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October 4, 2018

first unraveling of october
posted by soe 1:16 am

First Unraveling of October

I have not finished any knitting projects recently, which probably means I need to focus my attention on one or the other or the third and finish one off. While later this week is supposed to return to the 90s, fall weather has to show up sooner or later, doesn’t it? I wore jeans on Saturday night, after all, even if it was too warm to be accompanied by anything but a tshirt on top.

I have bookmarks in many books right now. (Figuratively, of course. I have nothing keeping my spot in any of these books for some reason.) On paper, I have Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X going, alternating between books depending on where I’m reading or which bag I’ve taken to work.

In my headphones, I have not yet finished Being Jazz, in part because I’m bored by it. It’s not long and I should just finish this frequently banned memoir about a transgender teen girl’s experiences already. I got the alert earlier tonight that one of the other libraries I borrow audiobooks from on Overdrive had a copy of Crazy Rich Asians for me, so I quickly downloaded it and just resumed listening. I paused the start of the third and final part to start writing here. I also have Julia Alvarez’s Tía Lola Stories and local author Lillian Li’s Number One Chinese Restaurant downloaded to my phone.

How about you? What are you working your way through?

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September 27, 2018

final unraveling of september
posted by soe 1:23 am

Final September Unraveling

This year’s Halloween socks are going well. I’m working on the heel and if the stripes work out so that I don’t need to rip back, I anticipate being done with the first sock soon.

I blew through Jacqueline Woodson’s spare new novel, Harbor Me, in just over a day, so I’m turning my attention back to The Wild Book, which keeps getting put aside for library books.

In the ears, I’m about halfway through Crazy Rich Asians, but it expires tomorrow. It’ll be a week or two before another copy gets to me (I put the audiobook on hold at all three libraries I have borrowing privileges for). In honor of Banned Book Week, I’ll probably finish listening to Jazz Jennings’ Being Jazz, since that’s one of the most banned books from last year. After that, I have several options, including Julia Alvarez’s Tía Lola Stories, Lillian Li’s Number One Chinese Restaurant (written by a local author), Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, and Libby Page’s The Lido. Choices…

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September 20, 2018

final summer unraveling
posted by soe 2:10 am

Final Summer Unraveling

I finished Naomi Novick’s Spinning Silver this evening and Sherry Thomas’ A Conspiracy in Belgravia last night and have a couple audiobooks I’m waiting to come back around to me. That means I have the options you see above — including The Poet X by local author Elizabeth Acevedo, which was longlisted for a National Book Award last week — to start immediately. (Rudi would point out the pile of other library books around the house as a sign that I have more books than just these to choose from.) I’ll also probably start my illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, because I like to visit with old friends, as well as make new ones. As I type, I’m downloading the audiobook of Crazy Rich Asians, so I can compare the source material to the film, which Rudi and I really liked.

On the knitting front, I have not yet finished my shawl, but I continue to plug away at it a couple of rows at a time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish it up next week, since fall arrives this weekend! To celebrate (and because I had a lot of work meetings this week, I started a new pair of Knitterly Things socks in Hocus Pocus. Clearly it would be awesome to have them to wear next month.

Holiday knitting should commence immediately, which means I should decide what I’m going to make, if anything.

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September 13, 2018

pre-hurricane unraveling
posted by soe 1:45 am

Pre-Hurricane Unraveling

Yarn is starting to noticeably disappear from the center of my shawl balls, so I imagine I’ll only do one or two more repeats before I hit the 80% mark that signals the next part of the pattern and the decreasing. The prospect of a finished project is exciting.

I started Ashley Herring Blake’s Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World this evening and am finding it charming. Artistic Ivy, age twelve, her teenage sister, her parents, and her twin infant brothers lose their home to a tornado in the second chapter of the novel. This external force will cause repercussions during a time of adolescent stress and runs the risk of disclosing secrets Ivy hasn’t yet fully revealed even to herself.

We’re two chapters from hearing the end of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and I have two dozen short chapters left to listen to in The President Is Missing. I’m excited to hear the resolution to Lady Sherlock’s current woes in the former, and will be pleased to be done with the latter, in which none of the problems have yet to be resolved (but which I have no doubt will occur in quick order).

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September 6, 2018

early september unraveling
posted by soe 2:03 am

Early September Unraveling

As you can see, I’m braving the heat and working on the shawl outside. It’s only true after dark, and this particular coffeehouse sits on a corner near parkland, which means it has a breeze and less of a heat sink than many other outdoor locations I could choose to knit in. (It’s also near my community garden plot, thus the English muffin bag full of harvested vegetables.) While the purple color changes are more subtle (particularly at night), I’m pretty sure you can see that the orange is now turning to yellow.

Remaining Shawl Yarn

The pattern calls for you to knit the same thing until you’re 80% done with your yarn. Because I’m me, I’ll eyeball that and move on to the next step when it looks like I’m getting low on magenta.

I’m still reading Spinning Silver, which is overdue. The other night, though, many of you will appreciate that one of the three main protagonists, who has recently been introduced to the magic that is writing, awakes to find that the blanket she’s begun knitting now has a vine pattern in it (two women in two different dimensions are both occupying the same space, unbeknownst to each other). She has never knit such a complicated pattern and begins to unravel it to get a sense of what’s going on. When she realizes that she’s going to have difficulty keeping track of what’s going on, she begins to read the knitting and write down the (30 row) pattern for what she’s seeing.

I’m still listening to The President Is Missing. It’s fine, but nothing special, so I wouldn’t recommend anyone bother with that one.

On September 1st, I began a re-read of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in honor of it being the day we all board the Hogwarts Express. I have the first three Harry Potter books in oversized illustrated versions, which means they are just at-home reading, but which also means I get to look at lots of exquisite drawings of a world I love. Plus, it has the added benefit that the first three books are the ones I have in softcover. The first book in particular is getting a little fragile, so I’m glad to have an alternative to read.

I also started Takashi Hiraide’s The Guest Cat over the weekend, because it was small enough to fit in my bag with my knitting while I was out and about. Hiraide is a poet, which doesn’t surprise me because the language is direct, but evocative. (Kudos, too, to the translator, Eric Selland.)

I’m feeling good about getting some things finished up this coming week. I’m ready to be done with the old and to move onto new projects and books.

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August 30, 2018

final august unraveling
posted by soe 6:47 am

More Posey Unraveling

More Posey sock knitting, more Posey sock unraveling (with Jeremiah supervision, as you can see in the above shot). In this case, I accidentally pulled seven stitches off the needle and dropped them. I fixed that in the dark (by the light of a nearby streetlight) while watching the start of Wonder Woman tonight, but missed a row on one stitch, so had to drop it back down to catch it back up. The good news is that I probably only had four rows of dropped stitches originally, so the rest is progress made during the film. I’m nearing the heel, but it’s looking less likely that I’ll get them done by Friday night, which was my goal.

I’m more than a third of the way into Spinning Silver and all three of the girls — Miryem, as the queen of bloodthirsty winter elves; Wanda, on the run with the brother who accidentally killed a man while protecting her; and Irina, the new wife of a tsar she is pretty sure is a warlock — are on the move now.

On audio, I’m listening to The President Is Missing, a political thriller from James Patterson and Bill Clinton. The story is fine, but nothing extraordinary, so far.

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