Unraveled Wednesday – Week 35 of 2020

Happy Wednesday, friends. Wednesdays are for catching up with Kat at As Kat Knits and sharing my weekly reading and knitting projects. This week I’m sharing three finished books and some exciting knitting progress.

Finished Reading This Week:

Birds of a Feather is the second Maisie Dobbs book. Maisie is hired to find the missing daughter of a very wealthy man, but quickly realizes that her disappearance is related to the deaths of three other women. I’m really enjoying this time period, between the world wars, and Maisie’s forward thinking. I think I’ll probably take a little break from the series for now, but hope to return a little later this year.

LaRose was a heartbreaker! Landreaux Iron attempts to kill a deer but misses and shoots his neighbor’s 5 year old son instead. In an attempt to right his wrong, he gives his own five year old son to his neighbors, the Ravich family. But LaRose is a name passed down through the generations, and each generation of LaRose is special. This LaRose is uniquely wise. Erdrich writes some incredible magical realism as we travel back in time to meet the first LaRose and learn some things about her own brutal journey. This is a very muddled description, I know — but it was a complicated book. It was hard to put down!

If you ever wanted to take a course from Madeleine Albright, here’s your chance! She narrates the audio version of Fascism: A Warning and it was excellent. In it, she outlines the unique characteristics of fascists throughout the world and history. It was fascinating. Of course, her argument is that the current US president exhibits many of the characters of a fascist leader and describes the slippery slope of some of his decisions. If you’re looking for some language and context around your growing fears over what you’re seeing in US politics right now, this is well worth your time.

Knitting

Friends, I’m so close! I steeked the body on Saturday night and was so relieved by the results. For the non-knitters, steeking is when you knit your entire project in the shape of a tube and then CUT up the center to create an opening. It’s how this cardigan was made – it started out being completely connected all the way around, like a pullover. But then I cut up the center to make it a cardigan. I’ve steeked one other sweater before but it was worst case scenario: it unraveled. And that was especially awful because I’d been working on the sweater for 3 years (no lie).

To say that I was nervous about steeking this is an understatement, but I took a deep breath and dove right in. And so far, it’s holding together! I’m now working on the beautiful shawl collar and am loving the shape and the texture. After binding off on the collar, I’ll just need to knit up the loops for the belt and the belt itself – and it will be done! Another snuggly sweater for this fall is almost ready.

I think my next few knitting projects will be quite low key. I’ll probably be knitting up some hats to use up some of the leftover bits of yarn from the last couple of sweaters that I finished.


I can’t wait to see what all of you have been working on since last Wednesday!

23 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday – Week 35 of 2020

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  1. I can’t believe how fast you’ve knitted the sweater! She’s beautiful, love the colors! I can’t seem to find any books now to keep my interest. I’m stopping at the library today after my haircut. I’ll see if something jumps out at me. Have a great rest of the week!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! I hope you find something at the library. Reading ruts are so frustrating! Cozy mysteries have been seeing me through my ruts lately. I can’t wait to see what you decide!

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      1. I checked out several mysteries by Colin Dexter, the writer of the Inspector Morse series. I couldn’t sleep awhile during the night last night so I got up and read! That was fun.

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  2. Katie, that sweater is just gorgeous! Wow I really love it!! (and gah, that is a painful steeking story!)

    I felt the exact same way listening to Madeline Albright’s Fascism. What a treat to sit at her knee and listen! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Good luck with your scarf! When I get frustrated by how long a project is taking, I try to make sure I work on it a little while everyday.. I get really motivated once I can SEE the progress! And sometimes I’m not motivated to work on the project because it’s not quite right – maybe shaking it up and working on something else will help you move forward?

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    1. Thanks Jayne! Steeking is so scary — I was relieved that it seemed to work out this time! I hope you love your Erdrich book… I haven’t heard of that one but I’m sure it’s fantastic.

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  3. I can’t believe how quickly you’ve knit up that sweater — and it looks amazing! And I’m very relieved to hear that cutting the steek went okay. I did it on a stranded colorwork vest and it was definitely nerve wracking, but I’d machine-stitched it so well that I wasn’t too afraid that it’d unravel. Still, it’s always a gamble when you take scissors to your knitting!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It’s shocking how quickly this is coming together, especially since I feel like I haven’t even prioritized it given everything else going on right now. But I’m looking forward to smaller projects, for sure.

      I reinforced the steek with my machine this time too. I did a crochet reinforcement the first time and have no idea if that’s what caused the unraveling or my own error somewhere else… but I definitely wanted to do everything differently this time!

      I’m glad to hear that your steeking was a success!

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  4. Your Spark is beautiful! I love the subtle color progression of your CC yarn. I’m just starting the color work on the body and looking forward to the rhythm of Chart B. I may try the felting technique shown on MDK website with a reinforcement of some sort.

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    1. Thanks, Geri! That felting technique looks interesting – thanks for sharing it! I reinforced with my sewing machine this time and it seemed to work well. Good luck with your Spark!

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    1. Thanks Jane! It sounds like Maisie Dobbs might have ran her course — the author is on #15 or 16, right? I think very few series should last that long!! (Of course, the Inspector Gamache series should NEVER end!)

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