• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Happy Wednesday! and happy sigh to be finally joining in with Kat and friends with an update on knitting and reading … I’ve even managed to update Ravelry and Goodreads, too! First up, the knitting – I’m knitting the body of Soldotna nowand kind of amazed I have this much progress to show. The colorwork shows up much better in this photo than it seems to in my lap while I’m knitting … so it’s a “bright light” only project. And there hasn’t been much of that this week. Thankfully, Night Shift is bright enough for just about any light!It’s also mindless enough to accompany even the most compelling TV or book. The…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | December.

    Ah… December. It is certainly one of the prettier months around here. and this year it was exceptionally full of smiling faces. and typically full of twinkle lights, fun cocktails, and knitting. The video version* also captures more moody skies, a quick binge through the latest Great British Bake-off Holiday and some very delightful little boy antics.   View this post on Instagram   December in less than a minute … twinkle lights and candles, cookies, cheers, two crazy little boys, one little dog and a lot of ❤️ #1se #1secondeveryday A post shared by Mary (@mere2007) on Jan 7, 2020 at 1:47pm PST I finished five knits and TEN…

  • Books

    My Year in Books | 2019.

    I bit the bullet yesterday and added all the books I’ve read this year to Goodreads (if you follow my updates there, I apologize for flooding your feed!) Goodreads isn’t perfect, but it is for sure the easiest way to share what I’ve read and loved. and honestly, if I do what many of y’all suggested and just keep up, it wouldn’t even be hard. In addition to the simple count of of books, I really love favorites shelves. I always create one for each year and try to keep it to a dozen or so titles, with only one title per author. Here’s 2019. I also have one lifetime…

  • Books

    A New-to-me Bookclub.

    Last month I told y’all that I’d signed up for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Bookclub. Yesterday I participated in my second book discussion, this month about Anna Quindlen’s How Reading Changed My Life. The meetings are virtual, with Anne and bookclub community manager Ginger as panelists and all the rest of us lively commenters on the sidebar. Last month Peter Heller was the author (we read Celine) and he participated in the meeting – which was very fun (and not only because he is just that cute in real life … yep, fan-for-life!). I’m honestly not sure how often the author attends these meetings, but I’m quite happy with the 50%…

  • Books

    Meeting Alice Hoffman.

    Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend. Things were good here, and pretty typical (more Jack Ryan, Saturday night snacks and college football, golf, church, etc.) except for yesterday afternoon. It’s definitely not typical that I get to meet an author whose latest book is a new favorite. and y’all – she’s not only an author, she’s a knitter! I had the good fortune of arriving about 45 minutes early, just after Deena texted that she was outside on the patio, knitting with Alice Hoffman and her delightful assistant Katie. I am ever-so-grateful to Deena for taking this photo! Fun fact – Alice is allergic to wool…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Three on Thursday | Unraveled.

    Good morning, friends. Yesterday was an Opera Wednesday and much to our surprise, Manon is FIVE acts, with a run-time of over four hours. My best intentions to share an Unraveled Wednesday post fell apart when it was almost 6pm by the time I got home and walked the dog. So now I have the wonderful opportunity to join both Carole AND Kat with Three Things about my knitting and reading 🙂 Thing One. I am still not finished with Blaer. Seaming sleeves, weaving in ends, picking up stitches and knitting button bands is all taking way longer than I thought it would. yikes, y’all. I’ve knit hundreds of sweaters…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | One Last Summer Sweater.

    Hello friends and Happy Wednesday! I am delighted to be back here (fully in the Eastern Time Zone) sharing an update about what I’m making and reading. The making piece of this story has roots in Bristol and that makes me happy, too! The last Sunday I was there I checked Instagram with my morning tea and saw this post from Melissa (of Espace Tricot, my new-favorite LYS … sadly not all that L, but still). Of course morning tea time in Bristol is middle-of-the-night at home, but the internet is 24/7 and I promptly bought the pattern, found my size, and ordered the yarn. In the same colors that…

  • Books

    Three on Thursday | Book Bingo!

    Yesterday afternoon I finished Dani Shapiro’s delightful collection of essays on writing … and covered my Bingo card. I then spent the next two plus hours updating everything I’d read since early July on Goodreads (you can see all the details on my 2019 Summer Book Bingo shelf here) and that used up the time I’d allotted for a blog post. It was probably just as good I didn’t get to share this update yesterday, because I’ve had time to compile a few statistics: 25 books 11 paperback/hardback, 7 Kindle, 7 audio 18 borrowed, 5 bought, 2 owned already 12 fiction, 9 non-fiction, 4 memoir 14 4★, 6 5★, 4…

  • Books,  Just Life

    Good Newses | Thursday.

    Hello friends. I must admit, when I dreamed up the idea for this week’s series, I had no idea things could possibly get as negative, and downright scary as they have. I am grateful for the strong, so-much-better-at-speaking-up voices I’m seeing on-line that are reassuring me I’m not alone in how I’m feeling. I can’t say anything better than any of them and all I can add is a hearty “oh yes!”. So I’ve decided that today’s good newses are going to be personal – three little things I’m celebrating today that have nothing to do with anything you’ll see on-line. I’m happy to put a little joy in your…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Good Newses | Wednesday.

    I am sharing a little about knitting and books today (because Wednesday) … and also because I have Good Newses to share for both 🙂 First up, the knitting. I am almost afraid to type this, but y’all – Whippet is about 1-1/2 sleeves (and two sleeve seams) away from being finished … and I have not had to unravel anything so far. I know things look a bit wonky in the photo, but it’s nothing blocking won’t fix. The only big change I’m making to the pattern – and it’s not even really that big – is to knit the sleeves flat. As written, that lovely lace pattern is…