Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.
Today I delivered the three kids’ sweaters to the library for their silent auction later this month. I am so happy to have found a deserving place for them.
Next up, I have set myself a goal to finish this WIP by the end of the year. Actually, my goal is to finish this other afghan by then as well. Both have been OTN since 2015. (Good grief!) Both are knit of double-stranded Berroco Vintage, so are soft and machine-washable.
The plaid one is about 3/4 done, so finishing it should take just a few weeks. It was originally intended for Elder Son, but in reality he runs warm enough never to need an afghan. So I shall give it to his girlfriend, who always needs an afghan, particularly when Elder Son is in charge of the thermostat.
The success of this goal to finish both by midnight, December 31, depends on perseverance and tenacity and single-mindedness, not to mention a superhuman effort to avoid casting on anything else. Stay tuned…
I finally finished listening to The Giver of Stars. I think I started it back in 1992. No, actually it was a couple months ago. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a pack horse library in 1937 Appalachian Kentucky and the female characters that made it work. The ending was a bit saccharine — everyone pairing up to live happily ever after — but overall I recommend it. 3.5★
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Yes, it is a British murder mystery, generally some of my favorites, and yes, it won some awards, but frankly it was too cutesy, even for a cozy. It probably should have been in the Young Adult section of the library, given that the *detective* is an improbable 11-year-old girl. 2★
Chances Are… by Richard Russo. This one was for one of my book groups, but it didn’t come in time — s-l-o-w library deliveries these corona days. When it finally arrived I read it simply for myself. Russo is a delightful storyteller, with excellent characters and back stories. After just a few pages I felt like I .was being welcomed, hugged, and enveloped in a comfortable story. There is a mystery embedded in this one. I don’t think it improves the book, but I still recommend it. 4★
Unforgotten on Amazon Prime. A British police procedural about a cold case squad. Excellent acting, intriguing plots. Each season has six episodes that follow one investigation. Sadly, we finished season three, the last one filmed, this week. There is a season four in the works, but we shall have to wait for it.
This is just the latest British police drama we/I have watched. Happy Valley, River, Shetland, Luther (Idris Elba!), Broadchurch, and Scott & Bailey were all excellent entertainment, and I particularly recommend the first and last one; they were both created by Sally Wainwright and have strong, fully formed female characters. Vera is probably somewhere in my near future.
I am nodding my head in unity… I am positive I have some UFO’s that are older than those gorgeous blankets! Once Winston’s sweater is done, I am putting blinders on and focusing solely on all the stuff in process! lol)
Also… I love *anything* with Nicola Walker in it! (have you seen Spoks? It is now called MI5)
Good luck in the not-casting-on process! (It’s hard. So many squirrels!)
I loved Broadchurch, River, Scott & Bailey, and Unforgotten. (Big Nicola Walker fan here, too!) I’m making notes of things to add to my watchlist – Shetland, Luther, and Vera you say?
Those are awesome afghans! I was wondering about how you juggled all the balls of yarn, though, so thank you for showing us.
I’ve seen that cover for Chances Are… before, and it bugs me every time. WHY IS THE HORIZON NOT LEVEL? Ahem. Sorry. But it makes my eye twitch. 😉
The plaid afghan is lovely. Did you say it uses intarsia? I’ve never tried that.
What gorgeous aghans! I love your yarn organiser. Hmmm, I have The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie on my list for later in the year when we need to read a cosy mystery. Maybe I should look for something else?! Happy knitting!
How ingenious you are with all those balls of yarns. Great idea to keep them from getting tangled. I have never read anything by Russo. Maybe I’ll have to give him a try. Good luck all the finishing. Sometimes it is nice to get those languishing projects finished or make a decision to frog them and have a clean slate. I don’t do it very often though. 😉
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