In April I read: 4 books: One e-book (‘The Post-birthday World’), two audio books (The Bell Jar and ‘North and South’), and one physical book (‘Mariana’).
Best read: That would be Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. But it was a reread so it doesn’t really count. So the best read will be ‘Mariana’ by Monica Dickens. which proved to be an adorable little surprise.
Most disappointing read: ‘The Post-birthday World’ – a good idea poorly conducted.
Longest book ‘North and South’ (531 pages / 20 hrs 8 mins)
Books bought: Zero – I’d rather spend my limited me-time reading than buying books.
Reading challenge status: I’m 9 books ahead of schedule! Those long walks with the pram are brilliant 😀
Did you read any good books in April?
I’m currently reading an adorable novel: Mariana by Monica Dickens (great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens). It’s a sweet story about a girl growing up and I’m enjoying it immensely. It reminds me a bit of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, only so much better – at least in my opinion. I’ve only read about 100 pages, but I’m very much hooked – I desperately need my daily dosis. It’s been a long time since I felt that way about a real physical book. My reading time is limited, so it’ll probably be ages before I finish reading and writing a review.
The other day, I was reading while Edith took a nap. She woke up after only 20 minutes and refused to go back to sleep even though she seemed tired. So I thought Why not try and read while she’s relaxing in my arms? Like we used to do when she was very little. Boy was I naive! She kept crawling around, grabbing the book, trying to put it in her mouth, and crumbling the pages with her little hands. I can’t believe how much she’s changed in just a few months. I think I managed to read one sentence then I gave up 😀
What are you currently reading?
After about a billion knitting projects for baby Edith, I figured it was time to knit something for myself. I wanted something comfy to wear and easy to knit. Something nice and warm around the neck and shoulders. I let myself freestyle, but was inspired by the top part of a recent project, Katniss’ Cowl. I switched the rip stitch for the coin stitch, divided by pearl stitch where I also decreased. I’m very pleased with the result. It has become one of my favorite pieces – I’m wearing it almost every day.
Wilcox also likes it …
The sunny days have changed my maternity leave drastically. It’s much more pleasant going for long walks with Edith. And she has started taking naps outside in her pram, which is brilliant! She gets fresh air and I get a short break. We’re going to the cinema every Wednesday and take a baby yoga class every Thursday. That being said, I’ve started to miss work. The days are long, and I get bored now and then. Edith’s naps have been very short lately (about 25 minutes) so it’s difficult to get something done, like reading, blogging and knitting – as soon as I get started, she wakes up. And eating takes so much time! I sometimes wish I could just pop a pill instead of actually eating, just to save time 😀 But I really shouldn’t complain – Edith is a good girl, and she lets me get my beauty sleep.
In March I read: 3 books: 2 physical books (Hvor Intet Bryder Vinden and ‘An English Boy in New York’) and 1 audio (‘A Little Life’).
Best read: Definitely ‘A Little Life’ by Haya Yanagihara. The characters feel like old friends I will miss after saying goodbye.
Most disappointing read: That would be ‘An English Boy in New York’. Though it wasn’t bad, it didn’t live up to Boys Don’t Knit (in public) and was totally unnecessary.
Longest book: ‘A Little Life’ with its 720 pages (or 32 hours and 51 minutes if you listen to the audio)
Books bought: 0! I’ve been a good bookworm this month! (Yes, there are books on the way in the post, but that doesn’t count as I haven’t received them yet)
Next month I’ll read: In April, I’ll listen to ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell with The Victorians! on Goodreads. And then I’ll continue ‘The Post Birthday World’ on e-book and my reread of ‘The Bell Jar’ on audio with Mr. Boyfriend.
Next month I’ll buy: I really shouldn’t buy anything as I’m still short on shelf-space …
How was your March? Did you read any good books? And what do you have planned for April?
As soon as I discovered I was pregnant, I started knitting baby clothes like a maniac. Not all have been successful. Like the tiny bow hats and the petite socks, which were all too small. And then there was the super cool fox-hat, which could have been a perfect fit if I hadn’t forgot about it until Edith had outgrown it. But there are pieces of knitwear that have become favorites in the little bookworm’s closet.
Like her little blue dress. I wouldn’t mind later on making a similar dress for her in a larger size.
Her little green cardigan has from the very beginning been her everyday jacket. At first I tied rubber bands around the sleeves so it could also function as gloves, but now she’s grown into it and has a separate pair of gloves.
Her scarf was quite useful this winter:
Her little blanket with a hoodie is a very good alternative to a duvet, and it can function as a sleeping bag or a wrap as well. I hadly ever use the button, but just wrap it around her instead.
One of her many many hats:
And. finally, the very first thing I knitted for her: her poncho. Naturally, this is not for sleeping, but it’s quite practical when she’s in her auto chair or her sling – practically anywhere when her arms are down by her side (as opposed to the preferred up-in-the-air baby position).
I finally finished this dress for Edith. I casted on while I was pregnant but put it aside for other more urgent projects. I made some alterations to the pattern, because the skirt was too difficult for me. I kept making mistakes and started over again and again, never getting it right. So I decided to make the skirt in this falling leaves stitch pattern instead, which was much easier – and prettier if you ask me. The top of the dress was quite easy to knit, and you can basically use any stitch you like for the skirt. This is a pattern I wouldn’t mind knitting again and again with various skirts.
The pattern is for a baby dress, but I used Big Merino yarn from Drops and size 5 needles, so it’s a rather large dress – it will probably fit her when she’s about 2 years old.
I loved knitting the falling leaves stitch pattern – it’s so pretty and rather easy once you get the hang of it. I might use it again for a different pattern – a scarf perhaps.
When I casted on about 5 months ago …