Post Easter unraveling means April is waning and I am eager for May! I did not do too much knitting over the weekend, but I did fix the problem in my donation shawl! I am back on track and even making some progress! I have 6 repeats done with about 12-ish more to go but it is not due until the end of June and it will be long done by then.
And Marsa Alam… I have reached the ribbing!! But, holy cow! Those last 3 or so inches seemed to take forever! I expect the body will be done sometime today. I think I will tackle the button bands and the neck band before I begin the sleeves as I am having a bit of a debate with myself on knitting them flat versus knitting them in the round.
After a very long wait, Circe finally was available for me! I enjoyed it however, I don’t think it lived up to the hype or the wait. I did enjoy it but I was hoping for more. I listened to it, and the narrator, Perdita Weeks, was wonderful! 3-stars.
After the Fire – book two of the Fredrik Werlin series. As with Italian Shoes, the writing is really wonderful. Werlin has a bit of a mystery going on – he wakes in the night to find his house on fire. He makes it out alive, but everything in the house is a loss. The story progresses as he figures out how to rebuild – and not just his house. The ending is so poignant and it makes me think that Mankell might have had one more story about dear Fredrik. I highly recommend this book and it got 5-stars.
As I read this post yesterday, I was struck by how much it reminded me of A Place in the Woods, which had been sitting on my bedside table for over a month! I finally picked it up Sunday afternoon and finished it on Monday – It was the perfect book to finish on Earth Day. But, oh boy – while I deeply loved this story I am not about to head off to the wilds of Northern Minnesota. The honesty with which this book is written makes you realize just how hard life without amenities is. The writing is beautiful. 4-stars and I highly recommend. Also, the blog post linked above is 5-stars and I urge you to go read it now!
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Fully engaged with Team Flat Sleeves these days! I also knitted the button bands and collar before I did the sleeves – and I went down a needle size and picked up a few more stitches. Super happy with the results – good luck!
That sweater will be so beautiful! (And I love the way the yarn looks in your bowl!) Glad you were able to get the shawl straightened out. I think I’m glad I haven’t bothered with Circe – lol.
I can’t believe how fast this sweater is flying off your needles!
I had similar feelings about Circe. I had really high expectations after so many people had raved about it, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it lived quite up to the hype. (I really thought The Song of Achilles was so much better.)
Honesty is one of the things I most enjoyed About A Place in the Woods. She didn’t just write about pie in the sky, touchy-feely, magical dreams of a cabin, but also the gritty hard work, crumbling foundations parts.
Your shawl and yarn bowl are both a beautiful shade of blue, but is that an alarming crack I see in the yarn bowl? It makes me sad to see this, but the bowl is still still quite functional!
Beautiful blue sweater, not shawl!
Thank-you for the story link! And I can’t wait to see that finished sweater!
Congrats on the sweater and I agree, the color is lovely. I’m sure the recipient will be totally pleased. I found Circe a good read but felt I needed to brush up my mythology….it’s been waaay too long since I read them…sure hope your bowl isn’t cracked…
As one who dreams of running away and living in a cabin in the woods, yet I don’t like to garden because it’s hot and there are bugs out there…. I can’t wait to read A Place in the Woods.
Glad your knitting is coming along well. That photo is gorgeous and should be hanging on a wall!
I’m really surprised you didn’t love Circe, I thought you would. I’m ready for May, too!
That is such a lovely shade of blue! XO
That sweater is so pretty. Circe wasn’t my favorite book either.
I really enjoyed Circe because it was not what I expected.
And I can’t wait to read Fredrik Werlin books. 🙂
beautiful knitting and I love the way you captured the light 🙂