Unraveled Wednesday – Week 29 of 2020

Happy Unraveled Wednesday! Today I’m linking up with Kat at As Kat Knits to share my reading and knitting for the last week. Please be sure to visit her and the other bloggers participating! This week I’m sharing a few finished books, one finished knitting project (a spoiler for the Through the Loops Mystery Knit Along), and one cardigan that I am over the moon for.

Finished Reading This Week:

This week I managed to read books with my eyes, which was a really nice change of pace. It’s so funny how things ebb and flow and I’m slowly learning to just roll with it all.

Wild Fire was the last book in the Shetland series and I thought it was amazing. There’s a character with autism, which is almost always an immediate hook for me. This ending left me wanting more, but I think Ann Cleeves has moved on from these characters and I’ll be really surprised if she returns to them. But I’ll still hope.

I’ve been wanting to read The Creative Habit for years. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it very helpful and it seemed like it was mostly an opportunity for the author to brag about her own success. Maybe if I knew more about Twyla Tharp then I’d feel differently about this work? I still think Writing Down the Bones and Bird by Bird are the best books on living a creative life. (And I now believe that Atomic Habits is the best book to help one take the steps to get there.)

Ordinary Grace was a 5 star read for me. I read This Tender Land by the same author earlier this year and also loved it. Both books include Native American characters and their portrayals are so interesting. Ordinary Grace was such a beautiful book and a powerful argument for believing in something, which I’m always looking for given the skepticism that I can’t seem to buck.

Krueger lives in Minnesota and I found myself wondering about his reaction to George Floyd’s murder because he seems like a thoughtful person on race. And I want to read so many more books with Native American characters, so I think I’m about to begin a Louise Erdrich education!

Knitting

I finished the Through the Loops Mystery Knit Along. I didn’t spend much time aggressively blocking it because I’m not sure how much wear it will actually get, but I had so much fun knitting this. And I’m proud that I was able to keep up with the clues and finish just a couple of days after the last clue was released. I thought I’d be perpetually behind! I’d love to join Kirsten Kapur’s knit along next year if she has one.

(sorry about the light – I snapped this picture late last night and this was the best I could do. The speckles are much darker in this picture than they are in real life.)

Oh Mariechen! I love you! Truly – I’m so glad that I decided to knit this pattern! Yesterday I finished the ribbing and the first button band. Tonight I hope to tackle the second button band and the collar. And then I’ll be left with the sleeves! I hope this cardigan will be finished by the fall because I can’t wait to shimmy into it. Now that I’ve finished the mystery knit along, I’m back to being a one project at a time kind of girl so this one will see all of my knitting attention.


I hope the rest of the week treats us all well. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s Unraveled posts! The plan is to have a cozy post published on Friday and I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

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  1. I love your finished shawl! I feel similarly about the finished project (not sure how much I’ll wear it) and was also feeling pretty good about myself for keeping up. I think it was more of a process knit for me than anything else.

    I got Wild Fire from the library yesterday and am devouring it. I’m sad that it’s the last Shetland book but can’t wait to see how it ends!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I totally agree about it being a process knit. I enjoyed all of the techniques, especially the mosaic knitting!

      Enjoy Wild Fire! I think you’re going to love it 🙂

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  2. I’ve got a bunch of books on hold at the library, but once I read through the queue, I’m going to start the Shetland series. You’ve made them sound so good! I love the bright cheery colors in your Mystery Shawl and the fact that you’ll have a lovely new cardigan all ready to go when cooler temperatures roll around!

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    1. woohoo!! I hope you love the Shetland series! I had a difficult time with the first one, but I think that was just the initial hump of a new series. Enjoy 🙂

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  3. I love kindred reading spirits, Katie! Ordinary Grace, Wild Fire, Bird by Bird, and Writing Down the Bones … yes, yes, yes, yes! Have you read any of Erdrich’s books? I’d suggest starting with LaRose. It’s heartbreaking (what about the Indigenous story in this country isn’t), and I think you’d connect with the story. Cheering you on for Sleeve Island … Mariechen is looking fantastic.

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    1. I’m reading my very first Erdrich book right now – I got The Round House from the library on Monday. I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t spent much time with it – I’m not even 50 pages into it! I will definitely try LaRose next!

      (Would you believe me if I told that I finished my first sleeve last night? I wouldn’t believe myself, but it’s true!!!!!!)

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  4. Such fun knitting projects. I’m glad you like the sweater. The shawl looks bright and cheerful, just what we need right now. Enjoy that reading. The Shetland series wasn’t for me but I realize I’m the odd woman out on this one. Good thing there are so many books in the world.

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