Books,  Knitting

Same Old Stuff.

Wow. It’s Tuesday. again. funny how that happens every single week, isn’t it? you’d think that posting just twice a week would give me plenty of stuff to write about. sometimes it does … and sometimes, all I’ve got is the same old stuff.

Since I last shared my knitting, I’ve made noticeable progress on The Classic (ravelry link)The body is slightly cropped, so I’m about 2/3 through … with a lot more twisted rib – this time knit flat – to finish. (and then sleeves – you can get some idea of how much knitting is left by how much yarn is left – ahem, it’s a bit)

I’ve made a lot more progress with the books. My August TBR is nearly all R(ead) and I had fun on Sunday planning out what to read next. 

and then yesterday, I picked up another big stack from the library.These are all books I’ve heard about from friends, podcasts, or newsletters. I have Memorial Drive and The Season on audio, too. and The Sum of Us is one I listened to earlier this month and wanted to see the words on the page for taking notes (that’s the downside for me, with audio – it’s cumbersome to capture the take-aways for a book that has lots of them).

…which is why I was anxiously awaiting the UPS man todayThis book just came out today, but it was released the end of last month on LibroFM. I listened to it – all 30 hours! – earlier this month and knew I needed to own it. For sure this will be on my 2021 Favorites list. The writing is lyrical (no surprise – Jeffers is an award winning poet) and the story is epic, beautiful, and heartbreaking. I can’t wait to re-read it with a pencil and a tin of book darts.

I’ll be back here on Friday … with something … and maybe not just the same old stuff! not that there’s anything wrong with that … right?!

12 Comments

  • Honore´

    The yarn is lovley – so rich! Look forward to seeing the finished piece, on you! May be a while since the temperature’s still h-o-t! Delighted to see your latest selection of books – especially Love Songs… I am planning to read it, too!
    Read and Knit on and stay cool.
    Cheers~

  • Bonny

    I just heard an interview with the author of Love Songs today, and her journey in writing it sounded quite interesting. It’s now on my list, too. Your black sweater looks lovely and like you will be ready for fall (which can’t come soon enough for me)!

  • Tina

    Such beautiful knitting and such an awesome stack of books! I absolutely love your reading journal and how you are creating it, so neat and creative!

  • Sarah

    Oooh, that Louise Erdrich one is on my TBR list, but it doesn’t seem to be available through either of my library apps (I’ll have to check to see if it’s available in hard copy from the library; if not, I’ll check Thriftbooks). I am not sure I’m ready for another 30-hour audiobook just yet, but when I am, Love Songs … is on the top of my list.

  • karen

    We just got our library cards and our minds have been BLOWN by the amount of books to chose from. It’s hard to take just what I can read in a few weeks, ha ha. Lovely knitting and gray is such a pretty color to me.

  • Kat

    I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of cooler weather as well! Your sweater looks scrumptious!

    Nice reading (I am eager to read The Love Songs of WEB DuBois as well!)

  • kym

    I can’t wait to crack open The Sweetness of Water. . . 🙂
    Your sweater is absolutely lovely, Mary. It looks like a perfect piece to add to your fall wardrobe.

  • Debbie

    Your sweater looks gorgeous and perfect for Fall. I am really tired of the hot, humid weather around here and hope September brings some more comfortable temperatures! I heard the interview about Love Songs and have added it to my ever growing TBR list!

  • Katie @ The Cozy Burrow

    That sweater looks lush. My goodness! You’re going to love slipping that on when the weather cools down!

    Your stack of books also looks like heaven. The Journeys of simplicity is going on my TBR and I’m waiting on The Sweetness of Water – so many to get to!

  • Jane

    There is nothing like a stack of library books to bring a smile to my face. Your stack is lovely. I have read about The Love Songs and have it on my TBR list. I also think I need a tin of book darts. For years I’ve made do with small sticky notes but it seems like wasting paper. The sweater looks wonderfully sophisticated. Are you liking the combination of KP’s yarn?

  • Alexa

    That’s a glorious stack of books! Needless to say, ‘Journeys of Simplicity’ caught my eye, and as a quick online visit to our library service confirmed they didn’t have it and it wasn’t available for interlibrary loan either, I’ve managed to source a second hand copy – so thank-you! This is going to be my September ‘book-to-ponder’. Your sweater is coming on apace and will look wonderful on you – grey is such an elegant colour. I much prefer it to black.