I'm joining Ginny for the second time ever for a yarn along, since I only knit once in a blue moon.
A couple friends cajoled me into joining a knit along with them, because all of us had been wanting to make some mittens. I'm mostly just making them so I can finally say that I know how to knit mittens. I found a pattern I really loved (it's a nordic star design), but I wasn't sure that mittens were the most practical handwear for someone who has to lug around a purse, a car seat, a diaper bag, etc. every time she goes out of the house in the cold (i.e. myself). Tom said, though, that if I knit them for him, he'd wear them. Tom's favorite color is brown (a terrible favorite color, am I right?), so that explains the boring color palette. So far, they're coming along pretty well, though proving to be a lot more trouble than I was expecting. There are so many "new" things for me all at once.
The book I'm currently reading is What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. Tom gave it to me for Christmas, knowing it was right up my alley. I love reading histories of "everyday life" in different time periods. This book, I think, has a really good premise, but the execution is disappointing. I feel like the author needed an editor to get much stricter with him, and force him to explain some things better, organize his ideas in a much more logical way, and stop repeating himself so much! Worth checking out of the library, but I would recommend against buying it new.