I was so happy this morning when I realized it was Wednesday, and I could join in with the weekly Yarn Along! I don't have a whole lot to show for it - here is my Echo Beach, in Noro Sekku. I am more than a little in love with Kieran Foley's designs. There is another one I have queued up, just waiting, that I love even more than this one. See how restrained I am, not abandoning poor Echo. This project is pretty slow going, thanks to the lace weight yarn and smallish needles, but I keep reminding myself of Elizabeth Zimmerman's advice to knit complex patterns with fine yarn if you are a knitter on a budget. I'm practicing frugality, that's what I'm doing! (Don't be surprised if, next week, I show off a completely different, bulky weight pattern. All this discipline is making me long for some instant gratification, and I have just the right project in mind...)
My reading at the moment is less than thrilling for me, I will confess. As part of one of my classes, I am learning to assess fiction, and am required to read several novels, which sounds heavenly (and it is, really). However, we were specifically asked to read something from a different genre than usual, and since I have several nice old men at the library who read Every. Single. Western. that we get in each month, I thought I'd try a western. I did first look for something on the shorter side, but then one of my co-workers suggested Lonesome Dove, and I was swayed by the sticker declaring that it was a Pulitzer Prize winner. I'm only a few chapters in, and finding it slow going, but I hope it will pick up as the characters develop. If nothing else, I will choose to appreciate a class I am learning a lot in, and I'm sure I'll find something to enjoy, even in the Westerns. It's a book, right? What's not to love?