I'm sure that I am not alone in feeling the time crunch as Christmas approaches and gifts are needing to be completed to make it into stockings and gift wrap. I was home with a sick child on Monday (which ended up being a precious gift, since I was exhausted myself and really needed the chance to catch my breath after a very busy weekend). I used that time to finish up the fingerless gloves that I was making for Pk's horseback riding instructor. They haven't been a great traveling project as once the thumb gets going, I have 7 needles and it would be much too easy to drop a stitch. I love that they are made with sock yarn and while you can't really see it in the photos, there is a lovely cable that goes along the top of the hand. I used this pattern and I will definitely be making more pairs for Pk after the Christmas rush is finished since I think they will also be great for her for skating (she is actively involved in figure skating these days). I'm still working on Lb's blanket for his toy fox but I am hoping to have that finished in the next couple of days, as well.
In terms of reading, I haven't been getting very far. Every night, I have the greatest intentions of doing some serious reading and within a few pages, I nod off. I am still loving Listening to Madeleine: A Portrait in Many Voices. Madeleine L'Engle is, I think, my favourite writer of all time. As a teenager, I read several of her books, I think my favourite was A House like a Lotus and I found myself identifying with her slightly bookish, awkward heroines and the wonderful characters that she creates to help them to learn to be themselves. In the last couple of years, I have fallen in love with her journals and several of her reflections on faith. She does such a great job of blending a love of God and of mystery. I was afraid that I wouldn't like this book as seeing someone through the eyes of those around her can be a great way to discover that one's heroine has lead feet but the more I read, the more I find that M.L. is exactly who I hoped that she would be. I'm still working my way through The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, which is also good but not as easy going. I am determined to finish Emily Davis by Miss Read this week, too. It's wonderful in the perfect "cozy English village" kind of way.