This week there was a bit of unraveling and a careful bit of unknitting. Sigh.
The unraveling bit involved my Peace Train knitting. Right pattern but wrong yarn? Or perhaps, it was the wrong pattern for the right yarn. Thus, my Peace Train Knitting has a definite Decemberist vibe now. And, the fabric is much nicer. I will be on the lookout for some wonderful fingering weight yarn to use for the Peace Shawl, but that won’t be my focus this December.
The unknitting was entirely my fault. One would think if the pattern author took all this time to lay out super clear instructions for short row shaping, including making sure you have different markers so you don’t mess up, that well, I wouldn’t mess up! However, apparently, I can’t follow instructions multiple times in a row correctly, so I am tinking back to fix my mistake. I should be back on track shortly, and then sleeve division. (Really, I am blaming this mistake on Outlander – I should have been Decemberist Peace Knitting not keep track of where you are in a pattern knitting!) I am sure you will get sick of updates on this sweater before it is finished, so I promise to share a different view next week! (Hopefully!!)
Now for the reading!
In the finished category:
- Bury Your Dead with Armande Gamache and I LOVED it. I gave it 5 stars and highly recommend this series.
- Never Caught. It was a quick listen and I enjoyed it. It is a fascinating story and I learned things I did not know. It is incredibly well told and amazing frank. My opinion of George and Martha Washington has diminished greatly after this book. If you love history, you will enjoy this book. I gave it 4-stars.
- Simply Clean. I had hoped for some amazing motivation in this book, but really, there was none. The idea of “just pick up after yourself” is great (I mean who does not know this already????) but the concepts do not at all seem logical. Her 10 minutes might work if you live by yourself in a studio apartment, in a real house it seems highly illogical. I gave it 2-stars.
The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared…a suggestion from Mary and I am loving it. I am almost halfway through and hope to be done this week.
What are you reading right now? And, thank you for joining us today!
I’ve always admired that Decemberist shawl – it’s gorgeous in your homespun (glad you found Peace with it ;-)!
Sometimes it’s hard to find that peace-ful groove . . . but it sounds like you’re on your way! I just finished some “potato chip reading”: book 5 in the Ann Cleeve’s Shetland mystery series, Dead Water. I’m also reading Manhattan Beach . . . and just not loving it much. XO
I felt the same way about Simply Clean. And I look forward to seeing your Peace Train knitting
Your on quite a knitting jag! Beautiful, both. I read Bonfire and got a kick out of it. Sing, Unburied, Sing is a difficult read, but such a good book. We found out on Monday that about half our reading group are knitters. It was a fun moment!
I love the gamache series but currently I’m reading the hunger games trilogy and I”m enjoying it immensely. bummer about undoing the short row shaping, I think you’re like me and have to have it ‘just so’. Nothing wrong with that.
I’ve learned better than to try to knit something complicated while watching Outlander — I tried to knit on a lace shawl this past week and had to tink and reknit the same row three times! Hope you’re back on track now.
I love that sweater and can’t imagine getting tired of seeing it! I’ve been knitting during my daily chats with Amazon and Comcast customer service, but I’ve gotten so riled up that I’ve had to unravel much of what I had knit. Next time I have to chat with them I’m just drinking.
Sorry about the tinking but the work is beautiful!
Decemberist will be great and the peace train will be there when you are ready. I just finished Still Me by JoJo Moyes and it was highly entertaining.
Oh dear. Sorry about your Un Knitting.
I often have to un knit. Im usually glad that I did. The fair isle is nothing short of amazing
OOOOOOOOOOoooh! The Decemberist is amazing! Never Caught is on my 2018 list.
Since I wrote about Simply Clean – bringing it to your attention – I have read and concur with your assessment…but I think it may still have some tips that my niece can use as she adapts to having two little ones …if she finds time to read it! . Sorry about your tinking but it’s a routine thing in these parts!