Unraveled Wednesday | 6.27.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.27.18

Greetings Unravelers!

The knitting is slow and steady this week and please forgive the lame photo of said slow and steady knitting. I am just over half way through the arm increases for my Vodka Lemonade. I should be a bit further, but I was distracted by the first clue of KK’s MKAL! I got it done with some days to spare and clue two will be out on Friday! So far, so very good! I love the lace work and how it flows along. (No spoiler’s here… if you want to see how the MKAL is progressing, you can see photos here!)

I am also looking at the calendar and figuring out what days might work best for my participation in Marie Greene’s Sweater in 4-days KAL. I have not settled on the days yet, but this is something you absolutely need to plan out!

The reading has fortunately been much better, and I have a couple of finishes to share with you!

First up, I finished The Kremlin’s Candidate…this is perhaps the best series I have read in a very long time! (Outside of Armand Gamache, but more on him later) I will give no spoilers away here, but I will tell you that the ending made me cry. 5-stars all the way!

Next, I finished The Feather Thief for my “Set in a different county” square. This is an intriguing true story about a heist from the Tring Museum in London. It is well done and fascinating. 4-stars and I highly recommend this story!

Now, on to Armand Gamache who is my current “listen” for my Mystery square. The Nature of the Beast is the first book after dear Ralph Cosham passed away. I admit I am struggling mightily with the transition to the new narrator, Robert Bathurst. Now, don’t get me wrong, Mr. Bathurst is not a poor narrator at all, but he is not Ralph Cosham. And, I am finding myself deeply missing his way of reading – his inflection and how he related the story to the listener. I had hoped that I would ‘get used to’ Mr. Bathurst, but this will likely be the last story I listen to in the Armand Gamache series. For me, I would rather hear Ralph’s voice in my head as I read the story than be distracted by the voice I cannot get used to at all. However, Penny as usual, is doing a masterful job in this the eleventh book in the series and I should be finished with it later today!

Up next: This is How it Always Is for my ‘with a cover that matches a current WIP’ square and then Gilead fills the ‘one-word title’ box. And, Gilead does double duty as it is also on The Great American Read list!

This week I also started a second bingo card…I know! What the heck? But, The Kremlin’s Candidate helped me out by filling the “Thriller” square and I have books that have come in from the library that I did not have a square for, so it seemed logical to begin another card. As luck would have it the book that came from the library is Fredrik Backman’s new book, Us Against You, which will perfectly fit the “originally published this year” square on my new card. I am not sure how far I will get on this card, but there is still a good bit of time between now and Labor Day!

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Unraveled Wednesday | 6.20.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.20.18

Greetings Unravelers!

This is the week for finished objects! Yes, Eavesdrop is done! This was a great knit – a well-written pattern with video helps for those less often used knitting techniques, and the end result is a very wearable sweater with great little details. I did no modifications, outside of adding an extra inch of length to the body. I also did the suggested crochet slip stitch around the neckline to give it a cleaner edge. I loved this pattern and will be wearing this sweater lots this summer! Things I would change if I knit this again: I would not knit as many repeats of the arm increases – it is a bit low and I would be happier if it was a bit higher. However, my gauge may be at fault here – I did not get row gauge, so it is apparent that my Knitty Math figures were off a bit.

I also finished my Beekeeper Cowl, which I test knit for Marie Greene. A fun, quick, easy knit with great details and texture. The pattern is easily memorized but it has just enough going to not be at all boring to knit! Now, I just need to find some buttons that I like! The pattern is available on Ravelry now.

Finished reads:

I finished Palace of Treason, book two of the Jason Matthew’s Red Sparrow trilogy. Excellent and riveting reading – 5-stars. I highly recommend this series!

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon also filled a bingo square and I simply loved this story! It further cemented my love for Chabon’s writing. He is a masterful wordsmith and the tale is brilliantly told. I highly recommend, especially if you need something for an “alternate history” square!

Current reads:

I am struggling to finish Ohio, not because it is not good, but rather because I am not reading more than a paragraph or two before falling asleep at night. However, that means insomnia has not been a problem in the past week!

I just began listening to The Kremlin’s Candidate for my free bingo square. And, picked up The Feather Thief from the library for another square. My bingo card is filling up nicely!

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Unraveled Wednesday | 6.13.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.13.18

Greetings Unravelers!

Eavesdrop slowly grows and I am almost ready for my last skein…which means I have about 2 inches to go to the “recommended length”! I am not sure it will be quite long enough, but I will try it on when I have this skein done and see what I think! I really want to get it done so I can wear it, because I think this will be a wonderful hot weather sweater and we have a slate of hot weather in the forecast! Hopefully, next week I will have a completed sweater to share with you all!

I had a few finished reads this week; I finished listening to The Magician King, which I enjoyed tremendously! I have one more book in the series, but it will have to wait until after Book Bingo because I don’t have a square for it! Boo!

Less: A Novel quickly followed as it is a short little book. I enjoyed listening to it but quite frankly I am not sure how this won a Pulitzer Prize!

I also finished The Pittsburgh Stories of Willa Cather – a truly lovely little compilation of stories she wrote while living here. This little taste of Cather has piqued my curiosity and I will be reading more of her stories!

I also finished reading An American Marriage which is beautifully written. I love how Teyari Jones wrote this sad tale with a perspective from each of the main characters. I highly recommend this book!

Current reads include listening to book two of the Red Sparrow series: Palace of Treason and reading an ARC of Ohio: A Novel (which I set aside to read An American Marriage) but I should be done with it quickly as I don’t think I have any library holds that I am anywhere near next in line!

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Unraveled Wednesday | 6.6.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.6.18

Did you ever have moments in your knitting when you feel like you are not making any headway? This is that time for me in my Eavesdrop sweater… I am knitting but it is slow going, or so it seems. But, I am on the fourth skein and I only have 2 more to go so if I buckle down and put some knitting time it…

Yes, that is the only thing standing between me and a finished object…knitting time! I had a hiccup over the weekend when the Farmer’s Market had all.the.things in and then I had to finish a book which I forgot was due yesterday. My Monday encompassed all the reading (of actual real books which makes it kind of impossible for me to knit and read!)

But, I am back to listening, which is perfect for knitting.

Speaking of reading….

This week’s finishes were spectacular!!

I finished five books! YES, FIVE!!

A Month in the Country was my next read from Michael Ondaatje’s recommended reads list. It was a lovely short little story and I gave it 4-stars. If your Summer Book Bingo square needs a historical fiction book, this would be a great choice! It is post WWI in England is beautifully written.

The Magicians was crazy good! I could not stop listening and loved every minute of it. 5-stars and I recommend it!

Heartburn filled my “with recipes, patterns or puzzles” square. It was a lovely short listen, narrated by Meryl Streep. It is a 4-star book filled with good things and laughs!

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza is the second in the DCI Erika Foster mystery series. It is fast paced and riveting! I gave it 4-stars and recommend if you want something grittier than Armand Gamache and Three Pines.

Warlight is Michael Ondaatje’s latest novel which might be my favorite book of the year. I know, but what about The Woman Who Smashed Codes, you ask? All I can say is get your hands on this book and read it. Ondaatje is a master word smith. The writing is spectacular, and the story is brilliant. If you want spoilers, you can read my review here on Goodreads. I gave this book 5-stars and highly recommend you drop everything and just read it now!

The audio finishes were thanks to two full days in the kitchen. And, really? Thank goodness for books which made the tasks much more pleasant!

Believe it or not, I am almost done with The Magician King, the second book in the Magicians Series. It is equally good and I am ravenously listening to find out what happens to Quintin in Fillory!

I started Willa Cather’s The Pittsburgh Stories on Monday night, which will fill my “set in the state where you live” square. I love that Willa lived in Pittsburgh for about 10 years and love her description of arriving at the stunning East Liberty Train Station in 1896. Something we have in common… we both first came to Pittsburgh via a train and arrived in the same station! I am enjoying this short little read tremendously and hope to be done with it later today!

I am about halfway through Ohio, and while I am enjoying it – staying awake to read it at night has been a struggle!

Up next in my queue: Less, Six of Crows, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union all for Book Bingo squares!

And, FYI… I am closing in on my first BINGO!!

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Unraveled Wednesday | 5.30.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.30.18

The knitting on Eavesdrop continues. I know you will find this hard to believe, but I am not to the sleeve divide yet! I barely knit over the weekend…shocking I know! However, yesterday I worked on getting back on track and this morning I will be taking it off the needles to see just how close I am! I just started my third skein of yarn, so I hope I am close!

I also need to cut out a couple more Uniform Tops to stitch up! I have the fabrics all ready to go, I just need to sit down and get them cut out. We have some rain forecast which might help make that happen sooner than later! Or, I just need to stop procrastinating and do it!

My reading, however, has not stagnated at all! I filled the first two squares of my summer book bingo card with The Baron in the Trees and Snow Falling on Cedars – both of which I absolutely loved!

The Baron in the Trees was a richly told story of an adolescent boy, Cosimo, who takes to the trees and he stays there until he dies at age 65. It is vibrantly written, incredibly engaging, and a truly lovely story and I gave it 5-stars!

Snow Falling on Cedars was equally well written, but in an entirely different way, and still a very compelling story. It has had a profound impact on me and it also got 5-stars.

I am almost finished reading A Month in the Country and have about 4 hours of listening time left in The Magicians. Do I think I can finish them to count in May? I don’t know but I will certainly try!

What’s next?? I will be starting the Night Stalker today! And, I have the second book in The Magician’s series and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn queued up next! The best part…all these books have a square on my bingo card! I love summer reading, don’t you?

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Unraveled Wednesday | 5.23.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.23.18

Summer knitting marches on. I am working through the increases of Eavesdrop and I am pleasantly surprised that this experience knitting with linen is not as painful as I imagined it to be. Sparrow is a lovely yarn. But, knitting on size 3 needles is slow going as you would expect. However, I managed to start my second skein last night.

Yes, it was Knit Night last night where a huge discussion happened around swatching. Do you “waste your time” swatching or do you swatch. I was surprised that not everyone swatched! In fact, only half of us there last night did this “phenomenon”. Why this big discussion? Well, one of the knitters was starting a sweater sans swatching. The swatchers in the group wondered how she knew what size to knit. It was quite a lively discussion. What about you? Which camp do you fall in?

On a less controversial note, my yarn from Denmark arrived yesterday as well! Thank you, Holst Garn, from your amazing customer service and speedy shipping! I ordered the yarn on May 12 and it arrived here in 10 days! I highly recommend their customer service – I got emails every step of the way. Maybe I can even manage to do some swatching for a Uniform sweater over the long weekend.

My reading is in sort of a holding pattern right now. I did manage a couple of finishes this week, Caroline Kennedy’s poetry compilation She Walks in Beauty (which I really enjoyed) and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (which I also loved!).

I have two books that I want to use for Summer Book Bingo, so I can’t finish them until Saturday. So, I have set aside The Baron in the Trees as well as Snow Falling on Cedars, which are both likely be finished Sunday.

But, I have started Lev Grossman’s The Magicians which I will listen to in the interim!

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