Unraveled Wednesday, July 12

Unraveled Wednesday, July 12

Ohai, Unravelers!

Happy Wednesday to you!

I am working on getting back on track with my mystery shawl – slowly, getting back on track! I am almost done with Clue #2, which puts me only 3 weeks behind!

However, I did get a lovely distraction in the mail this week from Shepherd’s Lamb! They sent me 2 skeins of their new Organic Rambouillet yarn! Oh, my it is lovely! I especially love the natural dye colors! I have yarn from 2 different sheep – Rusty Nails and Acorns! The yarn is DK weight and has 180 yards per 2-ounce skein. I am thinking that this pattern might be the perfect thing for this yarn! The yarn has been minimally processed and has a lovely, but faint, sheepy smell! Stay tuned for the FO’s next week!

Now, on to reading – no finishes this week, but hopefully next week I will have a flurry of them! And, really – I need to kick it into high gear because I had a bunch of things come off hold at the library (of course!)

What about you? Any good knits and reads this week?

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Unraveled Wednesday, July 5

Unraveled Wednesday, July 5

Greetings Unravelers! Yay for short weeks smack dab in the middle of summer, amirite?

Lots of knitting is happening and lots of reading!

My Bingo Card continues to look good!

I finished 2 books this week:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac: I gave this book 5 stars. I listened to it and it was fantastic! How had I never read this book is amazing to me, and I am so glad I can say I have! And, this won’t be the last book of his I read because I found him to be an amazing writer; his way with words is phenomenal. I felt as if I was a passenger along for the ride, and what a ride it was! If you need a Memoir or autobiography for your bingo card this summer, read this! It will not disappoint!

The Zookeeper’s Wife: I gave this book 4 stars. This book takes you to Warsaw in the days leading up to WWII and then through the occupation and into the end of the war. It is beautifully written and powerful. There is much sadness in this beautiful tale though, yet during the horror – goodness happens. A great story!

I had a conversation with Mary last week and made a few changes to my Bingo Card choices. I started listening to South of Broad by Pat Conroy this week and began reading Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon. Both are getting high marks in the starting pages. Wonder Boys is short and I hope to have it done this week!

I am also about half way through Spycatcher and while I’d like to have it done this week, that is doubtful.

A cover all is well in sight!

Now, how about some knitting?

Last Friday, I started my “4 day Stillwater” KAL and I have not touched it since! But, tomorrow that will all change as Steve is heading off to a work event and I will be alone for the weekend. Well, Sherman and I will be on our own might be a better way to put that! So, knitting will kick into high gear and I will have a completed sweater by Saturday, or at least that is the plan! There is an awful lot of knitting to do!

In the meantime, I did knit a bit on the MKAL shawl, but I am still not though Clue #2, so once all the knitting insanity is over, I need to be more diligent with that! And, I have also been slowly plugging away at Stillwater #1, but I really did not do much knitting this weekend. The point of the weekend was not to knit, but rather to enjoy the holiday. And, enjoy we did – lots of good food, a few drinks, and lots of outdoor time! It was the perfect long summer weekend!

How about you? Any good knits or reads this week?

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Unraveled Wednesday, June 28

Unraveled Wednesday, June 28

Well, there has been some unraveling here this week…

I picked up stitches and in my stitch picking up zeal, I picked up a few too many and when I checked my band, it was just a bit too ruffle-y. So, back to stitch pick up for me! There is no way in hell that this is a 4-day knit yet, ever the glutton for punishment, I am going to knit a second one as soon as this one is done. Hopefully, this will be done by Monday and I will begin next week!

Oh, and while I am unraveling, I think my bind off might be just a bit too tight (who knew “bind off with medium tension” would be so challenging!) but rather than fuss over it when I wear it, I will take it out and bind off again. This will be happening this morning, when all is quiet here and there are no interruptions!

Now, on to the reading (which is going much better than the knitting, really!!)

I have three books to share with you this week! I know! Crazy!

  1. The Hanging: EXCELLENT!! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads! From the opening chapter to the last, this book kept me engaged and the writing is excellent! From the unfolding of the crime to the work of Simonsens’ team in solving the crime, I felt like I was part of the team! The evidence is pieced together slowly and methodically and feels incredibly realistic! I won’t share more, to not spoil the book because I highly recommend this book!
  2. The Other Einstein: I gave this book 4 stars, which is a very good review – I would have given it 5 stars, but I wished that the ending was better. However, reality for Mitza was the ending…it was so very heartbreaking and sad. I loved the look into what education might have been like for women in the early 1900’s in Europe. The book is well-written, engaging, and thought provoking. I strongly recommend reading it!
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo: Oh.My.Gosh!! Wow!!! This is a 5-star book all the way!! This book was simply fantastic and it falls into the “must listen” category for me. The narration is simply amazing! Once I started listening, I could not stop! This book made me laugh out loud and at times, cry! Do not miss listening to this book! GO and get it! Really!!

I am currently listening to On the Road by Jack Kerouac and I am almost done reading The Zookeeper’s Wife. My bingo card is looking mighty fine so far this summer!!

What about you? What’s really excellent in your world right now?

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Unraveled Wednesday, June 21

Unraveled Wednesday, June 21

Happy Summer Solstice!

It is the best day of the year with more daylight hours to knit and read by! Amirite?!

On the reading front, I am close to finishing 2 books; The Hanging (which I am listening to) and The Other Einstein (which I am reading on my Kindle). Both are excellent and even without finishing them, I can tell you that I highly recommend them both! I will have reviews for both next week!

Last night I picked up Spycatcher from my library. This is for my “banned outside the US” Bingo Square. I can’t wait to crack this book open! And, this book will bring me my first bingo of the summer!! So, my summer reading is going exceedingly well!

Up next in my ears will be Lincoln on the Bardo, which I am also looking forward to!

On the knitting front things are also going very well. I am cruising along on Stillwater #1 and, wait for it… yes, I began swatching for Stillwater #2 which I will cast on June 30th and join in with a little KAL led by the designer. Yes, I have lost my mind!

I am anxiously awaiting Mystery KAL clue #2, which will be out tomorrow. Clue one is done and I like it very much!

What are you making this week? And, how is your reading going?

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Unraveled Wednesday, June 14

Unraveled Wednesday, June 14

What is better for the almost “ides” of June to talk about knitting and reading?

Up first, reading… I have lots of books to update you all with! I have completed three books since week:

  1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book was recommended to me for my “about a homecoming” square on Summer Book Bingo. And, like Carole, I wanted to give this book 5 stars, but I also felt like parts were very tedious. However, I loved the viewpoint on an immigrant view on “white America” – it was powerful and one I will think of for a very long time. Perhaps, I will listen to this book as Mary did, because I am sure my thinking on name pronunciation is way off! I gave this book 4 stars
  2. The Likeness by Tana French. In the far-fetched category, this book takes top billing. I really wanted to like it, I promise. But, the entire story line is so implausible…I had narrowed down the killer to 2 people very quickly and my guess was proven correct (although, they never really have a “true confession”). The writing is good, but this book could have been so much better if any of the story line had any hint of being believable. In short, the entire story fell a bit flat for me and I am not sure I will continue with this series. I gave this book 2 stars.
  3.  Marie Antoinette: The Journey. This book filled the “biography of a royal” Summer Book Bingo square. I knew absolutely nothing about dear Marie (outside of cake and the guillotine). This story is well narrated, and well written. It is interesting, endearing, and educational. I enjoyed being immersed in the French court pre-revolution, and the ending was as I expected – moving and sad. If you are looking for a wonderful “listen” I highly recommend this! I gave this book 4 stars.

I am currently reading The Girl with the Pearl Earring to fill my “about art/artists” square. I have just begun, but thus far I am enjoying it.

I will start listening to The Hanging by Lotte and Soren Hammer today.

And, did you hear about the Big Library Read? No? I love the concept of this: “Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without any wait lists or holds.” And, the first book is The Other Einstein. I have downloaded it and will be starting it shortly – reading time began on Monday the 12th and you have until the 26th to finish. There is discussion and a little podcast to hear from the author, Marie Benedict! Summer reading is simply the best!

Summer Knitting has been equally good, especially when there is no unraveling. I am cruising along on Stillwater. I love that the pattern within the pattern is not overly challenging and it makes for a very interesting knit. I have divided for the sleeves and the “removal” of those stitches should make the rows speed up a bit!

What about you? How is your summer going?

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Unraveled Wednesday, June 7

Unraveled Wednesday, June 7

Sometimes life gets in the way of knitting and that happened to me this week in the form of a delivery of 7 yards of mulch on Monday. So, for the past two days, Steve and I have been moving the mountain of mulch from the driveway to all the garden beds.

FYI: 7 yds of mulch is over 3′ tall and 10′ wide…

Let me tell you, that’s a lot of moving!

While this was not so great for knitting productivity, it is excellent for audiobook listening! I am now more than half way through Marie Antoinette: The Journey and I am quite enthralled with her. The narration is also excellent (FYI, it’s Donada Peters). I have been laughing and have generally fallen in love with Marie. I have not gotten to the “rough parts” yet, but I fear that I will shed a tear or two. If your Summer Book Bingo has the “biography of a royal” I highly recommend this audiobook!

Last night, I collapsed on the couch after a long hot shower and I pulled out a simple sock to knit. You know… something mindless to just knit on. Following a pattern did not sound appealing so I did not work on the cloche I am knitting with the Year of Techniques crew – but if you have not started this month’s pattern, you should. It is a Romy Hill pattern and it is beautiful. I am about half way through the first repeat section, so no quite half way. I also did not want to count rounds on my dear little trial mouse. I am on leg one. Which means I have a leg, 2 arms, and a tail to knit before completion. Oy. I think I better start on Genevieve’s mouse sooner than later.

Also… next week (the 15th) begins Kirsten Kapur’s Summer MKAL – you will find the details here. The pattern is being offered at a reduced price before the MKAL begins, just saying. However, I did get those gold singles plied. I am quite happy with both yarns.

I am itching to cast on, so I am really happy that the mulch moving is in essence done (there is a wee bit of spreading to finish up)! What is your “Go To Mindless Knit”?

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