Unraveled Wednesday.

So many FOs to blog. I put them all on Ravelry a few days ago and discovered that the last time I added a project there was February.

Time flies when you are having fun busy. Not that I haven’t been having fun,  but busy describes it better.

Back in late February or early March, I started my Carbeth, variously blogged here. Eventually I reached the joining point, knitted a couple inches, and realized that if I continued it would be way too long between the armholes and the neck. Summer had arrived, the sweater was not going perfectly, and it was time to put it away until fall.


Behold, the next project.

Pattern: Russell Street. But I followed the pattern only loosely.
Yarn: The variegated bits are a set of mini-skeins purchased on Etsy and are the thing that sparked this project. Not all of them worked harmoniously with one another, thus there are only six of them in the scarf. The rest of the scarf is various fingering weight yarns from my stash. Specifics on Rav if you are really, really interested.
Needle: US#6. The pattern called for a US#4, but I have noticed that other knitters’ scarves and shawls drape better than mine because they are knit at a somewhat larger gauge. The #6 needle worked perfectly.

This shawl will go in next spring’s silent auction. Most of the FOs I will present in the next few days are destined for that auction. Mainly I was attempting to knit down the stash. Not gonna live forever, y’know.

Oh, I have read a number of books since my last Unraveled post in ::counts on fingers:: April. Will I recount them all here? Nope. Yes.

Since April January I have listened to:

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (★★★)
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (★★★)
  • The Virginian by Owen Wister (to check off “a western” in my 2018 Read Harder Challenge list*)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (★★★)
  • Ready for a Brand New Beat by Mark Kurlansky (a fascinating history linking civil rights and Motown) (★★★)
  • The Inexplicable Universe by Neil Degrasse Tyson (★★★)
  • The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and the Reverand Desmond Tutu (everyone should read this periodically) (★★★★)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (I didn’t find this as engaging as other had; didn’t quite finish it) (★★)
  • A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan (★★)

Since April I have read, presented in chronological order (those lacking ★s I don’t remember enough to rate):

  • Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
  • The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman
  • The Buried Giant by Kazio Ishiguro (for book group)
  • Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards (recommended by a friend; excellent!) (★★★★)
  • Think of a Number by John Verdon
  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (★★★)
  • A Knitter’s Home Companion; A Heartwarming Collection of Stories, Patterns, and Recipes by Michelle Edwards
  • Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (★★★★)
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (predictable plot) (★★)
  • Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie (★★★)
  • Barn Blind by Jane Smiley (Smiley is one of my favorite authors; this was not her best, but I enjoyed it nevertheless) (★★★)
  • A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey (Comey is a dandy writer) (★★★★)
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  • Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham** (★)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (delightful!) (★★★★)
  • The Rooster Bar by John Grisham** (★)
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Snap by Belinda Bauer (my first introduction to this author; as you can see below, I liked her) (★★★)
  • Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (★★★)
  • Darkside by Belinda Bauer (★★★)
  • Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (★★★)
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward (oddly, Woodward’s book was not as good a read as James Comey’s book; odd because Woodward is professional writer and Comey is not) (★★★)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders (★★★)
  • Faery Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (★★★)
  • Holy Ghost by John Sandford** (★★★)
  • Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (★★★)
  • The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy** (★★★)
  • Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer (★★★)

* It was a good reminder to look at that list. There are still many books I want to read. Perhaps I should rename it My 2018-2019 Read Harder Challenge.

** It is truly tragic when an author whose works I have read eagerly over the years begins to lose his/her mojo. I read Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer and thought, Nope, not gonna read any more of his. Then I forgot my resolution and read The Rooster Bar and chastised myself for forgetting my resolution. Sandford is failing only slightly. Actually, I think I prefer the Lucas Davenport series to the Virgil Flowers series, of which this book was the latest. P.J. Tracy was a mother-daughter writing team; Mom died in 2016 and daughter wrote this book herself. Not quite up to the team’s standard, imnsho.

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6 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday.

  1. Kat says:

    Busy can be so overwhelming! But your read list! WOW! I loved Comey’s book – deeply. His words and his reasoning behind the things he did (whether I agreed with that decision or now) rang profoundly true.

    I am on the wait list for Woodward’s book and its a long wait!

  2. gayle says:

    Thanks for the book list! I’m madly making notes for my own reading list! (This year I found out, to my great delight, that any NY state resident can get a library card for the NYPL. VAST collection of e-books and audiobooks, and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it!)

  3. Diane says:

    Love the reading list – you put me to shame but it also provides goals

  4. I should find the book of Joy . Your cowl colors are lovley. The shape is one of my favorites

  5. Honoré says:

    Quite a lot of reading and knitting going … thanks for all the titles you shared.

  6. Jane says:

    Such an impressive list of book titles. You have been busy.

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