The making this week had a bit of “unraveling” of the sewing version… perhaps “ripping out” is a better term. I removed the waistband and removed a bit of fabric, but I could not remove as much as I needed to… so a good wash helped tremendously! Hot water and a tumble dry have made these pants a wearable muslin (albeit I still have to roll the front band a bit! lol)
I have made some adjustments to the pattern and have cut out another pair of pants… stay tuned! Things I love about the pattern... the details (the pockets, side panels, and waistband are just genius), the fit (outside of the rise, I love the wide legs… they are unbelievably comfortable… it’s like wearing pj’s!), and the fabric… (who knew that IKEA linen would be so yummy? It is a heavier weight, but perfect for pants!)
On the knitting front… no unraveling, but it does not look much changed from last week… I am still just going round and round. Thank goodness for meditative knitting!
I kind of fell off the ‘art wagon’ but I have not put it out of my mind. I have a picture of one of my favorite spots on Lake Erie that I have been working on. I am happy with it… my colors especially!
Oh… and a special someone started FIRST grade yesterday! (and I don’t think the cats went with her to school…but she tried!! lol)
The reading this week… I bailed on a book that just was not working at all for me…The Illness Lesson. Try as I might, I could just not get into the story. Oh well, it was an easy pass as Braiding Sweet Grass became available at the library! However, the finishes I had were amazing!
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What an incredible – emotional – story. I have not been able to stop thinking about it. The writing is just fantastic!
What happens when the lie becomes your reality? That is the crux of this story. Two sisters, two very separate paths, two very different outcomes.
But what about the other people living in your distorted reality?
And that is where this story leads us. I highly recommend this book!
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just when you think you know where every Allon story is going, Silva throws the most marvelous loop!
Artwork, WWII, and Swiss Banking… a painfully entwined business. But a story emerges… can the wrong be repaired?
Maybe, but not on the way you might imagine. This series is just incredible!
That is all I am going to have for this week. I am taking a little “vacation” from blogging but I will have a post next Wednesday! See you all next week!
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It’s been years since I’ve had a pair of linen pants but I still remember how comfortable they were — and yours look amazing! I also love that gold sweater.
Can’t believe Vivi is in first grade already! I’m sure she would have taken the cats with her if she could (and how much fun would that classroom have been if she had?).
Sorry The Illness Lesson wasn’t for you. I got the sense while reading it that it would likely be one you either liked or hated (and certainly the reviews played out that way when I looked at them).
Enjoy your blog vacation!
You’re making progress towards a pair of pants that fits well, and these look great! (Rolling the waistband reminds me of what I would do in 7th grade when I left the house to shorten my skirt!)
I love seeing pictures of Vivi – she’s so adorable and often has an armful of cats or chickens! I’m going to have to check my library for the Allon series; they sound terrific.
P.S. Your art (pastels?) looks wonderful! I really like how you captured the lines in the sand and the color of the lake. Well done!
Oh, that photo of Vivi and her kitties! I love it! And I love seeing a photo of YOU, too!
Love your pants (and your Shakerag!!) That picture of Vivi is just darling Kat. What a sweetie – she’s always got some kind of animal(s) in her arms and I love it. Like Bonny, I need to check out the Allon series (I keep saying that and then another book comes through at the library…those books are on my list TBR. Your pastel is lovely – I can just about feel that chilly water.
first grade??? how time flies. You look so pretty in the first photo. I am trying to get more knitting into my days – the drizzle here is helping me.
Happy First Grade to Vivi! She is darling with her kitties. Your linen pants look so comfy. I have never had a pair but may have to remedy that. My jeans are wearing out and I’d like to replace them with something else. The art work is beautiful. I so admire those who draw and paint and sketch. Enjoy the round and round knitting. Oh and wasn’t The Vanishing Half superb. I may suggest it to my book group as a selection for next year. We always wait for books to be published in paper.
Before I even get started I just have to say . . . HOW CAN VIVI BE IN FIRST GRADE ALREADY??? Okay. Got that out of my system. She is just adorable! I hope she’s had a wonderful start to her school year — and I’m sending all the best juju for a healthy, safe, and happy time in first grade! Love seeing YOU modeling your new sweater AND the Free Range Slacks! I really need to “get crackin'” and make myself a pair. They look great, Kat. And I’m so glad you can make good use of your “muslin.”
Also . . . your landscape is just lovely! You really captured the beach so nicely. 🙂
Well, LOADS of good stuff here! I also found The Vanishing Half to be outstanding. And an usually fast read for me. VIvi and those cats! What a spectacular first day photo! Enjoy your blogging break…and the balance of that special spot on Lake Erie…and those pants. Ahh, my all-time favorite fabric. Just so happens I need to get to IKEA for a bathroom trash can. How convenient 🙂
I Iove your haircut I Iove your shade of yeIIow for that sweater! and a handfuI of kittens is too perfect for me today
Your pants (and the two finished cardigans from the week before) are great finishes! Love the color palette … and the same goes for that lovely beach portrait. Best wishes to Vivi on a fantastic first grade year! and maybe she’ll get to bring the cats for show and tell?!
Those linen pants go perfectly with your Shakerag top!! What a great late summer outfit! The pair in your picture look great on you. And how fun is it that you can keep playing with the pattern until you find the modifications that are perfect for your own body??!
Your beach drawing is also really lovely. You’re so talented, Kat.
Good luck to Vivi and family! She looks adorable in that picture!