Unraveled Wednesday, June 28

Unraveled Wednesday, June 28

Well, there has been some unraveling here this week…

I picked up stitches and in my stitch picking up zeal, I picked up a few too many and when I checked my band, it was just a bit too ruffle-y. So, back to stitch pick up for me! There is no way in hell that this is a 4-day knit yet, ever the glutton for punishment, I am going to knit a second one as soon as this one is done. Hopefully, this will be done by Monday and I will begin next week!

Oh, and while I am unraveling, I think my bind off might be just a bit too tight (who knew “bind off with medium tension” would be so challenging!) but rather than fuss over it when I wear it, I will take it out and bind off again. This will be happening this morning, when all is quiet here and there are no interruptions!

Now, on to the reading (which is going much better than the knitting, really!!)

I have three books to share with you this week! I know! Crazy!

  1. The Hanging: EXCELLENT!! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads! From the opening chapter to the last, this book kept me engaged and the writing is excellent! From the unfolding of the crime to the work of Simonsens’ team in solving the crime, I felt like I was part of the team! The evidence is pieced together slowly and methodically and feels incredibly realistic! I won’t share more, to not spoil the book because I highly recommend this book!
  2. The Other Einstein: I gave this book 4 stars, which is a very good review – I would have given it 5 stars, but I wished that the ending was better. However, reality for Mitza was the ending…it was so very heartbreaking and sad. I loved the look into what education might have been like for women in the early 1900’s in Europe. The book is well-written, engaging, and thought provoking. I strongly recommend reading it!
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo: Oh.My.Gosh!! Wow!!! This is a 5-star book all the way!! This book was simply fantastic and it falls into the “must listen” category for me. The narration is simply amazing! Once I started listening, I could not stop! This book made me laugh out loud and at times, cry! Do not miss listening to this book! GO and get it! Really!!

I am currently listening to On the Road by Jack Kerouac and I am almost done reading The Zookeeper’s Wife. My bingo card is looking mighty fine so far this summer!!

What about you? What’s really excellent in your world right now?

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Joyful June

Joyful June

Sometimes things happen that initially seem like a very bad thing, but after digesting it for a bit – you realize that rather than being very bad, it is so very good! Such is the case for me this month – I started the month with a job, and the month is ending without that job. It has been a good lesson in finding joy in adversity, and not only is there joy – but the joy overflows!

This free time has been quickly gobbled up by other things, funny how that happens – and those things (mostly reading and knitting) have brought much joy! On the reading front this month, I will have finished 9 books! When I look at my Summer Book Bingo sheet, I am filled with joy!

On the knitting front, I am hopeful that I will have a sweater completion before Friday – stay tuned…

My flower gardens brought me an abundance of joy as well… and an abundance of bees! I love watching the bees dance with the Foxglove, the Lavender, the Lambs Ear, and the Salvia!

And I am anticipating an abundance of blooms on my Butterfly Bush, so the bee watching will continue! And, there were some garden surprises too! My Easter Lily that had been eaten and did not grow tall at all brought forth 4 huge blooms!

The birds have been harbingers of joy as well – from the nesting Cardinal family in the bush next to the house, or the House Sparrow family in the bird house by the porch, to the determined Brown Wren who still has not found a mate, but has not given up the search! When the going gets tough, sing loudly! And, really – this might be the best advice ever!

There is just a small slice of the joy that filled my June! What brought you joy this month?

Sometimes Monday’s…

Sometimes Monday’s…

Are for binding off!

Sweater body done! Front band pick up to commence momentarily!

My bind off and pick up companion? On The Road by Jack Kerouac and how I did not realize what a fantastic writer he was!?

Happy Monday, everyone!

Rainy days are for knitting

Rainy days are for knitting

Stillwater #1 is progressing, but it is obviously not a “4-day knit” for me, but I am moving in the right direction. I have one more repeat to do before I begin the bottom ribbing.

The rainy weekend we have on tap will enable lots of knitting time, which is a good thing so I can then get on to the sleeves and the front ribbing. This sweater needs to be done before I can cast on Stillwater #2. The Stillwater KAL begins next Friday, you still have swatching time!

I am going to swatch again with one larger size needle to see what that fabric looks like (bonus, if I like it, perhaps I can knit a smaller sized sweater which would help the speed of the knitting, right?)

I also need to work through Clue #2 for TTL MKAL. So, really, I don’t mind the rain at all!

I began listening to Lincoln in the Bardo today – so far, so much good!

There were a few lovely links this week:

I love when patterns have awesome names!

And, when they pair awesome name with multiple sizes (and awesome yarn!)

Quince put together a new collection of shawls. I especially love Beryl and Reiko.

A couple of cute cardigans caught my eye this week: Tanta and Hummelo

Fairy Dust is adorable!

Chest of Bone readers will love this collection. I especially love Larrimer’s Sweater!

Sometimes patterns evolve over time.

Did you love Peace Knitting? Do you miss it? Then you will be happy to see Eunomia! (It began yesterday, but I think you would be okay to begin today! AND, there is a discount code that will work through tonight!)

Finally, who besides me is like, how the heck is it the last weekend in June??? Umm, Summer? Can you slow down?? Please?

Here is to a long, slow summer weekend! Enjoy!

Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites

This week, the topic for Think Write Thursday is to write about your three favorite things to wear.

Well, hmmm. I am guessing PJ’s can’t be on the list? Or can they? But, truthfully – the topic caused me to think much about what I wear and why and do I really like it.

This even produced Tuesday’s post about trying to alter some clothes I had made that no longer fit. Yep, you guessed it – those things are all in that favorite category. However, you sewists out there shared your sage wisdom of the perils of that pathway and my alteration bubble has been deflated.

So, yes – lots of thought has been swirling around what I wear this week.

My favorites have less to do with what I like and more to do with what fits right now. I have several “swing dresses” from Old Navy (yes, super inexpensive but they are my work horses on this diet journey). Why? They fit the longest. And, that has become super important!

Then we move on the the utility category: I wear my iWatch every.single.day. It is a really awesome diet companion – it reminds me to get up and move if I have been sitting too long!

My final “current” favorite are my Nike Free Rn Flyknit shoes. Best.Purchase.Ever. Really. These things make me feel like I am walking on clouds! In my bare feet!

There you have it, a few of my favorite things to wear right now!

If you want to see what others had to say about their favorite things to wear, you will find them here. And, if you want to join with Carole and me on Think Write Thursday’s, you can sign up here! We’d love to have you join us!

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