Unraveled Wednesday | Week 4 of 2021 | Books & Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday is hosted by Kat at As Kat Knits each week – a wonderful group of bloggers who gathers to share their current knitting projects and the books they’ve been reading. Please visit Kat and the other participants for a ton of inspiration! This week I’m sharing a few more finished books and a new knitting project.

Read This Week:

Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo
I’m sad to say that this is the last book in the Mercy Watson series. This was so fun to read aloud! Mercy is a pig who lives at 54 Deckawoo Drive and loves toast with a great deal of butter. Butter tends to get her in a lot of trouble and every book is an adventure. The names in this series are a hoot and I hope DiCamillo decides to have a Mercy Watson revival and write more!

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
The best Ruth Galloway so far! This one had fun tie-ins with literature – Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit – and was probably the most compelling. Someone is kidnapping people – some are rough sleepers, while others are decidedly middle class. To complicate matters even more, the culprit is murdering the people trying to help with the investigation. And I must know – will Ruth and Harry ever get together?! (Don’t tell me if you know the answer!)

Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
A domestic memoir from Shirley Jackson, the scare queen? Yes, please! This book chronicles Jackson’s move from The City (NYC?) to rural Vermont in a desperate attempt to not become homeless with two children. I laughed out loud several times as I wrestled my own savages to be able to read a few sentences of this book throughout the evenings. Not an earth shattering contribution to domesticity, but still quite fun. 3 stars.

Knitted This Week:

More socks! I unearthed this Koigu KPPPM that I’ve had for about a decade and finally put it to use. I decided to use the Hermione Everyday Socks pattern (Ravelry link) because it’s been a very long time since I’ve tried a cuff down sock and wanted to tackle something different. This yarn isn’t a great match for this stitch pattern and I’m 100% okay with that. If I like the fit when I’m finished, I have other yarn that will work well and I’ll simply try again. Just keeping swimming, just keep swimming is something we sing often in our house, even while knitting through mistakes.

Dear friends, I plan to be back tomorrow with an update on my Stay At Home Round Robin quilt – I hope I’ll see you then. Enjoy your Wednesday!


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  1. I have a fondness for the Mercy Watson series — when kiddo first started really reading (more than picture books), it was the first of those books that she read. I remember how proud she was of herself.

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  2. Okay, you are making me re-arrange my “read soon” list to move Elly up! And I have wanted to knit that sock pattern for some time now! I might have to find a skein and cast on!

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  3. The Unravelled Wednesdays sock knitters are going to have me knitting socks soon. I understand what you mean re the yarn pairing and the pattern but I still think these are going to be some lovely socks in the end.

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  4. Honestly, I haven’t made any socks lately. Need to dig and see if I have enough yarn… and oh, where are those dp needles. Never could get the hang of using those circular things for socks. I like the old dp’s. This week, I’m reading the new Piecework magazine for Spring, some short fictions with Friday Fictioneers here on WP, and two new books that just came in mail yesterday…one on Bobbin Lace, and another with a collection of Embroidery stitches.

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    1. I know what you mean about sticking with the dpns. They are so much fun for sock knitting! But I’m also enjoying making them with the circs, so perhaps I’ll go back and forth? Your reads this week are quite inspiring! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! We should all scare ourselves quite often, shouldn’t we? I’m sure you already know this – but you’ll totally be able to knit socks. You can do it!


    1. Mercy is a lot of fun… It might be a bit too easy for him at this point, but it’s still fun! Bryce and I read Desperaux together summer and I’m going to look into Flora & Ulysses – thanks for the recommendation!

      I can’t wait to read more Ruth Galloway mysteries, ha!

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  5. I have always enjoyed the Ruth Galloway series. Now I wonder if I got as far as the Chalk Pit? It’s been awhile since I read any. I think Hermione’s sock pattern looks good in just about any kind of yarn. Yours is no exception. I like them. They remind me of mint chip ice cream.

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