Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday! and happy sigh to be finally joining in with Kat and friends with an update on knitting and reading … I’ve even managed to update Ravelry and Goodreads, too!

First up, the knitting – I’m knitting the body of Soldotna nowand kind of amazed I have this much progress to show. The colorwork shows up much better in this photo than it seems to in my lap while I’m knitting … so it’s a “bright light” only project. And there hasn’t been much of that this week. Thankfully, Night Shift is bright enough for just about any light!It’s also mindless enough to accompany even the most compelling TV or book. The upper left corner is where it stands right now. I just finished the 7th (of 9?) repeats and based on how big those balls of yarn are still, I might be making it a little bigger.

Opera Wednesday resumes today and I’ve wound the yarn to start another pair of socks for my mom. The yarn is from Espace Tricot and our visit there last September.The yarn looks a lot more gray in the cake … and on the needle … than I expected. For sure, it won’t be a pair that looks like any of her others.

On the reading front, I have finished five books this month (year!) I also finished Last Days of Night, pictured above with Night Shift.

I can’t imagine I’ll keep up this pace, but it is nice to have two (40%) five-star books – Olive, Again and Out of Sorts – so far! Station Eleven and Last Days of Night were surprisingly good (4 stars) and The Lola Quartet I liked. You can read more about my thoughts on these books on Goodreads.

Please do check out Kat’s to see what everyone’s unraveling this week.


  • karen

    love your colorwork sweater! Once my purple sweater is finished I plan to start another sweater hopefully in worsted weight to combat the fingering weight I’m currently using. Lovely array of reading!!

  • Vicki

    I love your sweater! And that sock yarn is pretty, too. I’ve read quite a bit already this year, too, but I know that will change… Olive, Again is on my list. 😉

  • Carole

    Your sweater is looking great, I can really see the colors in that photo. And I love that sock yarn, it’s neutral but with pops of color. Go you on the reading! (I loved Station Eleven!)

  • Patty

    That sock yarn is very similar to the one I just got from The Woolen Rabbit. They will be nice socks! Your sweater is just stunning. I can’t wait to see the finished piece. Keep on inspiring us Mary!

  • Sarah

    I expect that by this time next week, you’ll be modeling the finished sweater! I think the beauty of this particular pattern is that the variety of the colorwork in the yoke keeps you engaged and then the body is mindless and fast (and the sleeves hardly seem to count for anything).

    I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on Educated when you’ve finished it. I found it to be a really powerful (albeit sad) read.

  • Kat

    Oh, wow! I love your muted Soldotna! Beautiful!! You are flying on it! 🙂 And, I love that sock yarn!

    And, yay for great reads – I think reading a good book just pulls you on into more books! Definitely a good start to your reading *and* knitting year!

  • Jane

    What nice progress on the color work sweater. I love the subtle colors you are knitting with. I would like to knit a sweater with a color work yoke this year. First I’m going to try to knit a little from stash. We’ll see how long that lasts. It looks as if your reading year is off to a great start. I am looking forward to Olive Again.

  • Bonny

    Your sweater is looking great and I’m glad you’ve got another pair of socks on the needles. But real congratulations go to you for updating Ravelry and Goodreads! 🙂 (Is this the new 2020 Mary?)

  • Karen

    I read your latest Goodreads reviews earlier this morning, and appreciate the time you take to write them. I’m not good about writing reviews at all despite how much I enjoy others’ reviews. I’m about 2/3 of the way through “Olive, Again.” I hadn’t forgotten how well Elizabeth Strout writes, but I had forgotten how quirky her characters are, and how dark some of the stories can be. Love watching the progress on your knitting!

  • Alexa

    Such beautiful patterns in the yoke of your sweater – and a very pretty colourway too. You seem to be steaming ahead on all fronts this year!

  • Vera

    Soldotna and Night Shift are both so pretty. I also love the yarn for your Mom’s next pair of socks. It looks speckled. You’re off to a great reading start for 2020 (as so many people are!!). I’m hoping to finish my head/ear band this weekend and read lots more in Fever. Snow is in the forecast, so hibernation will most likely happen!

  • Lydia

    Love the colorwork-am hoping to add one to my wardrobe this year. Goodness knows I have the yarn for it [and many more sweaters]-just need to match it up with a pattern.