It’s been an unsettling week here in Georgia. Our governor has taken his crazy coronavirus tactics (remember when we were the first state to reopen and even the president said it was too soon) to a new level, suing the mayor of Atlanta (a current hotspot) for implementing a mask mandate. Y’all. I can’t even.
In between reading news updates, listening to podcasts, talking (and walking 🙂 ) with Marc, calling at risk seniors to ask about Angel Tree wish list items, participating (mostly on mute! PRAISE!) in a women’s ministry leadership team meeting, and having a few sanity saving discussions (not at all on mute!) with friends and family … I knitted, crocheted, and read. and let’s be honest here, I also thought a lot about what I might knit, crochet, and read … and that doing and daydreaming kept me grounded. Y’all. thinking about my queue(s), wanting to use the yarn I have/read books already on my shelves (or borrowed), maybe pressing purchase for an on-line order (for the record, I bought NO yarn, and just two books), it felt good.
and I’m glad I get to share some of that good stuff with you.
First up, knitting. I spent six days monogamously knitting the baby blanket and I finished it!It’s a great pattern (provided you check the errata link before you cast on – gah! I had to re-start on Saturday) and I love the FO (ravelry link). I think the ladies in my mom’s community who commissioned it will be pleased and I’m sure the new-momma will be too.
I’m sure you remember – last week I asked for input about what to knit next and y’all were almost evenly divided in preference for the Malaga Tank and topolino. Obviously there were no bad choices! I did a little more research into Malaga and decided the pattern sizing might need tweaking (I think I’m in between sizes – if any of y’all have the pattern and could send me a schematic, I’d be grateful). That left topolino at the top – and even in linen, long-ish sleeves aren’t my thing right now. Today I cast on a third Notice (ravelry link). I love that I’m familiar with the pattern (no swatching and limited thinking – once I start! – see below) and I’m using up left over skeins from other projects.
Yeah, so I might’ve started yesterday, but I was over-thinking the color placement. I really wanted my colors to follow the dark to light to not-so-light progression in Anke’s sample, but ultimately, I followed my gut and landed here.
Topolino is next, and I’m going to use the pale blue Lindy Chain I’d planned for another sweater. I might make shorter sleeves, but not so short I can’t show off that beautiful lace detail. Then I added Whippet(long) (ravelry link) to my queue, also in Holst Coast. So … three sweaters! (I also battled FOMO for Andrea Mowry’s latest Spice and Spark and y’all. it was hard!)
Meanwhile, the crocheted blankets continue. Day 100, when I hoped to have two finished afghans, was Wednesday. I actually finished afghan #2 on Tuesday, but I gave it a full day to rest before I trimmed all the ends.I’m really happy with how it turned out … only wish it didn’t read quite so red, white, and blue?! The orange is a lot more orange in real life, but still.
That little peek of purple in the left frame is the beginning of Afghan #3. for my niece who’s getting married next month. Marc thinks I should have the afghan finished for the wedding … and I’m going to do my best. It’s doable, I think, but three weeks to finish an afghan is a lot of crocheting every day!These colors are really fun and I’m still loving the rhythm of the stitches (even though I ended up ripping out all of that green and most of that blue after I took the photo last night – gah! stupid mistake!) and mostly I just love seeing how the colors come together.
On the reading front, I finished two books:
Summer Bingo – Borrowed.
I finished this two days ago and I’m still torn apart. The writing is amazing. The characters are so real. and the story is both heartbreaking and hopeful, in a brutal kind of way.
I would love to discuss it with someone, but I don’t think I can recommend it to any of my in real life reading friends right now. Maybe someday.
(I see that Goodreads remembers I started this on July 3 … that’s probably right, but I read about 90% of it in two afternoons.)
Summer Bingo – Collection of essays.
I listened to this collection (Ron Butler does an excellent job with the narration) in a day and honestly, it was probably not the right follow-up to Salvage the Bones. I loved Baldwin’s perspective and commentary about Black life and how it fits in (or doesn’t) in both the US and Europe. My favorite essays were the title piece (I loved how he acknowledged his changing perceptions of his father’s life and choices) and the entire Part Three about being Black in Europe. He makes it clear what is so different about the American experience for Blacks and whites and I am grateful for the lessons.
… and I didn’t get any Bingos, but I’m getting close to a cover-all on card #1! My last square for that card is “more than one author listed on the cover.” I would welcome suggestions. especially if it’s something fun.
That’s it … time to walk Holly and open a bottle of wine (FriYAY!). As always, thank you for being here. Have a good weekend!