Although I quite often link to the Yarn Along, I have to admit that it is not often that I have actually read a book. I don't know why, because I used to read a lot. Somehow these days as soon as I hit the bed I fall fast asleep. Perhaps I need to try to fit reading in earlier in the day.
So I am rather pleased to be able to link with an actual book, and a work in progress. The Girl at the Lion D'Or is a lovely book, set between the wars in a small town in France. The rather mysterious Anne arrives from Paris, to take up her post at the rundown local hotel, and eventually begins an affair with Hartmann, a married man. Throughout the story Anne's secret past is revealed, and I think the book is partly a tragic love story, but also about French history, life in a small town, and resilience of spirit. I would recommend it, and may now attempt to read the much more well known Birdsong. It also reminded me of being in my early twenties, as I did spend a summer working in a hotel (although disappointingly I didn't have an affair with anyone).
With a lot of patterns, I think of the basic idea, and the knitting just trips off my needles. But my current project is causing me headaches. These are just a few of my prototypes, and I have half a dozen more in my knitting bag. I am slowly getting closer to how I would like it to look. I would be very surprised if you can tell what they are meant to be. I would be delighted if you want to have a guess. (A clue might be that I think anyone in the USA on the Pacific coast or Oz might have an idea, and I wouldn't even try if you live in the UK.) Also the colour is not right, I just have a lot of spare white wool which I am using up.