Kat at As Kat Knits hosts Unraveled Wednesday each week – a gathering of bloggers who share their weekly reading and knitting. Today I’m going to share two finished books and some actual knitting – which I haven’t shared in a really long time!
Books Finished This Week
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This was our most recent read aloud… Man, Dahl was harsh to those kids! Everyone really enjoyed this book and we spent time comparing it to the movie. We also talked about what made Charlie Bucket so special, so it was a good opportunity to talk about values and character. Bryce has loved every Roald Dahl book we’ve read so far!
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Thanks to my Little House obsession, I’m looking for lots of books set on the prairie. I read this book about a decade ago but remembered almost nothing about it. Similar to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the settlers drew stark contrasts between their own countries of origin and those of others and it was a bit startling. But I loved watching the friendship between Jim and Antonia grow throughout their lives. And the last section when Jim returns to visit Antonia was so touching. Beautiful!
Knitting This Week
I finished a pair of socks! I started these in late 2020 and basically stopped knitting for some reason. But I decided to pick them back up last week and finished them in no time. The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in Mint Chip. I spent a great deal of time trying to get all of the stripes to line up. The toes are quite different but I managed to get it all straightened out as the second sock grew. They are toe up socks with provisional cast-on toes and afterthought heels. I could have done a better job of closing the holes in the heels and luckily I have plenty of the yarn left over for mending. And honestly – is there anything more beautiful than the knit stitch? Oh my goodness, there just isn’t.
Today is Inauguration Day. I’m hoping to savor a cup of hot chocolate with my kiddos while we watch Democracy in action. I pray for a peaceful transfer of power and a bold path forward.
I plan to be back tomorrow with a finished quilt and hope to see you then!