Unraveled Wednesday #5.

I haven’t frogged an entire project for a few months, but that doesn’t mean there has not been frogging.

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If I had never had to rip out a few rows (more than once), this would be at least an inch bigger. Actually, it IS at least an inch bigger. This photo was taken shortly after we left home on the way to Sioux Falls; I knit on the project for many more hours in the car and while there.

The patchwork afghan grows steadily, but even simple garter stitch defeats me occasionally.

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If there had not been frogging, this would have several more squares. Once again, however, this is not a current photo. There is an additional row of squares added at the right since this photo was taken. Tonight I will start the 11th row. (There will be 15 rows when it is done.)

As EZ pointed out long ago, ripping out just means more chances to do more of our favorite hobby.

silent voices.jpgI finished Silent Voices a few days ago. I have watched a few episodes of the BBC series based on the characters, and I think I prefer the TV version. I’ll read at least one more of the books to give them a chance; discovering a new-to-me author with a backlist is always a thrill.

Part of my lack of enthusiasm for the book was due to my unfamiliarity with how this author designs her books. Is she throwing multiple red herrings in the reader’s path? or is she leading the reader to the correct guess as to whodunit? In this particular book, it was the former; the actual murderer came with rather few clues as to his identity. Goodreads participants give this book, and most of the rest of the series, 3-1/2 stars, but there are a couple with 4-1/2. I shall look forward to those.

Meanwhile, I started The Hanging by Lotte and Söoren (or Søren or just plain Soren) Hammer (3 stars on Goodreads). The style of writing seems odd to me; perhaps it was better in the original Danish. Time will tell whether I can recommend this one or not.

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In my ears is Born a Crime, Trevor Noah’s memoir of growing up in South Africa. I enjoy him on The Daily Show on YouTube, and I am enjoying the book. He was really a screw-off in his youth: perfect preparation for being a standup comedian and a satiric al host. Sadly, I no longer seem to spend much time alone in the car so I am way behind in listening to audiobooks I have downloaded from Audible. Waiting to be listened to are Exit West by Hohsin Hamid, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and King Leopold’s Ghost: A story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild. Given that that is over 40 hours of listening, I am not sure how or when I will accomplish it. Maybe I’ll just keep downloading a book every month and save them for when my eyes are too old to focus on a page; that should be in about 40 years.

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5 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday #5.

  1. Kat with a K says:

    Oh! I hope you like The Hanging… I feel bad for recommending it :/

  2. gayle says:

    I’ve been enjoying audiobooks while I sew or knit. I don’t drive much, so I’ve never tried listening in the car. (I’ve always been secretly fearful that I’d get too interested in the story and forget I was guiding a large dangerous object…)

  3. Carole says:

    The afghan is looking great. And I concur with EZ but it’s still frustrating when you have to rip something out.

  4. Nicole says:

    I love my audiobooks for busy work tasks at the office. That helps me get through the longer books, since my commute is now under a half-hour each way without traffic.

    I love the look of those projects! I look forward to seeing what the shawl especially grows into.

  5. Helen says:

    Have you read Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher murder mysteries (PBS has a televised versions by they are so different from the books stories as to almost be another series altogether which is not bad as that doubles the fun)? There are 18 stories available, I believe.

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