The making this week has been varied! Some sewing, some knitting – and all of it good!
I have worked through 2 clues on the first mitten. I have been practicing holding both yarns in one hand and it is working well and might be a bit easier to maintain even tension as I knit, but as with all new things – the knitting is slow-going, but I managed to start the cuff of the second mitten yesterday afternoon!
The big project has been the sewing of the Car Seat Poncho! I am adding arm openings in the front and a pocket! I hopefully I can figure out some “bear ears” to attach to the hood at my daughter’s request! For a simple looking project, there is lots of bits of detailed sewing!
I finished Dispatches from Pluto and really loved it! It gives a wonderful and realistic look into life in the Mississippi Delta through the eyes of an outsider. I highly recommend, and I gave it 4-stars.
I also finished re-reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. It has been almost 25 years since I had first read it and Bonhoeffer’s words were the best balm for a weary spirit – 4-stars!
Squirrel Hill has filled my thoughts since the horrific tragedy at the Tree of Life and this beautiful essay in The New Yorker describes life in Squirrel Hill – yes it is an idyllic place – but it is also the best reflection of how life for anyone should be in America – open, welcoming, and most importantly – without fear.
Oh, and just in case your book list is in need of a boost…NPR’s Book Concierge has published their guide to 2018’s great reads!
That is all I have for today! If you wrote a post to share – please leave your link below!
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**We have entered the most dreaded days for photograph taking. It becomes a challenge to get a photo when light is at a premium. I apologize for the miserable excuse of a photo in today’s post!
I hope your knitting adjustments take care of the pain. I pulled The Cost of Discipleship off my shelf too. As always, your links inspire.
The mittens will be so pretty! Thanks to the NPR list, I just added about 5-6 more books to my Overdrive queue!!
Your mittens look great, and will also be nice and warm. And yes, would that everyone could have a life without fear, ICE, or tear gas.
Thanks for the link to the New Yorker essay; I hadn’t seen it and very much enjoyed reading it.
I’m surprised that I’ve only read two of the books on the NPR list. Clearly I have a lot of reading still to do!
Ooo, I love the mittens! It appears I’ve made it through about 13 of the books on the NPR list (maybe more) but have many in my TBR list I intend to get to next year. Great list, Kat.
Those mittens are gorgeous! I hold all the colors in my right hand when I knit colorwork. It is slow going, but I get the tension better that way. Great reading links – thank you!
The green really pops and you are doing so well with these mittens.
The mittens are just great Kat! And I look forward to reading that New Yorker piece at home in my chair tonight!
I have two of NPR’s list on my “currently reading” list: Becoming and Circe…and two in the queue: Calypso and Unsheltered…thx for sharing the list; “so many books, so little time…”
The mittens are quite colorful and I look forward to the finished Car Seat Poncho! So appreciate The New Yorker essay!
And there goes my reading queue . . . hahahaha
That NPR list is… wow!
And your mittens are really beautiful.
The mittens are beautiful. I just ordered some yarn for colorwork mittens. I may try a swatch with holding two yarns in my left hand. Thanks for the link to the NPR list. Next week my book group meets to select books for the new year. I am working on my suggestions.
Your mittens are looking wonderful. I love the colors and the details in the pattern. Thank you for providing the reading guide I will take a look! Hope you have a good week!
AWESOME mittens! Just love the colors and the design! XO
Love the color combination. Knitting and reading are slow going but we are getting there!
love that shade of green in the mitts! gorgeous!