Just when you think there will be no unraveling – there is.

This week’s queue to finish:

  • Iced Coffee Stillwater, which is the recipient of the frogging. I have about 3″ to go on Sleeve #2 until I get to the 50-stitch mark, then…Sleeve #1 is being ripped back to 50 stitches and then I will determine how much if any to knit further before beginning the ribbing. Sometimes when you are knitting a smaller size based on your gauge – sleeve diameter needs some reworking and that is absolutely the case here!

  • TTL MKAL shawl, I am in the home stretch and have a bit more of the lace done since I took photos yesterday!

On the reading front, I managed to finish 3 books this week and I got my second BINGO:

  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I gave this book 5 stars…I was not sure I would like this book, but I loved it! The narration was excellent. I laughed so many times at the “ba-billion” funny things. I also cried a time or two. A great look into how life was and a powerful reminder of what should never have happened.
  2. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury: I gave this book 4 stars…The quintessential book for summer reading and,  stunningly, a book I had not previously read! I loved it and found myself immersed in the writing as well as my own childhood memories of new sneakers. I also loved the memories of each jar of dandelion wine. Beautiful writing.
  3. Beartown: A Novel by Frederik Backman. I gave this book 5 stars…While I am not a fan of hockey, this book makes you realize how intricately tied together a town can be and how easy it is to pick sides. You would think reading about hockey would be quite boring, but it is not. It is the characters in the town that Backman writes about – and the decisions they make that are interesting.  They are people who you know – or perhaps the person you are – in the pages of Beartown. And, it is masterfully written!

So, what is up next for me?

Reading: I have begun listening to A Handmaid’s Tale narrated by Claire Danes. And I have begun reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan. I also have Nutshell and Dawn in the queue from the library. So, lots of reading!!

Knitting: I think I will begin Bateau as soon as I have Stillwater and the MKAL shawl done…

What about you? What are you knitting and reading this week?

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