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April 19, 2018

posted by soe 1:28 am

April Reading & Knitting

I am stalled on several knitting projects, having not yet bought the beads I need to move on with the hat and having found a fatal flaw in the green stripey socks that will require ripping back to before the heel flap. So here I show you the knitting project I’ve already done the ripping on that’s ready to move forward. I bought some grey yarn to make heels from, so now I can get knitting on my Posey socks once more.

I spent the weekend reading Obsidio, so that’s one 600+-page book down and now I can finish Strange the Dreamer, which will let me check off the second one on my list. Both Sing, Unburied, Sing and We Were Eight Years in Power are both overdue, so I need to wrap them both up and get them back to the library. I’ve enjoyed listening to Norse Mythology, but it’s going to expire from my Overdrive app before I finish it, so I’ll need to wait to conclude my audiobook experience, but Crocodile on the Sandbank, Flat Broke with Two Goats, and The Bear and the Nightingale are all checked out to me for faunal listening. Finally, I’m reading my friend’s book, Kidnapped! Abductions in Space, Time, and Fantasy by Danny Atwood et al, on my laptop because that’s what you do when loved ones publish ebooks. I don’t particularly love short story collections and find they work best for me if I space the stories out with a couple days in between them, so that’s what I’m doing. So far, I’m liking it and recommend it if you do like short stories, particularly in the fantasy/sci fi vein.

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April 11, 2018

mid-april unraveling
posted by soe 1:53 am

Mid-April Unraveling

The knitting this week looks much the same. I have turned the heel and picked up the gusset stitches on the sock, so that’s ready to turn back into purse knitting. The hat, on the other hand, has reached the point where I’ll need to add that second ball of yarn (which it took me two hours to find over the weekend!) and beads (which I need to buy — I’ve resigned myself that cherry blossoms really are not red and that the red beads I have will not do), so now I’ll need to be home and able to follow a chart to move forward with that.

Luckily, I’ve just started Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology on audiobook, so that’s 6 1/2 hours of swoon-worthy listening during which I should be able to get a chunk of knitting done.

In paper, as I mentioned over the weekend, I’ve been reading #NotYourPrincess, a collection of poetry and short prose pieces by Indigenous North American women, and just have a couple pages left, having dozed off trying to finish it the other night. I’m down to my final 100 pages of Strange the Dreamer, and as all the characters are currently in relative safety, I have to leave it until such a point as I can tear through them all in a single go. So I’ve picked up Obsidio, the final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy, which I asked the library to buy (and which they obligingly did quite quickly). It’s written in an epistolary style with the short chunks of text comprised of video logs, email conversations, and philosophical musings from a sentient and formerly murderous AI currently housed in a tablet, all of which are evidence in a court trial (in space). Finally, in my bag, I’m only a few pages into Sing, Unburied, Sing, but nothing really sets the tone of your day like reading about the killing of livestock while on your way to work. I’m hoping it gets less graphic as it goes along, or we’re in for a bit of a slog through a book that’s already overdue back to the library.

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April 4, 2018

post-easter unraveling
posted by soe 1:21 am

Post-Easter Unraveling

My trip to Connecticut didn’t have a lot of downtime, which means a lot of what you see here is not new. I didn’t end up taking the hat with me, because I need to figure out where the brown skein of yarn is still, so it’s only a couple rows further along than last week. Also, I stopped at the bead shop and they didn’t have exactly what was called for, although they had some other pink beads (and I have some reddish ones here at home) that might work. I suppose the only way to figure that out is to try them. The sock is my meeting and event knitting, which is up to the heel turn, so it needs to stop being my public knitting until I’ve got the gusset stitches picked up.

I did finish (and enjoy) A Gentleman in Moscow and am looking forward to pulling out Sing, Unburied, Sing and picking up Obsidio at the library this week. But in the meantime, I’ve started the 19th-century-set mystery The Secrets of Wishtide and am carrying on with Strange the Dreamer. Crocodile on the Nile was renewable, so I’ve put that aside and have started listening to The Bookshop on the Corner. I also have Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology out on audiobook.

How about you? What are you currently reading?

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March 28, 2018

late march unraveling
posted by soe 1:01 am

Late March Unraveling

It is starting to feel like I may never finish A Gentleman in Moscow, which is too bad because I actually am enjoying it (and because it’s overdue to the library). It just refuses to be rushed, a characteristic it shares with very few other novels I’ve encountered. I really would like to get to some other novels, like Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, which I also have out from the library right now (and which will be due back imminently). My current audiobooks are Crocodile on the Sandbank and Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner (although so far I’ve only listened to her preface in which she talks about the ideal places to read a book). Oh, and I did start Meet Cute, a collection of YA romantic short stories.

My Cherry Blossom hat is in the round now and onto its main color. I still need to figure out where the skein of brown yarn is that I’m thinking of for the branches and procure some beads. (I have some, but I think they’re more red than pink, which is what I’d prefer.)

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March 22, 2018

snow day unraveling
posted by soe 1:00 am

Cherry Blossom Hat

Despite having had a snow day today, I can’t really tell you how I spent it. I mean some of it I can account for. But the rest was just frittered away, not knitting, not reading, not doing much of anything.

Which accounts for this photo of a book you’ve already seen and of a new knitting project that’s not further along. I’m into the third part of A Gentleman in Moscow and I suspect the action will pick up soon. I can see the author laying the pieces in place for what is to come. I’m still listening to We Were Eight Years in Power and the print copy is also in my hands for referring back to. I’ve also started listening to the first Amelia Peabody novel, Crocodile on the Sandbank.

The yarn is the start to Yoshino Cherry Blossom Hat. I opted for cherry pink for the brim instead of brown the way the pattern calls for. And I might opt for regular rib instead of twisted rib, because I think that’s stretchier and the pattern repeat is 36 stitches long, making it hard to just add a couple to the cast-on the way I’d meant to.

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March 15, 2018

sock madness unraveling
posted by soe 1:31 am

Sock Madness Unraveling

I managed one Fée Dragée sock within the Sock Madness timeframe, which ends tomorrow at noon. Once I kitchener the toe and submit photos in the morning, I should officially qualify as a cheerleader, which means I’ll still get the rest of the patterns and will be able to knit along at my own turtley pace. I look forward to a completed pair in a couple more weeks.

I haven’t read any more of A Gentleman in Moscow since last week, but it’s soon due back to the library, so I need to get moving on it. Pashmina, which was a Cybils finalist, has been my travel book this week. It’s a slim graphic novel about an Indian-American girl and her immigrant single mom. We’ve just reached the Oz part of the story, that takes place in India in full color and I’m very excited to learn what happens next. On my phone I’m still listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power, which has been very compelling thus far.

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