Unraveled Wednesday – Week 26 of 2020

Happy Wednesday, friends! Wednesday is my favorite day to publish a blog post because it means that I get to link up with Kat at As Kat Knits. Each week she hosts Unraveled Wednesday – where the best group of bloggers on the web share their reading and stitching projects for the week. Please go visit her blog and the other participants! This week I’m sharing the cozy mysteries I’ve finished, a completed sweater, and two projects in process (including a spoiler for Clue #4 of the Through The Loops Mystery Knit Along).

Finished This Week:

It’s been another week full of cozy mysteries and I do believe that’s how the entire summer is going to be filled. Please know that I’m quite all right with that!

A Dying Fall is my favorite in the Ruth Galloway series so far. There was a witchy element, which is always something I enjoy. We visit Cathbad’s friend, Pendragon, who lives in an ancient cottage that’s famous for being the home of a witch. It was a picture perfect little place! Meanwhile, an old friend of Ruth’s believes he discovers the bones of King Arthur, who is a hero to white supremacist groups in the area. This discovery leads to, of course, murder!

The Outcast Dead, also a Ruth Galloway mystery, features the exhumation of Mother Hook, a Victorian legend who was believed to murder children in her care. Of course, the real story is much more complicated than that. This had an intricate plot with lots of characters, which made it even more fun.

Thin Air is the sixth in the Shetland series and had another surprise ending for me. This one included a group of friends visiting the islands to attend a wedding. One friend, Eleanor, turns up dead after believing she saw the ghost of a small girl. I loved how this one included local legends and plenty of knitting!

Knitting

First of all, I finished my Birkin sweater!! What a relief. I started it in March, so it took right around 4 months to complete, which isn’t too bad for me. It turned into quite the slog after I finished the yoke, I’ll be honest. And it’s ill-fitting and lumpy; I probably should have knit one size smaller. But I still love that yoke and I’m looking forward to cuddling into it when the cooler weather rolls around.

Last week I swatched for and started my Mariechen sweater! Friends, it’s a bit complicated. There are two sets of charts going on at once because there’s the lace panel along the front and the seed stitch sections. I had to create little labels to remind myself which sides were the right and left because it’s taking me a bit to adjust to the charts. The wrong side of the project isn’t just purls, so you have to read the charts inside out and backwards when working your way back to the front. Holy moly – this is a project that will keep me from focusing on the world around me!

This sweater is knit in DK weight, which I’ve never done before. All of my previous sweaters have been knitted in fingering weight, so I’m looking forward to seeing how quickly this bulks up.

Clue 4 of the TTL MKAL was released on Monday! I was tired and confused when I started this week, so I made some errors that resulted in a lot of unraveling. Once I got over my initial confusion (all of my own making – nothing to do with the pattern or instructions), it was smooth sailing. This thing has gotten big all of a sudden! And there’s so much texture – I can’t wait until the next clue is released!


I hope this week has been treating you well. I plan to be back on Friday with snapshots from the week!

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  1. Birken is beautiful! Perhaps it’s slightly large now but this way you can wear another shirt underneath so you’ll really be snug and cozy in the winter. That Mariechen sweater looks hard, you’re really going to have to focus on that one. The mystery knitting looks nice, is it going to be a shawl or don’t you know? Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! You’re totally right – the sweater will be perfect for layering. The mystery knit is going to be a shawl!

      Thanks again for all of your kind words! 🙂

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  2. I just love Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series! And congratulations on finishing your Birkin sweater. Nicely done! I’m sure you’ll enjoy having it when the weather turns cold again.

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  3. Yay, you finished your sweater! I knew you would! I know you’ll get lots of wear out of it, even if it’s not perfect (really, what is?). We’re now in the same spot in the Shetland series, and you’re reminding me that I need to add the next book to my library holds.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! You’re right – I’m going to wear it a ton. I’m hold for the next in the Shetland series… I think we’re near the end? That’s a bummer!

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  4. Your Birkin is beautiful and it will be so nice to have a new sweater waiting for you this fall. I think I started the Shetland series, but don’t remember any details, so I’m going to have to look for those books. Thin Air sounds wonderful!

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    1. Yes! Thanks again for recommending them to me! I’ve run into a dilemma though – it looks like the 7th and 8th in the series aren’t available on audio. I can’t find them on audible and when I search amazon, there’s only really expensive Audio CD versions. If that’s really the case, then I think I’m going to have to put this series on pause until I’m back in the mood for reading in print!

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  5. There is so much to love about this post… the books, the finished sweater, the new sweater, the MKAL!!

    Every bit is wonderful! I really want to continue on with Ruth Gallway… but the waitlist is daunting at my library!

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    1. Thanks Kat! Waitlists can be such a drag sometimes. My library’s overdrive system doesn’t have them on audio at all, so I’ve been using audible credits. I hate spending the money to use audible, but it’s really helpful right now because I’m having such a hard time focusing on anything in print!

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  6. Congrats on the Birkin finish! and whoa, I LOVE your next project. Isabell Kraemer is one of my favorite designers. and oooohhh, the MKAL is looking great! I haven’t gotten started with clue 4 (yet) and love seeing all the spoilers … makes me excited to Get To It!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I think you’re going to love clue 4 of the MKAL – it’s so satisfying! Isabel Kraemer is also one of my favorite designers – her designs are brilliant!

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  7. Hooray for a sweater finish! Who can’t use a cozy comfy sweater during the winter. I enjoy the Ruth Galloway series – I haven’t read one for awhile. They are good on audio too. The shawl is lovely. Onward to the new sweater. Sometimes it is nice to have one project that requires a little more thought.

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    1. Thanks Jane! You’re right – the Ruth Galloway series is great on audio! And I’m getting into the groove with this new sweater, so it’s not quite as complicated as it once was! 🙂

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