Joining in again with the gracious Ginny for Yarn Along. I am also continuing my stash busting challenge, by using some ancient skeins of Sockotta sock yarn, which somehow I fear, will never grow up to be a pair of socks. No, indeed, their true destiny is to become a shawl! (James is watching a He-Man cartoon as I type this, sorry.) I have never knitted a shawl before - or even used such thin yarn, but I like this pattern - The Simple But Effective Shawl, and I am getting on quite well so far. I only cast on this morning and have been picking it up now and again in between household-y tasks. Since this picture was taken though, I have made a mistake and will have to rip out a couple of rows. I like the way the colours are appearing - very spring-like. Whether it will every be ready for Spring is debatable - well actually it is not, but we can give it a go. Not sure if this will be for me or for a gift.
As for the book - well you know that old saying "never judge a book by its cover?" It is wrong. I spotted this beautiful cover among the jumble of books on the charity table in the big supermarket (the best place to find the most amazing second hand books in the whole world for 50p). It is Susan Hill's moving book In the Springtime of the Year. Possibly a difficult one, as it deals with bereavement and grief; the story of a young widow as she comes to terms with her loss. I have read a couple of books by this author before, but they were about seasonal and country living - this is my first foray into her fiction works. I am just starting this too, so I will report back. The cover and the yarn are very colour co-ordinated though, don't you think? Maybe this could be a new trend.