Unraveled

Unraveling on a Wednesday

Knitting continues to be kind of sporadic around here.  I mean . . . I knit a little nearly every day, but most days it's very little.  There are so many other things to do!  

I'm still busy out in the garden, for example.  Because the weather still allows it -- and there really is no frost in sight at this point.  So, hey!  Let's do some transplanting, huh?  And let's use those "bonus rocks" (from the re-built retaining wall) to create the garden border I've always wanted.  And while we're at it, let's get a head start on moving the garden path before winter!  (So full of ideas. . . )

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(I suppose someday winter will just . . . arrive.  And catch me off guard.  But for now?  Dig in!)

All of that . . . prelude . . . should serve as a warning that I've got nothin' much to share with you in the unraveled department this week.  Just another shot of my slightly-longer arrows project.

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As for reading, I just finished listening to Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  (The audio version is wonderful because the narrator's Nigerian accent just adds to the reading experience.)  I'd been waiting for that one on Overdrive for months and months, so I had to put my current Audible read - Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss - on temporary hold (because I can listen anytime. . . ).  I'm not sure I'll get back to it anytime soon, though, because I can see I'm next-in-line for another Overdrive audiobook!  (Deadlines always win.)

And then this arrived yesterday . . . 

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When I first heard that a new Mary Oliver poetry anthology would be available this fall, I thought I'd put it on my Christmas wish list this year.  But then, as summer progressed, I decided I need Mary Oliver and I need her NOW.  So I pre-ordered.  It arrived yesterday and I am thrilled!

How about YOU?  What are you knitting working on and reading?

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Rain Delay

Late last night I finished the first of my arrow "wings."  Since it was already dark, I planned to take a photo this morning to use in today's post.

But.  Oh my goodness.  It finally RAINED here!  (First time in months.)

So, after a bit of a rain delay, here you go.

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As for reading, this week I'm sticking with poetry . . . a bit of Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry to settle my soul.

How about you?  What are you stitching and reading this week?

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Ready-Aim-Fire: An Unraveled Post

I'm happily knitting away on my "arrows" project . . . 

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After a summer of knitting that included lace and mosaic and beads and all the attention and counting that kind of knitting entails, I'm just thrilled to be working on a projet that is free-form and open-ended and not restricted in any way at all.  (It's kind of like knitting dishcloths, but with much nicer yarn.)

I love just being able to follow a basic recipe . . . while just riffing with color and texture.  This kind of project is very forgiving.  If I don't like what I see, I can just . . . end it.  Try something else.  Grab a different color instead.  Throw in a garter ridge or two.  And if I make a mistake of some sort?  Well, I can just work it into the project and no one will ever be the wiser.

I also like creating such a colorful, bold accessory for myself.  Because I love looking at the bright and the wild . . . but I don't really like wearing it.  Unless it's an accessory!  So perfect, non?

Finally, though, I have always love the symbolism of arrows.  Movement.  Direction.  Strength.  Grace.  Power.  Give me an arrow anytime!

So, basically . . . this is just what I need to knit right now.

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As for the reading, I've just started Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (one of my favorite authors) (this one was on the Man Booker long list).  Over the weekend, I finished Autumn by Ali Smith (another of my favorite authors) (this one made the Man Booker short list).  I loved Autumn, although I'll readily admit that it won't be to many readers' tastes (so be warned if you like your books strong on plot with few holes by the end of the book) (just sayin').

How about you?  What are you knitting and reading?

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Progress

The blob . . . it grows.

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It really doesn't look like much right now.  But Erin's wedding shawl is coming right along.

I'm knitting carefully . . . because ripping back with lace and super thin lace weight and beads is just Not What I Need right now.  So.  Slow and steady.  Counting constantly.  No wine.  No TV.  No book-listening.  Just focused knitting.

I'm nearing the final lace chart.  But . . . So. Many. Stitches.

In reading, I finished Bear Town over the weekend, and I'm recommending it to everyone I run into (and all of you, too).  Now I'm reading The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (and I need to really pick up my pace because it's a loan through Overdrive and the deadline fast approaches; I don't want it to disappear mid-read. . . ).  I'm listening to A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume (and I'm not so sure what I think about it quite yet).

How about YOU?  What are you knitting?  Or reading?  Or both?

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No Time for Unraveling

My knitting has been very slow this summer.  A row here; a row there.  Some days, not even a stitch.

I finally finished this earlier this week . . . 

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That's Kirsten Kapur's Mystery Shawl 2017 -- in all its unblocked glory.  (I don't have a good place to block up north, and the well water is just kind of . . . well, smelly.  I will block when I get home.)  

And now, I'm working on this blob of lace weight . . .

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Because, really.  With less than 3 weeks until a wedding, shouldn't every mother-of-the-bride be working on a lace shawl with beads for her daughter?  (Like the title says, no time for unraveling.)

(If you hear maniacal laughter in the background, just smile and look away.)

Reading continues apace.  I may get a Bingo coverall after all, but it's hard to tell at this point.  Right now, I'm slogging through John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River (we'll just say . . . this one is NOT A Prayer for Owen Meany* - although it's every bit as long -  and leave it at that).  I've also just started Beartown (Fredrik Backman) -- which is, so far, everything you've already heard it is.  (Watch for a Bingo update post tomorrow for a more detailed look at my recent reading.)

How about you?  What are you knitting and reading today?

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Today's post is part of Kat's Unravled Wednesdays.  See what everyone else has to say here.

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* One of my top-5 favorite books Of All Time.


Slowing Down and Catching Up

My unraveling tale this week comes not from yarn and needles . . . but from pure stupidity.

My own.

Too lazy to change my shoes (and - truth be told - not wanting to put on socks), I decided to walk the dogs yesterday in my trusty Keen sandals.  Now this style of sandal has gotten me through many a long walk (and walking vacations) in the past.  But yesterday?  Not so much.  

I could feel the blister forming on the ball of my foot just at the 1-mile turnaround-point of our walk.  By the time I got back home, it was a doozy.

Talk about unraveled!  (And I get really cranky about injuries that prevent me from moving freely.)

Upside?

Well, perhaps I'll have more time to just sit for a couple of days while it heals.  Because I've just started this summer's Through the Loops Mystery Shawl, and I have some catching up to do.

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There are so many ways to . . . unravel.  Y'know?

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Unraveled

After finishing my Colorwash Scarf, I've got nothin' on the needles!  (Yet.)

But I am finishing up my Alabama Chanin Factory Dress.  (Which I hope to wear to our Solstice Party on Friday night; it fits like a dream -- and I'm already plotting to make another!)

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I'm reading Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski.  (Yeah.  I have that "Non-fiction about science" square in Summer Book Bingo.)  It's interesting, but I'm going to have to pick up the pace -- because it's due back at the library next Tuesday.

How about you?  What are you stitching and reading?

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Today's post is part of Kat's Unraveled -- a weekly update of what we're stitching (or not) and reading.  To read more Unraveled posts, click here.


Unraveled . . . Tales of Stitching and Reading

These days, most of my "creative time" is spent out in the garden (and my fingernails really show it . . .), but I still try to find time to stitch every day.

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No unraveling this week.  (At least, not of the knitting or stitching variety.  In the garden, though?  I have a MAJOR unraveling going on, but I'll save that for another blog post.)  

The Colorwash Scarf continues to be a joy to knit, and it's growing quickly.  I'm hoping to be finished before Kirsten Kapur releases the first clue (June 15) for this year's Through the Loops Mystery Shawl -- but I'll have to knit quickly.  Because . . . 

See that sort of mustard-y green pile of fabric underneath?  Well.  That's my basic Alabama Chanin Factory Dress . . . and it's hogging most of my stitching time these days.

As for reading, in the ears I've got David Sedaris' newest book, Theft by Finding (audiobook-read-by-the-author, if you're following along with Summer Book Bingo).  In print, I'm reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (biography).  Earlier this week I finished The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (borrowed).  

How about YOU?  What are you reading and unraveling this week?

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Love Don't Come Easy

Here's a little soundtrack for today's post.

You can't hurry love;
No you just have to wait.

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You've got to trust it, give it time;
No matter how long it takes.

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Love don't come easy;
it's a game of give and take!

So, yeah.  Sometimes projects drag on for months . . . maybe even for a whole year.  It sure feels good when you finish them, though.  

You just can't hurry love!

(Ravelry details here.)

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Unraveling . . .

Here's what I started knitting yesterday . . . 

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It's Kirsten Kapur's Colorwash Scarf from Wild Yarns, the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 3.  I've been planning this knit for weeks -- but wanted to finish a few other things before casting on.  I had planned to only knit with the "wild" yarn" (some lovely stuff I picked up at Rhinebeck a couple of years ago), but after I saw Vicki's finished Colorwash Scarf, I decided to throw in a contrast color.

(And hoo boy . . . so glad I did!  Because for the first several rows, I kept forgetting to pass the slipped stitch over.  If I'd been using just the one color, I would have had to unravel constantly.  With two colors, well . . . there is immediate accountability.)  (And I only had to unravel twice.)  (Full disclosure.)

Anyway.  This design hits all my knitting-buttons:  rhythmic pattern, fun color changes, and stripes.  Those three features can keep my interest for hours at a time!

As for reading . . . right now I've got The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill, borrowed through Overdrive, on my iPad.  (This title was on the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction long list this year.)  I've only just read the first 75 pages, so I'm guessing this will be my first Bingo square (although I haven't quite figured out which one yet. . . ).

Speaking of bingo, don't forget that Summer Book Bingo begins this Saturday, May 27.  Check out the sidebar on Mary's blog to learn more.  Grab your card and read along!

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