Where the heck has June gone??? And, more importantly…HOW ON EARTH IS NEXT WEEK THE FOURTH OF JULY ALREADY?!?!?!?!
So, this post is going to attempt to slow down these run away summer days…
First up, I want to thank you all for your supporting comments for the continuation of Unraveled Wednesday! I appreciate your feedback and am happy to have it progress into the future – for many, many weeks to come!
Next…If ever anything screamed summer it is my Screen Door on the Coast! And, talk about a QUICK knit! I cast on the sixth and cast off on the nineteenth – just two short weeks (and I did extra repeats of the pattern, so if you don’t – you could have this baby done in even less time!) I have been using it regularly as well – it is the perfect little thing for those of us who are less than appreciative of the AC Deep Freeze! I did make one sort of glaring mistake – I did a k2tog row when I should have done a ssk row. You can see it when you are holding the scarf up for a glamor shot, but it is not at all visible when you are wearing it, so I am not losing a minute of sleep over it. AND…I am contemplating casting on another one, I like it that much!
I also started a new project this week – I am almost to the sleeve divide of my Foxtrot Cardigan and even though the last thing I want to think about right now is fall… this sweater will be a great addition to my cooler weather wardrobe.
Now on to Book Bingo!
I have my first bingo this week! Woo!
I originally gave I was Anastasia 4-stars, but I have since downgraded it to 3-stars. Honestly, it is a curiously written non-linear story. It jumps around a bit and I had a hard time keeping up with some of the time jumps – I had to go back and refresh my memory as to what was going on. The writing throughout is wonderful – despite the sometimes-confusing time hops, but the ending was horrid. It was abrupt – like shoving you off a cliff abrupt.
Fall Back Down When I Die is Joe Wilkins first novel and it is lovely. The story is told from perspective of the characters in the book – Verl, Wendell, and Gillian. The writing is evocative, and the stories are compelling. The ending was unexpected and moving. 4-stars
Payment in Blood, which is the second book in the Inspector Lynley series. It is so good! There is more character development and it kept me guessing as to “who did it” 5-stars and I am eager to read more of Elizabeth George’s work!
Finally, It’s Up to the Women! “…we are going through a great crisis in this country and that the women have a big part to play if we are coming through it successfully.” Ummm, yes… we are, and yes, we do! This book, written in 1933, has so much relevance today. I loved Eleanor’s wisdom! 4-stars and I highly recommend this timeless little book!
What about you? What’s on your needles this week?
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We have been gently easing into summer and until this week it has been a semi-dry month! This week, however, the sun has been hidden behind a plethora of rain clouds. I enjoy summer rains and it is nice to have Mother Nature water the gardens – the downside to all this rain means that the grass is growing at an exponential rate and it’s too wet to mow. If this keeps up, Sherman will think he is in the jungle when he goes out to do his business!
The other downside of the rain is having to have the windows all closed and the AC on. I am not winning in the AC temperature wars, so I finished my Trap A Zoid socks this week. I think they are adorable, and I see more of these in my future! I love the little colorwork section – it makes it so easy to knit two identical socks!
The other knitting project I have an urgency to finish is my Screen Door, I am on the decrease side and so the rows seem to be going much faster and I have roughly 15 pattern repeats to another finished object!
The reading had highs and lows this week and I am hovering around my first bingo!
The highs included The Tiger’s Wife (which was not a bingo read) and The Boy in Striped Pajamas (which was a bingo read.) I loved both of these stories deeply and highly recommend each of them!
The low was really bad. I finished Black Leopard, Red Wolf – barely. 1 star and I do not recommend.
I also know which Modern Mrs. Darcy Book I will read – I am Anastasia came through this week; I hope to start it soon as I only have about a third left of my second Inspector Lynley novel!
And, there you have my making and reading this week!
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The days have been truly glorious and we even had a light sweater weather bonus yesterday! Sunny, breezy, and mild temperatures meant my Marsa Alam got some wear-time! Sorry for the truly pathetic photo – I am not sure if that is the fault of the photographer or the fault of the photographee (I will be kind and take the blame) but trust me when I tell you, this sweater is a winner! I shared my notes and things I would slightly alter here, if you are interested!
I can’t seem to stop with the Coast though and my Screen Door is just flying along! It is the perfect little palate cleanser before diving into a more substantial project. I am at the “half-way” point as the pattern suggests, but it feels a bit short to me, so I am doing 5 more pattern repeats and see how it feels then. Stay tuned!
Now for the reading!!
No bingos yet, but I managed to cross off three more books on my card! And, these were three wonderful reads! I loved them all – The Night Circus and The Ninth Hour each got 4-stars. The Road Back To You had quite an impact and I gave it 5-stars, but I feel like I have just started down the Enneagram Rabbit Hole! I have queued up several podcasts to listen to as I delve deeper into the subject. It is really quite a fascinating way to look at personality.
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I had lost my knitting mojo for some weeks in May and really did not want to knit anything but an inspiring blog post and thoughts of a new project have reinvigorated my desire to pull out my knitting and finish things!
I have unraveled and redone the neckband and raced through a sleeve on Marsa Alam and sleeve two is well underway! I am *almost* done and have begun to think about buttons. I have pulled together some buttons from my Nana’s button box – what do you think?
Silver or Pearl buttons? I don’t know why the pearl buttons don’t looks like they are all the same color, they are – and the silver buttons could do with a little polishing! I think either will work, but I need your help – please let me know which you think I should use in the comments! (and thank you!)
Meanwhile…I have been trying to get gauge on a cardigan but have not yet had success – perhaps that is the knitting gods telling me don’t knit this sweater, but I thought it would be a great addition to my sweater wardrobe if I can make gauge work (and I won’t be knitting it in 4-days)! I have one final yarn that might work so stay tuned…
Now on to books! Oh boy, all.the.books! I am really not much fun to be around lately because I either have a book in my hand or a book in my ears! Ha! But!!! I am off to a very good start on my Bingo Card!
I am doing my card a bit differently this year – as you can see I have almost filled in all the books I intend to read (with a couple of exceptions as I have several holds for the Modern Mrs. Darcy square – whatever comes through first will be filled in there. And that Classic you should’ve read square – I will make my decision as the summer progresses. I have several classics filled in and perhaps reading one of them will stir me to read something else by the same author.)
You can see my square requirements and I feel that I have done well in pairing up a book to a category without too much ‘making a book fit’ that does not. You might say there is some of that going on, but I think I managed to make most of the squares work. I am not reading “outside of my comfort zone” much this summer, but I think these books will make for the perfect summer!
Out of the books I finished this week, there is one that just was amazing – Anna Burns Milkman. Oh.my.gosh. LOVED! If I can make any suggestion to you, Gentle Reader, it would be to ignore all the “so-so” reviews and find an audio copy of the book. It is some of the most genius writing and has moved to the top spot for the best book I have read all year! I cannot stop thinking about it – it is just that good!
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Greetings Gentle Unravelers!
I would love to be able to tell you that I have made progress on finishing my Marsa Alam however, it remains untouched. I am beginning to feel twinges of guilt about this fact, but the guilt is not enough to have spurred me to pick it up and knit.
Rather I have knit on my Tegna and have done a surprising amount of knitting on it! I began the holiday weekend with the body at roughly 10 inches and I ended the weekend with the body growing to 14 inches and I started my third ball of yarn! It seems that an easy to pick up and put down project worked well over the long holiday weekend and my progress shows that. My plan is to knit the body to 16 inches and then begin the divide for the sleeves, so I still have some “mindless” knitting to go before I get to that point, but I am closer than I was last week!
My reading was not bad this week, thanks to a couple of good audiobooks and hours and hours of garden work!
I finished listening to The Great Believers which I thought was very good, incredibly moving but long! I think there were some parts that dragged a bit for me which could have been solved via better editing. Still, I gave the book 4-stars.
I also listened to The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. It was a very quick listen. Quick but full of things to think about and more than a bit scary. I found much of this book to be a wakeup call – or rather, the-alarm-is-now-screaming-at-us-to-wake-the-eff-up!! The book is read by the author, which I appreciated tremendously. If you don’t think global warming is real – don’t bother with this book. However, if you are concerned about climate change and its effects on our future – I highly recommend this book! 5-stars.
The Widow’s of Malabar Hill was also in the finish column. I really struggled to get “into” this book at the start. It did eventually pick up though – I like Perveen Mistry and enjoyed hearing about India in the 1920’s. 3-stars and I will try the second book in the series and hopefully it will not have such a slow start!
Finally, Ali Smith’s Spring… WOW. I mean just wow. This book grabbed me from the first sentence, and it carried me along barely letting me put it down before I finished it! 5-stars and I cannot wait for the final book of this series!
That is all I have for this week, but what about you? What’s on your radar this week?
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