• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Slow Progress.

    Things are moving slow around here, slower than I can remember (maybe ever – the last time I was laid up without being able to drive was in 2002 … and I had two teenagers and my mom and dad in the house to help … it wasn’t “slow”). So checking off two more Bingo squares and finishing the current week’s mystery shawl clue seems like blog-worthy progress. Good thing it’s Wednesday and I can join in with Kat and friends to talk about it! Since last week, I finished Calypso (lower right), David Sedaris’ latest. This is maybe my favorite collection of his ever, and for sure in the…

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    Summer Bingo Update.

    My knitting projects haven’t changed much since last week, not only because I’ve been sewing, but also because I’ve been reading. So I’m joining with Kat and friends today to talk about books! Long-time readers might notice I’m taking a different approach to Summer Bingo this year. Instead of planning out my card, I’m reading for bookclub and my small group (American Gospel, Glory Over Everything, Rules of Civility), tackling a few long-time TBR’s (Stuart Little, Charles Dickens), following some awesome friend recommendations (Light of the World, Those Who Save Us, A Walk in the Woods), and generally just enjoying all of it. Note to self – I need to read…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part four).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share what I hope is the final in-progress update on Sara’s blanket. I leave for New York next Wednesday and my plan is to have the finished blanket wrapped and packed on Tuesday! As long as I don’t lose focus, I should be fine. That row marker (7 repeats into the fifth and final color) tells me I have 23 repeats to go. I was averaging five repeats a day until this past week (when I slowed down a little) … and if I can get back to that pace I’ll finish with a couple days to spare. A few of you asked how…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Three on Thursday | 2018 Summer Book Bingo!

    There’s a new section on the sidebar to the right for this year’s Summer Book Bingo. The cards are ready – it’s time to start planning! And since it’s Thursday, here are three things you need to know about this year’s Summer Book Bingo: 1. Books you finish between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend count. This year that means books you finish May 26 – September 3. This might be a great opportunity to finish books you started a while back … or you could simply get a headstart by starting now and “finishing” Memorial Day Weekend. 2. You get to interpret the relevance of the square to…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Warning, y’all – this post contains graphic evidence of actual unraveling! Much to my dismay, I was not delighted with the finished Edie when I finally tried it on Monday afternoon. It was long. as in needs leggings long. Even my slim-legged white jeans and sandals didn’t make it work. I wore it to knitting anyway, hoping the girls would change my mind. They didn’t. I held out one last hope that Diane might … but when we FaceTimed yesterday afternoon, she agreed. I could either wear the sweater with leggings or make it shorter. The sweater is meant for warm weather; wearing it with leggings seems silly. So after…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    The only thing that has unraveled this week is my thinking that I could finish Calyx by Sunday, when the Sweater KAL in Elizabeth Doherty’s group on Ravelry ends. I still have two shoulder pieces to knit and join, then two sleeves, a neckline and a hem to pickup and knit. And plans today and tomorrow that won’t allow much knitting time. So yeah, probably not gonna happen. But soon, for sure, because the knitting is just plain fun. The pattern is – of course – extremely well-written (I’m now on page 10 of 16) and – of course – very cleverly constructed. On the reading front, I haven’t made…

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    Three on Thursday | A Reading Update.

    If you read the title of this post, I’m sure you’re wondering how I could possibly share a reading update – even just a little over three months into the year – with only three things. Well – I’m only going to share three images 😉. Image one – tracking the only reading goal I made for the year – to buy fewer books. That 13% is just five books – three were definitely impulse (must keep reading) purchases, but two were for Lent – one for my daily devotion and one for my small group (I always buy those books). I’d like to see the blue “pie” get a little…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello and Happy Almost Thursday! I am making slow but steady progress on my second Quintessential Cardigan. But – I’m worried I won’t have enough yarn. I have no idea why I just assumed I would, but … I did! After I knit that first sleeve, and was a little into the back – maybe when I joined the 2nd or 3rd ball? – I noticed that I didn’t have a lot of balls left. I weighed the sleeve, weighed all the yarn I had left, looked at my notes from last time and realized I was going to be close. Worst case, I can knit short sleeves – which…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    I wrote last week about the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Just now I finished the fifth one, something like 50 hours of audio since I started listening to the first back on March 18. I’m a dedicated serial listener, and #6 is on hold, so now I’ll be taking a break. But not from coffee! Clare Cosi, the main character and manager of the coffeehouse, is a huge fan of the stovetop espresso machine. I pulled mine out and was reminded how much I love that strong brew. and that I need to get some fresh coffee. I’m pretty sure grind in the cupboard was from Marc’s last Asia trip … in…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Not everything has been going my way lately, but thank goodness, the knitting and reading are not letting me down. Since last Thursday, I’ve started two of those spring cardigans. The sleeve-as-swatch has dried and I think it’s going to work out fine. and the purple Quick Sand has really kept me entertained. I’m a huge fan of the design, which Heidi has published for two gauges – Fine Sand (lightweight) and Quick Sand (heavier weight). This is my 4th time knitting it (1, 2, 3, 4), so it feels really comfortable – and rather than put all the stitches onto waste yarn to try it on before separating the…