First of all, we actually built a fire in the woodstove for the first time this year. I know that seems strange, but until this week we a. had an extremely warm, DRY winter, and b. had been under a county-wide burn ban. I don’t think the burn ban actually applies to fires in fireplaces or woodstoves, but should the slightest thing happen, it would be tremendously embarrassing, so we had to wait for snow. I am not going to post snow pictures because ours are pitiful—about 2 inches, roads mostly clear. Today, though, we decided to spend in the living room and fired up the woodstove. I may stay up all night just to bask in the warmth and watch the fire through the big window on the stove. As a result, I spent the afternoon knitting—not finished yet—and spinning in front of the fire. I kept thinking I needed a long skirt, an apron, and a mob cap.
Here’s my spinning production. This is some of the black and white fiber from Sheepshed Studio. I had this left from another project, and I really need to work on my skills. I stripped out mostly white and spun it. Tomorrow I’m planning to spin mostly black and then ply them together. I’m hoping to have enough to make something when I get through.
While knitting, spinning, and working a few National Geographic Jigsaw Puzzles on-line, I listened to an audiobook--the map of true places by Brunonia Barry. I read her intriguing novel, The Lace Reader, about a year ago. I was impressed with that book because I felt it did many things well. I found it difficult to review without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it. This novel is also set in Salem, and shares the same background as the other novel. The protagonist is a young woman exploring the past that she thinks she knows about—her own past. In addition to the journey of discovery, there is outside threat, and one piece of rather clever suspense building that makes the reader or listener want to scream at someone to do something about it NOW! I did find the narrative technique easier to follow than the previous book.