Joining the Yarn Along today at the Small Things blog.
Knitting: I’m progressing on my Cascade Eco Blanket. I adore the soft, natural colored yarn, but I can’t decide if I love it more than the pattern that’s appearing. I really love that too. I never understood why people knit blankets, but I have a better idea now. I am not spending my time looking for projects and buying yarn, I’m just happily knitting a few rows each night (most nights anyways), cabling once every 18 of them. That’s grand.
Reading: I’m thrilled to pieces that Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods is a movie and intend to go see it! I read the book when it was first released and loved every snotty remark Mr. Bryson delivers. He can pack a hilarious punch and left a life-time desire for me to pack in and out of some trail with the boys sometime. Anyhow, this nostalgia sparked my current read, also by Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America.
I keep texting my friend photos of lines I’m reading because they are too delightful to enjoy alone. Seriously, this man just puts it all out there. This book is about his random travels through small American towns and his musings along the way. He starts in Des Moines, IA , where he was born, with plenty of fun poking at small town people. From there he rambles to his (not-anymore) grandparents house and from there just kind of wandered.
Some random snarky passages:
“A sign just ahead of me said BUCKLE UP. ITS THE LAW IN ILLINOIS. Clearly, however, it was not an offense to be unable to punctuate”
“‘You parked on the square?” she said. Actually, she said, “You pocked on the skwaya?'”
“The average Southerner has the speech patterns of someone slipping in and out of consciousness. I can change my shoes and socks faster than most people in Mississippi can speak a sentence.”
I enjoy Bill Bryson, but I do think I like small town living much more. I hope he comes around a bit in this book, but until then I’ll just file him under “city-lover” and laugh at his insights.
Have you read any of his books? I saw In A Sunburned Country and thought that might be good.