Unraveled Wednesday – Week 34 of 2020

Wednesdays are my favorite blogging days because I get to link up with Kat at As Kat Knits, where a fantastic group of bloggers share their stitching and reading projects for the week! This week I’m sharing two finished books, a finished Summer Bingo Card, and my progress on my Spark cardigan.

Finished Reading This Week:

I chose to reread The Bluest Eye because it ticked off a square on my SAH Summer Bingo Card – An author who died last year – but man, I am really enjoying ALL of the books I’ve picked to fill in this card! And I wouldn’t have reread this anytime soon if it weren’t for bingo, so I’m really thankful that I decided to play along!

The Bluest Eye is a gut punch. It is SO difficult to read, but it’s short (just over 200 pages), so I was able to center myself every time I felt like giving up. It’s also really difficult to review and talk about. I think this is one that’s going to sit with me for a long time.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants has been on my TBR for a long time. I listened to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s On Being interview at some point and was captivated by what she had to say. The audiobook is narrated by the author, which is a square on my bingo card, so I finally decided to take the plunge. Kimmerer is a botanist who has been collecting Indigenous wisdom her whole life. It was so interesting to see her two worlds, scientist and Indigenous woman, collide so often. But they also melted together beautifully.

I had two serendipitous experiences while listening to this:

  1. After starting this book on audio, I listened to Jane Goodall’s interview with Krista Tippett. At first, I made the connection between two scientists, both interested in how the world works and finding ways to use science to explain the beauty of the world around them. But later in Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer mentions being at a ceremony with Jane Goodall!
  2. Just before starting this book, I learned about Potemkin Villages thanks to this Washington Post article. And Kimmerer mentions Potemkin Villages in one of her essays. I would have had no idea what she was talking about without that Post article!

I love noticing these serendipitous moments. I think they make reading so much richer when all of the connections start falling into place!

And with these two finished books, I covered my SAH Book Bingo 2020 card! This year’s game started on April 1 and I finally decided to print out a card and play on 7/21, so I was a little late. But I got really lucky and was able to fill nearly half of squares based on what I randomly read since April. The books I read when I started focusing on filling the squares were some of my favorites of the last few months and I probably wouldn’t have picked them up if I didn’t have this game as motivation! I am totally planning to play again next year!

Knitting

I’m still working on my Spark cardigan. I’ve spent a lot of this week’s knitting time preparing for our first day of school so I don’t feel like I’ve given it a lot of attention, but I can see quite a bit of progress when I compare this picture with last week’s! I’ve started the decreases and will be able to join the sleeves to the body in about 7 rows. And I’m stoked that the dreaded sleeves are already knit!! I’m still loving this color combo and the knitting process. I thought the rows with alternating stitches would take forever, but I’ve found a rhythm and am feeling pretty comfortable with it.


How about you? What projects have you been working on? And have you been reading any good books? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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  1. Congratulations on both the bingo card and the sweater!! It looks fantastic, and once the sleeves are done, the rest should hopefully be smooth sailing? “Braiding seagrass” rings a bell, but I can’t place which one right now … I also have to finally read Toni Morrison’s books! I never have, for some reason (I had British literature at the university, and we didn’t really read her books in school), but she is on my list of authors to read! đŸ™‚

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      1. You know, I’m not sure what people suggest. The Bluest Eye is her first novel and is THE book that I think of when someone says her name… that’s why I decided on this one.

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    1. We start on Monday!! Eek!

      You’re right – this sweater is coming together so quickly. As of this morning, the sleeves are joined! I hope you have a great week too!

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  2. You did an amazing job on your bingo card — congrats! It’s been many years since I read The Bluest Eye, and I think I need to do a reread (once I’ve finished up my bingo card, of course). I remember it being a difficult read, but I have a feeling my reaction will be different reading it now, as an adult and a parent, compared to the first time, when I was a teenager.

    Your sweater is looking so great! I really love the variegated contrast color in the colorwork.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! A reread as an adult was exactly what I needed with the Bluest Eye. I’m not sure if it’s going on my “read every decade” list because of how difficult it is, but it was definitely worth reading right NOW.

      Thanks for your kind words about the sweater. It’s been so fun to work on!

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  3. Congrats Katie on your Bingo card fill! Wahoo! and the sweater is spectacular. I love the color way and look forward to seeing the sweater modeled on you. Wear it in the best of health! Knit and Read on!
    Cheers~

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  4. Congratulations on filling all the bingo card- it’s harder than you’d think to get them isn’t it. I love the cardigan you are making, such super colour combo. I have done very little knitting this week- too hot or too tired most nights, but I have been reading more, now that the library has re-opened.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! It’s so hard to knit when it’s hot, so please take care of yourself!! I’m thrilled to hear that your library has re-opened – what fun!

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  5. WOW, so much great reading … and your Spark đŸ™‚ I am so glad you’re playing along with Bingo this year! I am reading Kaitlin Curtice’s Native and I came across these words this morning “Our language sounds like wind in the pines and water over rocks, sounds our ears may have been more delicately attuned to in the past, but no longer. To learn again, you really have to listen.” … and the footnote says it’s from Braiding Sweetgrass. I can’t wait to read it!

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    1. I think you’ll really love Braiding Sweetgrass! I listened to it on audio so it was really hard to write down passages that were striking, but it was full of beautiful moments!

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  6. Well, congratulations on your Cover ALL!! Wooo! That is fantastic! And, look at that practically finished sweater!!

    I am immersed in my third Allende book this year and LOVING it! (The House of the Spirits is sooo good!)

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    1. Thanks Kat! THIRD ALLENDE??! Go you! Okay – A Long Petal of the Sea, The House of the Spirits, and…. ?? I don’t remember the other one from your blog? I’m losing my mind!

      I’ve only read A Long Petal of the Sea by her. I should explore her backlist some more!

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