Unraveled Wednesday | 3.14.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.14.18

Sometimes, the urge to knit something new is so over powering it defies common sense. That happened this week, I cast on for Anne Hanson’s Cluaranach. I am slowly working my way through the first chart repeats and not doing much knitting on anything else. For a brief second, I pondered being able to finish this before Easter, but then reality set it. I do not think that is at all humanly possible, although the fleeting thought was nice for a second!

However, my reading has been off the charts good!

Sometimes, life needs to stop so one can read all the things, especially when you have a flurry of holds become available at the library. That happened to me in the past week, so I had to get moving on reading!

I finished:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which I loved so much! It is a 5-star book and I highly recommend it!

Make Your Bed which was a nice little palate cleanser, and at 4-stars, I also recommend it!

I did something unusual this week, in that I read actual books: Brianna Wolfson’s Rosie Colored Glasses, which is a stop everything and read this book recommendation. It is Brianna’s debut novel and it is fantastic. It fills the “One-sitting Book” slot on my Read Harder Challenge, that’s right, I started reading it at about 8PM on Monday night and finished it shortly before midnight. It is so good, but be warned, I cried for probably the last 45 minutes or so of the story. It gets 5-stars from me and again, this is a MUST-READ book!

I also read Where the Dead Sit Talking, this was a tough read but well written. 4-stars and I highly recommend.

My current reads:

I am about half way though The Power and Love and Ruin. Both so good, and diversely different! Up next, one of the books from the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 longlist: A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert, Lexie Elliott’s The French Girl, and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which I want to get read before the HBO movie of the same name starts in April. And, have I said recently how much I love my library? Because, I do so much!

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What are you reading and making this week?

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.7.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.7.18

In the waning days of winter, I have a seriously urge to knit different things! (i.e. NEW things!) I have this urge to cast on all the things and last night at knitting I brought a ball of yarn to do some swatching for a new project. I should have brought a smaller needle too, but I did not and I did not get gauge, but I am certain I will a different size needle.

I must wind some yarn to do another swatch for the Moon Phases MKAL and then decide which color sets I like best. I loved all your votes for the blue/grey with the pop of green-yellow and I am excited to see how this knits up.

See how I am ignoring those mystery socks and the sleeves on my Strokkur? Yeah, I see that too! LOL

I did get Genevieve’s little bear in a bunny suit done! And, I am seriously in love with her (so is Sherman btw! LOL) I need to steam the hood a bit, but she is all ready to be tucked in the Easter basket of one very amazing little girl!

I also finished Grand Central Scarf and I just love how it turned out. I used a skein of Rifton from Jill Draper Makes Stuff. It needs a good soak and a little blocking, but some planned unraveling makes this an easy and fun knit!

March reading is off to a dubious start. I finished Fire and Fury and A Stash of Ones Own. Both fell flat for me and for me they each were 2-star books. There were essays I enjoyed in Clara Parkes book, but most I did not. And, Fire and Fury… what can I say – I liked the book about as much as I like the characters in the book. I pushed aside a Net Galley book to read these library books, but I am glad to be settling back into Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin. I spent a few moments letting her words push out all the disappointment from the other books and I was quickly sucked in and read longer than I intended! I love when a book makes me do that!

I am about half way through the audiobook of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I love it!

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Unraveled Wednesday | 2.28.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.28.18

And, with a blink of an eye – February is over!

I must confess, I am loving the extra moments of daylight this month brought as well as the bit of spring weather we have had for the past week or so.

This week, there was some unraveling – I ripped out the neck on my Carbeth and am in the process of re-knitting it. I hope that this “theory” works.

I also have had a great deal of fun swatching for the Lunar Phase MKAL. I am undecided with my “dark” yarn. I sent some photos to Vicki yesterday and will wind more yarn today for more swatching! I have narrowed things down a bit:

Option One:

Option Two:

I have one sleeve almost done on my Strokkur, and I hope to get sleeve two done this week, which ushers in the color work knitting which seems to me to be the “fast” portion of lopapeysa knitting. We have snow in the forecast this weekend, so that might give me some incentive to get it done! Ha!

I also got back to work on my MKAL sock. I am to the heel on Sock One. I am listening to The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels on Audible, so I have 25 hours of listening time! More than enough to get these socks caught up (and done as the last clue is out tomorrow!)

Speaking of reading, February was a very good month for books and I finished 11 books!

I loved Winter by Ali Smith, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie, and Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingale. However, as the month ends, The Woman Who Smashed Codes remains the best book I have read by far!

I have some good books in the queue for March as well! I am especially excited to start reading Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson and Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson.

What did you read this month that you loved?

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Unraveled Wednesday | 2.21.28

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.21.28

I have lots to unravel today, so let’s get right down to it!

First up, today is my 1,111th post here on As Kat Knits! I had planned on acknowledging that momentous occasion  on the 1,000th post, but yeah… it blew by with little notice from me! When I realized it, I thought it would be best to then wait for a nice uniform number… and today is that day! I had no idea that when I started this back in 2006 that I would have this much to say! But, what I love most about this blog is all of you, Gentle Readers! I have met a few of you and have found the nicest community of people anywhere on the internet! Thank you for stopping by here to read what I have to say!

My Olympic Knitting has come to a finish and my Carbeth is s-l-o-w-l-y drying! I had hoped for some photos today, but she is no where near dry enough and since I am using Ann’s plate technique… I am not moving her until she is completely dry! I am also having a bit of an internal debate on the collar, but I am waiting to see how it blocks out.

However, I have moved back to my “regularly scheduled knitting” … that’s right my Mystery Socks are moving through clue two and I will start on the sleeves of my Strokkur today. Yesterday it seemed quite odd to be knitting sweaters and socks with the temperatures soaring into the upper 70’s! I am not ready for warm weather yet, so slow down there winter!

The good reading streak continues with my finish of When We Were Yours – I really loved this book! It is heart wrenching but beautifully told. I gave it 5-stars and highly recommend it!

I also finished God of Howl Mountain, which is an ARC from Net Galley. It was good and shares the way of life in the mountains of South Carolina in the 50’s. I gave it 3-stars because some of the things that happened seemed a little unrealistic and could have been left out, in my opinion. But, all in all, a good read.

I am listening to a bit of a palate cleanser with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. So far, so good – but this is truly light reading for me.

I finally picked up and really got into Ali Smith’s Winter and wow… I love how it is progressing!

And last night I started Paula McLain’s new novel Love and Ruin which I got an ARC from Net Galley.

What is occupying your time this week?

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Unraveled Wednesday | 2.14.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.14.18

Happy Valentine’s Day – or as Compassionknit says, Happy GALentine’s Day, Unravelers!

I got my knitting back on track yesterday and the body of my Olympic Carbeth is done and a sleeve is under way! Despite the little bits of time that I have had to knit on this, it is going amazingly fast! However, thanks to the Olympics, I knit an extra inch on the body. I don’t think it will matter and I am not ripping back! Yet…when I have the sleeves done, I will try it on and see what I think. It is a bit hard to tell in its current state.

All other knitting is in a holding pattern…that means the socks are on hold as is my Stokkur. I have marked my place in both patterns, however, so I don’t forget where I am! Hopefully, I will be back to knitting them this weekend!

My reading this week was so good!

I finished Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (so so so good!) and The Snow Child (also so good!) but I have made little headway with Ali Smith’s Winter, because knitting and Olympics watching!

I started listening to Before We Were Yours. I am not quite halfway through but I am liking how this story is being told, very much!

At night I am trying to stay awake long enough to get into a Net Galley book, Gods of Howl Mountain. Sometimes, staying awake to read more than a page, err a paragraph or two is a Herculean task! But, I hope to get it done this week…if I can stay awake that is! Haha!

Did you see some of the new titles coming out this month? I am on the wait list for several of them at my library already!

As for Valentine’s Day… we are staying in. I am making my own riff on Surf and Turf with Lamb and Shrimp. Do you have special plans for dinner tonight?

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Unraveled Wednesday | 2.7.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.7.18

Greetings Unravelers! It is a snow day here in Pittsburgh, so Steve is home today. Yeah, that changes up my day a bit! But, the knitting is really heating up and we are only seven days into February!

Clue Two will be out tomorrow and my mystery socks are eagerly awaiting more knitting time.

I am coasting on Strokkur, the joy of Lopi Knitting is perhaps one of the greatest things ever for me. I can see Sleeve Island in my near future as I am less than 20 rows from the sleeve join.

But, on Friday night, these projects will be put on pause for a moment, so I can begin the Olympic-Bang-Out-A-Carbeth Knitting frenzy! Now, all other Bang-Out Knitters began on the fifth, but I am patiently waiting for Opening Ceremony and this project a Two-fer – Bang-Out-A-Carbeth-Olympic-Knitting! All the yummy brown yarn in the photo above will soon be a Carbeth and I can’t wait!

My second Olympic Project, because I am positive that Carbeth will be done quickly, are some Log Cabin Mitts I am just in love with them and I have lots of bits and bobs of left over yarns to use! These might take me more time to knit that the Carbeth! Ha! And, maybe some mini-hearts! The cuteness!

Now, on to the reading:

I finished The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Oh.my.gosh. I loved it and I really hate that I have finished it, there should have been more chapters to read! As others have said, this book might be the best book I will read all year. I am utterly and entirely in love with Elizebeth and William Friedman. I cried. I laughed. I said wow more than once and oh my gosh is she so smart! This is a 5-star book that I highly recommend. Really, add this book to your read list right now!

I also finished Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. This book…just wow. I sincerely hope this dystopian world never, ever, ever becomes reality. It is well written, thought provoking, and profound. It spurred some very interesting discussions on the value of life. I gave this book 4-stars.

I have started listening to Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me and I am reading The Snow Child on my iPad at night when I get into bed and I just started Ali Smith’s Winter which came from the library this week.

If you are joining us today, welcome! Please leave the link to your post in your comment! What’s keeping you warm in February?

P.S. Please excuse the absolutely horrid photo, it is dark, grey, and super icy-rainy-snowy here today and the light is almost non-existent!

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