First up, thank y’all for your kind comments about my new views. I am really enjoying the study – the new layout seems to make room bigger (which also seems to give all my creative “stuff” more room to spread out) and I think I’m pretty committed to looking up at a blank wall – and the new bench. I also cast on The Classic yesterday and am almost halfway through 4″ of twisted rib on size 5 16″ needles. I knew this beginning wasn’t going to be the fun part of the project, still … I’m gonna power through it this weekend, though, and hope to have something resembling (at least the start of) a sweater to share next week.
In the meantime, here are five things I’ve been distracted by (and enjoyed) this week:
- Our hydrangeas. or should it be hydrangea? It’s one bush, planted in 2018, and it was slow to bloom (this might be the way all hydrangeas grow, I don’t know). Anyway – we had two blooms last year and then this year – wow! I’m totally smitten with the pink edges. (and the portrait setting on my phone’s camera – which I almost never use).
- Reading. I picked up an on-sale copy of A Town Called Solace (Goodreads link) and I’ve been enjoying that on my Kindle. On paper, I’m reading Cantoras (Goodreads link). I checked it out from the library back in June and I’ve already renewed it twice. It’s due on Monday. Three friends gave it five stars and I’m … into it now. in fact, I might finish it tomorrow 🙂
- My neighborhood bookclub. This counted twice yesterday! We are reading Karen White’s latest The Last Night in London (Goodreads link) for our October meeting and because she’s local, we can have her in person (yes!!!) if we buy our books from a “local” bookstore. That local bookstore was a 40 minute drive (one-way). Then last night, we met to talk about Educated. It was such a great discussion and I’m really happy to feel re-engaged with my neighbors! (also, really glad we have outdoor spaces – with FANS! – to gather)
- Ankestrick’s new pattern collection. I’ve been stalking this for months and … I’m loving all the projects. and maybe not knitting it right now. and yes, it’s still an enjoyable distraction. I spent hours yesterday and another this morning looking at yarn and in the end, felt really good about saying “not now” to this one.
- A gift for a new baby. My neighbor welcomed her second granddaughter last Friday and I was happy to finish up the cardigan I started last month. This baby has an older sister and Katie suggested the book to accompany the sweater. I couldn’t be more pleased with the package I’m putting in the mail on Monday.
I hope you’ve found pleasant distractions when you needed them this week – and I’d love for you to share … I still have 2″ of that twisted rib to go!