Unraveled Wednesday, October 11

Unraveled Wednesday, October 11

Our trip last week included a stop at Wool & Honey – the most amazing yarn shop in the middle of nowhere! This shop is really spectacular and their array of yarns is really wonderful. Oh, and they have the Sleeping Bear Yarn Club! I did do a little stash enhancement and I also picked up the latest issue of Laine (which is an incredibly purchase-worthy magazine!) There are at least 3 things I want to knit from it…asap. Great incentive to get my in process things done so that I can cast on! (Wool & Honey also has a Knit-a-Sweater-in-a-month-along starting October 31st with discounts on yarn through the 13th!!) I am so happy to be back to my regular routine – which will see a return to my regularly scheduled knitting time. So, if there are some “knitting bandwagoner’s” thinking it might be fun to knit a sweater together in November, let me know. I have not pulled the trigger yet on a SQ of Quince Owl, but with a joiner or two, I could be convinced to participate!

Even though there was little to no knitting on vacation, there was so much reading!! I finished Paul Auster’s 4321. Oh.my.gosh. This is an incredible book and it is one that I have been mulling over in my head since finishing it. Especially since the ending is one that makes you replay the book in your mind. I gave it 5 stars and I highly recommend this book! Really… look beyond the number of pages and settle in for an amazing journey! And, I am really pulling for this to win the Man Booker Prize!

I also finished John le Carre’s latest book; A Legacy of Spies. I kind of chuckled to myself that this book is less than 300 pages and my brain said – oh wow, this will be a breeze to read! Ha! A 4-star read!

AND, I finished Moshin Hamid’s Exit West, another 4-star read. Man Booker short-lister’s FTW, although – I am still hoping that 4321 will win!

I am also listening to Rae Meadow’s I Will Send Rain (The library has been very good to me lately and it looks like this will continue as I am suddenly very close on several holds!)

And, I started reading Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves…

I did have one “epic fail” book this week; The Widow by Fiona Barton. Bad. So, so bad. I gave it more than a fair turn as I listened through chapter 19…it did not engage at all. Life it too short to read bad books.

That is all I have this week. What about you? Is your knitting and reading engaging?

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Travel Tuesday

Travel Tuesday

Today we are heading home from Michigan. But, I will leave you with this incredible photo of Lake Michigan. I wonder who the lucky bride and groom were!

Keep your fingers crossed for moderate traffic and smooth travels!

See you back here tomorrow!

Melancholy Monday

Melancholy Monday

This is our last Monday here in Michigan! Boo hoo! Our last day with this amazing view from our front porch. Those blue skies!

The weekend was filled with such fun though and I will just leave you all with this montage of photos!

I hope you all have a very happy Monday! As for us? We are soaking up one more day of Pure Michigan joy!

 

Vacation Friday’s

Vacation Friday’s

So, the only knitting I have even done is to work briefly on this long-in-progress hat. It has been cold enough, I am wishing it was long-completed!

Tomorrow, a day of outdoor beer drinking festivities! But, I do have some links this week!

That is all I have for the week! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Three on Thursday, October 5

Three on Thursday, October 5

This week’s things are all about Michigan!

Thing 1:

So much good beer. I feel like I am in the Microbrewery Capital of the World. (Okay, maybe not, but #5 is not a bad spot to vacation in!) We are making the rounds and will catch up with all we missed on Saturday at the Empire Hops Festival!

P.S. We have almost tried all the beers on this list…really, so much good!

Thing 2:

Okay, all this beer is best accompanied by good food, and we are working on that as well! But, this “smokehouse sampler” was amazing!

Thing 3:

I love when a “fix” works – and adding a repeat to Nekia was just the thing. It is the perfect length now! (AND, Lake Michigan…I mean really!)

Those are my things this week! Want to see what others are sharing this week? Head to Carole’s to check them out!

Unraveled Wednesday, October 4

Unraveled Wednesday, October 4

As you can see not much knitting has been happening on vacation. However, there has been amazing scenery, awesome meals, and LOTS of family time happening. Which makes me miss knitting not at all!

On the reading front, I am still reading 4 3 2 1, but I only have about 300 pages to go! I seriously love this book! Hopefully, I will be done sooner than later as I just got the notification from the library that John le Carre’s new novel is available!

What are you knitting this week?

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