Rocket Ship Shawlette, Part 1

I really don’t need any more projects on my needles at the moment but Knit Picks is having their summer sale and I’ve been dying to try out the new Stroll Gradient yarn; I chose the ‘Rocket Ship’ colour way because, well, how could I not? It’s been a long time since I was this excited by the prospect of knitting something new so of course I had to cast on as soon as possible. I chose the Fonsé Shawlette pattern by Joyce Fassbender, which was designed specifically for this yarn.

Knit Picks Stroll Gradient Fonse Shawlette

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The Spawning Ground

I was pleasantly surprised by my latest Evergreen read, The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz. It takes place around one of the many B.C. rivers where salmon spawn; one side of the river sits the Robertson family homestead,  on the other is a Shuswap  community. The novel opens with a protest against a development that threatens this integrity of the river.

The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

With that sort of set up I was expecting a very particular sort of story, but that was not at all what I got. I’m having trouble writing about this one because there’s such a major twist and I feel like it would be kind of a spoiler to reveal it, but it happens so early in the plot that it’s hard not to hint at it. Let’s just say I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but not necessarily to anyone and everyone.

Caribbean Sunset, Part 1

I hate to admit it, but it’s been ages since I last used my spinning wheel. In fact, the last time was back in the fall when I started spinning this Knit Picks roving I dyed myself.

The colours reminded me of those gorgeous Caribbean sunset pictures, but I thought that realistically they were a little too bold for me….

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Little House on the Prairie

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.

-Laura Ingalls Wilder

June’s Happily Ever After block was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. I read some of the books as a child but didn’t really remember much of the details so this was a perfect opportunity for a reread.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever Stitch a Long Little House on the Prairie

I read the first four books in the series (Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, and On the Banks of Plum Creek) and quite enjoyed them for the most part. I loved the descriptions of farming and cooking and making butter and sewing clothes and all the details of self-sufficiency. Reading this as an adult though makes me really wonder about a few things – what kind of father puts his family through all of that when it isn’t necessary? And the attitude towards ‘Indians’ in Little House on the Prairie – I know it was written at a different time but oh my!

Anyway, on to the cross stitch.

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Five Roses

My latest Evergreen book is Five Roses by Alice Zorn. It tells the story of three women living in a rundown Montreal neighbourhood whose lives intersect in interesting ways.Five Roses by Alice Zorn

I didn’t love this book. I don’t even think I liked it. There were elements I really enjoyed – one of the main characters is a weaver and the descriptions of her loom and yarn were quite enjoyable, and a secondary character is a chef from Trinidad (where my family is from) and the descriptions of island food are mouthwatering.

But some of the characters find themselves in really awful and unhealthy situations and it just made me so uncomfortable. I could see how the they got there, they truly did not know any better (this is the type of book that really drives home the importance of properly educating your children, even when the topics might be something you’d rather avoid). There was one scene where a character does something absolutely morally reprehensible yet it’s almost glossed over. Also, everything just wrapped up so neatly. Overall, reading this book made me feel a bit dirty – I wouldn’t recommend it.