Listening to A Playful Day and Squam Morning on the Dock podcasts – and I am loving them tremendously.
Moving with new Merrell walking shoes, which are awesome for my energized morning walks. Sometimes even with that character pictured above! Although, he is more a leisurely pace walker!
Planning out the books to read that will fill some squares for Book Bingo – I have penciled in To Kill a Mockingbird, Written in my Heart’s Own Blood, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and one of the Harry Hole mysteries (I have several on hold at the library – we’ll see what comes through first!) I need a bit of your help with a book that you absolutely hated. Really. This will get me my first bingo and well on my way to the second bingo (what??) I will just have to figure out what book from the Harvard Classics 5-foot shelf I want to struggle though!
Cutting out the muslin for the Merchant and Mills dress. And, yes, I am a bit nervous. Yes, I know it is just the muslin, but I am not sure how I will alter it if it does not fit right. Really.Not.Sure. Stay tuned, I promise to share all the details!
Spinning the last ounce of Shetland, seriously, the last ounce (I weighed it!!) This will give me just over 600 yards, which will be a nice cushion for the sweater!
Enjoying the stretch of sunny days that we have been having! Having to water is a happy task! After so many days without the sun, and such a cold spring – the sun and warmth are so welcome!
30 Degrees in February, and laughing and crying and loving it!
Knitting the second sock of Carole’s Picot Edge Socks, Through the Loops Mystery Shawl – clue one is done, and plugging away at my Indigo Cones. I am determined to get through my WIP basket before the Summer Knit-Along is over. However, there may be more socks cast on along the way!
Feeling really fulfilled in my work life right now – on so many levels. I am filled with inspiration and creativity; I am learning new things and stretching my boundaries in very good ways!
That is the snapshot of my life right now, but tell me what is your current favorite?!
Sherman, Sherman, Sherman. Speed it up a bit! LOL
You’ve got so many good things here that I hate to ruin it with a book I hated, but since you asked – I could only give one star to Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand (and one star is generous!). I LOVE your Mystery shawl and sock colors!
I scanned my “read” list on GoodReads and sorted by review to dredge up a few books I hated for you:
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
I could go on… and note that some of these books were bestsellers. Just ’cause I hated it doesn’t mean you will!
I’m so glad you are feeling fulfilled and happy, that’s really the best feeling in the world. So, I hated The Martian. I can’t remember if you’ve already read that but if you haven’t it might be a good one for that square since everyone else I know loved it.
I don’t know if you have already read it, but I may be the only person on the earth who thought Girl on a Train was a waste of time and effort. I also hated Fates and Furies (again, though, I’m the only one I know who did, so proceed with caution) …
Your shawl reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yum!
Re: the Harvard list: 1001 Nights is on there (two YA retellings of that story came out in the last year; might make an interesting comparison)… There are some fables & fairy tales, which should be pretty accessible. I read Pilgrim’s Progress (an abridged version, I’d assume) back in middle school due to its prominent position in Little Women. The Greek plays aren’t bad; we read most of them in high school. You could probably find audio versions of the English plays if you wanted to listen to them, rather than read print versions, if you’re concerned about accessibility of language.
As for books I hate, I usually ditch books I dislike as I go along, which means if I’ve marked I hated them, the end of the book ruined an otherwise enjoyable read. Here are a few from the past : Maggie Sefton’s Needled to Death knitting mystery, Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, Adam Rex’s Fat Vampire, Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog (this and the previous title are the ones I hate most), Flowers for Algernon, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Pearl.
Looks like you have many suggestions for books people hated. Harvard Classic Fiction list have several books I could recommend and Shakespeare is good choice (and you can always read along with a movie production). I’m excited about the TTL Mystery and my Carole’s sock is nearing its finish!
I hated (hated!!!) Tinkers. I cannot figure out why it was raved about but you should read it and then let me in on the secret. Oh and I hated Twilight series but then Tinkers is short and sweet, you could read it in two days tops!! Lovely knits, as always!
Wait, wait, wait…Book Bingo? What is this?
I love the colors in that sock!! And your TTL Mystery Shawl!
Books to Hate: Moby Dick! with a passion! I enjoyed The Martian and interested in seeing the movie…I am still very.much.undecided about A Man Called Ove -perhaps I’ll finish one day…
Love all your knitting…and will check out the Merrell’s …I need walking shoes!