Carry Me

I’m almost done my Evergreen books for the year – my ninth book was Peter Behrens’ Carry Me. It tells the story of Billy Lange and Karin Weinbrenner and their lives in Germany between WWI and WWII. I went through a period a few years ago when I was obsessed with WWI and WWII and read everything I could get my hands on until I reached my saturation point, and since then I kind of steered clear so I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about this one.

Carry Me by Peter Behrens

I wanted to like this book, I really did. It tells an important story and gives a very different perspective – looking back at WWII Germany we always ask how such a thing could happen, and Billy shows us just how a normal man caught up in his day-to-day life might let those early signs slip by him. 

But Karin – ugh! She goes through some horrible events and does brave and heroic things and yet even with all of that the only impression I get of her is poor little rich girl.’ She’s reminds me of Daisy Buchanan and Lady Brett Ashley, the type of woman who only really exists for the male protagonist to brood over. It’s a shame, Behrens is an extremely talented writer and he plays with the narrative in some quite interesting ways, but I just couldn’t get past my distaste for those main characters (although given the amount of literary acclaim it’s received I guess most people don’t feel the same).

 

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Harvest Hat-a-Long, Part the First

Last Friday as I was heading home from work I was planning to treat myself to some decadent drink from Starbucks. I pulled up and got of my car and it was. so. hot. I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy a hot coffee so instead I walked across the parking lot to Michaels and bought some yarn.Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Heartland Yarn

I’ve been seeing Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease all over Instagram and it always looks so lovely so I decided to try it out for myself. It’s a chunky yarn so I figured its not a huge commitment to cast on right away (I’m combining the red with some stash yarn for a super fun future project).

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Aladdin

I had big plans of working hard on my Happily Ever After sampler and fishing up all the borders by September. That didn’t happen. In fact, I didn’t pick it up once the entire month of August. So I now present to you August’s block, Aladdin.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitcher Happily Ever After Stitchalong Aladdin

Of course I’ve seen the Disney version of Aladdin but when I read One Thousand and One Nights I had a few issues with it, although that might have just been the translation that I read. I think someday I’d like to reread a version that’s more faithful to the originals. But that’s neither here nor there, what matters now is the cross stitch.

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Wildflowers and Honey, Part 1

Way back when I purchased a set of fat quarters from Connecting Threads‘ Wildflowers and Honey line. This past spring I used that gorgeous fabric to piece together quilt blocks based on the Paving Stones Quilt from Stitch Savvy by Deborah Moebes. My intention was to go for a subtle rainbow effect so I tried to keep similar coloured fabrics together, so I have green, blue, purple, yellow/orange, and red blocks.

Connecting Threads Wildflowers and Honey

I finally got a chance to put together the quilt top.

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The Weasley Homestead, Pt. 1

The other day I noticed that I don’t really have any mindless TV knitting. Actually that’s a lie – I do have my Golden Girls afghan, but it’s too hot to have a a giant pile of wool in my lap right now. So you can see that I needed a new project on the needles.

Lana Gross Meilenweit Weasley Homestead

I’ve had this pretty Lana Grossa Meilenweit Aloha in my stash for a while now and it was just begging for a chance to be socks. I used Erica Lueder’s Weasley Homestead pattern, and before you knew it I had several inches of a sock! It’s a great mindless knit and I’m looking forward to seeing the completed socks.

Lueder has a whole line of sock patterns inspired by Harry Potter and I think I’m going to have to work my way through them all, you might remember that I already made the Hermione and Neville socks a while back.