I had lost my knitting mojo for some weeks in May and really did not want to knit anything but an inspiring blog post and thoughts of a new project have reinvigorated my desire to pull out my knitting and finish things!
I have unraveled and redone the neckband and raced through a sleeve on Marsa Alam and sleeve two is well underway! I am *almost* done and have begun to think about buttons. I have pulled together some buttons from my Nana’s button box – what do you think?
Silver or Pearl buttons? I don’t know why the pearl buttons don’t looks like they are all the same color, they are – and the silver buttons could do with a little polishing! I think either will work, but I need your help – please let me know which you think I should use in the comments! (and thank you!)
Meanwhile…I have been trying to get gauge on a cardigan but have not yet had success – perhaps that is the knitting gods telling me don’t knit this sweater, but I thought it would be a great addition to my sweater wardrobe if I can make gauge work (and I won’t be knitting it in 4-days)! I have one final yarn that might work so stay tuned…
Now on to books! Oh boy, all.the.books! I am really not much fun to be around lately because I either have a book in my hand or a book in my ears! Ha! But!!! I am off to a very good start on my Bingo Card!
I am doing my card a bit differently this year – as you can see I have almost filled in all the books I intend to read (with a couple of exceptions as I have several holds for the Modern Mrs. Darcy square – whatever comes through first will be filled in there. And that Classic you should’ve read square – I will make my decision as the summer progresses. I have several classics filled in and perhaps reading one of them will stir me to read something else by the same author.)
You can see my square requirements and I feel that I have done well in pairing up a book to a category without too much ‘making a book fit’ that does not. You might say there is some of that going on, but I think I managed to make most of the squares work. I am not reading “outside of my comfort zone” much this summer, but I think these books will make for the perfect summer!
Out of the books I finished this week, there is one that just was amazing – Anna Burns Milkman. Oh.my.gosh. LOVED! If I can make any suggestion to you, Gentle Reader, it would be to ignore all the “so-so” reviews and find an audio copy of the book. It is some of the most genius writing and has moved to the top spot for the best book I have read all year! I cannot stop thinking about it – it is just that good!
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Pearl buttons! (I think the silver buttons – while gorgeous – are too heavy for that gorgeous summer cardigan.) Good Bingo planning, Kat. (I’m not playing, but will be the happy Summer Book Bingo Cheerleader again this year!) And, yeah. Milkman is great! (Although . . . it won’t be for everyone.)
oh my goodness, your summer reading looks awesome! (and I really love how you put together your book covers). agreeing with Kym about the pearl buttons … looking forward to seeing your FINISHED cardigan. and wow, thank you the shout-out 🙂
I like the Pearl buttons. The Silver ones are beautiful, but to me they look too “heavy” for that sweater.
Your reading continues to shine Kat! You are off to a great start for book bingo.
I like the pearl buttons, too. That’s a cool way to fill in your Bingo card. I started Milkman a few weeks back and struggled with it for a bit and gave up. I haven’t completely abandoned the idea of reading it but it wasn’t right for me at that moment.
Oh, I love both types of buttons! I guess it’s a matter of how you want to use the cardigan. The pearl ones are classic and neutral, the silver ones make more of a statement, I think.
You have a lot of interesting books on your card. I’m trying to keep myself away from lists and bingo’s and challenges these days (need reading to be relaxing), but this looks like a lot of fun.
I vote for the pearl buttons and oh my goodness is all I can say about your book bingo!
This button vote is a tough one for me! I also think the pearl buttons look best on Marsa Alam, but those silver ones are amazing and I think you should knit a cardigan just to use those great buttons!
I’m reading Milkman and heartily concur with your thoughts!
I vote for the pearl!! What a lovely cardigan – I can’t wait to see it finished.
I started Milkman and gave up on it by page 12. But your post is making me consider getting on the waitlist for the audio version. Great progress on your Bingo card!!
Sorry I didn’t linkup today. I completely forgot it was Wednesday!!
I, too, vote for the pearl buttons. I think the silver buttons, while beautiful, just look too heavy. They’d be great on a thicker sweater with some cables!
I love how you’ve planned out your summer reading! I wish I was so organized. I’m basically just reading books and then seeing if they fit somewhere. Perhaps that’s not the best strategy, but I’m new to book bingo!
Pearl! Pearl! And I also second Bonny’s suggestion that you knit another sweater for the fun silver ones! Applause for your summer Book Bingo – tho’ I’m not keeping a card/playing, I do intend to read more fiction this summer and have noted Milkman as a possibility. I’ll let you know…
I love the silver ones-how heavy are they? I think the pearl one’s would also look great with yarn color, so I guess I’m not much help!
I vote for pearl buttons. They just seem lighter and a great compliment to the sweater. I have quite a few of my grandmother’s buttons but very few came in groups of more than three and many were pink. Sounds like you have a great plan for reading. Here comes summer!
Pearl buttons! Silver looks too heavy for your beautiful summery yarn. I am disappointed Milkman didn’t win the Woman’s prize. It was a much better book than what did win. Oh, well.
call me crazy but I like the silver ones. I have a light blue cardigan with silver buttons and it’s lovely. Good luck because you cannot make a wrong decision 🙂