While there has been a decent amount of forward progress this week on both the knitting (Clue 2 of the TTL Mystery done and the body of Tide Chart bound off) and reading fronts (two more books added to my “read” pile), there has been a bit of real unraveling.
First, I frogged Lucy. Maybe I was never really committed to her (quite unlike me, I never added a photo to my Ravelry project page), but when I got to thinking about the upcoming Stillwater KAL, I thought that cardigan – especially in cream cotton – would be a better fit for my wardrobe. Sunday afternoon, I unraveled a sleeve and half a body, re-skeined the yarn, soaked it and hung it up to dry.
This morning, I wound the yarn, printed the pattern and thought about swatching 🙂
On the reading front, the unraveling came after I finished The Heart Goes Last (for the Speculative Fiction square). It was a disappointment and I needed something good to get back on track. The Classic square seemed like a good bet. I tried Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and Wuthering Heights. ugh, ugh and ugh. I visited my bookshelves and considered re-reading Heidi, Little Women or anything by Jane Austen. But I already have a Re-read square … and mostly, I’m sure there are plenty of classics I still need to discover.
Searching around on Goodreads, it appeared I’d never read Howard’s End. A quick visit to LibriVox turned up a recording by my favorite narrator (Elizabeth Klett). The first couple of chapters seemed really familiar (I remembered the concert scene with the lost umbrella), but after that, it was all new. And most enjoyable. I was hoping – foolishly I know – for a happy ending. Forster writes manners like Austen, but his social commentary – and plotting – is much more like Wharton.
After all that, here’s what my Bingo shelf looked like early this morning
The first two rows (12 books!) are finished. I’m still re-thinking and shuffling those bottom two rows. I haven’t committed to the free square and there is more unraveling to come. I just downloaded Hillbilly Elegy ($4.99 on Kindle today) and think that will be a nice fit for Set in a place you’d like to know more about. …in any event, it might be a while before I get another Bingo!
Linking up with Kat and looking forward to reading about forward progress!