I don't know if it's because I've been participating in Ginny's Yarn Alongs, or if I've just gotten lucky with my reading choices, but I've been reading a lot lately and enjoying what I'm reading.
This week I'm reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. She and her family commit to a year of eating locally. This book has given me much to think about. Eating locally and organically is already part of my family's consciousness. We have switched over to organic when buying meat and, with some planning and effort, we could easily also be purchasing locally. We buy organic produce when we can. In the summer we frequent our farmer's market whenever possible. I absolutely agree with Kingsolver that local food tastes better. To me, there is nothing better than a ripe tomato in August. I can't stomach "fresh" tomatoes any other time of the year, but a tomato in August is something.
I'm only a quarter of the way into her book, but it's already got me thinking differently about how we could eliminate some things from our diets (blueberries in winter that have been flown in from South America) but replace them with frozen blueberries that we picked fresh in the summer. We've got an abundance of those here in July.
And least I forget what I'm knitting...well, see that sad little bag nestled between my nightstand and dresser. That sweater has suffered from inattention for at least a month now. And aside from the one night of attention I gave it a month ago, it had been months before that.
I started this Rosamund Sweater last January--2010. (It's in the first picture above.) I'm still only half way done. I'm hoping I can focus just on this sweater this week. I'd love to be able to wear it this spring.
And my daughter wants a cardigan and I've got an idea for it, so I'm looking through Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns for some inspiration.