Blow By Blow

Reading, Knitting, Quiet

Since the past weekend was quite busy and, I rarely got off my feet, the plan for the rest of the week is to knit, read, and find some quiet time. However, there is more that needs doing, as in order for the bathroom walls to be painted, the dust must be washed away. There is, also, construction dust all over the house and I will deal with it after the bathroom is completely finished.


I have some catching up to do on my BOTN Bingo/Read Harder lists. I have decided on several books that should help me attain a total of three Bingos by summer's end. I have the added goal of reaching a blackout by the end of the year. Sadly, books with the plot points of fantasy, parody, or with happy endings, are not my strong suit. I expect to persevere.  I have tried to match up, as often as possible, the Read Header categories with the Bingo squares.


What little time I've had for knitting as gone into my TTL Mystery Shawl. I'm very pleased with the pattern and my yarn choice, and I am about a half, maybe a little more, of the way through clue four. There is a LOT more knitting to do.  Carole's Picot sock is back on the needles and the toe is proceed towards its finish. I'm very pleased to say, participating in Kat's KAL has kept me focused on the job of finishing two neglected pair of socks. One must keep ones eye on the prize.


I'm sure I could help you with the book recommendations, at least the happy ending one. Love those socks and I'm glad you're having a quiet week after the emotional weekend you had.

knitting, reading and a little quiet time is the perfect antidote to a busy weekend; I hope you find some! I look forward to seeing more of your book selections (and reviews) - fantasy was a category I never thought I'd like - until the first summer bingo - now I really enjoy it!

I love to see you knitting socks! Your feet will thank you come winter.

Like you, I'm having a hard time filling some squares, but maybe some books will present themselves. I do love your sock yarn (very Monet Waterlilies!) and hope that knitting, reading, and quiet soon prevail in your life!

I don't think I could get a bingo. I'm very picky about my reading! Fantasy and sci-fi almost never appeal to me.

Looking forward to seeing that shawl again!

Those are going to be great socks.

Yay for relaxation!

Fantasy - hmm. I highly recommend The Wood Wife by Terri Windling (set in the Southwest). Briar Rose by Jane Yolen is also very good.

Parodies. Hmm. There are some on this list:
Apparently Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is a parody of Gothic and anti-Gothic novels. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons sounds like something you might enjoy.

Wow, you are a really busy girl! Shawl, socks, reading! At least these are all activities that you enjoy. I would help you with book recommendations, but I am confident that you will find what you want to read. I am not into parodies, so I certainly couldn't help you there.

I hope you finish up the week in a quiet place and have a very restful weekend coming up. I guess both of us will be cleaning up dust. I will think of you as I dust and mop and try to make it a meditative activity. OM, Margene is cleaning, too, OM........

I, like Carole, am glad that you are having some quite days following the weekend. Sending you so much love, I hope that the knitting and reading gives you some respite from the busyness. XO

I love the color of your sock yarn, they will remind you of a garden when they keep your feet warm in the winter! I'm glad I don't have bingo squares for fantasy or parody-I can't help you with suggestions for those squares.

I can't think of a better way to relax than doing the things you love. Enjoy your downtime!

If you haven't read Jasper Fforde's novels, I'd recommend The Eyre Affair. It falls within fantasy, but it's fantasy for literature fans and doesn't get overly crazy.

I really liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which would qualify under happy endings, because I am a sucker for epistolary novels.

The mess from remodeling is... messy! It's always worth it in the end, though!

You're further along on the TTL Mystery Shawl than I am! I've done just a few rows of the repeat so far. Ahhh, time... so glad that you're taking some!

I'm impressed that you are combining the read harder with the book bingo. I've printed 3 bingo sheets and hope to have them finished by the end of the year. We'll see how it goes. Kat's KAL is helping a lot of us finish neglected projects. I keep saying that I'm trying to have a case of finishitis rather than startitis. Good luck with your bingo's.

I'm glad you're taking time to relax a bit. I finished clue 3 this morning and will move on to 4 after work. Still happy with the yarn color combo? I like it!

Love the sock--I had some of the same yarn. Construction dust is such a challenge, but worth it. Happy weekend!

what an awesome weekend when you knit AND read. That is my kind of weekend if you ask me. I hope you get caught up on your reading agenda!!

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