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October 25, 2018

priority unraveling
posted by soe 1:53 am

With a rainy weekend ahead of us, here’s the book and knitting I’ll be prioritizing:

Priority Unraveling

That’s this year’s Halloween sock and Barbara Kingsolver’s new book, Unsheltered, which I just picked up at the library tonight. She is one of my favorite storytellers, so I expect the book to speed by.

Have you been to Kat’s for more reading and knitting updates?

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October 23, 2018

posted by soe 1:23 am

Remember how last week I discovered my shawl looked like this?


I theorized that instead of ripping back the eight or so long rows that I’d misknit, that since it was only that center pattern that was affected, I could just drop down the misknit stitches and then pick them back up correctly.

The challenge to this is that the fancy hole in the middle of the row is a make-7 stitch (where you turn one stitch into seven), which was going to be more difficult that just your normal use a crochet hook to pick up a row of stitches…

But as of tonight, the shawl now looks like this:


And now I’m back knitting the final few full-length rows before I start to bind off.

It wasn’t fun or easy and I’m not actually certain I saved any time in the process over ripping back (or, at least, over an ideal ripping back scenario where I get all the stitches on the needle to begin with.

But I was able to do it and the little bit of wonkiness you can see should block out when I’m done, since it’s just a matter of tension on those stitches.

The end is definitely in sight for this project!

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October 18, 2018

october knitting — now with 100% more unraveling
posted by soe 1:25 am


You can see here that I screwed up the center stitches of my knitting. As in, at some point, they stopped being centered.

Fingers Crossed...

I’ve got the four outermost stitches back up on the needles and will need to fix one more normally. Then that final stitch will need to become 15 stitches in the end, all of which will need to be laddered back up, hopefully reentered where they belong.

Check back tomorrow to see how I did…

(And check Kat’s blog for more knitting (and reading)…

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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?

Head over to As Kat Knits for links to more knitting and reading.

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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…

Head over to As Kat Knits for more posts about reading and crafting.

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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.

As Kat Knits has a linkup to other posts about knitting and reading, so head over there to check them out.

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