Some of my making this week included making some modifications to my Traveler’s Journal. Normally, I have 3 inserts, and my set up works very well! I like having multiple journals in one convenient package. However, with the addition of a couple of new journals and I need a modification to my existing system. So, this week I gathered the tools necessary to make some simple changes. One new elastic later and I now have a modified cover to contain my journals.
I am cruising on my Lunar Fade Mystery shawl, this week’s clue included starting a new piece and I am really excited to see where this goes!
For as quickly as the Lunar Fade is moving, I am in the slow lane on Romi’s shawl – the final clue is out, but I am still working on the previous clue – taking my time and hopefully avoiding errors. And, slowing down has paid off, no ripping back happened this week!
And…I made the leap to join Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery Shawl! Yarn contemplation has begun!
April reading was incredibly good! I ended the month with 12 books finished (AND I could fit them all onto my Bingo Card!) And even though I don’t have any bingos yet, it is looking very good! This week’s finishes include:
New Poets of Native Nations by Heid E. Erdrich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A collection of twenty-one incredible voices.
A gathering of some incredible poems.
Poems that made me gasp at their beauty, cry with their poignant words…
These words from Natalie Diaz American Arithmetic will stay with me for a very long time:
Native Americans make up less than one percent of the population in America. 0.8 percent of 100 percent. O, mine efficient country…I am begging: Let me be lonely but not invisible.
I highly recommend every single word!
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“It is not those who inflict the most but those who suffer the most who will conquer.”
I foolishly thought I knew something about the conflict in Northern Ireland, this story quickly disavowed me of those thoughts!
This story takes you though the time known as The Troubles and the disappearing of Jean McConville. It was, at times, a very uncomfortable listen. Yet, at the same time, I could not stop. At the end of this book, I still have questions – but I think that is the reality for many – especially those living in Northern Ireland.
“We beat them with stones at first, and they had guns. Our people had to go and get guns. Wouldn’t they have been right stupid people to stand there? Our people got shotguns at first and then got better weapons. And then the British, who were supposed to protect us, came in and raided our homes. What way could you fight? So you went down and you blew them up.”
These words jumped out at me and I could not stop thinking about the truth in them… truth for so many conflicts in so many places… and the importance stopping the violence and listening to each other. I highly recommend this powerful book!
That’s all I have this week, what about you? What are you making this week?
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Ahh- I love your TN! I need to replace the elastic on mine as well, but it seems daunting!
Your knitting is looking lovely. I can’t wait to see the Kristen Kapur shawl blocked!
Your shawls look amazing Kat! And gosh!! Now you’ve signed up for another mystery one!! Cheers to no unraveling!! Your latest book of poetry looks very good.
To use one of my son’s favorite words, your refreshed journal looks so ‘satisfying’!!!
I love your journal cover and both shawls are looking good!
love your notebook of notebooks – looks like a productive inducing system 🙂 Gorgeous knits and I started two new ones! Yes! and I need to finish two old ones.
That collection of Native poetry is amazing. I’ve since bought books by several of the poets in it (including Natalie Diaz), and am thankful to have had the opportunity to read their work.
That journal looks amazing — I have journal envy now!
I’ve jumped on the MKAL bandwagon again for Kirsten’s new pattern. It’s been several years since I’ve done one, and now feels like the perfect time for one. I had some yarn in stash that I thought would work but couldn’t find it (maybe an indication that the stash is a little too big?), so I just ordered more. But I ordered from a friend, so I felt like it was a good deed.
Those shawls look pretty darn amazing, Kat! Can’t wait to see them all blocked out in their glory! 🙂
Both of your shawls look wonderful, and your all-in-one journal looks pretty good, also! With 12 finishes in April you should be getting a bingo soon, but you are certainly reading some great books!
I am so impressed with your shawl knitting, and mystery shawls at that! Glad their was zero unraveling this week.
Irish history and books are so depressing to me, I had to stop reading them several years ago. My Grandparents were force to leave Ireland at a young age or starve to death. My Grandfather was so poor his family lived in a cave! Yikes!
Love your TN. Would like to hear more on this notebook.
Hope your day is sunny and you get some outside time.
Those shawls! Both are going
to be so lovely.
Thanks as always for your book record!
Such lovely shawls! The green, especially, looks delicate. And I am definitely adding your featured books to my list!
Say Nothing has been in my queue for a while! I’m also plugging away at Romi’s shawl… and I will see you in June for Kirsten’s!! Yahoo.
Ah! So many talents! Love your shawls; kudos for fixing your TN cover so that it works for you and I thank you for the New Poets of Native Nations recommendation. One of these days, I shall get to a bookstore…
Your shawls are both beautiful. The light green in the Romi shawl is just right for the season. I may think about a Traveler’s Notebook system. I came to the end of a hardback journal and am using a thinner paperback one I had on hand. I’m liking the feel of it and was just thinking of a way to keep a year’s notes in one place. Hmm
I love your Lunar Fade! I am a slow knitter and will need two or three more days to finish my Romi Mystery. I am also contemplating TTL Mystery colors!
Great progress on the shawls. Thanks for the book recomm. my reading has become almost non-existent and not real sure why. . .
OOOHHH, LOVE the modification you made to your TN! Looking forward to knitting along together on TTL next month- did you choose yarn?
I just finished reading Say Nothing today for a Book Club discussion. It read like a novel – suspenseful and fast-paced. But the passion with which the people on both sides carried out their war of terror decade after decade was horrifying. I do recommend it though. Excellent writing of the history of the Troubles.