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September 24, 2020


post-tdf unraveling
posted by soe 1:35 am

Welcome to Wednesday, when it’s time to share what we’re reading and crafting.

Today I’m not doing that. I’m exactly in between that and am giving photographic evidence of that limbo:

Post-TdF Unraveling

Here we have Reyna, my Tour de France Knitalong project, off the needles. I still need to weave in my two ends and block it, but that’s what the weekend is for. I’ve not picked up another project to work on yet.

We also have Love Lettering, by Kate Clayborn, which I picked up at the library tonight. I haven’t started it yet, but might take it with me to the beach tomorrow.

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September 21, 2020


half a bind-off away
posted by soe 1:02 am

My Tour de France Knit-along shawl did not quite make the podium in Paris, in part because I wanted to get as close as possible to using up my yarn without actually running out. So I kept adding garter stitch rows. Then, I decided to change up the bind-off to a picot, and that just takes extra time because you’re casting on an extra 50% more stitches. But unless the yarn and my scale are in cahoots (and it’s 2020, so that totally seems plausible), I’m halfway done with the bind-off and less than half done with what was left in my yarn ball after my final row.

All this is to say that you’ll have to wait for a “pile of knitting without the needle” shot until tomorrow.

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September 17, 2020


mid-september unraveling
posted by soe 1:55 am

Here is today’s haul of books from the library. Apparently I was going for face books by non-American authors in my book requests. Any nominations for which I should start first?

Mid-September Unraveling

I don’t know if it’s just seasonal allergies kicking in or a temporary malaise because of passing the six-month mark since shutdown or the noticeably earlier sunsets, but I’ve just been really tired this week.

And it shows with my Tour de France shawl, which has not grown much since the weekend. I’m going to have to up my pedal stroke (or at least stay awake) if I want to be on the medal stand in Paris on Sunday.

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September 13, 2020


207 stitches
posted by soe 1:58 am

207 Stitches

I’m not sure if it’s obvious that it’s any larger than my midweek photo, but the shawl is. At that point, I was just a couple rows into the third mesh section. I’ve now completed that and the subsequent chunk of garter stitch.

This next section of mesh is supposed to be the last and will add 71 stitches to the span of the shawl over 32 rows. Right now, my ball of yarn is about the size of pink rubber ball … maybe slightly bigger. I’m hopeful that I have enough yarn to complete that section and then to add a few additional rows of garter to the three that the pattern calls for. I’ve heard that will help the shawl lie flat.

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September 10, 2020


early september unraveling
posted by soe 12:39 am

Early September Unraveling

Apologies for not doing a better job of clearing off the chair before taking a picture of my knitting, but I’ve been sick (not COVID), and I wasn’t being especially observant.

At the halfway point of the Tour de France, I’m about halfway through the number of rows in Reyna. While the pattern says to block it somewhat aggressively when done, the shawl seems small at this point, but that can be hard to tell. I still have a good-size ball, but the shawl will start eating yarn from here on out. Also, the pattern seems less to break up my variegated yarn and more to cause it to flash, which while interesting, isn’t necessarily what I was looking for. It’s fine and I may love it yet. I don’t not love it currently, so I think that’s probably okay.

Reading-wise I’m not really concentrating on any one book, except maybe my Agatha Christie novel. I have a pretty good idea of whom the bad guy is, but I still have about a third of the book left to go to figure out what his deal is.

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September 3, 2020


first week of le tour unraveling
posted by soe 1:46 am

First Week of Le Tour Unraveling

Four days in and my shawl is currently about half the size of a washcloth, or roughly the size of a hardcover book. I’m enjoying knitting on it so far.

I’ve got three books on the go at the moment. I started a graphic novel this evening — Maggy Garrisson by Lewis Trondheim with illustrations by Stéphane Oiry. It’s about a scrappy young woman who starts working at a detective agency, only to have the detective beaten up less than a week into her employment. It reminds me of Stumptown. (I haven’t actually read the Stumptown graphic novels, so it just reminds me of the tv adaptation.)

I’ve also got We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry going. It’s set in a New England high school in 1989, where I also could be found that year. I’m finding it very familiar, although I’m hard pressed to believe something set during my lifetime is considered historical fiction.

Speaking of historical, my final read is the audiobook of Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary, set in 1920s London. It is full of cartoonish villains and bias, but I find Tommy and Tuppence so utterly charming that I’m not put off the way I have been with similar novels.

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