Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday.

Joining in with Kat & friends today to talk about what I’m knitting and reading … happily (*knocks on wood*), with no unraveling!

I’m still working on the front of Lori’s test knit. She delivered the last installment of the pattern today and I’m excited to see how it all comes together. (I have no new photo to share … it still looks a lot like it did on Monday.)

In more exciting knitting news, Deena and Karen came over this afternoon to knit.
They’re both part of my Monday afternoon group and they’re both participating in Kirsten’s mystery shawl KAL. Karen has finished hers (I’m pretty sure she was first in our group) but Deena is still on the last clue. Seeing her (well, really, seeing them both!) was just the inspiration I needed to pull my own shawl out this morning, reset the gazillion markers and start the ending.

I’ve also started the Natsu Cardigan. I succumbed to the temptation Friday when some plans fell through and I realized I had the whole afternoon to watch Endeavor, while my stockinette test knitting was awaiting further instructions 🙂

shown here with the beautiful Nani Iro linen that I hope to turn into a matching top

That top is behind at least two other garments (which are both “testers” and will help me make absolutely certain the linen works perfectly) in my sewing queue … which is good because I still have a good ways to go on Natsu. I’m only up to 240 of the targeted 416 stitches for my size and the rows are already getting long!

On the reading front, I finished Gift from the Sea (simply beautiful and the latest addition to my all-time favorites shelf) and Hidden Depths (Vera #3) … and Silent Voices (Vera #4 – yes, I am binging through these books and I am not one bit ashamed of that!) Here’s what I’m reading nowThe Song of Achilles (still) on my Kindle, Vera #5 in my ears and Moments of Seeing in my early morning quiet time. Moments of Seeing has recipes at the end and I’ve decided to make that my last book for this summer’s bingo. My “early morning” books are ones I read slowly, savoring the pages. With just under four weeks left until bingo ends, I might even make it last … at least another week or two!

And just like that, we’re on the downhill side of the week –  happy Wednesday, y’all!


  • Kat

    I will be excited to see your shawl done! And, Natsu! I think it will be perfect for you! Great reads! I am on a WL for some of them! 🙂

  • Honore

    Lovely knitted pieces in various stages…so glad you enjoyed Gift…I’m on my way to check out Moments of Seeing…


  • Bonny

    Natsu and and a top out of that gorgeous linen are going to look stunning together! The last time I read Gift was probably 10 years ago, so it’s definitely time for a re-read!

  • jane

    Your knitting is beautiful. I recently reread Gift from the Sea. It is a classic. How do you find Ann Cleeves’ work? I might have to look for her books at the library. I see them suggested in several places.

  • Margene

    Madeline Miller’s books are among my very favorite of the last 5 years or so. Your knitting projects look beautiful and I can’t wait to see how they finish!

  • Vera

    So excited that you have started Natsu!! I don’t think I will get to it any time soon as I want to finish the Juniper top and I’ve been itching to knit a Stopover this Fall. I was sure you would enjoy Gift From The Sea and glad you did. It’s been some time since I’ve read it, I may need to pull it off the bookshelf and put it on my nightstand.

  • Kym

    Lovely, lovely knitting, Mary! And it’s so easy to binge on the Vera Stanhope books! (I’ve been doing that myself lately.) XO