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Unraveled - As Usual

Dear Friends- 

Unraveled Wednesday is one of my favorite meme days, as I not only get to see your beautiful knitting projects, but also, hear about  the books you're reading, which introduces me to many new books and grows my TBR list. As we prove every week, reading is knittings greatest companion. All around the world I connect with knitters through Postcrossing and we are all readers. This is one thing I know for sure. 

As with any good letter, let me tell you about the weather. Yesterday the sky was clear blue! The temperature was in the low 50s and I think we could be in the high 50s by Friday. After that, they say winter will return. With snow. Inches of snow, which would be amazing. I don't even mind, as one cannot complain much when there really hasn't been much of the white stuff in January. 

So, let me talk about knitting and reading, two of our shared passions. Here it is a year later and I am finally working on Fugue in Mosaic Miner, which was Kirsten Kapur's latest TTL Mystery Shawl. I find I am a monogamous knitter, and when I have a large project, like Brickyard, I must be true. The yarn for Fugue is Kim's Opal in two colors, Blossom and Blush (I think). In any case, I'm moving right along while I contemplate my next sweater. Also on the needles, is a self-striping sock, because that just seems the right thing to do. I rather love Carole's Picot Sock pattern and the way it pairs so nicely with a yarn that does all the work. The yarn is White Birch Fiber Arts color Electric Slide. Electric it is! 


So far this year I've read some really fantastic books. I'm still blown away by The Power by Naomi Alderman and was disturbed by the crux of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.  I just listened to Winter by Ali Smith, which comes on the heels of her first in a quartet of seasons, Autumn. I can tell it would be best to read each book as close together as possible and they will be worth rereading when all have been published. However, they do stand very well on their own. I found Winter hit close to home, as I am an older woman and could empathize with Sophia, who is struggling through her own later years. Ali Smith demands you read every word, slowly and with intent.  

On my iPod I'm enjoying, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, one of my favorite authors. This is a very witty story written in the style of Shakespeare. I'm enjoying its humor laced drama very much. On a serious note, I'm also reading a book my niece gave to me, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming. I am learning how the civil war in Syria began and the story of one of its many refugees, a young woman named Doaa Al Zamel, survived. I am only a few chapters in and I feel the story is very important for me to know and understand.  

So tell me, friends, what are you reading and knitting this week? 


As always, there is always volumes of inspiration here! I have added a number of books to my read list and I am simply in love with your shawl! What fantastic colors! And, an excellent start on that sock!

I loved Nutshell! Very clever. :-) Ali Smith's Winter is moving up my to-read list with a bullet. (I'm hoping it hasn't been too long since I read Autumn. . . ) I have been reading duds pretty much all month now, so we won't waste any time there. . . (keep your fingers crossed that Reservoir 13 - my current read - will be better). XO

I have one last project to finish and then I can start knitting SOMETHING NEW! I'm so excited about that! As for reading, I finished Sing Unburied Sing yesterday and I need to start reading something new, too.

Love your shawl - gorgeous. I am reading Sing, Unburied, Sing and am loving the language and the writing - so good! Knitting socks for my son and also another pair of fingerless mitts that will (hopefully) go into a basket for giving next Christmas.

Ok, then, my friend! Two more books added to my list!! I'd never heard of Ali Smith before.

Sort of in between things, I gathered all of my Lamb's Pride Worsted into a pile (save for two colors that just "don't go") and cast on a Log Cabin thing that will probably be a blanket... it's random in more ways than one! I'm very happy to finally have a plan for all of that yarn, though.

What a treat to receive a letter from you, with all your knitting and reading news! I'm also still thinking about The Power (thanks to you), and reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes. It's fascinating nonfiction, but I'm still waiting impatiently for Sing, Unburied , Sing from the library. I think I need to look for Ali Smith's books also. I'm trying to work as much as I can on Justin's cowl to finish it while it's still needed and necessary during the winter.

You have written about some interesting books. I too find new books to add to my list. Ali Smith is a new to me author. Your knitting looks lovely.

You are doing retirement right....good for you!! I love that you have used my yarn for your two first (almost) finished projects of the makes me smile!!

I am reading the Weight of Ink, and I am enjoying it. There hasn't been much time for reading or knitting lately, but that should improve as things here settle down. It is so nice to see you enjoying your time so well! I will have to check out your books. This was a lovely letter!

Oh I have very fond memories of the day I read Nutshell ... and I'm looking forward to Autumn and Winter - have both on hold and maybe they'll come in together!

I am reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It is a fascinating read. As for knitting, I am having trouble with a trigger finger so can't knit much. I have to knit though, so I have been making some dainty little washcloths.

I love the colors of your shawl! I just started reading The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash; this is the first novel I've read by this author and so far I'm enjoying it, but I've only read one chapter. I'm anxiously awaiting the delivery of Sing, Unburied, Sing to my local library. It was shipped from another library in our system and the van got hung up in the drifting snow this week. I'm hoping to get it today or tomorrow. As for knitting, I'm making Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Jolly Stocking Cap for my 20 month old great niece. I'm about half way done with it and it is cute as can be!

I just finished A Gentleman in Moscow and could not hav enjoyed it more. I am also about a 1/2 hour away from a finished (unassembled) swearwe which is pretty exciting. You are making retirement look sooooo terrific!

You will love working on this shawl. I truly enjoyed knitting mine, even though I haven't worn it a whole lot. I guess I need to start wearing it before spring rolls around!
I have heard great things about The Power. I am No. 276 on the wait list at the library. There are drawbacks to living in a literary-minded city!

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