Good Things | 7.16.21

Good Things | 7.16.21

Hullo, Friday! Like clockwork, you arrive bringing with you the weekend, which might be the best constant ever.

Last night my “new” book club finished Good Talk. It seemed most fitting that we met in the Lincoln Gallery for our final discussion. The conversations around this book have been enlightening and so very helpful. I am eagerly anticipating our next book, which will likely be Caste.

I don’t love FB, but every once in a while something amazing shows up there and this week brought a two-for! First, this story showed up and I could not get that story out of my head! I started Googling and discovered this article which included information to donate fabrics to these amazing men. (scroll down to the bottom of the article for that info!)

The second good thing that showed up was a post by a spinning “friend” who was feeling a bit overwhelmed at the size of her stash and she wondered if there would be any interest in joining forces to “spin down our stash” in the second half of the year. Ummm, YES!! (and so many people said yes! lol) More spinning in my life is never a bad thing. I have a sweater I want to spin for so this is exactly what I need to get that done! (if you want to join this group, let me know and I will send you the link to the group)

Finally… I have worked for two weeks on a pastel drawing… and this week I think it is finished. I put some final touches on it this morning and signed it. Oh boy… it is not perfect. I learned so much about my limitations with pastels… but I kept working and I learned some work arounds… and that is always a good thing.

That is all I have for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.14.21

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.14.21

Greetings Unravelers!

Happy (almost) mid-July! (a statement that does not even seem remotely possible!)

Despite that fact…my world of the Great Summer Slow Down is full of so many good things!

I have a finish that I, sadly, cannot yet share. But I wanted to talk a bit about what I learned knitting this sweater… and I learned so much!! In my Knitting Life I have knit 3 sweaters that were steeked but it turns out that not once did I do the steek “correctly” until this sweater. And wow, what a difference correctly setting up the steek makes! The key tip for me was knowing which “leg” of which stitch to use. Also, picking up the button bands while the sweater is still un-steeked is the loveliest thing ever! And it has an added bonus of allowing you to match exactly when you pick up the second band! I have pulled together the yarn to knit a second sweater, but I have not yet cast on. Maybe later today… maybe.

But I have not been idle…not at all! I have been engrossed in a bit of drawing, some knitting on my mystery shawl, lots of reading, and the start of some hand stitching!

The last mystery clue came out yesterday but have not started that clue…yet. I am really not in a rush to finish though because I am thoroughly enjoying this pattern! It is nice working on it a few minutes each day and it will be finished long before I need to use it! Ha!

What I have been doing has been pulling some “scraps” of fabric together for some sewing! I cut out and have begun stitching (appliquéing?) the “moons” on my first make from Dawn. An easy start for the #DawnMakeAlong that I am doing just a bit differently… I am hand stitching versus using my sewing machine. It makes the project entirely portable… and stitching with Jack McCall might be my favorite thing ever! As you can see, I have one moon completed and a second one has begun. (Good thing I am liking this handwork… I have fallen in love with this project from the issue and think that it could be the perfect late summer project!)

And as for some “next season” inspiration, some months ago I pre-ordered Kaffe Fassett’s new quilt book and it arrived on Monday! Oh.My.Gosh! The quilts are just beautiful and though they look complicated, after reading some of the instructions…well, they seem quite easy – or at least not as challenging as they look! I really love how Kaffe helps you with “lights and darks” so it looks like it will be a bit easier to pick fabrics – which is my challenge! But perhaps the best part is how he uses his stunning fabrics to create works of art.

I know I said I would not have a Bingo update, but the next Gabriel Allon book came through from the library and there were a good number of people behind me on the waitlist so I read it over the course of a couple of nights. Honestly, I could barely put it down!

The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon, #7)The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down book! I love Allon’s team… especially, the return of Sarah! And the ending was just so perfect (okay, both endings, lol!)

I highly recommend this series! The writing is good.

Summer Book Bingo Square: An author you love

And I continue to be immersed in Beach Music… I expect I will finish it tomorrow. It is the perfect companion to stitching on the porch!

That is all I have for today. What about you? What are you loving right now?

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Sometimes Monday… | 7.12.21

Sometimes Monday… | 7.12.21

Arrives and I have nothing for a blog post. So when all else fails, poetry saves the day! I hope that this poetry will bolster your day and start your week off in the best way! See you all back here on Wednesday!


In Summer Twilight

Joshua Henry Jones, Jr.

Just a dash of lambent carmine
  Shading into sky of gold;
Just a twitter of a song-bird
  Ere the wings its head enfold;
Just a rustling sigh of parting
  From the moon-kissed hill to breeze;
And a cheerful gentle, nodding
  Adieu waving from the trees;
Just a friendly sunbeam’s flutter
  Wishing all a night’s repose,
Ere the stars swing back the curtain
  Bringing twilight’s dewy close.

TGIF | 7.9.21

TGIF | 7.9.21

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you. — Langston Hughes

The hot, muggy weather returned which meant I was spending extra time watering the vegetable gardens so when some summer storms rolled in, it was so welcome…for the vegetables and me! Ha! And that rain brought some amazing nights of sleep… there is nothing that compares to listening to it rain at night. It is the perfect sleep track!

Thoughtful (contemplation) —

But thinking about humor like that refreshing summer rain has been more of a challenge. Although, those thoughts work well with things I need to release… perfection and control. Those two things are the bane of my existence and I fear I will never, ever be able to let go of them. But, this month I am going to try to use humor, levity, and purposeful lightness to try and release my stranglehold on them. Kym shared the most excellent (and very familiar) quote this week: “Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” — David Foster Wallace. I wrote it in my journal and on my weekly calendar pages for the remainder of the month. I am going to force myself to remember just how hard it is to let go… but it can be done!

(so much) Good —

I saw this last night on television and it just made my heart sing! I thought you all might need a little heart song this morning as well! I will be excited to watch both Megan and Sue in the Olympics next week!

Inspirational (making) —

This week kicked off the #dawnmakealong… and I have followed the hashtag on IG and my plan is to pick a project (or two?) and *actually get it done* this summer! One would think I would pick a knitting project… but, you’d be wrong. I think I am going to start with some coasters… and hand stitch them. I like the thought of it being a slow project (but not so daunting that I won’t be able to finish it!) Once those coasters are done… I will see what inspires me from what other makers are doing! If you have been looking for some inspiration and want to work on a project from Dawn, let me know… we can cheer each other on!

(thoughtful) Finishes —

This week the idea of slow really settled in for me. I am working away on my pastel drawing… but I did not get it finished this week. And… the world did not end! I know, I was so shocked! Haha! There are only 24 hours in a day… and there is a garden that I love to spend time in, there is a test knit that I gladly committed to completing by a specific date. I finished the body knitting yesterday… up next, getting my crochet steeks in and then knitting on the button bands. Even with today’s grey day, I am confident that I will more than meet the deadline to complete the sweater. Why, I might even have found buttons by then as well! Anyway, the idea of slowing down has really taken root and it is working! I am slowing down and not feeling I need to rush to the next thing… I don’t feel like I have to hurry and finish to start the next thing… I am just loving the current thing… so very much!

That’s it for me this week! I will be back on Monday! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.7.21

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.7.21

It has been a slow making week here at Casa del KatKnits… but the three tubes have been joined which seems like a good thing…and it is! It means I am closer to a finished sweater, but it also means I have monstrously long rounds to knit… monstrously long! But I am close to the decreases/color work portion and color work always seems to fly for me. But it is truly at the “slog of sweater knitting” right now. (and sorry I can’t post a better image than the one I did… one almost black blob is just so attractive, no? lol) I also about to finish my second “plate” of Plötulopi, I will likely start a third, but won’t use much of it.

Sometimes the reading for the week is just so amazing you can’t move past it. I had some of that this week. I have not stopped thinking about What the Chickadee Knows… it was just so good. The other book I read was good as well, but in a different, disquieting way. This week brings two more bingos and just 5 books to a cover-all… so I am feeling zero guilt at not working on my card and instead immersing myself in a re-read of Beach Music and could stay there for the remainder of the summer quite easily. (We also arrived at the It’s My Bingo Card So It’s My Rules portion of the summer reading, lol… )

What the Chickadee Knows (Great Lakes Books Series)What the Chickadee Knows by Margaret Noodin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book of poetry will likely be my favorite book of poetry for the year. Noodin shares words in Anishinaabemowin and then they are translated to English. She gives you a “road map” for reading the poems in the native language so that you can linger over the Anishinaabemowin before diving into the English translation. I read this book through multiple times and was sad to have to return it to the library… a copy has been purchased so that I have it in my collection. I highly recommend this powerful little book!

Summer Book Bingo Square: Color Bird in the title

The Hand That First Held MineThe Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oof… what a story. I started out listening to this story wondering what the connection was between these two very divergent story lines. They seem utterly unconnected… yet there is this disquieting urgency… a sense of foreboding that kept growing inside me as the story progresses.

We meet Lexi and Elina… one young and carefree, who eventually has a child; the other a new mother… who arrived at motherhood with no recollection of her child being born. And so the story takes off from there. O’Farrell’s writing is something to savor… her prose, her development of characters, the tiny breadcrumbs she begins to drop as the story progresses.

But the ending… oh my. I did not see that coming (even though O’Farrell told us it was coming at the very beginning) It was a jolt to my senses, but then as O’Farrell begins to put all the pieces together something entirely different emerges… and for me Lexi becomes the shining star. (I had really not liked her much prior to the ending… but boy, was I wrong!)

If you like O’Farrell’s writing, you will enjoy this tale. I highly recommend!

Summer Book Bingo Square: That you want to read because of the cover

That is all I have for today. I hope you had a more productive making week than I did!

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