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August 5, 2021

it’s not the same; i moved it two inches to the right
posted by soe 1:46 am

Not Identical to Last Week's Shot

Contrary to what you might understandably think, this is not an identical shot to last week’s post. I have made progress on both the shawl and the book, but it’s slow-going. The shawl more so than the book at this point, in part because it requires more thought. I’ll likely be done with the book by this weekend, but the shawl will drag on. The problem is that it just doesn’t match where my head is right now. I can’t even tell you why it’s hard; really it’s just one row out of four where I need to pay attention, and then every sixth row, there’s also a make-one increase tucked in at the end just to make sure I’m not getting too comfortable.

But I do have a pair of socks that have just needed a toe for months now, so maybe I’ll take a time-out on the shawl, finish the socks, and give myself some kind of Ravellenic Games win. It feels like that might be the kindest thing I can do in the next couple days.

I finished listening to Becoming Duchess Goldblatt while walking home from Safeway tonight. I hadn’t brought headphones, so everyone along the route got a snippet of the final three chapters. The Duchess would likely approve. I have Did You Hear What Happened to Lacey? queued up, but I also checked out a couple mysteries this evening as well. One of them is a collection of Poirot stories read by Christopher Lee and the actor who played Colonel Hastings on the David Suchet series.

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July 29, 2021

final july unraveling
posted by soe 1:58 am

Final June Unraveling

There was some actual unraveling a few seconds ago, as I went to take a picture of my knitting and realized I’d dozed off before finishing the row. I wasn’t at the end of the row, as I’d expected, but a couple dozen stitches before it, and I lost a handful of stitches in my handling of it. But I got it all righted, so phew!

I also lost the equivalent of a few stitches in listening to the audiobook of Becoming Duchess Goldblatt. I’ll wait until tomorrow to pick up those threads and figure out where I’d stopped being awake in the telling of the tale.

I’ve started Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev in paper. Her Austen-inspired series always start a little slow, but getting to follow the breadcrumbs she lays down (India and China’s last name is Dashwood, for instance) is always enjoyable, although I did eventually have to give in and look up what Marianne and Elinor’s youngest sister’s name is in the original, since it was distracting me from the book (Margaret, in case it’s now bugging you, too).

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July 22, 2021

inter-sports week unraveling
posted by soe 1:47 am


This evening, I took my book out with me, rather than my knitting, and sat on the local Greek restaurant’s patio with a cup of tea. (Bars might have reopened, but few of the coffeehouses near me have resumed evening hours. Even the Starbucks on the Circle closes at 8 these days.)

I’m far enough into the book at this point to be invested in the characters, so I expect it to go quickly from here on.

The Olympics kick off the evening after tomorrow, so I expect that’s when knitting will begin again in earnest. After all, I should be able to finish a smallish project within two multi-week sporting events, right?

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July 15, 2021

tdfkal progress
posted by soe 1:42 am

Tour de France Knitalong Progress

The shawl is not nearly done. But it is nearly the width of the recliner, which is something.

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July 1, 2021

final june unraveling
posted by soe 1:36 am

End of June Unraveling

My shawl is … still small. I’m through the first three set-up sections, but there are eight sections of mosaic ahead.

I just tonight wrapped up listening to Act Your Age, Eve Brown, the final book in Talia Hibbert’s Brown sisters romance novels.

I still have about 100 pages left in Arsenic and Adobo. The main character and her family have grown on me, but I am neither impressed by the murder mystery aspect of the book nor especially worried that the whodunit is going to surprise me.

I’m thinking when I’m done I’ll start A Lady’s Formula for Love, about a Victorian scientist and the Scottish body guard/police officer who must protect her against threats.

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June 27, 2021

tdfkal, day 1
posted by soe 1:54 am

Fully Charged

Count me as the rider crossing the finish line just in front of the sag wagon on Day #1 of the Tour, but a little start is still a start after all.

This is Fully Charged. The colors are a bit washed out in the lamplight, but the pink is Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors in Hot Mama and the green is Kelbourne Woolens Perennial in Neon Lime. The latter has a little alpaca in it, so I’m making it the more background color, since I think it will fuzz a bit and soften the colorwork. We’ll find out if it was a terrible choice.

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