I haven't been knitting much lately. I blame all the Danish TV shows we've been watching, as I'm not a good enough knitter to be able to read subtitles at the same time. I also blame the Clara dress I started making nearly two years ago, which Milla has long outgrown, but which I'm determined to finish (I've finally finished the ginormous skirt and am now up to the bodice). It is not a particularly enjoyable knit, I find the alpaca hairy and uncooperative, and the pattern is fiddly to follow.
Anyway, I decided that since the alpaca dress will be too small for Milla and it will end up being a gift for a yet-to-be-determined girl baby (I will have to find parents who appreciate the years of my life that have been eaten up by this dress and who are willing to dress their child in hairy charcoal alpaca) I can put it aside, and knit Milla something that will fit her this winter. And I needed it to be quick, satisfying, a bit mindless and not at all hairy. So I'm making a Versa dress in Cascade 220 - some of the grey and orange left over from this cardigan, plus pink and yellow. It's going along at a cracking pace and making me remember why I like knitting. Hooray! The pattern is simple enough to do in front of the TV, but the stripes make it more interesting than a vast swathe of plain stocking stitch.
I've been reading! I finished The Night Circus, The Snow Child & Gone Girl and they were all completely different but really enjoyable. They had just the right level of interesting-ness - perhaps the book equivalent of knitting a stripey Versa dress? - where they're not so challenging or grim that they're onerous to read (I'm looking at you, A Fine Balance), but not so vacuous that they feel like a waste of time. Now I'm engrossed in The Paris Wife which I really recommend, especially if you're at all in to Hemingway and have read A Moveable Feast.
We just finished watching Season 2 of Homeland, and saw Moonrise Kingdom and Argo recently. I'm looking forward to The Great Gatsby, if nothing else it should be a spectacle.
How about you? What are you knitting and reading and watching?
And thank you for all the blog reader ideas. At the moment I'm using Bloglovin on the phone and laptop, it seemed very slow at first but now seems to be running fine (or maybe I just got used to it).