I missed last weeks Yarn Along and WIP Wednesday, but the picture would have been the same as today ;)
Knitting/crocheting: The Summer Mystery Shawlette is growing, although very slowly. Knitting lace from a chart is not the thing to knit on when the kids are awake, so I just manage to knit a few rows each night... Eirin needs new socks for fall so I'm almost done with one pair. I'm doing a bit of crocheting too these days. The blue project might be a cowl... It's actually just a piece I started to keep my hands busy while watching a movie ;) The other crochet project is a pair of potholders.
Reading: I'm reading a brick of a book, but I'm loving every page of it. It's The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. It's the story of a well-read London prostitute named Sugar. We learn about the positions and orifices that Sugar and her clients favor, about her lingering skin condition, and about the suspect ingredients of her prophylactic douches. Still, Sugar believes she can make a better life for herself. When she is taken up by a wealthy man, the perfumer William Rackham, her wings are clipped, and she must balance financial security against the obvious servitude of her position. The physical risks and hardships of Sugar's life (and the even harder "honest" life she would have led as a factory worker) contrast--yet not entirely--with the medical mistreatment of her benefactor's wife, Agnes, and beautifully underscore Faber's emphasis on class and sexual politics. (From Amazon)
And BBC have made a tv series of the book - anyone seen it? I think it's one I need to buy ;) Just love Victorian movies and tv series!