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.

3 things

Summer is hurtling past but I am managing to enjoy some small things.

This “coffee” has become a daily habit. I also like the Reishi Elixir in the evenings to help with sleep. I re-organized a narrow kitchen drawer to better accommodate my growing stash of coffee alternatives and teas.

I needed a summer project that wouldn’t take too many days in a row of work (because my summer has been hit and miss with open calendar days). A pantry clean out was a good choice. It took one afternoon and a morning to get things sorted out and install the rolling bins. I was surprised to find I had 10 jars of olives! Hopefully these pull out bins will help me stay on top of what is in the pantry. Thinking of typing up an inventory list to put on the cabinet door.

About 28 years ago I planted one small hops plant for my husband to use in his beer making. It has grown and grown and was wrapping itself around the neighboring trees and plants so I asked my handy daughter to help me build some sort of trellis. I marked the lines and she did the cutting, drilling, and building. Now we have this very cool “tent” for our hops. Makes a fun place to play for our no-longer-so-tiny person.

Off to link up with Carole.

Unraveled Wednesday

There was a bit of unraveling last week that I didn’t share. I was about 2 inches into the body of this sweater when I realized I had knit two rows instead of the knit one row purl one row pattern. I tried to fix it which resulted in a huge mess so I unraveled about 1.5 inches and put the stitches back on my needles. I held my breath and began again. What a relief to find the correct number of stitches were on the needles. I have about two more inches of the body and then I need to decide about length. Fortunately I will be able to try it on since it is top down.

A few other things I am enjoying as we launch into July:

I cannot get enough of the berries. This salad is destined for my plate this weekend.

I spent a day at a friend’s beach house which was filled with sunshine and conversation.

Yesterday we had rain and grey skies so I did some serious decluttering.

I finished The Great Believers and I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Field Political Conversations and I recommend both.

Off to link up with Kat.