Greetings Unravelers! The weather here has been decidedly fickle and we went from warm, breezy days to freezing rains mixed with a sprinkling of snow and back to warm breezy days. It was a great reminder that it is not quite time to put away the woolens. I was thankful to have a warm woolly sweater on Monday because I really did not want to turn the furnace on again – but I lost that battle in the early afternoon, despite my sweater. Thankfully the windows were back open on Tuesday with no need for woolens!
The weather has afforded me some nice bits of knitting time though and I am making good progress on Marsa Alam! Yes, I have been monogamously knitting away on it and am just over the half way point of the body. I should be working on my donation shawl, but I have a mistake and I need to do a bit of ripping back to get it on track and so I have been avoiding it.
The reading this week was really good!
My Sister, the Serial Killer finally came through from the library and it was a quick listen! It is a curious story and the book pulls you in from the beginning and keeps your attention as it draws you into this dark, yet at times humorous story. I enjoyed it and gave it 4-stars.
I was really in need of something on my Kindle to read at night and Henning Mankell came to the rescue with Italian Shoes. How is it possible that this is my first Mankell read?? The writing is wonderful and the unconventional story unfolds in a most lovely way. I fell in love with Fredrik Werlin despite himself, his self-deprecating humor is brilliant, ” I keep a diary of a life that has lost its way.” The story tells about how Fredrik begins to make amends for his lost life, and eventually find his way again. I loved it so much, that I got the second Werlin story immediately and am half way through it! 5-stars and I highly recommend!
This weeks reading rounds out with The Light Between the Oceans. This was such a melancholy story – but it is so beautifully written. It is a tale of love and loss – and through the loss, the duration of that love. I wished it had ended as I was hoping it would, but the ending was still hauntingly beautiful. This is a book I will be thinking about for a long time.
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Ah, Spring weather – so fickle and so changeable! Hope your warmer weather is here to stay. I had not heard of the Mankell books – I’m off to look at them now!
I’m finding I can’t get to the links from other people on your Unraveled Wednesday. I used to be able to see their contributions just by clicking on the words below the little photo. Any suggestion?
It’s amazing how much progress we can make when we only knit on one project at a time, isn’t it? 😉 I love the color of your new sweater! So spring-y and lovely.
PS — I had no trouble linking in to Vera’s post via your blog post. Just so you’ll know it did work for me.
I enjoyed My Sister…as well. I even read it instead of listening! I’m currently listening to Calling Me Home and am loving the story. Good job on the knitting Kat!
Linking worked this week — yay! That is lovely yarn you are winding, btw. Spring: if you don’t like the weather right now, wait 20 minutes.
I wasn’t very pleased with the weather on Monday, even if it did provide me with an opportunity to wear my Floozy for the first time (and, I hope, the only time until this fall!).
I have seen the movie version of The Light Between Oceans and have a feeling that the book is so much better. I’ll definitely be adding it to my list now!
Your three books sound good…I’m adding to my someday/maybe list…keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll have many more spring days and not just “be summer, already”…
Winding a new cake of yarn is a good thing. I am anxious to see that finished sweater but don’t knit too hard or fast – take it from me. Thanks for the tip for Italian Shoes – a new book and a new-to-me author! Ah Spring – I think the ups and downs are part of it. Good thing we know the ups will soon out number the downs. (temps and precip)
We’ve had the same ups and downs of spring, 80s one day, 50s the next, with snow and rain. April showers bring May flowers!
Wow, that is one big cone of yarn! Lots of yards, I bet. We haven’t had a lot of blue skies here, but that hasn’t stopped the appearance of spring flowers. They sure do brighten up our grey days! Talking about grey days, I am reading Eagan’s The Worst Hard Time about the dust storms during the Depression and finding it hard to take in. The devastation was incredible. Lots of information and some photos that I don’t recall from history classes.
We have yet to really even hit 60F, but it looks like that might happen this weekend. First, a thunderstorm in the forecast tonight — now that says SPRING! It’s been nice enough to get outside a little bit, and I’m grateful for that.
I still haven’t seamed the sleeves or sewn on the buttons on Marsa Alam – our “oops, it’s not really spring yet” forecast for Friday and Saturday is JUST the inspiration I need to FINISH her! …I’ve also been sidetracked by reading lately … have you read Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books? oh my. He’s my new-favorite detective. the writing is excellent and the stories are kind of all over the place, but wow – good and laugh out loud funny in a few places. I’m just starting #3 now. (#5 comes out on audio in June).
New books! I get the best recommendations from you. 🙂
I haven’t worn wool in a few days now, I think spring is really really really here. Love the color of your yarn!