• 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…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    … are for catching up. I certainly didn’t set out to skip a week here. Every day, I thought about it. and every day I gave myself permission not to. In the meantime, I finished a pair of socks and a baby sweater, started a new sweater, finished a fantastic book, kept watch over the amaryllis, treated myself to a manicure, and enjoyed a few delicious meals (with wine ♄). I also spent time reflecting on next steps, making lists, and just being. It was a wonderful break! and it’s good to be back. Here’s to a great week, my friends!  

  • 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 VĂ€limĂ€ki 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 HonorĂ© 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…

  • 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%…