Greetings Dear Unravelers!
I have good things to share with you today – it seems as if I have found my “sense of urgency” and have this dire need to finish up some lingering projects.
That means I have kitchnered some sock toes and I am cruising down the foot to a toe of a second sock, which will give me a completed pair! I also have begun Steve’s second helical sock which is my “travel sock” so hopefully this will mean it is done sooner than later!
Sometimes, the “feel good” of finishing something gives you some motivation to finish more, amirite?
This has also kicked in with reading…I have my first square completed on my Summer Book Bingo card!
My first finish: Moby Dick, which I gave 5 stars on Goodreads. If you have not read this classic, might I suggest you download the Moby Dick Big Read podcast and settle in for a good listen. Now, some people might be put off by 136 different narrators, but I truly loved it! I am embarrassed to say I should have read this in high school but “faked it” for class. However, I can honestly say my appreciation of this incredible work of art would have been lost on my 17-year-old self. Melville brilliantly builds the cast of characters that are aboard the Pequod and I found each one quite endearing for entirely different reasons. And, while I enjoyed Ismael’s narration, my favorites were Queequeg, Tashtego, and Dagoo. I simply loved them. If you need a classic for Book Bingo, look no further and give this a listen!
I have lots of books in progress currently, and I am giving priority to library books that are due back this month. So, even though I have no square for it (although perhaps my “any book” space?) I am reading Tana French The Likeness. And, I have been reading selectively from Alabama Studios Sewing Patterns – so much to take in!
What are you reading and making this week!
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Couldn’t that Tan French book fit in the set in another country box? Happy finishing
I started listing to Moby Dick when MDK was talking about it…then I forgot it…I need to get back as it is SO good! Your socks are great!!
I have not read moby dick, hmm….might have to try that one. I am reading folded clocks which is a diary non fiction kind of book and then I needed to start some fiction so I started the hate u give. My son said it was fantastic. I’m knitting another sweater!
I read Moby Dick a few years ago and was surprised that I enjoyed it, one of those books that I felt I needed to read and glad I did.
Most of the classics are classics for a reason! 🙂 I find it takes a while to get into the rhythm with a classic — and if you can give them a chance (usually about 75 pages or so), they have real staying power. As far as knitting — I did just what you’re doing earlier this spring: a big PUSH to Finish Stuff. Now that I’ve wrapped things up, I feel so light and airy — and my knitting mojo is returning!
(PS – Alabama Chanin is SO very addicting!)
I’ve also not read Moby Dick. I should! I can’t remember if it was assigned, and I Clif Notes it, or it wasn’t on our list. Hahaha I do know that we had about 30+ books to read in AP English, when I was a senior in high school…those were the days…but I digress.
My knitting is coming along. About 30 more rows of that dang baby blanket. I’m sure Miss Elody is going to LOVE it. 🙂 I’m contemplating a pair of socks, Petty Harbour, for an August birthday. Also, a myriad of WIPs that need to be done.
And so it goes…
I gave up on The Moby Dick big read because of all the different narrators – I found that some were good and kept me engaged and others were boring and I found myself not paying attention at all. I’m currently reading The Sellout and need to find a new audiobook.
The Likeness is set in Ireland so if fits your “Set in a different country” square. I’m with Carole, I like Moby Dick, but hearing the different readers and the poor quality of the recordings was off putting. Yay for happy knitting! I’m cruising on a sock, too.
There must be some sock mojo going around this week — I just finished a pair last night, and I’m hoping to finish another one that needed some sock surgery today.
I tried to read Moby Dick once, years ago, and it put me to sleep. Maybe I’ll try again one day, but I have a feeling it’s just not my cup of tea.
I haven’t knit in days!! And I’ve never read Moby Dick!!
Hated Moby Dick in high school! Perhaps one day in a weak moment I’ll give it another try…but not holding my breath! Kudos to you for *persisting* (Elizabeth/Pocahontas ?)
I never read Moby Dick either and will be tackling Dickens for my Classics square. I realized this week that I did not finish ANY knits in May. Can’t remember the last time I had a month without a finish. Sure hope I have a couple in June!