Happy Wednesday, my friends. and cheers!My lovely friend Honoré and I celebrated TEN YEARS of retirement this morning with a two-hour FaceTime call and a champagne toast. We both worked our last day in our “career jobs” (caveat only on my part since I started working in my LYS and teaching classes the following Monday) on Friday, January 29, 2010. Retirement hasn’t turned out quite like we expected … all for the good.
While we chatted, I knitted on the Polar Coat and now have almost finished the body. I really wanted to share the bind-off with y’all today … and I’m close! Here’s a full view of the body just after the pockets and here’s a close-up of the pocket.I almost never knit pockets into my sweaters (I feel like they droop and ruin the line; also, they are a pain to knit) … until now. I decided the big old field of stockinette would look better with that detail. and I must admit, I’m smitten with these. The designer had us cast on stitches to knit the pocket fronts at the same time as the back. I had three sets of needles, three balls of yarn, a little frustration and a lot of knitting standing up at the kitchen counter to keep it all straight. It was worth it! The pockets are nearly invisible except for that ribbing at the top (satisfying my goal of something to break up all the stockinette) and there are only TWO ends to weave in when I’m done. Who knows, I might even use them!
So that’s pockets and now you might be wondering about the do-over? it’s not knitting, it’s a book.
Last week I shared that I’d finished The Stationery Shop (January’s Modern Mrs Darcy’s bookclub selection) and only liked it. Well, we had the author discussion on Monday – Marjan Kamali was on the video call and hearing her talk about all the where/how/why/ways behind the book made me realize what I’d missed on my initial read. I love being wrong about a book! Here’s what I added to my review on Goodreads: “Hearing the author talk in her own words about where she got the idea for the plot (from a conversation with an older gentleman in a senior living center), how writing the book brought her closer to her father, why she structured the book the way she did, and the research she conducted, especially around the 1953 coup in Iran resolved so many of my issues … I’m adding another star to my review!”
Another wonderful thing about these bookclub discussions is the chat thread among all the participants that accompanies Anne’s live discussion with Ginger (the bookclub community manager) and sometimes the author. It’s kind of hard to keep up with, but oh my goodness are these smart, compassionate and funny readers! I have such a better appreciation now of Kamali’s wonderfully complex characters, vivid scenes of love and loss, and fantastic villain in the “character” of untreated mental illness. This way of thinking about a villain as something other than a person has opened my eyes!
I did finish one more book, Act Like It by Lucy Parker (my Goodreads review) and I loved it. This is the first non-regency romance I’ve really loved … and it was such a nice companion when I’d finished all those podcasts and still had a sick dog to comfort and a big coat to knit.
Do you ever re-think your book reviews/star ratings after you’ve written them? do you change what you wrote the first time? (If you’re shocked that I did, and I did, no need to tell me 😉 )
Thank you to Kat for hosting our meetup!