• 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…

  • 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…

  • Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    One of my favorite things about fall around here is all the birthdays. Beginning with Charlie in September, we continue to Marc, then Sam, then Rob, then Sara and finally me. That makes for a few birthday weekends … and this one was Sam’s. Friday evening we got to say Happy Birthday via FaceTime and see his new guitar. In addition to Purple Dinosaur Biscuits, he also loves Queen (I’m pretty sure that’s all Rob’s doing 😉 ) and has recently seen Freddy Mercury’s performance of We Will Rock You (“Rock Me Out, Alexa”, says Sam). This isn’t a great photo, but you get the idea (and yep, those are…

  • 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…