Unraveled Wednesday

I am happy to say there is no unraveling in my fiber life. In fact, things are going well.

I reached the side split point on my Junegrass sweater and have just two more inches of garter on the front. After I tackle the back I will make a decision about sleeve length.

I also decided my string quilt was large enough and my string scrap box was very close to empty. I found a piece of fabric for backing and enough batting in my closet so I got that top pin basted last weekend. I am doing some simple stitching following the lines of the blocks. Hope to get that finished this week and then it will be binding time. Should have a finished quilt by the time I return to work next week.

I have 100 pages left in Pachinko and ignoring that work related reading stack. Off to visit Kat and Lori this morning.

Rest reminder

I am so grateful for my beautiful wooden REST reminder. Rest doesn’t come naturally for me. I think this is why I knew I needed this word in my life this year. I am easily drawn away from rest by busyness and tasks and feel guilty just sitting and resting.

The first part of summer took me on a different path where rest wasn’t much of an option but this last week, I have been reading on the deck, sewing, playing in my garden, eating lots of vegetables and berries, and getting to the trail for daily walks. I am hoping these restful pursuits will linger as I return to work in about 10 days.

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Books on Friday

Last week I wrote about not adding to my book shelves. Then I heard Colson Whitehead on Fresh Air. As luck would have it, I had a coupon and was able to pick up a copy to read on the plane. Not an easy story but a very good book and best of all, it broke my reading slump. I have picked up Pachinko, a book I started and then set aside too long ago. I know it has had mixed reviews but I have been promising a book buddy that I would read it long enough. And I believe the author is coming to town this fall.

I also stumbled across another site with many new to me book reviews. I have already marked 3 titles on my library For Later shelf.

We are having a much milder than normal summer so reading on the deck has become a daily thing. Two weeks until I return to work. Plenty of time to make a dent in my TBR pile.

Happy Friday!

3 bookish things

I have been in a bit of a reading slump. I finished an audio book but haven’t been able to settle into a print or ebook lately. I did a big book purge and hauled away three boxes of books yesterday so I have lots of open space on my shelves. As part of my #usewhatyouhave goal I would like to re-shelf my books without adding too many more over the next 6 months. (American Marriage made the KEEP pile and I hope it is the book to break my slump.)

But, if you are looking for book suggestions, here are three of my favorite sources.

Have I shared Tale Away? I’m not sure how I found it but if you are looking for books set in specific countries, this is the place to go.

Whitney is another reader to follow. She has a monthly reading challenge that focuses on reading the books you own. I enjoyed her recent trip to New York City via Instagram. Now I have a bunch of new places I want to visit in that city.

Finally, my own public library is the best. There are now 50 branches and a very active Mobile Library bringing reading to our corner of the world. In the summer I love going to pick up my holds because I always run into families from school and it makes my heart sing to know library visits are part of their summer routines.

Visiting Carole today for my 3 things lists.