Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday.

Jumping back in again today (which makes three days in a row in case you’re not counting 😉 ) to share things in process on the knitting and reading front. I do love that Kat provides us this weekly check-in to keep Ravelry and Goodreads up-to-date. Thank you, Kat!

First up, the knitting. I started another pair of socks for my mom and Joy is still providing joy! This is the second pair of socks I’m trying with a German wool/nylon blend yarn and I am in love with it. The patterning is so much fun and it feels great. I checked out the website where I ordered it and was delighted to see there are EIGHT different colorways.

The progress on Joy has slowed because I really want to finish Love Note while it’s still cold enough to wear it! (apologies to all my local peeps for maybe wishing we’d have chilly weather at least through next weekend … and I promise I’m not wishing for snow!)While I met up with a friend for coffee this afternoon, I finished the neck (the sweater begins with a provisional cast-on and you pickup from there, do a decrease round and then the ribbing. I LOVE that it makes all the finished edges match) and started the first sleeve. Thankfully, the yarn is light as air, so turning the sweater four times every round isn’t too hard. (gah! I want the sleeves to be 13″ long … I’m not even going to calculate how many turns that is!)

On the reading front, I finished a delightful book (which I highly recommend as a palette cleanser or a fun pick-me-up you can finish in an afternoon) … and started re-reading Emma. well, re-listening. because Elizabeth Klett’s narration is a treat. (also, knitting. sleeves!) Goodreads says this is my third time with the book and I know I’m going to love it the best of all of Austen’s novels by the time I finish. I’m just a few chapters in and I’m already smiling about just how snarky she can be … and how awful Emma is! I have plans to see the new movie and I must finish the book before I do.

I’m slowly making my way through the rest of these books. Wild Mercy is for small group and we plan to finish it up in March. Book Woman is for March’s church bookclub, which I’ll miss. Grounded is hibernating for now because I’m devoting my morning time to this list for Lent. I’m savoring Don’t Overthink It a chapter or two at a time. I have a pre-release e-copy and cannot wait to get my hands on the actual book next week. My sister and I have tickets to see Anne in person on March 14. I plan to take my paper copy, with all the notes and highlights for Anne to sign!

Of course through all of this, I’m also devoting a bit of brain space to what’s coming next. Update coming soon!

Linking up with Kat and friends. and I’d love to know what new book(s) you’re excited to read this spring. maybe I’ve missed one on my TBR?

Happy Wednesday!



  • Karen

    I decided to subscribe to Sarah Bessey’s emails after finishing her latest book and receiving the 40 Simple Practices for Lent. It’s just one day in, but “Lent in Plain Sight ” looks to be a good companion to Sarah’s list. Off to Ash Wednesday service in just a few minutes. Your knitting is SO impressive! I managed to complete a couple scarves with no knitting patterns, but I never came close to mastering the craft, and let it go.

  • Kat

    I just got amazingly lucky and got two brand new books (Apeirogon and The Spendid and the Vile) from the library! I had zero time today to sit and read, but my plan for tomorrow is to pick one! Love Note… oh my! It looks amazing! That sweater is absolutely going on my fall knit list so I have one before the year is over!

  • Bonny

    All of your knitting is beautiful! I’m finding that I do enjoy working on socks in the car, but I’ve driven back and forth to MD for the past two weeks so I’ve missed that knitting time. Maybe I’ll be the passenger next time. I’ve got so many good books that I’m currently reading — You’re Not Listening, False Value, The Book of Delights, That Wild Country, and This Is Happiness. I’ve also got Late Migrations and The Splendid and the Vile waiting for me at the library. An embarrassment of riches!

  • Jane

    Your knitting is just beautiful as always. The Love Note with the slightly longer body looks so nice – more appealing to me at my age. 🙂 I am savoring Erosion by TTWilliams and just begun listening to The Thousand Doors of January. The Giver of Stars was a compelling story although the controversy around the book removes a little of the shine.

  • Sarah

    I was thinking of you yesterday as I pulled on my socks, which were knit out of Regia yarn back in 2007, I think, and still look good as new!

    I tried reading From the Mixed-up Files … to my daughter a few years ago, but she wasn’t into it at the time. Recently, though, she mentioned that she wanted to read it, so perhaps we’ll tackle it again. (Side note: She’s planning to do Summer Book Bingo with me this summer, putting in all the books she has already and wants to read but hasn’t had time to yet.) I’ve been thinking that I’d really like to revisit some children’s lit that I loved when I was her age, too, so I’m hopeful we can have some good book discussions!

  • Kym

    That sock yarn is fabulous, Mary! What great patterning. (Makes me almost want to knit socks. . . ) All of your pink knitting looks like spring! Such happy colors. (I love my Love Note sweater. It’s worth the twisting of the sleeves. And I hate the twisting of the sleeves. . . ) XO

  • Honore´

    Laughed out loud when I clicked on that first “mystery” book you linked. Such a great one! Luv the color play in Love Note! Looking forward to seeing it on ya! Read and Knit on!


  • Regina Messa

    I am knitting Love Note with colleagues of mine. I am currently swatching with different yarns. I haven’t hit that perfect combination yet, and I do not want to buy yarn. Yours is lovely!

  • Patty

    I’m looking forward to seeing Emma too! I see I can get that audio book for free too…my next up list may need to be re-arranged! I’ve got The Silent Patient on deck for book group and Say Nothing that I’d like to read in tandem with Dan. All that knitting is pretty spectacular!

  • karen

    I hope you get your chilly weather wishes, it’s very cold here and if I could I would send you some 🙂 Lovely knitting and I’m about to start another sweater sometime this afternoon, so I’m really excited about that.

  • Vera

    Your Love Note is beautiful Mary. Such a soothing and peaceful color. And the socks for your Mom – tremendous! Love the patterns in that yarn. I’m reading “The Gown” (had been on the wait list forever) and am roughly 1/4 of the way through it. I’m enjoying, but it seems a little “talky” in places. Girl, Woman, Other also just came thru on Overdrive so I downloaded that. In “real” books on my nightstand I have “Olive Kitteridge” which I read before but want to re-read and “Olive, Again.” Lots to choose from! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Vicki

    Oooh. I love the Opal sock yarns based on Hundertwasser’s paintings! I haven’t seen them in a long time (but I will see a few soon, thanks to you!). They’re a little crazy, but so fun!

  • Lydia

    The knitting is looking lovely and I’m sorta hoping cool weather holds so I can wear my Brookings if/when it’s finished!