Hello friends – apologies for my silence in response to the lovely stories y’all shared on Friday’s post. I’ve been taking a little break from my inbox and blog-land and I’m almost ready to dive back in. Please know I have read and appreciated all your comments and I look forward to replying and reading about what you’ve been up to. maybe tomorrow? for sure by next week!
One little step to get me back in the groove is this mid-week meetup. I’m grateful (yet again!) to Kat for hosting us and giving me a good reason to update my knitting on Ravelry and my reading on Goodreads.
On the knitting front, I finished Soldotna and I love it! I’ve actually worn it twice this week (winter returned to Georgia on Monday) and I can’t wait to share photos with y’all. Yesterday, I cast on another wintery sweater – the Polar Coat I shared a few weeks back.
I’ve had the yarn in my stash since 2010 (when Debbie Bliss discontinued it and the shop had it major on sale) and I am so happy to finally be turning it into a sweater. Between this and Soldotna, I freed up a whole shelf (for books!). Please note the yarn really isn’t that bright in real life, and the green flecks really do pop. The sun is shining brightly through the window and I’m not gonna complain one bit (or try to adjust the lighting or color in the photo!)! This project is a whole lotta stockinette on size 10 needles. I figure I’ll have a few weeks of winter to wear it once it’s finished … and if not, hey, spring is always welcome!
On the reading front, I finished Educated (loved it) and The Stationery Shop (liked it)*. I’m now catching up on podcasts and reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January (it’s the February pick for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s bookclub). I’m only a few pages in and I already have highlights. Snuggled under a blanket in January, this description of Kentucky-in-August almost made me want to shed a few layers:
“The sun hangs twice as hot and three times as bright as it does in the rest of the country, even at the very end of August, and everything feels damp and sticky, like the soap scum left on your skin when you’re the last one to use the bath.”
I think I’m going to love this one!
Pulling all this together – a great knitting finish and a fun project on the needles, two good books finished and one more in progress – has really put a smile on my face. What’s put a smile on your face this week?
Thank you for sticking with me 🙂
*I’m thinking most of my readers are already seeing my “reviews” on Goodreads and I don’t need to post them here as well. If that’s not right, please let me know. Not that those reviews are necessary reading, I just want to be sure I really am sharing all the thoughts, which is one way I’m “reading better” this year!