Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Work in Progress Wednesday - #19

This post is brought to you by Tami's Amis and Other Crochet. Check out all of the cool projects on Work in Progress Wednesday. Seriously, if it weren't for feeling guilty about missing last week, I wouldn't be here this morning. There is some heavy stuff coming down at work today regarding the staff reorganization that's been in the works for months, and I'm dreading the whole thing. I think most of our jobs are safe, but they're all going to be changed in significant ways. Anyway, on to the lighter stuff.

The baby jacket is around to the front! I was able to get an inch done last night at book club, and I'll be working on this during the big meeting today (because I'm Liz, that's why).
Okay, now the pressure is on. Will I finish this by the time of the family party on December 26? I'd better knit more often (instead of spending my evenings reading books!).

I mentioned the book club, and in my last WIPW post two weeks ago, I mentioned the book Little Bee. A commenter asked about my reactions, and I will just say that I felt completely traumatized by the time I finished it. At book club last night, there were five of us who had read it, and every one of us had simply stopped at various points, put the book down, and walked away for hours or days. If you regularly read Nicholas Kristof's columns, you have read the sort of material that is in this book. I am not recommending it; but I will say that it is very well written with two strong narrators, who each speaks in the first person (they take turns telling the story).

My next book will either be The Great Stink by Clare Clark, about the cholera epidemic in London in the 1850s that led to a modern sanitation system for that city or two new books by Connie Willis. At book club last night, the next picker brought us three very serious books, and then she held up Blackout, and we all swooned. She was annoyed, but we were firm. It was fun.

Happy birthday to my sister! You'll always be younger than me!


Sara said...

1. I'm starting the same sweater this week-end.
2. The Great Stink sounds good.
3. I hope everything goes ok at work.

Tami Klockau said...

I hope everything at work goes okay! I've been through that exact thing and it sucks. :(

The sweater is looking good! I can't wait for you to finish and see how it turns out.

mutantsupermodel said...

You've piqued my curiousity about Little Bee. I'm terrible that way. I'll definitely be checking out your book club entries as I'm a book nerd myself.
Go sweater go!

Denise said...

Your sweater is looking good. I hope everything goes well with the job stress today.

Affiknitty said...

You've made a lot of progress on the sweater! I bet you can get it done in time.
All of the books sound good. I will have to check them out. Are you familiar with Goodreads? Like Ravelry except for books instead of for knitting.

autumngeisha said...

Great progress on your sweater. I love reading Connie Willis. My two favorites are Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Good luck with the reorganization.

Kathleen said...

How cool to find a fellow Connie Willis fan through WIP Wednesday! :D I haven't read the new books yet, I'm waiting for exactly the right moment when I have a lot of time to spare, because her books are impossible for me to put down.

And I love the colours of that jacket, they're so wintry-wonderful. I hope you get it finished in time, and that the reorganizing at your job goes as well as possible.

Dina said...

the sweater is great. Hope everything calms down for you on the work front

Rachel said...

wow looking good, hope you get it all done x