I loved loved We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen. It’s about a Finnish-American family in Minnesota who belongs to a fundamentalist sect of the Lutheran church. The novel is told from the point of view of family members, each of whom get a chapter, and the story goes forward in time with each person. It describes their struggles with faith, family and finding their path. It is as much about faith than it is about the family dynamics we all experiment and how to find oneself without losing the sense of belonging. Her writing is beautiful and she was able to infuse depth into each of her characters.
Another book that I truly enjoyed for the first 70 pages was Art & Fear . I didn’t finish it but I think the first chapters are the best I have read about creativity and fear. There are many other books on the subject right now but this one will stay in my list of favorites. To be honest the part I wasn’t thrilled about was about being able to make art while teaching it and that’s why I wasn’t really interested.
On the knitting front, I have been a very productive knitter this summer. I just seemed to have an issue with sleeves. Knitting would go very smoothly until I reached the sleeves and then I would stall. It got to the point where I had four projects waiting with unfinished sleeves.
The Cascade was really fun to knit once I concentrated long enough to get the leaf pattern right. It was totally my fault, the instructions were very clear but I was chatting with my mom and not always paying attention. I used Spud & Chloe sweater and I am very happy with the result. The sweater looked wonderful once I blocked it.
You can see more pictures on my Ravelry page.