounted exhibitor pass. As long as I can make $15 in prize money I recoup all my costs of going to the fair and since the prize money is $5/$3/$2 per category and I entered 9 things I'm hoping I win enough ribbons to recoup my $15! I submitted the quilt below as well: