Unraveled Wednesday, December 6

Unraveled Wednesday, December 6

This week there was a bit of unraveling and a careful bit of unknitting. Sigh.

The unraveling bit involved my Peace Train knitting. Right pattern but wrong yarn? Or perhaps, it was the wrong pattern for the right yarn. Thus, my Peace Train Knitting has a definite Decemberist vibe now. And, the fabric is much nicer. I will be on the lookout for some wonderful fingering weight yarn to use for the Peace Shawl, but that won’t be my focus this December.

The unknitting was entirely my fault. One would think if the pattern author took all this time to lay out super clear instructions for short row shaping, including making sure you have different markers so you don’t mess up, that well, I wouldn’t mess up! However, apparently, I can’t follow instructions multiple times in a row correctly, so I am tinking back to fix my mistake. I should be back on track shortly, and then sleeve division. (Really, I am blaming this mistake on Outlander – I should have been Decemberist Peace Knitting not keep track of where you are in a pattern knitting!) I am sure you will get sick of updates on this sweater before it is finished, so I promise to share a different view next week! (Hopefully!!)

Now for the reading!

In the finished category:

  1. Bury Your Dead with Armande Gamache and I LOVED it. I gave it 5 stars and highly recommend this series.
  2. Never Caught. It was a quick listen and I enjoyed it. It is a fascinating story and I learned things I did not know. It is incredibly well told and amazing frank. My opinion of George and Martha Washington has diminished greatly after this book. If you love history, you will enjoy this book. I gave it 4-stars.
  3. Simply Clean. I had hoped for some amazing motivation in this book, but really, there was none. The idea of “just pick up after yourself” is great (I mean who does not know this already????) but the concepts do not at all seem logical. Her 10 minutes might work if you live by yourself in a studio apartment, in a real house it seems highly illogical. I gave it 2-stars.

Currently reading:

The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared…a suggestion from Mary and I am loving it. I am almost halfway through and hope to be done this week.

Up Next:

  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing.
  2. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
  3. Bonfire

What are you reading right now? And, thank you for joining us today!

Unraveled Wednesday, November 29

Unraveled Wednesday, November 29

No unraveling here at all this week, just plenty of sweater love! This is my finished Rusty, which turned out better than I could have imagined. Things I would change…I reduced the number of stitches picked up, but I think I could have reduced a tiny bit more. But, it is much better than previous attempts at this! I had to add in 3 stitches on the round before I began the color work to get the pattern to work out correctly. But, I just love this sweater. It is warm and so comfortable! I would absolutely knit this again with the exact same yarn. And, can I talk about Plutolopi for a moment? I LOVE IT! You might think it would be kind of iffy looking at the wheels, but it makes the most amazing fabric! I will definitely be knitting with this stuff again!

Now, if only sweater weather would stay here for a bit! This week we have headed back to the upper 50’s and low 60’s during the day. Crazy. And, what is crazier is that Steve mowed the lawn yesterday. Yeah. He was thrilled, let me tell you! LOL

And, now how about some reading updates!!

I have about 10 chapters to go in Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. It is so good, and I am hopeful that I will have this done before November ends!

I finished Pioneer Girl: The annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and LOVED IT! It got 5 stars from me and I highly recommend this for anyone who has read and re-read the Little House books.

I also finished A Small Porch by Wendell Berry, oh my. I loved it. This was my first Wendell Berry book, but it won’t be my last. It was such a breath of fresh air for my head, and I gave it 5 stars as well.

I have some good things in my listening queue that will be up next: an interesting suggestion I got from the library – Never Caught, The Washington’s relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. And The 100-year-old who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonason which was recommended to me by Mary. I am eager to start listening to them.

So many books, so few days left this year. I won’t make 100 books read this year, but I am hoping to get to 85 (I am at 72 books completed today!)

But, really… what are you making this week?

Unraveled Wednesday, November 22

Unraveled Wednesday, November 22

Hello Unravelers!

It’s the pre-Thanksgiving Unraveled, and I don’t know about you, but there has been little knitting OR reading around here this week.

But, I do have another sweater in progress! I am making my way through the colorwork section of the yoke but with only knitting a couple of rows at night, this won’t be done anytime soon. I am shooting for sleeve divide to be completed next week!

On the reading front – I had hoped to have Ali Smith’s Autumn: A Novel done this week but that has not happened either! Exhaustion has crept in and I have been lucky to read a paragraph before falling asleep.

BUT! I did finish Mary Oliver’s Devotions. Oh my. I loved it, and this has moved into the “must buy” category. The poetry is absolutely wonderful, and it has been much appreciated in these hectic days of late.

In my ears is Bury Your Dead with dear Inspector Gamache. I am not too far along, but it is wonderful!

I also have been reading a few pages of Pioneer Girl each night and I am enjoying it immensely.

I hope your Thanksgiving preparations are going smoothly and that you have no last-minute trips to the grocery store this week!

What are you making this week?

Unraveled Wednesday, November 15

Unraveled Wednesday, November 15

Hello Unravelers!

I am sorry this post is so late today, but I have been working on a new project which has been consuming lots of my “brain time” as well as available hours in the day time. Now, this is not at all a bad thing and I feel very blessed and so excited to be working on this new venture. But, I found myself entirely exhausted and my post today is a bit of a reflection of that.

Knitting continues to be the best balm of all every day (however, I confess I am a day or two behind on my daily stitching and my plan is to remedy that today!) But, as you can see – there was steeking last night! That’s right, at Knit Night at my local library, I shared how entirely not scary steeking is. I need to graft the underarms and then steam the fronts to prep them for button band pick up but, I am entirely THRILLED with this sweater! I was worried it was going to be way too small, but it fits beautifully!

The next sweater’s yarn is waiting in the wings, I have my swatching yarn out and ready to begin. It is the Autumn of Lopi for sure around here!

My reading has slowed a bit, which is also in direct correlation to my new project. However, I must finish up A Gentleman in Moscow today. It is due back tomorrow and I only have about 4 hours of listening time left so, thankfully, this in an entirely do-able task.

I put a Net Galley book aside when I got Ali Smith’s Autumn: A Novel from the library. This was not a difficult decision as I am not liking the Net Galley book at all and discussed with Bonny what to do when you could not did not want to finish a book. I have been debating this in my head and think that I will just “pound it out” on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to get it done.

But, look at this stack of books that I have recently gotten from the library!! Oh.My.Gosh. So much goodness here.

What are you reading or making this week?

P.S. Are you a spinner? Do you want to weave? Go check out Beth’s Blog today because she is having a giveaway for her first Spin & Weave Along!

Unraveled Wednesday, November 8

Unraveled Wednesday, November 8

Greetings, Unravelers! I find myself immersed in “Deep Sweater Season” and happily so!

I am about two and a half inches from joining the second sleeve with the body to continue with the yoke of Rusty and visions of my next sweater are dancing in my head! These are the days of happy knitting! I hope to have a finished sweater next week, and will begin swatching for my next sweater this week.

I also cast on a super simple Knit Night project! IT is the PERFECT Knit Night project! Thank you, Gale, for inspiring this!

Now, on to my November Reading! I finished a number of very good books:

  1. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (5-Stars, you can read my review here)
  2. Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten (5-Stars, you can read my review here)
  3. The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen (5-Stars, you can read my review here)
  4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (2-stars, you can read my review here)

I am listening to Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow and I am enjoying it tremendously. I also just began another Net Galley book; Christopher Greyson’s The Girl Who Lived.

PLUS, I picked up several “real” books from the library last night, but more on them next week!

What are you making and reading?

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Unraveled Wednesday, November 1

Unraveled Wednesday, November 1

You all have no idea how hard it is to turn the calendar page this month. I am really not ready for this year to be over, but despite my best efforts it is speeding by at what feels like warp speed.

But, here we go, and this morning kicks off NaBloPoMo and I am ready and excited for it! I think I figured out my Saturday conundrum and I am even excited about it! My morning meditations in which I savor my coffee and write a bit in my journal have become the best thinking time of the day.

But, really – are you wondering where the books are? What am I knitting? Me too! LOL

It was a very good reading month, but I had hoped to finish up a couple more books than I did. My own self-imposed goal, but still, I had lots of good reads in October!

I finished listening to Little Fires Everywhere and wow! Great title and a great story. I gave it 5-stars and you can read my review on Goodreads here.

I am currently spending my time listening to HRC read What Happened to me. I am about halfway through and I love it.

I am almost done with Viveca Sten’s Tonight You’re Dead, which I think is her best book yet in the series! (The entire series of these books are free on Kindle Unlimited!)

I also got a real book from the library – one that I had been on the waitlist for some time! I am about halfway through and the Department Q team led by Carl Mørck is excellent! This is book 7 in the series and if you have not read any of the Department Q books, I highly recommend!

On the knitting front, I am back working on the shawl that just won’t end, but I have “made the turn” and now the rows are getting shorter, not longer. This is a very good thing and I am really ready to have this done! It is not at all portable, but makes an awesome lap blanket for “TV knitting time”.

I also started a sleeve for my Rusty and it is HUGE although my gauge has not changed at all. So, it went to time out for a bit while I mulled over a solution or a work around. There is no “frogging” of this yarn, so I considered starting the second sleeve on a MUCH smaller needle to see what that does. Or maybe bracelet length sleeves, or perhaps even better – three-quarter length sleeves. I compiled my options and emailed Mary which led to a bit of FaceTime in which a solution was found! Thank you Mary for your most timely help! Three-quarter sleeves it is!

There you have my reading and knitting for the week. But, what about you? What are you making or reading this week?



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