You all have no idea how hard it is to turn the calendar page this month. I am really not ready for this year to be over, but despite my best efforts it is speeding by at what feels like warp speed.
But, here we go, and this morning kicks off NaBloPoMo and I am ready and excited for it! I think I figured out my Saturday conundrum and I am even excited about it! My morning meditations in which I savor my coffee and write a bit in my journal have become the best thinking time of the day.
But, really – are you wondering where the books are? What am I knitting? Me too! LOL
It was a very good reading month, but I had hoped to finish up a couple more books than I did. My own self-imposed goal, but still, I had lots of good reads in October!
I finished listening to Little Fires Everywhere and wow! Great title and a great story. I gave it 5-stars and you can read my review on Goodreads here.
I am currently spending my time listening to HRC read What Happened to me. I am about halfway through and I love it.
I am almost done with Viveca Sten’s Tonight You’re Dead, which I think is her best book yet in the series! (The entire series of these books are free on Kindle Unlimited!)
I also got a real book from the library – one that I had been on the waitlist for some time! I am about halfway through and the Department Q team led by Carl Mørck is excellent! This is book 7 in the series and if you have not read any of the Department Q books, I highly recommend!
On the knitting front, I am back working on the shawl that just won’t end, but I have “made the turn” and now the rows are getting shorter, not longer. This is a very good thing and I am really ready to have this done! It is not at all portable, but makes an awesome lap blanket for “TV knitting time”.
I also started a sleeve for my Rusty and it is HUGE although my gauge has not changed at all. So, it went to time out for a bit while I mulled over a solution or a work around. There is no “frogging” of this yarn, so I considered starting the second sleeve on a MUCH smaller needle to see what that does. Or maybe bracelet length sleeves, or perhaps even better – three-quarter length sleeves. I compiled my options and emailed Mary which led to a bit of FaceTime in which a solution was found! Thank you Mary for your most timely help! Three-quarter sleeves it is!
There you have my reading and knitting for the week. But, what about you? What are you making or reading this week?
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There’s nothing like knitters putting their heads together, non? So glad you’ve found a solution! That yarn is just lovely. 🙂 I’m still reading The Weight of Ink, which is very good. I’m getting close to finishing, although I’m sure it’ll take me through the week! XO
Afte finishing Little Fires, I am in a slump on what to read next. Maybe too many choices. I picked up a nonfiction CD book yesterday. Hope you find a solution to your sleeve problem.
The gauge gremlins do work in mysterious ways, but I’m glad you and Mary figured out the fix. I loved Little Fires, and am even considering re-listening to it since I can’t seem to settle in with any of the books in my tbr pile. Happy November (even though I’m afraid it will go quickly)!
I’ve read most of those but I’m still waiting my turn for Little Fires. I’m not sure I’m ready yet for What Happened but Hannah told me last night that she is listening to it and really really enjoying it. I think the word she used was cathartic.
That’s quite an impressive list of books that you finished! I did finally finish the last Outlander book, so now I have started Clara Parkes’ latest. I wish I could listen to audio books and pay full attention to them, because I could likely get through more books that way. At least the fact that it’s the start of November means I’m that much closer to my end-of-year vacation, which means much more reading time.
You read some fantastic books this month. Friends helping friends…that’s the best! Good luck with your sleeves.
Just put myself on a couple of waiting lists for Little Fires 🙂 And I love, love, love that orange!
Hooray for solutions. !!! That color choice is beautiful!!! Orange/rust!
My gauge is spot on for my vest and I’m still nervous..
yay NaBloPoMo! I am excited to join in this year. I saw your post last night and thought it would be fun. You have read lots of books, I want to start reading more too. I like the color of your project, it is so nice for fall. Good luck on your projects!
The Scarred Woman is on my nightstand waiting its turn — looking forward to it. And also looking forward to seeing your completed Sand Ripples!
I love that beautiful shade! It’s more reddish than yellowish, my favorite flavor of orange.
I’m sending you extra virtual coffee for NaBloPoMo, too. I know it’s tough, but you can do it! I’m looking forward to reading all the extra blogs this month!
I do love November, more than October so I’m glad it’s here. Our first day was super chilly AND I wore wool, not too bad at all. Lovely knitting!
Rusty is looking great!! I love 3/4 sleeves. October flew by — kind of a weird month weather-wise — and now it’s November and definitely feeling like it!!
I read Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore over the summer and really loved it. I’m curious about Little Fires Everywhere – glad that was a hit for you. 🙂
I’ve got all the books (except for death cleaning) ready to roll. Some, like HRC, are book group selections for ’18. So many good books!!!
I am also working on a shawl which will never end. But squeezing in some hats. My post is said hat–a new to me pattern that I adore!
That sweater looks beautiful–I want to hear more about how you like (or don’t like) working with the Pluto lopi. Aside from the inability to rip out and reuse-how is it to carry around for knitting on the go? Is it a stay at home yarn?
Hello fellow NaBloPoMo,
Looking forward reading along. Now I will go and check out those book recommendations as one can never have a mile high tbr pile…
Sometimes we just need to talk through our knitting – with another person 🙂 (because of course I talk through my knitting all.the.time with myself!) What a great month of reading you had. I do hope it continues. and I’m still on the fence about HRC. we’ll see!
I read this post via email, but I am glad I decided to give it another look. Is the picture at the top Rusty? It’s a beauty!