Convertible mittens

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I made the right mitten a year or more ago then got bored with it and threw it in the closet. My hands were freezing last week, and I remembered I had a pair of mittens half done, so I made the second one while watching football on Saturday. Now my hands will be warm. And I can flip the tops and use my phone (assuming my daughter doesn't steal them).

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Lila

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Yesterday, I started reading Lila by Marilynne Robinson. She is probably my favorite writer, fiction or non-fiction. She's brilliant and I think sees the world in the way I wish I were always able to see it. Lila is its own book, but the characters are the same ones from Robinson's Pulitzer-prize-winning Gilead. That's my favorite book ever. Even more so than The Narnia Chronicles (which I love dearly).

I love this book too. I love Lila the character. And I still love Reverend Ames. As I was reading tonight, I had tears in my eyes. The story is just so beautiful. So full of longing and fear and grace and loneliness and love. It breaks my heart and makes me joyful all at the same time. I know I'll probably finish it tomorrow. And then, I think I will pick it right back up and read it straight through again. And then reread Gilead.

I am going to put a rather long quote from the book here. If you'd like to just discover it yourself, stop reading now and go find a copy of the book.

"Thinking about hell doesn't help me live the way I should. I believe this is true for most people. And thinking that other people might go to hell just feels evil to me, like a very grave sin. So I don't want to encourage anyone else to think that way. Even if you don't assume that you can know in individual cases, it's still a problem to think about people in general as if they might go to hell. You can't see the world the way you ought to if you let yourself do that. Any judgment of the kind is a great presumption. And presumption is a very grave sin. I believe this is sound theology, in its way."

That was AWESOME.

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Just got home from a Carolina Chocloate Drops concert. It was one of the most wonderful things I've ever seen or heard. They are brilliant. I can't even talk about it yet. I'm just grinning from ear to ear. If they're playing anywhere near you, go.

For Abigail

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I loved the ladybug buttons.

There seems to be a rash of births around the office. I hope it's not something in the water.

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For Noah

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Finished last night. I think the buttons are the best.

Finally knitted something again.

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It's a baby sweater for a woman at work who's expecting. Pattern is "Nellie". I can't remember the designer, but you can find it on Ravelry. It's easy to knit and looks great. I've knit it twice now. This time I used Sirdar Snuggly because you can throw it in the washer and dryer, but I don't know if I'd use that yarn again. I've made it with a cotton/linen blend, and I think I like that even better.

The crochet flowers took me as long as one of the sleeves. I never crochet, but once I started getting the hang of it, I thought it was fun. Only ripped them out and started over about five times. :)

Now onto a more boyish sweater for another co-worker's new arrival...

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Ho. Ly. Cow.

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I knew the a Bears we're playing well, but I didn't expect to beat Creighton by 30 points. Wow. Sic 'em, Bears. Guess I know what I'll be doing Thursday night.

Church was good today. And the service at the retirement home was good too. Twenty-two people at that one. Little G has been reading all weekend. Apparently, Divergent isn't a high enough reading level for her to read it for school, but Insurgent is. So she read Divergent yesterday and today, and we had to go get the second book this afternoon. I remember when it was hard to get her to read. I like this better.

Made potato soup for supper. It was cold, damp, and windy today so it tasted especially good. L requested chicken jalfrezi tomorrow night. I think that's one of the few things everyone can agree on.

I am totally tickled by the AT&T network commercials with the two nerdy guys. Especially the "Did it hurt when you fell down from Heaven" one. Cracks me up every time I see it. I probably should be embarrassed by that.

Nothing exciting going on here. Not much done this week (and probably next) as far as knitting and reading. Too busy watching basketball. I admit it. I do get sucked into the madness. Will come up for air in early April.

I need this for my office

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This is awesome. I must have it.

Quick knitting and reading update

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I'm working on this sweater in a lovely deep heathery purple alpaca yarn. It's going to be incredibly warm, so I'll probably finish it right around April when it starts getting hot again. I've got the back and one front finished. One more front and the sleeves and then tons of sewing up to go.

I'm reading The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman. I'm still in the first half, so I'm totally caught up in it, but based on these reviews, the second half will be disappointing. I hope not, because at this very moment, I'd recommend it. We'll see. Will post further impressions when I finish it. Probably.

Now it's time to hustle the kids up and make sure they're ready for school.

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The Family Fang and other updates

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Finished reading The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. Great book. Very dark, but an excellent story. It's about families and art and how the two don't always work so well together. It's about complicated relationships. It's about being hurt and learning how to heal. And it's wonderfully written.

Apparently, it's also going to be a movie directed by and starring Jason Bateman which I just discovered now. I like Bateman a lot, so I'll probably go see it when it comes out. But I'd still recommend reading the book first. Just too much good stuff that I don't think will translate to another medium.

It seems I'm pretty out of practice at writing reviews, so my apologies.

In other news, L is starting the study part of his drivers ed course today. Won't be long before he takes the test and we have to start the driving part. Yikes. He's a good, responsible, intelligent kid, so hopefully that = good driver.

I'm also reading Bill Bryson's new book, One Summer: America 1927, and Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Need to grab some fiction too. Not sure what next there.

Maybe we'll go see Anchorman 2 this afternoon. I hope I can handle that much Will Ferrell at once.

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