Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yarn Along (#12)

Thanks to Ginny at small things for hosting another Yarn Along...

Just this year, as my oldest daughter has learned to read, we have begun reading longer chapter books.  We started reading Tumtum and Nutmeg:  Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall several weeks ago.  My children have really developed a love for this book and the characters.  Our newest ritual is to read two chapters every night before the girls go to bed.  This is a new experience for us--reading just a little at a time and leaving more for the following night.  They both get so excited to see what will happen next in the story.  And they love conjecturing about what will happen and whether they'll have guessed right.

I finished Pride and Prejudice last week and immediately started in on Middlemarch by George Eliot.  I first read Middlemarch in a 19th century literature graduate course and remember nothing about it (which is extraordinary given it's over 700 pages long).  During my grad school days, I often had to read just about 1200 pages a week.  At the time I was just reading to get through it all.  How did I manage to write a 15 page paper about this book?  It must have been rubbish.  Graduate school ruined me on reading.  I didn't read a book for 2 years after I finished my Master's program.  I was afraid I'd never want to read another book again.  But time away from school has renewed my love of reading.

I'm knitting along slowly this week.  I've been working on some other projects and haven't actually knit much.  I knew that I'd be doing this which is why I picked this easy pattern that I could just drop and pick up whenever I wanted.

I'd love to see what you're reading and knitting this week.  And if you have any suggestions for books I could be reading with my children, please suggest away!


  1. That cowl is going to be beautiful & the colour is perfect! Middlemarch look interesting, I am going to add it to my ever growing reading list.

  2. Oh! I have never read Middlemarch. I really ought to!
    I love the yarn too, so lovely!

  3. Oh wow that book looks so cute: Tumtum and Nutmeg! I am going to check that one out. The cowl is coming along beautifully.
    I know the feeling about reading. I couldn't read a novel or anything really for about 2 years after finishing law school. Luckily reading is back!
    We are almost finished reading Twig and we are going to start Betsy and Billy next!

  4. I love the green! I have read "Pride and Prejudice" more than once but have yet to read "Middlemarch". I need to put that on my list!

  5. I love the green too. Glad you weren't put off reading for life! That would have been terrible. Tumtum and Nutmeg sounds gorgeous. My eldest daughter loves us reading chapter books to her how. I just bought a copy of Black Beauty to read to her. She is horse crazy and I know she will love it. Jacinta

  6. The yarn colour is amazing! I enjoyed Middlemarch when I read it a few years back, but it took me a long time to get through - can't imagine trying to do that in only a week or two!


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