Unraveled Wednesday, 9/14/22.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.


If that photo looks familiar, it is because it is the same photo I used last week.

I am using the same photo because the baby blanket looks pretty much exactly like it did a week ago. I had to frog about 3″ because I found two previously undiscovered errors. I dropped back to fix them, but they still looked bad. Frogging was the easiest and surest way to reach perfection fix them. Really, it was not too bad; as EZ once said about ripping back, “It’s just an opportunity to do more of our favorite hobby.” This sucker may be done by next Wednesday.


These four books are the first in Lucy Burdette’s series Key West Food Critic Series. They are not great literature, but they are entertaining in the manner of a cozy. I grabbed them because they are 1, about food, and B, set in the Florida Keys, a place where Smokey and I have vacationed many times.

The protagonist, Haley Snow, is a 20-something woman who followed her partner in a three-week fling back to his home in Key West. They last together as a couple for about as long as the fling back in New Jersey lasted. Hayley moves in with a long-time friend who lives on a houseboat docked in one of the Key West marinas and tries to find a job. She is hired as the food critic on Key Zest magazine. And wherever she goes, murder occurs, in the fine tradition of cozy mysteries.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered there are not 4 books in the series, but 12. Future escapism! 3★

Knocking Myself Up / Michelle Tea. I had only got started with this one when I realized I had to quick hurry up and read the book for my book group (below). This one is entertaining, kind of like listening to a really good stand-up comedienne. 4★





When Women Were Dragons / Kelly Barnhill. The author dedicated this book to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified during Brett Kavanaughs’s Senate confirmation hearing. That tells you all you need to know about the author’s point of view in this book.

Women will occasionally turn into dragons, leaving behind their families, and after — if their husband was a particularly awful person — eating their spouse. The media largely ignores this dragoning, and word of mouth is labeled “inappropriate”. Even the Mass Dragoning of 1955 gets little notice after it occurs. Censorship and self-censorship are rampant concerning this subject. Talking about dragons is considered in the same league as discussing menstruation or pregnancy, inappropriate.

But censorship does not eliminate the thing it censors. Dragonings continue (just like gays in Florida). I am halfway through this book, so I do not know how it ends, but I am looking forward to finishing it tonight. 5★

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9 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 9/14/22.

  1. Kym says:

    It’s always hard to frog back and re-knit. But EZ was wise, and she is right. And I have never regretted re-doing, even if my initial reaction is . . . well, not a happy one. You’ll always be glad you took the time to make the baby blanket . . . perfect! XO

  2. Kat says:

    I did a bit of frogging myself this week… not fun, but sometimes necessary. (Especially when the mistake would be very visible…)

    I am off to find that Dragon book… thank you very much!

  3. gayle says:

    I’ve had projects where I could swear I’d spent more time frogging than knitting…

  4. Kathleen Walsh says:

    I read that book, “When Women Were Dragons”. The book uses this transformation of women into dragons to mirror this society. It deals with the changes in outlook necessary to liberate women to be their best and most powerful selves. This includes women claiming their own sexual orientations and their abilities to live in loving relationships together, accepted without censorship. I liked the ending. I hope you did, too. Each woman who liberates herself liberates our entire society a bit more than it was previously!

  5. When Women Were Dragons sounds fascinating. I’d heard about it pre-release, but hadn’t read any reviews of it yet. I’m glad to hear that it seems to be as good a book as the promotional material made it sound.

    Agreed; sometimes ripping back knitting is the best way to fix an error. Even if I’m the only one who would have noticed the mistake in the first place. As long as the yarn is sturdy enough to hold up to it, and you’re not up against a really tight deadline, I’m all in favor of re-knitting as needed.

  6. Vera says:

    Sorry about the ripping back, but I’m sure you will be glad you did. That will be a lovely baby blanket!

  7. Jane says:

    When I have to rip back, I try to remember I’m just getting more value from the same yarn. Easy for me to say when you are the one doing the ripping. I have a gift hat on the needles that is too big, so I need to practice what I preach. I do like the bright cheerful colors in the baby blanket.

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