I almost didn’t read this book. A friend said it would be her next read and asked if I wanted to read along with her. I checked some of the reviews and they were not stellar. But this is a good book buddy so I ordered a copy and jumped in. And it is a good story. These sentences caught my attention on the first pages:
“if discontent is your disease, travel is medicine. It resensitizes. It opens you up to see outside the patterns you follow. Because new places require new learning. It forces your childlike self back into action. When you are a kid, everything is new. You notice because you need to.” Jedediah Jenkins, To Shake the Sleeping Self
This is part of the shift I have been chasing. Wake up. Pay attention. Notice because you need to.
I will probably finish this book today and then I will have my first square on my SAH book Bingo card. One down, 24 to go!
By the way, now is a great time to order a book from your favorite independent bookstore.
Looks like a completed Summer Book Bingo card! I finished my final book this morning and it might be my favorite from my summer reading. Quilting Lessons was recommended by Honore and I quickly downloaded the ebook. But I forgot about it. Last week, I realized that the book I had planned to read for “subtitle on the cover” was going to take more time to read. I opened my Kindle and found Quilting Lessons: notes from the scrap bag of a writer and quilter. As I began reading, I realized that this book was meant to be read right now, during this time of setting aside my fabric and sewing and getting back into the routine of the school year. So many highlighted notes, words that are swirling in my head and my heart. What a wonderful way to end my summer reading. Thanks Mary for another great Book Bingo Summer.
It’s crucial not to lose sight of one important feature of juggling multiple tasks simultaneously: ensuring a small oasis of pleasure here and there in the day. While the computer prints out a chapter draft or while the wash cycle is on spin, don’t forget to take time out to pick sweet peas in the garden. Don’t forget to call the friend who has been so sad lately. There might even be enough time to sew the borders on that quilt that is spread out on the workroom room floor.
I want very much to cast on a new sweater and cut out fabric for a new dress. But one of the Ravelry forums that I frequent is hosting a frog or finish along and it has me digging through my fabric and yarn wips.
This week I finished quilting the animal cracker quilt. The binding is machine stitched but still needs to be turned and hand stitched. And I added one more row to the Summer Triangle quilt top I started at the retreat. I am planning to get that one finished in the next month too. I did toss (yes, into the trash) a uniform tunic. The fabric was too flimsy and very hard to sew and in the end, I would not have worn it. Note to self: cheap fabric is not a good idea.
In my knitting basket I have two finish projects. My green Annabel sweater needs another sleeve so I wound the yarn yesterday. And then there is this Hansel Hap. I looked at my Ravelry notes and see that I started this in 2015. Not that long ago. I did the contrast rows last summer and started the outer border and set it aside again. These are not really my colors but I think it will make a nice prayer shawl so I picked it up and knit 4 repeats of the lace last night. That brings me to the halfway point.
Book Bingo update: I finished a few more books over the last week. I have 12 boxes filled but there are a few squares that are going to be tougher. Speculative fiction is always a puzzle for me.
So no unraveling this week which is good too. Be sure to visit Kat’s Unraveled Wednesday link up.
My green sweater has had a soak and is drying. One last step will be to pick up stitches for the front band and collar. In the meantime, I have acquired yarn for another sweater! Hope to swatch and practice short rows this weekend.
I did not manage to get a cover all in Summer Book Bingo but I am happy with how many orange squares are filled in. Best summer reading in a very long time.
Now that we are back to school, afternoons with the tiny person will be more regular. A few hours between oak and dinner are a great way to balance the day. He is standing and crawling and such a happy guy. Grampa calls him the two hour tornado! Yesterday I gave him a doll that his momma had as a toddler. He loved the eyes and gave her many kisses.
I came home from my trip knowing that I wanted to knit – and finish a sweater. I have two on the needles that are very close but I was hoping to find a class that would give me some skill building and accountability. There was a top down class at my local yarn shop but it was full. At least until the morning of the first class when I was able to squeeze in. I was busy most of that day but managed to get a gauge swatch finished before class began at 4 pm. Best of all, I was spot on! The teacher gave us a bunch of tips about top down sweaters and then we cast on. We each chose our own patterns and it was fun to see what everyone was knitting. There is a nice range of knitting skills so I don't feel like a total novice. I am almost the the point of separating for the sleeves which will give the teacher a chance to help me make sure the fit is right before I move on. And while there is not any unraveling in my knitting life, my work life feels like I have dropped a few stitches. My favorite co-worker retired in June and coming back into to work after sharing a campus with her for 10 years is really hard. It is going to be great to work with the new administrator – I already know her and like her a lot – but it has me wondering about how long I will (should?) stay in this position. Just feeling a bit blue and unsettled. I finally have a bingo and by the end of the week, there will be two. I have enjoyed finding some new authors this summer. Okay, healthy lunch is packed. New work bag ready to go. Off to conquer the day! Thanks Kat for hosting us.
On our Shetland trip, we spent an afternoon dying sock blanks. I had heard about this and had seen a few people knitting g socks from hand dyed blanks but I really didn't have any idea hat the day would involve. Out teacher was Niela Nell, a wonderful and talented designer living on Shetland. It was a busy and action packed workshop. We each started with cream sock blank (a machine knit rectangle made from two balls of Jamieson's yarn). We mixed colors and began to paint our yarn. You can see how garish my blank looked when I finished (I had no idea what I was doing!). Then Niela's helpers cooked our yarn in the microwave and rinsed it in a large sink. It was a crazy to see how much color was seeping out. I was actually reli fed to see how much my yarn had softened in color. This afternoon, we unraveled our sock blanks (they were in our box of yarn that we had mailed home). I have never knit socks but I think this is the perfect yarn for a first pair. On the reading front, I finished another audio book and a Kindle book. Now that I am heading back to work, I will need to really work at getting some more squares completed on my bingo card but it has been a great motivator. Thanks again to Mary for the book bingo fun and to Kat for our Wednesday Unraveled gatherings.
Sometimes you just have to start again. I actually knit this hat during the first week of my trip. But when I brought it home and gave it a nice bath, I realized that the edge was too floppy. I love the pattern and the yarn so I decided to unravel and begin again.
My bingo card is about 50% full although I still do not have a bingo. I am just a square away on two rows. I took my Kindle on the trip and read a few books that have been waiting patiently. I am always surprised when I hit that sweet spot each summer where my brain isn't overfilled with work thoughts and my reading pace picks up.
Last weekend I finished my Aestlight shawl (another travel project). And I have made good progress on my half Hansel that I stared about two years ago.
I spent most of an afternoon creating a photo book from my trip. It was fun to group the pictures with space for journaling on the pages. I also left a few blank pages where I can add some of the bits and bobs that I acquired along the way. It will make the book a bit bulkier but that can be fun too.
Fun to be back to blogging. Thanks to Kat for hosting.