Unraveled Wednesday, 4/9/19.

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.


My Fairfield sweater is growing slowly.  When I took this photo on Tuesday afternoon, it was 13″ long. I have decided I need to measure it periodically because progress is hard to see otherwise. Every night before I get up from my knitting chair to go to bed I hold it up and and tell Smokey, “My sweater is growing.” But I need some concrete proof.

The slow growth of the sweater keeps tempting me to cast on something else like this or this. I already have the yarn for both in my stash, and I have almost convinced myself that somehow starting another sweater is a good idea. But logic keeps rearing its unwelcome head, so no cast-on so far.


I signed on for the #100daysofstitching challenge on Instagram. Please know that my embroidered shirt actually looks better, IMHO, in real life than in that photo, above. This shirt will be fun to wear… in another 90+ days.

I realized I have been remiss in reporting my reading. There hasn’t been all that much, but I left out some books. At the library book sale last month, besides the David Sedaris book, I also picked up a slow-cooker cookbook. Two recipes so far — a spicy tomato-based fish soup and a sweet-sour red cabbage with apples side dish. Both were a success, although that doesn’t mean I won’t tweak them a little next time.

I also read Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain. Sadly, there was hardly anything in there that appealed. Every recipe seemed to contain at least one random ingredient obtainable only in a large city and definitely not available in my local, small-town supermarket. Betty Crocker recipes are a better bet here in the north woods, since I am not inclined to drive to the Twin Cities for an ingredient. (Amazon is a possibility, though. I did get a can of yellow curry paste from them for a cauliflower curry in Appetites. We liked the curry rather a lot, so I will check out my local coop, which (happily!) stocks some things not available in the supermarket, such as the coconut milk called for in the curry. Will probably add some chicken and mushrooms to the curry, too.) (Re-reading that parenthetical makes me think that maybe I shouldn’t return Appetites to the library just yet.)

Besides his cookbook, his The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones lived for a short while on my TBR pile. For some reason I thought it was another cookbook (duh!); it is actually a collection of his essays. I reached my limit of his writing after two or three. Not to say that I won’t read anything else he wrote — I look forward to checking out his fiction and travel/food books.

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9 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 4/9/19.

  1. Kat says:

    Your sweater is growing! And, I am really loving your stitching project! (And, as for reading slumps… I appear to be in one… and I hate it. In my desire to find something I stumbled upon Henning Mankell’s last two books ( a little series ) and AWESOME!

  2. Kym says:

    Your sweater is definitely growing! (I sometimes stick a little safety pin in my knitting so I can visually see that I’m making progress even when I’m sure I’m not. . . ) I have wanted to knit a Boxy sweater forEVER, but I can guarantee you’ll make slower progress on both if you’re knitting them at the same time. 😉 And your stitching looks great!

    (I have same problem with ingredients/cooking up north. We just eat “the basics” up there — OR I have to lug stuff with me, which means thinking ahead. And that kind of takes the fun out of going up north, y’know???) XO

  3. gayle says:

    Definitely a growing sweater! (Hint: if you need a quick fix of visible knitting progress, try a hat rather than another sweater…)
    I’m in a reading slump, too. Must be something going around.

  4. Vera says:

    Love your sweater and it is growing! And, I love your stitching. I put on a pair of jeans over the weekend to discover a couple of threadbare patches…I think some embroidery could fix that problem rather nicely. I have been in a reading slump for some time…believe I am FINALLY coming out of it (and then another slog of a book came thru on Overdrive – lol).

  5. Jeannie Gray Owen Wiant says:

    Your sweater will be gorgeous and removable stitch markers are your best friend for proving growth. You can mark your progress weekly or daily which can be quite motivating. Can’t wait to see how the stitching on your shirt progresses.

  6. Vicki says:

    I am loving your stitching!!!

  7. Diane says:

    Love that sweater, I rarely need a sweater because of natural insulation that I carry but I love the look of one. Currently reading The Silent Patient – but it’s going to have to be great to out due Where The Crawdads Sing.

  8. Jane says:

    That sweater is going to be gorgeous. Like others I often use a safety pin like stitch marker to mark progress on a big project. Interesting cookbook reading. I am with you, I prefer a little simpler recipes that is no exotic ingredients.

  9. k says:

    Penzey’s Spices? Not all your odd ingredients, but good stuff.

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