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July 13, 2017

into the stacks 2017: february
posted by soe 1:41 am

Half-Finished Blanket and Finished Novel

Instead of telling you what I’m still reading and knitting now (Book: finished tonight; excellent. Knitting: just past the halfway done point before the borders; baby arrived last week) for Kat’s Unraveled Wednesday, I’ll show you a photo and move on to reviews of the four books I read way back in February: (more…)

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June 23, 2017

getting literary, this bike’s the (yarn) bomb, and awesome (plus, unraveling!)
posted by soe 1:15 am

Before we get going on today’s topic, I wanted to share my unraveled photo for yesterday, because book and project coordinate so well today:

Blue Unravelings

The knitting is the baby blanket, which is noticeably longer than last week (although still a substantial ways from being large enough to cover a baby). The book is Julie Murphy’s Ramona Blue, which I’m just a couple chapters into. I’m also a little ways into The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher’s final book, on audio. So far, so funny.

Three beautiful things from my past week:

Solstice Sunset

1. The library hosted Roxane Gay for a sold-out, rock-star event of an evening. I’d procured two tickets, so Julia was able to go with me. Because I wasn’t attending alone, I’d made sure to get moving early, which was crucial, since they’d overbooked the venue and later line-goers were turned away. Roxane was as thoughtful, brutal, and funny as her work would lead you to expect.

2. Knitters especially will want to click over to Flickr to look at the original-sized photo of this bike, which does not, in fact, have an ombré-colored frame, but a ombré-covered frame, in one of the most impressive DIY bike fancifying I’ve ever seen.

Yarn-Bombed Bike

3. I had to work last Sunday at Awesome Con, a fan-going convention in the tradition of Comic Con. We had a very specific dress code, which ruled out costumes, but I really enjoyed the work and unabashed enthusiasm that others put into theirs. We had a photo booth area set up and two ’40s-inspired cosplayers stopped by. “He’s Captain America, so does that make you Agent Carter?” “In the flesh, ma’am.” We bantered for a bit, before she broke character to thank me for recognizing her. “I’d worked out a whole back story and then no one asked, so thanks for letting me use it.” Later on, a boy of eight or so gently put his costumed hand on my arm to ask about our (family-friendly) props of “f” words: “What does ‘foxy’ mean?” I paused to come up with an age-appropriate answer: “It means cute.” “Oh.”

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world recently?

June 15, 2017

mid-june unraveling (with actual tinking!)
posted by soe 1:09 am

Mid-June Unraveling

What you see there, folks, is a baby blanket that’s only slightly longer than it was the last time you saw it. Is that because I’ve been slacking off and not knitting when I should? Well, yes, somewhat. However, it’s also because I was knitting on it during jury duty and made a key mistake that became obvious when I looked at it and then I had to rip back to before where I’d been to fix it. So I’ll be doubling down over the next week in order to make some serious progress.

Just before snapping this shot, I finished Phillip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke, the first in a historical mystery series I picked up at our local Little Free Library earlier this year. I had watched the BBC adaptation of at least part of the series when it came out a decade ago, didn’t realize it had been a book first, and then a couple years later happened upon the Maisie Dobbs books, which I mistakenly thought was the same thing. (I am not the only person on the internet to have made this error, by the way.) I also forgot the adaptation starred Billie Piper, whom I didn’t yet know from Dr. Who or Mansfield Park, until a librarian pal in my book group reminded me. The library has the dvds; I may borrow them at some point…

I also began David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite while on jury duty, but either my headspace in that setting was wrong for the book or the style didn’t lend itself to the situation. In either case, I hope to give it another shot this weekend.

I’m about to start Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, a friend of my friend Sarah, in honor of Ramadan. It’s gotten a great reception, so I’m looking forward to this middle-grade novel.

None of the audio books currently in my collection appealed, so I downloaded Exit, Pursued by a Bear last night thinking it was The Bear and the Nightingale. I do not know if it’s the same bear (the titles smack of wanting to be picture books in a similar vein to Jon Klassen’s Hat books), but since they’re different authors and story lines, I’m pretty sure we’re talking two different bears. Anyway, I’ll probably delete Exit, Pursued by a Bear from my phone and see if something else is available. I should get The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher’s final book, within the next week or so.

How about you? What are you reading? Head over to Kat’s to see other folks’ books and knitting…

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June 8, 2017

early june unraveling
posted by soe 1:28 am

I just finished Labyrinth Lost tonight, so tomorrow holds the promise of a new book! Since there are holds on The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, it looks like that will be my next choice. I enjoyed Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Lin-Manuel Miranda reads the audiobook, if you want to listen) when I read it for the Cybils back in 2012, so quickly put in a hold request when the library got copies of his latest novel.

Early June Unraveling

I worked on this baby hat while we watched the (disappointing, in my mind) Manchester by the Sea on Monday. I only have a couple more rows to knit before working the decreases. The mother-to-be cast it on for a friend’s baby like a decade ago and then left it a few rows in with me when she moved. With her first child due in less than a month, I want to be able to finish it for her so she can have helped knit something for her son.

Want to see what others are reading and knitting? Head over to As Kat Knits for more.

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June 1, 2017

armchair book expo intro, unraveled, & summer book bingo
posted by soe 12:46 am

Today is the first day of Armchair Book Expo (formerly Armchair BEA) and I’m excited to participate once again. I’ll be sharing book-related topics here and on Twitter over the next few days.

Read on to learn a little about me and my bookish life:

I am sprite. I live in Washington, D.C., with my partner Rudi and our three cats.

My favorite authors include Jasper Fforde, J.K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, Jane Austen, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Selznick, Madeleine L’Engle, and Kwame Alexander.

End of May Unraveling

Currently, I’m reading Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins. Since I expect to finish it by the weekend (and since I finished two of the other books I’ve been reading), I’m starting a bunch of new things: Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree (I loved her Fly by Night back when it first came out), Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost (a Cybils shortlisted title recommended by a local bookworm), and Kids of Appetite (which a book club member liked) by David Arnold (an author my parents liked). Also, I’m listening to Taraji P. Henson’s Around the Way Girl. On my needles is this Points of Light baby blanket, which I really need to get a move on, since our friends’ baby is due in just over a month. (Want to see others’ book-knitting combos? Visit As Kat Knits on Wednesdays for her Unraveled link-up.)

My summer plans include baseball games, Friday night concerts by the river, and lots of reading. I’ve got tickets to see Roxane Gay next month, my library’s summer reading program kicks off tomorrow, and Book Bingo began over the weekend. (It’s not too late to join in!)

Here’s my card:


Thanks for stopping by!

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May 18, 2017

mid-may unraveling
posted by soe 1:33 am

Mid-May Unraveling

This week’s knitting is due for some literal unraveling. Here you see the beginnings of a baby blanket. Unfortunately, eight years happened between the first repeat and the second, and I knit far more loosely now than I did then. I’d hoped it was obvious only to me, but Rudi could pinpoint where the change in gauge occurs, so rip I shall. While I’m going to see the parents-to-be later this month, baby isn’t due to arrive himself until July, so there’s time to do it right.

I continue — still — with Word by Word, which I’m enjoying, but slowly. I also began Finding Wonders, a non-fiction, middle-grade book in verse about the lives of three female scientists, which I picked up after reading Raidergirl3’s review. I was familiar with two of the scientists and had even written about one of them for work, but the format of the book allows for different information to be conveyed. I finished my mystery novel and my audiobook expires tomorrow, so I really need a new piece of fiction. The Hate U Give is overdue, so it really ought to be that. We’ll see…

Unraveling with AsKatKnits.

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