Happy Unraveled Wednesday, friends! On Wednesdays I link up with Kat at As Kat Knits to share what I’ve been reading and knitting. Please visit her and the other bloggers participating! This week I have one lovely book to share and some progress on my Spark Cardigan.
Finished Reading This Week:
“When men fear the loss of what they know they will follow any tyrant who promises to restore the old order.”
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
I could have sworn that this book was published this year, but was definitely wrong about that (!). It was published in 2018. Time flies. I enjoyed Unsheltered a lot. The present day story line was set in 2016 during the crazy primaries and focuses on Willa Knox, a freelance writer trying to keep her struggling family afloat. The story flashes back to the late 1800s, where we meet a high school science teacher, Thatcher Greenwood, who insisted on teaching science (not religion) and his neighbor, the naturalist Mary Treat. These two stories are tied together by a home: the house that is crumbling around the Knox family in 2016 was already falling apart in the 1800s while Thatcher lived there. There’s some symbolism here.
Kingsolver tried her darndest to figure out how so many people managed to vote the way they did in 2016. And she did it in an empathetic and compassionate way that made me stop and think. If you’re still puzzled by the way the election turned out, you might enjoy this book. I really enjoyed learning about Mary Treat, an actual naturalist who exchanged letters with Charles Darwin while she was engaged in her independent scientific research. I mentioned lately that naturalists are showing up everywhere in my life right now… here’s another example!
(PS: Willa Knox’s daughter is a knitter and I’m pretty sure there’s a nod to Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket!)
I was hoping to be able to share another finished book with you this week, but I have three books in the works right now. I’m typically a monogamous reader, but I have a feeling next week will include a glut of finishes which sort of stresses me out. But please know that I am reading some fantastic books that I can’t wait to share!
Friends, I decided to just get over the boredom of the thing and work on the belt for my Spark Cardigan. Now that work is being done on it (yes, passive voice), it is actually growing! I use the passive voice because it’s so boring and requires no thought at all. I am literally walking around with it while supervising play time in the yard. Knit, slip, knit, slip, knit, slip, knit, slip, all the live long day. Each day that I work on it, I move the stitch marker up to my starting point to see that I’m actually making progress on the blasted thing. I haven’t measured it yet because I don’t want to be discouraged by how much is left. I know that I’m nowhere near the 74″ needed, so I’ll keep on with the knit, slip, knit, slip, knit, slip, turn, slip, knit, slip, knit, slip, knit. You get the picture. My goal is to finish this sweater by the end of September. Please oh please!
I can’t wait to catch up with everyone’s projects this week! I hope you all have a great Wednesday!