Unraveled, 1/9/19.

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Sweater is embarrassed about the messy state of my office.

I finished the child’s sweater for the warm clothing drive. It was intended to be a stashbuster, and it kinda was. I played yarn chicken with the navy blue and won. Then I played yarn chicken with the dark gray for the bottom stripe and ribbing… and lost. The yarn is no longer available; I decided that Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash would probably be a decent enough match, given that the lower stripe and ribbing would not be right next to the cuffs of the original yarn. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

I ordered a skein of the gray WotA, but when I wound it into a center-pull cake the cake was the same size as the original, no-longer-available, dark gray cake that was not nearly enough. I panicked and ordered 2 (2!) more skeins from Knit Picks

Of course, the single skein was enough, and now I have 2+ more skeins to use up somehow. Ahem. Moving on. 

Yarn: Filatura Lanarota Pure Washable Merino – white, medium blue, red, and dark gray. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes superwash – navy and not quite as dark gray.
Needles: US#7.
Pattern: Child’s raglan from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.

Once that was done, it was time to start working on the UFOs that have been cluttering up the table in the laundry/craft room.

Two pairs of socks, both of which had been suspended midway through the foot of the second sock:

(left)
Yarn: Schachenmayr Regia Cotton Summer Smile Color in Sahara.
Pattern: Wendy Johnson’s generic toe-up sock worked on 60st, but I added ribbing in the arch area.
Needles: US#0 in the foot and ankle, US#1.5 for the leg.

(right)
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare fingering (white for toes, heels, and cuff) and Knit Picks Felici Baker Street and Beyond the Wall, double-stranded.
Pattern: Wendy Johnson’s generic toe-up sock worked on 48st.
Needles: US#2.5 in the foot and ankle, US#4 for the leg.

After the socks were done, I meant to pick up my Carbeth, but I had vague memories that it had had a problem when I set it aside. Instead, I decided to mend some things while I worked up my courage to work on Carbeth.

Darning is not my strong suit, as is particularly evident in the sock on the right. But they are fixed and done and wearable, so it is all good.

I did some funky embroidery on a rather drab nightshirt, too, but I will save that for a future post. (Tuesday is back-to-back episodes of House from 11am to 7pm on H&I, so it is a great day to knit, mend, craft, etc. Yay, retirement!)

Reading.
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I picked up Mending Matters at the library, but it was way too precious and silly to actually read. I like the concept of mending and making those mends fun — see the socks, above — but the whole spiritual and philosophical thing that the author spun was a bit too much for me. YMMV, of course.

screen shot 2019-01-08 at 11.28.52 pmTana French’s The Witch Elm had been lost in the cyberspace of our library’s hold system for a couple weeks — the computer system said it was on my library’s hold shelf but the book was definitely not there. Eventually, the physical book appeared… and I read it as fast as humanly possible. Tana French is one of my favorite authors, but this book was not up to her usual standard. Had it had a good edit that somehow shortened it by 100 pages or so it would have been better. Once again, ymmv, although the Goodreads reviews seemed to bear out my opinion.

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.27.55 PM.pngNext up was Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, which I am about half-way through. Guess what? It is great! What a human being, what a  woman, what a writer. Highly recommend. (Notice that it has a 4.7 rating on Goodreads. The highest I have ever seen is maybe 4.3.)

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6 Responses to Unraveled, 1/9/19.

  1. Kym says:

    Great knitting. Great mending. Great book reviews. (I couldn’t agree more on Witch Elm. What a disappointment. . .) XO

  2. Kat says:

    I have been hovering about Witch Elm, thanks for this candid review. I will move ahead with more Vera Stanhope, who is my new detective fixation!

    Great knitting! Great Mending!! And, I have been thinking that Mending Matters might be a book that would help me branch out my stitching… perhaps yes?

  3. gayle says:

    Good for you for the finishes! (And the mending! Oh, my, the mending) (I’ve got things that have waited for *years* for mending…)
    I listened to Witch Elm as an audiobook, which let me enjoy it more than you did. It’s better as a rambling story told by a fellow with a charming accent.
    I’m on the hold list for Becoming with the library – but it’s a pretty crowded list, so I’m in for a long wait. Sounds like it’ll be worth it!

  4. Nicole says:

    Great update! I really want to read Becoming; I’m glad to hear that Michelle is a good writer as well as a good person.

  5. Maria says:

    Michelle Obama read some extracts from her book for BBC Radio 4 here in the UK. She read beautifully and enthrallingly. Of course, over here the story of her first meeting with the Queen got prominence, but I most enjoyed her account of how she and Barrack first met when she was his superior at work. I know she says it will never happen but I would like to see her as your President one day. You need a President with real empathy and integrity and who is genuinely literate.

  6. Hooray for Michelle Obama! I want to read the book

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