Greetings Unravelers! Happy Wednesday!
I should be sock knitting, but my days have been a bit hectic. I am behind on my painting class, I am behind on garden chores, my closet is at the implode stage with winter/spring/summer all in a huge muddle…but what I have been doing instead of all that? Why knitting of. course… knitting round and round and round on my Shakerag Skirt!
I have gotten through the lace section, I did the short rows for the back and I am in the “plain knit” rounds before I start the decreases. And so far, I am loving this knit…but I have miles to go before I get to the “try on” point in this knit and so I am trying to knit a round or 10 each day. I am off on the row gauge, so I am knitting more rounds to get to the decrease point. My hope is I will have time today to get there… because less stitches every once in a while will be a good thing! These are long ass rows! Ha!
The reading this week has been delightful though… I was so fortunate to be approved for the latest Dominic Smith book: Return to Valetto. I loved it! It was so so so good! If you like Amor Towles or Sarah Winman… I think you will very much love this book! The writing is brilliant, the characters are well developed, and the story is one that keeps you moving along with it to the very end… and I really was not ready for the book to be over!
I also finished the third installment in the Thursday Murder Club mystery. Delightful, brilliant, and I loved it! I hope there will be another installment sooner than later!
So what am I reading this week? Well, my daytime listen is Kate Atkinson’s Shrines of Gaiety. I have just started, but so far I am enjoying it. I just picked up two books from the library,
Donal Ryan’s Queen of Dirt Island, and Louise Kennedy’s Trespasses! I need to find a quiet afternoon where I can just sit and read!
My nighttime reading has been consumed by another Sarah Winman book, When God Was a Rabbit… and she might just be my new favorite author!
So there you have my week… what is consuming your time this week?
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Your skirt is looking good Kat!! I do love the color you have chosen. The Valetto book sounds great – I’ve added that to my TBR list. I’m so glad you were able to get Trespasses! I just finished Shrines of Gaiety last week and enjoyed. Also enjoyed The queen of Dirt Island. You have much to occuply your time!!
I literally laughed out loud at your “long ass rows” comment! All that knitting will be worth it, though. I’m ready to be done with tiny knitting and get back to sweater knitting.
I really need to read Sarah Winman’s other books — I loved Still Life so much!
Your skirt is looking great and I’m here cheering for you to get to the try-on stage! There are always chores and catching up to do, but they don’t quite measure up to the excitement of a new project. I hope your weeds will be easy to pull, dinner take you 10 minutes to make, and you find an extra hour or two in your days to knit round and round!
And thanks for the Return to Valetto recommendation. I loved The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, so, of course, I had to request this one. Maybe NetGalley will space my books out a bit!
Oh . . . they really are long ASS rows, aren’t they???? BUTT . . . your skirt is looking mighty fine! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) This really IS a busy time of year . . . but, fortunately, it sounds like the “busy” is all good stuff! (Well. Except maybe the closet organization . . . ) XO
What a decision to have to make – sort out your wardrobe or knit?? I think you made the right choice……shame about the gardening and painting though.
Your skirt will be striking when finished. Such a pleasant colour blue to knit with.
I wrote a list of all that I want to knit for 2023 and realized I need to get knitting and quit wasting my moments. ah! lovely knitting as always I hope you get to those closets and paintings soon.
This week does seem incredibly busy. The garden is really demanding attention,, but then there are so many wonderful things to distract me, including of course knitting and readin. Love the progress on the skirt, such a pretty colour. I have the Tinman ready to collect from the library now, but already have a pile of library books to read. More hours awake and less sleeping is what I need.
Oh my gosh, my closet is a disaster, too! I’m looking forward to an extra-long Memorial Day holiday weekend and can hopefully get that sorted.
I am so on the fence about that skirt. I love the idea of skirts/dresses, but I really don’t wear them all that often… and I’d need to modify that pattern to knit it flat. Excitedly awaiting for your review, and Kym’s!
I am waiting anxiously for the next installment of the Thursday Murder Club, too. They are such fun. I hope you enjoy the audio of Shrines of Gaiety as much as I did the analog version. There are many smile hidden in the text. Your Shakerag skirt is lookin’ good! As always, thanks for the book recommendations.
Oh yes, the winter/spring closet implosion. I finally made order last Friday. The yarn and skirt knitting are so pretty. I love the shade of blue. I’m anxious to see how this project comes out. Your reading has been going well. I may have to look for Tin Man as I loved Still Life.
That skirt looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it finished. I hope you love Shrines of Gaiety and Trespasses 🙂
You sound a little overwhelmed with all of those tasks, my friend. I hope things feel more under control soon. Your skirt is looking great! I’m feeling a little left out on this one but this is not a skirt I would want to knit for myself . . . talk about long ass rows! Maybe Hannah would like one? She’s tiny so it would go faster, LOL!
We shall see how this big ass looks in knitted sweats! 🤣🤣
I LOVE the Thursday Murder Club series! I am always sad to finish those books because I miss hanging out with the characters.