Joining in withÂ Ginny at Small ThingsÂ for yarn along this week.
Well it seems Autumn has inspired me to pick up my needles and cast on a beret for myself. Â I purchased the yarn as a gift to myself for my birthday last year. Â It is the softest alpaca wool. Â The pattern I have chosen is by Classic Â Elite Yarns called Soft Linen Lace Beret. Â The pattern is on Ravelry. Â This is my first go at lace knitting. Â I will be brave and hope that it turns out ok.
As for books, Â I have read a few since I last joined in with Yarn Along. Â I loved Julia Child’s book, My Life In France. Â I would have dearly loved to have met her. Â The book made me want to visit France too.
I’ve read a few Amish books (I seem to have been sucked into them). Â Mostly written by Cindy Woodsmall. Â I read the trilogy, Sisters of the Quilt. Â She has a way of making you love the characters. Â Of course there are dramas as well as wonderful moments in the lives of the characters too. Â The books are mostly based on a character called Hannah and her trials and tribulations of living her life amongst the Amish. Â A life changing event happens to her, throwing her Amish life into chaos and leaving her feeling she needs to escape. Â If you like Amish fiction books, I think you will like this series.
Another book, Plain Wisdom also written by Cindy Woodsmall and her Amish friend, Miriam Flaud was a good read. Â It is a lovely insight into the lives of Cindy and Miriam and their connection across the Amish and English worlds and the stark difference of their ways of life. Â It’s written in short chapters using Scripture quotations to intertwine their stories.
The wedding Gift, by Marlen Suyapa Bodden was a Kindle special. Â It is based in Alabama in the 1850’s and is written from the viewpoint of a slave called Sarah Campbell. Â She is the playmate of the daughter whose family own the plantation where Sarah and her mother and sister are enslaved. Â It follows their lives and Sarah’s dream of running away to be free from slavery. Â It was one of those books I couldn’t put down and read it in just a few days. Â There is a wonderful twist to the story, but of course I’m not going to give it away!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone is crafting and reading. Â I always find Yarn Along is a good reference for finding books to add to my ‘must read’ list. Â I don’t think that list can ever be too long! Â Jacinta x