• Books

    Announcing a New Book Bingo!

    Hello friends and welcome to a seventh season of Book Bingo. Everything in the world is topsy turvy right now anyway, so I decided (with much encouragement from my sister) that we didn’t need to wait until Memorial Day to kick off this year’s bingo. Welcome to Shelter at Home Bingo. You can generate your card here and refresh yourself about all the “rules” here. (and note there’s a page with all of that linked in the top menu bar on the blog.) In a nutshell, the only big change is that we’re starting on April 1 (the date my town officially began SAH) and ending on the later of…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday (for real).

    Hello friends. It feels good to pause today to write about knitting and reading. I even have two stories about actual unraveling to share! Here’s the knitting one. This is yesterday afternoon. That’s me upper left, surrounded by a lot of new-to-me knitting peeps at the virtual knit-along hosted by The Craftivist, a delightful yarn shop in Atlanta that I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting in real life. (Boy, I love these Zoom meet-ups!) It was a lot of fun! I was happily knitting along on Notice, and started the ribbing at the bottom of the body. oops. the K1/P1 pattern didn’t come out right. I counted. double. triple.…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Five Good Things.

    Hello, friends. I hope this finds you well and safe at home. Today I am happy to have five good things to share. Thing one. The morning walks continue. Today I crossed an empty street (two lanes, typically bumper to bumper with cars) to stand under these crabapple trees to take a photo. I love the cherry trees for being first. I love the crabapples for all the shades of pink. Things two and three. The knitting continues and I should get the sleeves separated today. Yesterday I needed something totally escapist in my ears and searched Libby for Mary Kay Andrews on audio. There were two new-to-me titles available…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Jumping back in again today (which makes three days in a row in case you’re not counting 😉 ) to share things in process on the knitting and reading front. I do love that Kat provides us this weekly check-in to keep Ravelry and Goodreads up-to-date. Thank you, Kat! First up, the knitting. I started another pair of socks for my mom and Joy is still providing joy! This is the second pair of socks I’m trying with a German wool/nylon blend yarn and I am in love with it. The patterning is so much fun and it feels great. I checked out the website where I ordered it and was delighted…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Joy.

    Happy Wednesday, my friends – I am delighted to be sharing some Joy with y’all this week! Yes, I know my posts are often full of joy 🙂 and this week my needles are too … behold … Joy This sweet lace cardigan designed by Veera Välimäki has been in my must-knit queue for almost two years (when my sweet friend Deena picked up a signed copy of Interpretations Vol. 5 at the Hill Country Weavers retreat in March 2018).  And a few weeks back, I realized I had the perfect yarn for it – Plucky Solo Fingering in the prettiest ballet pink. At the time, that yarn was languishing…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends and Happy Wednesday! Today is an Opera Wednesday (Porgy & Bess and I am so excited!), so this is gonna be a super quick update on what I’m knitting and reading. On the needles are a pair of socks for my mom (well, technically, the first of a pair!)You might recall a few weeks back that two of her socks had already worn through in the heels. Those were socks I’d knit with Malabrigo Arroyo … super soft and lovely colors and sadly, just not up to hardwood floors. This yarn is a wool/nylon blend and we’ll see how it wears. I am enjoying the colors (named these…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Pockets and Do-overs.

    Happy Wednesday, my friends. and cheers!My lovely friend HonorĂŠ and I celebrated TEN YEARS of retirement this morning with a two-hour FaceTime call and a champagne toast. We both worked our last day in our “career jobs” (caveat only on my part since I started working in my LYS and teaching classes the following Monday) on Friday, January 29, 2010. Retirement hasn’t turned out quite like we expected … all for the good. While we chatted, I knitted on the Polar Coat and now have almost finished the body. I really wanted to share the bind-off with y’all today … and I’m close! Here’s a full view of the body…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends – apologies for my silence in response to the lovely stories y’all shared on Friday’s post. I’ve been taking a little break from my inbox and blog-land and I’m almost ready to dive back in. Please know I have read and appreciated all your comments and I look forward to replying and reading about what you’ve been up to. maybe tomorrow? for sure by next week! One little step to get me back in the groove is this mid-week meetup. I’m grateful (yet again!) to Kat for hosting us and giving me a good reason to update my knitting on Ravelry and my reading on Goodreads. On the knitting…

  • 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…