Books,  Knitting

Monday Night Catch-up.

…yikes, it’s after 9:30 already. which doesn’t bode well for being a playful and wide-awake Marmie at 7:30 tomorrow morning, but oh well. I’ve been away from this space for a few days and wanted to do a quick catch-up.

Here’s my latest (knitting) obsession – the Kantha Cowl.

This is the cowl that was featured on the latest Raverly “tips” page. I first saw it on Friday, and then all the other times I clicked over to Raverly, there it was. Yesterday I finally took a few minutes (really it was more like seconds) to do the advanced search – cowls, 2 colors – and there it was. I bought it. And then tonight my class gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up and there were only three balls left of that natural Cocoon. I knew I had a ball of variegated fingering in my stash and … it was meant to be. (except that the finished piece is less than 13″ around so I think I’m going to have to 1) work magic loop; and 2) buy a new needle!)

I’m feeling uncharacterically “free” about my knitting because I actually – finally! – finished Katie’s sweater today. I spent Friday and Sunday afternoon seaming and wove in (all!!!!) the ends in this morning. I started it two months ago…since then I’ve finished a handful of small pieces, but this one has been with me the whole time. I hope to have modeled photos to share soon.

We had an April-like day yesterday. Marc golfed in shorts and I had my sunroof open. I’m starting to wonder if we’re going to get by without any winter-ish precipitation this year. At least here…the forecast for Madison this upcoming weekend (my sister and I are flying up Thursday and back on Monday) is more than making up for it!
and two more things:

1. I LOVED all the thoughtful comments y’all left on my last post about book ratings and reviews. Thank you! It was helpful to get your perspectives in writing (instead of trying to read it into your ratings). I think I’m going to (try to) be a harder grader going forward. And yes, I’m going to allow a 5-star rating without crying.

2. Woo Hoo!! about the new Harper Lee book. I didn’t realize it was out on Goodreads until this morning when I read my “friends” update email from this past week. Pretty cool – I think most of y’all are planning to read it. And are you planning to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird, too? I’ve tossed that idea out to my church bookclub (the serious one đŸ˜‰ and hope it gets some traction. I last re-read the book in the early 2000’s (for another bookclub) and I have to say – it was one of the very few of my high school/college reads that stood up to its 5-star rating. And I haven’t yet seen the movie! (Gregory Peck?! I’m not sure how I missed it!)


  • Bonny

    A variety of catch-up comments: I've been looking at the Kantha cowl also, so I'll be glad to see how yours develops. I didn't know about searching by number of colors, so that will be a big help for some future knitting ideas I've had running through my mind. Your (Katie's!) Ondawa is beautiful! It looks like Madison will be welcoming you with some real winter, especially Saturday! And, yes, I'm definitely going to reread TKaM, and maybe watch the movie, which I've also never seen. Hope you have a Happy Charlie Day!

  • Patty

    That sweater is lovely Mary! And I spied that cowl via you/Ravelry yesterday – it's so pretty. And I was thinking a re-read is required as I'm early 2000's as well…

  • margene

    Katie is going to make that sweater shine! They will be a fantastic duo and I can't wait to see it. Hope you have a good warm sweater (or two) to wear on your trip to Madison! The air will be a real shock to your system! You MUST see To Kill a Mockingbird NOW! I read it last year and I'd read it again.

  • Lydia

    Uh-Oh, I don't see a 1 or a 2 for Saturday-hope that changes somewhat! I've thought about re-reading and watching To Kill a Mockingbird. Would like for it to fit into my BRRHC list. Cannot wait to see the sweater modeled-it is lovely.

  • Kym

    Oh, Mary! That sweater is just stunning! Perfect in every way!

    I love TKAM — book and movie. I re-read that one every few years; probably due to read again.

    (And you chose a frigid time to head to Madison. . .) (Bring hand knits!)

  • HonorĂ©

    The cowl looks like fun! The sweater is great! Congrats on 'getting it done!'
    Have fun in Madison and Do.Stay.Warm! I
    plan to a)reread TKAM; b)watch the movie again – it's been a while & c) read the sequel …all I that order.

  • Vicki Knitorious

    Brrrrr. It's sure a lot colder in Wisconsin than in Mexico!! That's all I can say… I'm just ignoring it as best I can.

    I've seen To Kill A Mockingbird numerous times but have never read the book!