Another week gone already, and my goodness, hasn't it been a week of yarn crafting?! Well, it has for me, anyway. Friday I attended my first monthly meeting of my new church's prayer shawl circle; since I didn't yet have their pattern, I just took along some yarn for a new baby blanket I've been wanting to start and got crocheting on it while I got to know everybody a little. So, two crochet baby blankets in two different colorways going at once right now, and one of them is almost finished.
The big victory this week, however, was that I cast on a new project onto my newly-acquired CIRCULAR NEEDLES! Are we so proud? Because I am. Yes, after five years of scheming, dreaming, and several disastrous failed attempts, I am finally making some headway on the Ravenclaw house scarf I have dreamed of knitting. Indeed, it was my ambition to make this scarf that drove me to learn to knit in the first place! It's slow going, obviously, since I'm a very new knitter. Even the halting rhythm I have slowly begun to build up with regular needles still hasn't developed yet on the circular ones, so it's definitely going to be awhile before it begins to look like a scarf, instead of some kind of yarn covered halo, but still I'm terribly pleased with my progress.
For any Harry Potter fanatic like me who may be wondering (because I would be, if I were you), yes, I will be using the Ravenclaw house colors as described in the BOOKS, blue and the closest I could find to bronze, rather than the blue and silver of the films. Anything worth doin', etc., you know?
And what have I been reading in the interim since we last met? Nothing less than one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language--yes, I have finally read Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. I feel almost as proud of getting through that thrilling but linguistically challenging tome as if I had written something monumental myself! If you've never read the book, let me just say that while the effort is absolutely worth it, the way that Jane Austen's language twists and writhes in this one may leave you feeling like you're trying to navigate a dense maze without even a breadcrumb trail, let alone a map. Don't give up, but be sure to bring a lot of patience and your best attention with you!