Unraveled Wednesday | 6.10.20

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.10.20

It seems that in all things, I have this idea that whatever it is I am making will go quicker than it does in actuality.

However, at long last, I have a finished Ranunculus! It needs a nice wash, but I should be wearing it before the week is out! AND!! Just in time because the 90 degree temps have arrived in Pittsburgh this week! And it will be the perfect sitooterie sweater! Yes, thanks to Scott Simon, I learned a new word this week and I am wanting to use it all the time! I mean shouldn’t we all have a sitooterie of our own?

No, I have not started the TTL MKAL… yet. I did wind one skein of yarn, but have yet to cast on.

And no, I have not finished Larissa Brown’s Lunar Phases shawl either. Sigh…

However, I can’t stop thinking about this, or this, or this, or this!

Do you see a pattern here? Yeah, me too… I can’t settle myself on one project. Perhaps I need to change it up and do some sewing to  cleanse my palette! Ha!

Summer reading continues to be awesome though.

Disappearing EarthDisappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story pulled me in from the first paragraph and it took me on a journey full of unexpected things. I expected something different, but I was far from disappointed! What a beautifully written and engaging story. I know nothing about this area of Russia and I was fascinated with the people and the story. I highly recommend this book!

I also finished Mourning in Malmö late last night and I have yet to write my review. But with that finish, I have another bingo!!

Pink Bingo Titles: Shadow Pass, New Poets of Native Nations, Mourning in Malmo, The Crane Wife, American Dirt.

As you can see, I have a plan for where I am going and I have some ideas for “set in the state where you live” but I am on waitlists for several books that will fit this category at the library… and first up will fill the square!What about you? How is your reading moving you this week?

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Moving Monday | 6.8.20

Moving Monday | 6.8.20

Writing is my salvation. If I didn’t write, what would I do? — Maxine Kumin

I heard a poem by Maxine Kumin last week and I have not been able to get it out of my head. It is the epitome of summer, and I just want to immerse myself in it…and never leave. It was the balm I needed to get through the week. I had not heard of Maxine Kumin so I did some Googling and discovered the quote above. I am nodding my head in agreement,  writing keeps me sane these days. It is a bit scary, but I have almost filled my Pandemic Journal…and I am debating with myself; do I keep going or stop?

Today I want to dwell on the goodness that this poem holds:

Appetite by Maxine Kumin

I eat these
wild red raspberries
still warm from the sun
and smelling faintly of jewel weed
in memory of my father

tucking the napkin
under his chin and bending
over an ironstone bowl
of the bright drupelets
awash in cream

my father
with the sigh of a man
who has seen all and been redeemed
said time after time
as he lifted his spoon

men kill for this.

May your Monday be awash with good things.

Photo by Jenna Hamra from Pexels




TGIF | 6.5.20

TGIF | 6.5.20

Greetings from Phase Green Allegheny County! 

Curiously, this phase change will not change much in my life. We are still being cautious in our outings, not planning any  travel. I am not racing out to get my hair and nails done, nor are we stampeding a restaurant for in-person dining.

Steve returning almost full-time to work, with an almost full office is enough to worry about without adding in anything else.

This week though, amirite? And the stupid just keep flowing…I am not sure who I think is dumber Rand Paul or Lisa Murkowski!

Thinking About —

Breonna Taylor… lots. Today, she would have been 27. I have a son who just turned 27 and thinking about her makes me very sad, very angry, and trying to imagine how devastated her family must feel. I hope you will think about Breonna today, that you will say her name, and do one thing to work towards justice for those who have none.

Good Reads —

Yesterday, I posted on Instagram a small list of books to read that will help us all become better allies. But I was struck by the newsletters I got that instead of trying to sell me something, paused their business to shine a spotlight on Black Lives Matter. There were some that have said nothing, and this morning I unsubscribed to a bunch of them. But to those that spoke out, you can be assured that I will move you to the top of my “online retail” list! (on the move up list: Wool and Honey, and Churchmouse Yarns, and Workroom Social, to name a few)

Standing IN the gap —

Yesterday, GGMadeIt taught us about the gap and standing in it!  Watch her, thank her, join her… and then STAND in the gap for those around you.

Finally —

I am going to close with the moving eulogy that Reverend Al Sharpton delivered yesterday for George Floyd. This section was especially profound for me and it so terribly true: “…George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed to being is you kept your knee on our neck. We were smarter then the underfunded schools you put us in, but you had your knee on our neck. We could run corporations and not hustle in the street, but you had your knee on our neck. We had creative skills, we could do whatever anybody else could do, but we couldn’t get your knee off our neck. What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life, it’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks.”

I would encourage you to take the time and watch Rev Al, it will be the best 31 minutes of your day!


Unraveled Wednesday | 6.3.20

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.3.20

Greetings Unravelers!!

First, thank you for all the very kind comments for my Me Made May post! It might be the first time I have been successful in wearing things I made for an entire month and I did not make anything new, outside of the Romi Mystery Shawl that I finished during the month! Yes, that’s right – no new articles of clothing were made to get me through the month! I impressed myself and my closet space has increased dramatically! Where to go with all the things I have removed are the next thing I am contemplating. Donating in Coronavirus Times is turning out to be quite tricky! I will update you when I have found an outlet.

Sadly not much making going on in my house these days, but I have departed for Sleeve Island with my Ranunculus! Yay!

I have not picked up my Lunar Fade in a couple of weeks and I have yet to even wind the yarn for the TTL MKAL.

But if I can get those sleeves done sooner than later, I might get to one (or both??) this week!

I have two awesome finishes this week (and another bingo, but still no cover all!) Two excellent and dramatically different finishes! I also started a new bingo card this week!

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for HopeTightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not sure reading this book in the midst of a pandemic was smart, but there you have it. This was a hard listen. I cried multiple times in this book and without making this book be “all about me”, I absolutely saw much of my family in these pages. I am grateful for grandparents that made a difference in my life, like many of the people in this book. We as a nation must care about everyone, especially those outside the margins. I highly recommend this must-read book.

The Crane WifeThe Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I did not know anything about this Japanese tale but I needed a book for a “retelling” for SAH Summer Bingo. Enter George Duncan and the book opens with him finding a wounded crane in his yard. And so the story begins. George has not been successful in life in relationships, but then comes Kumiko. I loved everything about this story. Love, loss, friendship, and a battle of good over evil. I highly recommend!

That’s all I have for this week… I am going to try and get those sleeves done! What should you be working on this week?

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Goodbye May, Hello June!

Goodbye May, Hello June!

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. — Pablo Neruda

Well, that was an odd May, wasn’t it? But it’s over and this morning June greeted me with a chill in the air, a brilliant sunrise, and a riot of Weigela blooms!

I reveled in #MeMadeMay all month long. And I have not stopped! This morning I emptied out my closet with the intention of downsizing to just me-made clothes. May also had a wide variety of weather, so I could wear flannels, wool, and yes, even sleeveless tops!

I made note of things that I “need” (okay…I am pretty sure I don’t really need anything, but I noted some items are well loved and often worn, so I have started a list of “makes” for the coming months.)

I tried to take a photo of “life” every day in May, but I was not successful every day and I have given up on 1 Second daily videos for the time being.

What is there to say… there was an awful lot of drinking in May and lots of staying home. However, we have gotten creative with Happy Hour – I am going to try and “take us out of Pittsburgh” with cocktail and food a couple times a month. Hopefully these “stay-cation” Happy Hours will feel different, since the surroundings sure as hell aren’t! Ha!

Also, when you can’t go anywhere you begin to notice other things, or at least I have. The greening of my neighborhood was truly a site to behold and May’s chillier temps made that greening up a gradual affair, rather than over and done with and for that I am profoundly grateful!

What did you notice about May? What was good? Bad? Better?

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