On Wednesdays I join Kat at As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday – a weekly linkup of knitters and readers who share their current projects. Please visit Kat and the other bloggers participating! This week I’m sharing three finished books and more progress on my handsewing project.
Finished Reading This Week:
Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee
This was a book about how shapes, colors, and the design of every day objects can bring joy into our lives. Lee breaks this book down to her “ten aesthetics of joy,” such as energy, harmony, and transcendence, and shares her research about how to recreate those feelings. I enjoyed reading this, but felt like I didn’t walk away with a ton of tangible steps to take in my home to make it feel more joyful. Although now I think I should start a flower farm – which would bring a lot of joy!
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This has been on my TBR for decades and I was so happy to finally read it. This is Francie’s story, a young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Man, life was hard and it was striking how ethnically divided the city was (is?). But it shows how the power of reading (and reading aloud!) can get us through painful patches and teach us about the world around us. 5 stars.
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
This was an audible deal of the day recently and I bought it because I loved The Ninth House so much. It’s a part of Bardugo’s “Grishaverse” series, which I haven’t read and that didn’t seem to matter. This was a lovely collection of fairy tales that transported me to a new world – Bardugo is a haunting writer. It was exactly what I needed Right Now!
I am making progress. The progress is tiny, but it’s still progress! I would expect to finish this bottom section this week and to start sorting my leftover hexies and make a decision about a border.
A couple of weeks ago I got a question about measurements and I forgot to answer last week. Right now it’s 52.5″ across and 58.5″ down. That puts it somewhere between a crib and twin (more of a crib), but this isn’t going on anyone’s bed! It will be on proud display somewhere in the house.
That’s it from me. I can’t wait to check in with all of you and see what you’re working on!