Over the next seven months, there will be three new grandnieces/nephews in the family. The first of these is due to arrive next month (on my birthday, even). It’s time Aunt Melissa got started on some handmade projects for these little ones!I have a wonderful stack of Lovelorn in my possession, left over from Market sewing earlier in the year. It was just the thing for a sweet but lively little pillow. On my recent trip to Joann’s, I found yarn that goes extremely well these yellows, oranges and greens. So yesterday, I started a loom knitted afghan.I’m very fond of loom knitting simple blankets. They come together quickly–very helpful when you have a lot of things going on at the same time yet still want a handmade gift.
I listened to Bryce Courtenay‘s Jessica while I knitted up the first panel. If you haven’t read any of his books, you absolutely must! He was an incredible storyteller, someone who understood the complexities of human behavior and interaction. His characters stay with you for a long while after the book is finished.
And speaking of books, I just finished listening to Patrick Rothfuss‘s books–The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. If you’re a fantasy reader, you have to read these two. I’m particularly enamored with Rothfuss’s approach to the Hero’s tale which is told retrospectively with attention paid to the difference between the Hero’s actual deeds and the legends. It seems to me Kvothe is between archetypes–no longer the Hero or the Magician but not fully the Hermit either.
Waiting for the third book is going to be hard. I miss Kvothe and Bast already. And Willem, Auri, Fela and Sims. It’s a good thing I have plenty of other books to fill up the reading list for the next couple years.