Welcome to Unraveled Wednesday!
Spring is whirling around Pittsburgh – it has been windy and a bit rainy. My grass is about as high as an elephant’s eye… hopefully the rain stops and the winds help it dry out enough to get the mower out soon. I fear if it does not, next week’s post could include a machete…
The winds seem very March-like and not very April-like at all. But all this windiness has me thinking of Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice, which is one of my favorite books ever. I love when a book lives in your brain and that something as simple as the weather brings the words echoing in your head. There is something comforting in that process and I hope it never ends!
This week’s read finds me back to Menace in Malmö by Torquil MacLeod. There are two things happening simultaneously in the book right now and these things have not crossed paths yet. However, the story is getting very interesting and my initial thoughts have been proven wrong. (I love when that happens!) The series is very good and if you like Nordic Noir I think you will enjoy it tremendously.
On the knitting front, as you can see – the sweater is now too big to photograph! And, by the time you read this, I will have begun the short rows to make the back a bit longer than the front per the pattern. Then I am on to the ribbing and then I will be on Sleeve Island for a bit. I am going to do something differently this time – I am going to knit the sleeves at the same time, which I think will greatly improve the likelihood that they match!
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Sleeve island – I am stranded there right now but spring break is coming!
good luck with the two-at-a-time sleeves – I’ve only done it once and it still makes my head hurt to think about it 😉 (I’m still on KSH island … thankfully it feels good and looks pretty since I’m going to be here for a while longer!)
I loved Sendak’s illustrations for the Little Bear series; these are definitely books that live in my brain. We’ve had 3″ of rain here this week, another 2-3″ tomorrow and not enough wind to dry things out. Weather like this is only good for reading and knitting!
Maurice Sendak is so good! Plenty of rain here and more in the forecast tomorrow. Our woods have turned into a bog!
nice knitting going on there! I have been furiously working on my pebble beach shawl and so far I haven’t made any mistake (that I know of) and am approaching the lacy edge of the design 🙂 Yay!!
I love, love, love Chicken Soup with Rice! (And now, of course, I’ll have the words playing through my head all day. . .) What is it with sleeves????? (I’m the same way.)
I’m on sleeve island, but the last one! Unless I grow another arm, which frankly, the way my year is going, would not surprise me … 😉
Sleeveless seems to be a viable alternative. Thanks for the revisit to Maurice. Good luck with the two sleeves at a time.
I’m with you on that grass thing. I’m thinking we may need to buy a herd of goats.
Thanks for the book recommendation. I enjoy detective stories & have added it to my list.
Chicken Soup with Rice is a long time favorite here, too! Good luck with the sleeves – I’ve tried that and felt like it took FOR-EV-ER so I just knit one at a time and take really good notes.
My intention was to join you today, but my world has been a bit topsy, turvy (all good). Hope your sleeves turn out just as you wish. Without children in my life I did not know about this Sendak book. It’s one I think I’ll check on!
Well, thanks! I love Nordic Noir, so I will definitely give this book a read. I don’t like knitting 2 sleeves at the same time, just like I don’t like knitting 2 socks at one time. But, it is the smart thing to do. I hope it works out wonderfully for you.
Have you heard the Carol King version of the Sendak book? The book was among my favorites as a child — I still have the little paperback I read back then — but we were introduced to the song thanks to my daughter’s preschool (they gave all the kids a CD of kids’ music).
I’ll soon be joining you on sleeve island, I think. I’m hoping tonight I can finish up the remaining body pieces of my sweater and then I’ll be picking up for the sleeves.
Excellent idea on the sleeves. Somehow we missed Chicken Soup with Rice when my kids were little, darn.