Summer Distractions

In the heat this past week, my knitting progress has been slooooow. I think I’m also experiencing a bit of knitting ennui, but I think that might be starting to pass. I’m beginning to perk up at the idea of having new projects, which means that I have got to put the pedal to the metal on this honeymoon cami and my 2nd Jaywalker sock. Mama’s got more knittin’ to do.

On the other hand, I’ve been reading.

Summer reads

I’ve been reading Waverley as an alternative to the current Knit the Classics pick, (it’s Mansfield Park, which is neither my favourite Jane Austen novel nor a book I wish to read a second time, although I have indeed been considering a re-read of Pride and Prejudice.). It was starting to slow me down, though, so instead I went looking for some contemporary literature not of the pop crap variety. (Phillipa Gregory, I’m looking at you. I think I may have actually lost brain cells reading The Other Boleyn Girl.)

And lo, in the last few days I’ve torn through Atonement by Ian McEwan (which was GREAT, i think i will look for more by him), and Evening by Susan Minot (which was lovely but makes me very curious how they are going to turn the book into a film, it is far from linear storytelling), and am now contemplating something longer. I’ve had A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry on my shelf for ages and ages, and some fellow grads recommended it to me this week. Also, back towards the classic pics, I’m curious about The Red and The Black by Stendhal, in addition to being a little smug at the idea of using it as a ‘Project Spectrum’ tie-in. (June/July belong to Red, Black, and Metallics šŸ˜‰ )

In other news…my laptop is still not with me. It’s going to be another week at least. F@&%-ing Toshiba. So…I am trying ever more coping mechanisms, and am landing on summer treats, particularly since it is cooler again and I don’t feel the need to hide from the warm kitchen.

Several times a year the Ontario liquor board publishes a ‘Food and Drink’ magazine which is absolutely chock full of recipes, entertaining guides, and short articles. In my volunteer days there were women who would come to meetings in Toronto from other provinces and they would specifically make sure to collect copies of this magazine (it’s free in stores) to take home with them. Handily, all of the recipes are also catalogued online. In the current issue, there is a feature on homemade ice cream sandwiches, at least half a dozen kinds. At the moment, I am coveting the ‘Black Forest’ recipe which uses brownies instead of cookies, and black cherry ice cream mixed with bits of chocolate and cherry liqueur. Oh yeah, baby.

I wonder how fast I can get a few hundred words written so I can justify spending the rest of my day in the kitchen. Then reclining with a book and/or knitting in hand, nibbling on a homemade ice cream sandwich. It’s important to have little fantasies to cling to, right?

Happy long weekend to fellow Canucks!


  1. Ok, that does it, books, knitting, AND Black Forest ice cream sandwiches?!?!?!
    Can I come over? I’d even clean the kitchen… know, after you make the goodies…..

  2. Oh, you must read A Fine Balance. It’s one of my favourite books of all time. My top recommendations from the last couple of years are The Kite Runner and The Time Traveller’s Wife.

    I Think I may have to pick up a copy of Food and Drink… that sounds fantastic!

  3. I love those mags – always so interesting, the Christmas one is usually the best of the year as far as drinks go (in my experience anyway).

    I think it must be the weather, I went through the knitting lag and re-energize myself lately.

    BTW – it is entirely your FAULT that there are now 150 6″ birch dowels in 1/8″ and 1/12″ lengths sitting on my desk mocking me.

  4. Ooh, we have similar tastes in books! Right on with Susan Minot and Ian McEwan and P&P (I haven’t read that other stuff.) Balancing grad school and mama-hood doesn’t leave me with a whole lot of spare time for reading these days, but I’m trying to get back into it. I just started “Death in Venice,” and so far, so good. šŸ™‚

  5. Why do y’all get a long weekend? I know exactly what you mean about the heat. It’s been too hot to even knit socks!

  6. Happy Canada Day Weekend!!!!

    Chicklet and I went to LK knit night on Wednesday, sorry you weren’t there! She has decided to knit up the Trendsetter I am so bitter she won at Village Yarns into a scarf or three. A kid after my own heart trying her hand at lacey stuff.

    Hope the book choices are satisfying. At least there is a cool enough breeze to think about knitting today. šŸ™‚

    all the best.

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