• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | A Mixed Bag.

    Today’s unraveling is a mixed bag of things (still) in process, things finished and things up next. Still in process Thing #1: Portage. I’m now well into the body. That gorgeous texture on the back is slow going, but the wrong side rows go quickly. and isn’t that cable detail down the side pretty? Still in process Thing #2: A second sock. I’m pleasantly surprised the stripes are matching up so nicely. They won’t be identical twins, but they’re for sure very closely related! Finished things – two books! Much of that Portage progress is due to listening to Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. I originally listened to this in…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share a quick update on my knitting and reading. I’m still doing both 🙂 OK, not that quick! On the knitting front, I’ve been mostly working on my Coatigan. I thought I might have a completed body to share today, but the hem is taking forever. (also, see the part below about reading.) I did add a few more rows this afternoon, catching up with my friend Virginia over coffee. My last Starbucks purchase was back on December 8. I’ve really missed knitting with friends over coffee! I also thought I might have real progress to share on ADVENTurer, but it’s just…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Brrrr…. I hope everyone is staying warm today. It was colder in Atlanta this morning than in both Anchorage and Reykjavîk. All I want to do is snuggle in my favorite chair with Holly and knit. I’m making good progress on my Coatigan (pictured above), but it’s going to have to warm up a little for me to wear this as a coat! …and I guess it’s ok that’s the only unraveling I have to report 🙂 On the reading front, I finished two 4-star books this week: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a delightful new series! Historical fiction with a bit…

  • Books

    Three on Thursday | What Should I Read Next?

    Inspired by Honoré’s recommendation, this morning I listened to episode 158 of the new-to-me podcast What Should I Read Next? In this episode, Anne talks with Whitney, known on Instagram as theunreadshelf. I have unread books all over my house and their conversation inspired me to peruse my shelves and gather up three (because Thursday!) that I might read next. Coincidentally, these are all books my mom passed along to me. She’s a long-time Taylor Caldwell fan  and she just read The Miracle of the Bells this year. I added the books to my TBR on Goodreads and noted that all three have excellent reviews. And as much as that…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello Wednesday! (again! already?!?) I’m happy to have some not-unraveling to share today! First up, Jaycee is moving along nicely. I’ve been taking daily photos and it’s fun to see how quickly it’s growing.I split the sleeves on Sunday (after the Starbucks meeting – upper right). This morning I added another 1,500-ish stitches and I’m now about halfway through the before-the-ribbing part of the body (lower right). At this rate I might be looking to start another sweater well before month-end! (I’m meeting up with my Starbucks Wednesday girls this afternoon … I’m sure I’ll get a few ideas for what I should cast on/sew next!) On the reading front,…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    It’s Wednesday … and that means I’m joining in with Kat and crew for a quick update on what I’m making and reading.This was the scene at my kitchen counter just before I pulled out my laptop to write this post. I wasn’t kidding about the crocheting and I’ll bet you’d also be surprised to know that the big ball of yarn is Red Heart. It’s called Bunches of Hugs and it seems perfect for a prayer shawl! Then there’s the beginning of a sock with a ball of yarn I bought in Linz, Austria. This yarn is labeled DK I’m happy to report – it is DK 🙂 And…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and books. I do love these weekly check-ins. The opportunity to report on progress has spurred many a project to some sort of milestone or completion. And if there’s literal unraveling, the opportunity for commiseration within a like-minded community is hard to beat. Up until about two hours ago, I wasn’t sure which path my story would follow today. Shortly after I snapped Monday’s photo of that first Soyokaze sleeve about 1/4 done, I realized I was likely to run out of yarn. I’m not sure what happened; I started with about 25% more than the pattern suggested. But…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    This is from Monday afternoon. I’m still knitting the body of Soyokaze … and since that’s not very interesting, I thought I’d share what the rest of my knitting group are knitting. Heading around the table (starting to my left): Ethel started the second sleeve of Getty. That purple Shibui Twig + Cima is just as stunning in person! Kathy is knitting Cepa in Kidsilk Haze. …oh my! Pat (at the opposite end) just finished the ribbing on a hat. I didn’t note the pattern, but the yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in a really yummy blue green colorway. Sarah (hands nicely folded in her lap) is working on the bind…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    My afternoon got off to a most unraveled start but the power is back on now (2:48 pm) and I’m hoping it stays on this time … it’s already gone off and come back twice. So I’m typing fast! On the knitting front, I finally finished the first of my two afghan squares for the team project that Kat is coordinating. This is my first time knitting a mitered square (or anything remotely log cabin). It’s fiddle-y and there are lots of ends, but it’s an excellent course in picking up stitches. It also looks pretty cool! But mostly, it’s wonderful to be part of a project along with so…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    I finished the last book to cover my Summer Bingo* card just after 6 am this morning. Moments of Seeing is a wonderful collection of essays to savor. I highly recommend Katrina Kennison’s blog … and her granola! Hands down this was my best summer of reading in quite a few years. I still need to collect my thoughts – and maybe a few statistics 😉 about the whole thing, but that’s going to wait for another day. Because I spent the rest of the day visiting my aesthetician and my nail tech (yay! my ten toes now all sport the same color) … and watching the team from Georgia advance…