Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part four).

Joining in with Kat and friends to share what I hope is the final in-progress update on Sara’s blanket. I leave for New York next Wednesday and my plan is to have the finished blanket wrapped and packed on Tuesday!

As long as I don’t lose focus, I should be fine. That row marker (7 repeats into the fifth and final color) tells me I have 23 repeats to go. I was averaging five repeats a day until this past week (when I slowed down a little) … and if I can get back to that pace I’ll finish with a couple days to spare. A few of you asked how big it would be. I’m guessing about 43″ wide and 55″ long, but the yarn is super wash and it could be bigger (which wouldn’t be a problem). I have one more skien of the main color … the end is definitely near!

The slower pace of knitting was partly because there was less TV (and we still haven’t seen the latest Patrick Melrose), but also because there was other cool stuff to do.

Like a pedicure.

same color as last time – a coat of OPI’s Frenchie Likes to Kiss topped with a coat of Bubble Bath – new summer favorite!

Two visits with my friend Deena

Deena’s knitting Sunset on the Plateau … it’s gorgeous and has us both very excited for Kirsten’s upcoming MKAL

and her dog Roxie.

yes, it felt very weird to have another dog on my knitting … but I know Sara would love Roxie!

and two meetings of the author selection committee for this November’s book festival.

I couldn’t knit during the meetings because we moved quickly – reviewing over 60 books in the two two-hour meetings! – and I was taking fast and furious notes. But Deena is the co-chair of the committee and had to be there early. No problem, I said!

At the end of last night’s meeting, each of us got to vote for our top 22 books. The first 15 or so were easy choices for me … but the last few were tough. The committee leaders meet tonight to review all the votes; the final slate, taking into consideration the authors’ schedules will be available in August. Some of the books I loved are already out and I plan to start reading as soon as I can track them down (these are books I will likely buy because I will – hopefully! – have a chance to meet the authors). More to come (since of course all of this is still confidential!)

I’m pretty sure Sara would enjoy a few of the books, too …  maybe curled up on her sofa with the blanket!

I hope you’re having a good week … and sharing at least a few good experiences with your knitting!