Since I finished a pair of mitts for my daughter, it's only fair that I start a pair of socks for my son. And yes you are seeing a set of wooden needles-I've noticed lately that when I knit with metal double pointed needles it causes forearm pain, so I thought needles with a bit of give would help. So far, I think it does the trick. Maybe I'm "easing up" on my grip in fear of snapping the needles in two, I think I'm an intense double pointed needle knitter. The sock yarn is Paton's Kroy, it's not a super soft buttery yarn BUT it does have washing and drying instructions that I think a young man cannot felt :)
I'm on the same book Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman and not much of a fan of the plot. I think I'm turning prudish, I dislike immensely when characters have affairs while married. It just isn't right and I lose all sympathy and empathy for the character. However I do like the story arc of the teenage daughter and I guess that is why I am still reading the book.
It's a little crazy here with both kids home so I might be a little late visiting everyone's blog posts. Can't wait to see what you are knitting and reading this week!