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The blob . . . it grows.


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?


Today's post is part of Kat's Unraveled Wednesday group.  Be sure to check out what everyone else is knitting and reading!


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A beautiful, beaded blob and I look forward to seeing the miracle of blocking! And the focus with no wine, TV, or books shows that it is a true labor of love.

I also loved Beartown! It's supposedly the first in a trilogy, but since his blog is in Swedish and the translation is funny, I'm not sure if the next book will be published soon. Luckily for readers, he seems like a prolific author.


I've been telling everyone I meet to read Beartown too! Tonight is book group and they all read Ove (which I read last year) so I can't wait to tell them as well! Nice work on the shawl...but oh the sacrifices! XO


That yarns and beads - it will be so lovely.


Your dedication to perfection will be worth every last little yo and bead when Erin is wrapped up in the beautiful shawl! I read The Woman Next Door and was fascinated by the relationship and the how/why of where it ended up.


I loved Beartown! The shawl is beautiful, your daughter will love it!


Oh, I cannot wait to see that shawl!! Gorgeous colors...


Hmmm...I am very behind in blog reading. Like you, my husband, sister and self shared one pair of glasses to view the eclipse. It did not create darkness here, but it was still fascinating.

The shawl is beautiful--can't wait to see the finished product. Slow and steady is a good strategy to create a stunning garment.


I do love the shawl: it sparkles and I'm sure the bride will treasure it...smart of you to give knitting the shawl your undivided attention - we so seldom do that; t'is a practice I certainly could practice...
Knit on! And thanks for the recommendation for Beartown!


I can't work on the baby blanket this week because Jess is with me so I'm knitting on the Islington Shawl and really enjoying lace again. I am just about to start Bear Town since I finished Into the Water this morning. I'm glad to know it comes with a hearty recommendation from you!


I also loved Beartown! I'll have to look up A Line Made by Walking.

The shawl is stunning!


I don't think children fully appreciate a mother's sacrifice, even more so in regards to knitting, until they have children themselves. But if Erin also knows how to knit she might have a better inkling than most. Can't wait to see this beautiful shawl.


I really loved Beartown! I am glad to know you did too! And, that blob!! I love it - the iridescence of the beads, the color of the yarn! I can't wait to see it completed!


I loved Bear Town, too. It reminded me a bit of what it must have been like in the towns on the Iron Range in the 1960s, when they were the powerhouse of high school hockey.

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