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I have two knitting projects right now. One is for the Ravelympics, the stacked eyelet cowl (scroll down) and the other is the Amanda hat (pdf.) . They're both easy patterns that require little concentration
Louisa May Alcott, the woman behind Little Women is the logical successor to American Bloomsbury, but it's not as much fun to read. In fact, it's rather plodding. But Louisa herself shines through. Has anyone read Eden's Outcasts? Tell me about it. Bronson Alcott both repels and fascinates me.
I haven't been able to see much of the Olympics, but I did catch the opening ceremony, and heard k.d. lang sang "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Her rendition was beautiful, but listen to Rufus Wainwright.
I mourn for Kate McGarrigle. Here is a video of Kate, her son Rufus Wainwright, and Anna McGarrigle singing "Hard times come again no more," the heartbreaking song by Stephen Foster.