• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Queue Check.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and reading. I’ve been doing a lot more thinking about knitting than actual knitting lately. This morning, I pulled together all those thoughts and turned them into a solid plan. As a first step, I looked back at my original Make Nine plan. I have made a good deal of progress … …not only with knitting, but also changing my mind! Two of those “nopes” (Birkin, center and Glaswegian, lower right) I’ve abandoned because of poor pattern reviews, and Archer (center right) because I’m kind of in a cardigan phase right now. Poor Balise (lower center) is still very…

  • Books

    Three on Thursday | Close to a Cover-all.

    I finished listening to The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side (lower right) this afternoon. Pretty much the perfect accompaniment to fixing the mistake I found yesterday and finishing Clue 5. (I was listening to The Woman in the Window last week when I made that mistake and let me say, Jane Marple is a much better companion for knitting lace … maybe because she’s a knitter?!) I’m a life-long Agatha Christie fan, but I was a Hercule Poirot snob. I think this is the first time I’ve actually read a Miss Marple! My library doesn’t have many Miss Marple mysteries on audio, but it does have the first two.…

  • Books

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …take a while to come together. I really thought I’d be sharing this post a few hours ago because when I went to bed last night (after finishing Our Souls at Night. sigh. so good!) I had just three hours to finish Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope #2). In other words I was to the point where it seems like the loose ends can’t possibly take another three hours to resolve, and you can’t think about doing much else until you get to the end. But I spent the morning and early afternoon with my mom and (when she reads this I’m sure she’ll be impressed I didn’t mention the unfinished…

  • Books,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday | Bingo!

    Yes indeed! I finished three more books this week and finally made not one, but two Bingos! As much fun as it is to check off those boxes, it’s even better when the books are really good: Homegoing (upper left corner). I finished this dark-early yesterday morning and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything I want to say about it. But I’ve already told three people since then that they must read it (and I do think this is a “read with your eyes” book; I don’t say that very often, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight and the language is so beautiful you…

  • 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…

  • Books

    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…