Sometimes Monday

comes with a good quote:

basically what these works of literature or of art are doing is to say, Stop thinking. Stop expecting. Stop living in the past. Stop living in the future. Stop doing anything and just pay attention to this.” Frederick Buechner

I am having a hard time falling into a good book, a novel I should add. Maybe it is just the busy-ness of work. Maybe over Christmas break. But I am reading this book and it is so good.

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A finished sweater and three books

I finished my Birkin last night and it is blocking now. I tried it on so many time as I was knitting it and I think this will be a go to sweater. I almost gave up when I read the many comments about the fit being off. I was almost finished with color-work so I kept going and I am very pleased with the results.

Now, reading time. I have three Books and need help deciding which will be up next. One is an audiobook so I could do two at a time but I also have a non-fiction audiobook I wanted to start. Want to help me choose?

This one that is waiting at the library, or this one that has been waiting on my Kindle, or this one that is on the PBS Great American Read list.

Be sure to visit Carole for more three things posts today.

Unraveled Wednesday

There was some successful unraveling around here. I was knitting away on a mystery shawl and was not loving my third color choice. After reading the spoiler threads and seeing some beautiful shawls, I decided I needed to change the dark green to something with just a touch of green. So, with a bit of hesitation, I began to unravel about 10 rows of knitting. The yellow yarn was holding the shape so well that I was able to pick up all the stitches and get going again. What a relief to knit that first row and find that I had all 230 stitches! I am just two rows away from the point when I began u raveling and so much happier with the colors.

Yesterday I finished listening to Fight Back with Joy and I am very close to finishing Every Note Played. Next up? Not sure about fiction but I am going to dive into Mark Hyman’s new book.

We are past the 5 week point for the #100dayproject. Lots of sewing and knitting going on and my notebook has become a constant companion. Hoping to start some garden idea planning on the page this weekend.

Off to visit Kat to see what else is unraveling this week.

Unraveled Wednesday

The only unraveling around here is the unraveling of my willpower. I could not resist this KAL. I love Helen’s patterns and the theme had me remembering our visit to the Van Gogh museum last summer. And, I had two of the three yarns in my stash so . . . The first clue comes out on March 31, just in time for spring break.

Still reading How to Stop Time and The Four Tendencies (I discovered that I am an obliged). I have also been listening to Speak No Evil , another good story.

We have made it to Wednesday. Just one more day before spring break begins. I think I will make it.

Be sure to visit Kat for more unraveling tales.

Unraveled Wednesday

No unraveling here but there are books. I read about In Praise of Difficult Women in the paper and ordered a copy right away. I am only just starting but I know it will be a good read. I picked up this book and this book at the library this week. I am still Listening to Educated and just downloaded The Paleo Cure.

So yes, there are books in my life right now and since the rain is returning, there will be knitting.

Unraveled Wednesday – inch by inch

No unraveling, just some slow progress on my Birkin sweater. I have never been a monogamous knitter but I do want to see if I can finish this one while there is still time to wear it. I am putting a small marker that I can move each day as I inch toward the hem. And then of course there will need to be sleeves. But one thing at a time.

Not much reading due to that nasty sinus thing. It was so bad that I could not even wear my glasses which makes it hard to read. I did finish listening to It’s Not Dark Yet. I am in awe of people who find the light in every situation. I have a few audio books on hold at the library so I will spend this in between time catching up on podcasts.

I am also excited to read that Grace will be writing about books and reading and readers. Be sure to stop by and see her.

Unraveled Wednesday

The unraveling around here comes in the form of illness. It seems most of the family and too many co-workers have succumbed to the crud. Hopefully I have had my run and will stay well this time around. Somebody needs to play nurse.

I continue on the body of my Birkin. There was a glitch with the formatting on the printed pattern and a number of knitters have given up on this sweater. Mine seems to be okay (only 3 rows missed on the size I am knitting) so I plug away. I’m not very fast and this is fingering on size 6 needles so I will be here awhile. I did finish two more toddle sized hats for the donation box and have used up a bit more stash. Somehow, as much as I have been knitting from stash, the piles do not seem to get smaller. I have had the same experience with quilting fabric.

I started listening to It’s Not Dark Yet and downloaded White Houses to my kindle. Both are holding my attention which is good. I have a few books on hold at the library, just hoping they don’t all arrive at the same time.

Happy Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kat for more fun post and perhaps a bit of unraveling.