Unraveled Wednesday | 7.11.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.11.18

No unraveling this week, but just barely!

I am making progress on my Beekeeper Cardigan, but I have had to tink back a few times when I was not paying attention and my bees got out of sync! However, today I have about 5 inches to go in the body, but I won’t get any knitting time on this project until Friday. My “days” of knitting on this have had to be adjusted because of pesky things like making meals as Steve is home so I have not had much uninterrupted time to knit. However, Steve is gone for a work function this weekend and I am selfishly looking forward to having the house to myself. And, with some luck – I will have a completed sweater before the weekend is over!

The reading had mixed reviews this week. I finished Backman’s Us Against You and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

After reading Bonny’s review of Us Against You, I was concerned but I forged ahead and began to read it. I, like Bonny, loved Beartown and it was a beautifully told story! However, Us Against You  fell short for me and I gave it just 3-stars. It is a bit of a disjointed story and it felt quite chopped up as I read it and I think it could have been better if it the writing had flowed better. But, it is a dysfunctional story about some very dysfunctional characters. It leaves you feeling very uncomfortable and the story feels very unfinished, but I am hoping that the final book of the Beartown trilogy fixes these issues and my suggestion is to wait to read Us Against You until the third book of the trilogy is released.

The Picture of Dorian Gray fills my “Classic you should have read” bingo square and wow… this story really blew me away. The writing is brilliant, and the premise of the story is fascinating – again, Dorian is an utterly dysfunctional character, but the story that plays out is thought provoking and, yes, disturbing. If you have not read this story, I don’t want to give anything away, but the concepts of vanity, youth, and the perceptions of how one looks make for great discussion and I think this would be an excellent book for a book club to read! I gave it 5-stars and highly recommend it!

I am more than half way through The Weight of Ink and loving it. And, I just started listening to Anna Karenina… and will be listening for a good bit of time yet (I have about 34 hours of listing time to go!) I have just 7 books to go for a coverall so perhaps August will see me get a bingo or two on my second card!

But, what about you? What are you making and reading today?

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Tiny moments | 7.10.18

Tiny moments | 7.10.18

The harvest of the first cherry tomatoes truly ushers in summer.

And, it looks like summer is going to go on for a good long time, if I measure it by the bumper crop of tomatoes waiting to be ripened by the sun.

Even the little bees are excited!

But, as for me… enough dreaming about tomatoes! It is another day of knitting for me, and I better get to it!

Have a great Tuesday!

Sometimes Monday… | 7.9.18

Sometimes Monday… | 7.9.18

…looks ambitious!

The weekend reprieve from the crazy heat was most welcome, and while the heat is returning later today, this morning is cool and lovely outside. Perfect to sit outside under the pergola and knit and that is just what I am going to do! That’s right…my Day Two of the Beekeeper KAL is today!

My goal is to get past the sleeve divide and a good bit of the body done… ambitious, I know!

How does your Monday look?

Fiber Friday | 7.6.18

Fiber Friday | 7.6.18

Is it just me, or does Friday feel off-kilter this week? The mid-week fourth has unsettled my inner calendar and I have spent the remainder of the week reminding myself what day it is.

One good thing, the blast furnace weather seems to be taking a breather for a few days of reprieve with the arrival of cooler weather. It is telling that we are calling weather in the 80’s ‘cooler’ but it does feel that way this morning and the gentle rain is also a welcome change!

On the knitting front, I am working through the third repeat of clue two in KK’s MKAL, clue three is out and I will try and get through some of it this weekend.

Monday and Tuesday will be Day Two and Three of my “knit a sweater in 4 (or 5) days” marathon. Steve will be gone next weekend so Friday and Saturday knitting will hopefully bring me a sweater completion. I even have my “knitting listening” queued up – Anna Karenina is all set to go and it will fill my “more than 500 pages” bingo square!

Now, how about some links?

Elizabeth Doherty released a couple of beautiful patterns this week: Westerly and Westbound

I also love Big in Japan!

Not a sweater knitter? Inca Trail is lovely! And, I also love the Textured Laguna Wrap (and it is free today!)

Sarah Jordan has worked out a toe-up version of her Non-Euclidian socks! If anyone knows socks, it is Sarah… she knits a plethora of them every year!

Finally, Random.org has spoken and the fifth comment on Wednesday is the lucky recipient of 30-days of the WaPo. Debbie, you should have an email advising you of that! If you don’t, please let me know!

That is all I have for this week! See you all back here on Monday!

Fiber Friday | 6.22.18

Fiber Friday | 6.22.18

Rage knitting is becoming a thing, thanks to the efforts of the current regime in the White House. That rage makes seed stitch just fly and the collar of my Vodka Lemonade is done, and I am working my way though the raglan increases.

It’s a good thing there is no shortage of knitting projects here, because the rage is not relenting for the atrocities being done to migrating families by this nation. I will be casting on KK’s MKAL shawl today as well. And, despite the rage, each stitch I knit holds my meditations for these families. The stitches also are filled with hope because despite what the Orange Idiot and his compatriots do, humanity has not died. It is evident in all the organizations that are mobilizing to help these families, it is evident in the funds being raised to help the victims, and it is evident when people go out in the night to stand with these victims.

Are you rage knitting too? How about a link or two in case you need a new pattern to start?

Rose Spring Cardigan… lovely shoulder shaping, and interesting details!

Selja makes me think my summer linen knitting is not over yet!

I LOVE Merry Bear!

And, finally…Saunders Poncho Mini

That is all I have this week. I am off to get some blood work done as a precursor for a doctor visit next week. Steve is taking a vacation day, so a mini staycation is in store for us! Have a great weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

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