Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Unraveled Wednesday 9/7/22

 Hello and Good Morning!

We ended up receiving roughly 3.5" of rain!  Woo-Hoo.  Yesterday morning I needed fresh parsley and basil for the red beans I was cooking.  I donned my wellies and rain jacket and walked out to the garden.  Or, rather, sloshed my way across the lawn to the garden.  The yard was like a pond!  It's looking back to normal now.  The rain finally stopped by late morning/early afternoon and sitting on the patio late in the day, Fletch had to put on a flannel shirt and I put on a sweat shirt!  It was wonderful.

Work was a little busy yesterday and then I spent the entire afternoon taking two required on-line courses.  One on IT security had to be completed by the end of September and the other on Wage and Hour laws had to be completed by the end of the calendar year.  I had already received multiple (as in over ten!) notices reminding me to take these, so I just decided to bite the bullet and do it.  What a PITA.  It's impossible to speed up the video training modules, so the courses take more time than they should.  Oh well, I completed them and have my certificates, so there is that.

And now we are at Unraveled Wednesday where we link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers to talk making and reading.  Wednesdays are always enjoyable.

First up, I finished my Corner to Corner dishcloth:

Obviously a little stretched out and unblocked...but it's a dishcloth for goodness' sake!  I'll just use it and then wash it and dry it.  The pattern is (duh) Corner to Corner by Purl Soho and the yarn is KnitPick's CotLin in the colorway Chicory.  I believe I used size 7 needles, but I've already put them away and can't really remember.  For the time being, I am finished making dishcloths (unless I decide to make some fancy/pretty ones to gift with a nice bar of soap or something).

I'm happy to say that the Cosmopolitan sock has moved a little bit on the journey to completion.

The heel has been turned and I'm almost finished the gusset decreases.  If I only had a few more hours in each day!  If you click on the picture to enlarge, you will see the cute bat stitch marker that Dee gave me on Saturday - perfect for Fall!  The pattern is Tidal Wave (had been free on Ravelry, but I don't see this particular version now) and the yarn is Barn Cat from Wandering Cat in the colorway Cosmopolitan.  I need to get a move on with this sock and the next.  They look like summer to me and it is feeling like Fall.  I want to knit something else!

On the reading side of things, sound the trumpets!  I finally finished Sorrow and Bliss and did not change my opinion of it!  Just boring to me.  But, I'm looking forward to our Read With Us Zoom discussion of this book next week.  I'm curious what so many found to like about this book - where I missed the mark or whatever.

Two books came in for me that I had requested from the library.  First up is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.  This is a slow read.  It has been described as charming, etc.  The style of writing is a bit dated (the author lived from 1866 - 1941 and this book was first published in 1922), but I've been reading it before bed and trying to get through it.  Araignee had mentioned that this was made into a movie (1991 I think) and I just found that it is available on Pluto TV (free) on, perhaps I will watch it instead!

The other book I picked up is simply wonderful!  I'm only about a third of the way through it (see comment above about needing more hours in each day), but Remarkably Bright Creatures is sheer enjoyment!  I'm hoping to find a bit more reading time today.

So, curious minds want to know:  what are you making and reading these days?  Be sure to head over to Kat's for inspiration!


  1. Those required corporate training courses . . . does ANYONE like them? I'm thinking not! I hope your work days calm, so you can get those socks finished up! I can't wait to see them . . .

  2. I hope you knit (or maybe drank some wine) during those courses to make them a little more enjoyable! Your socks do look like lovely summer socks so I hope you get to finish them up soon. We only got about 1.5" but I will take whatever Mother Nature delivers.

  3. Like Bonny, I hope you could knit your way through those courses! I've had to take some of those from time to time and they are such a drag.

    I have a feeling that Sorrow and Bliss might have a definite generational slant to it, but it'll certainly be interesting to discuss it next week.

  4. It's been raining here for two days and I love it. Thunder woke me up last night and I'm like..bring it on! It didn't do much for the humidity but at least everything got washed off and freshened up.

  5. It finally stopped raining yesterday afternoon, and my herb garden is a jungle. It's cooler, but the humidity is tropical. I just want to be able to open my windows and turn the AC off.

    I found that Maggie O'Farrell has a new book out (she wrote "Hamnet", which I absolutely loved), so I am going to get that. Maybe it will spur me to read.

    Those socks are going to be a beautiful pair.

  6. I don't think we got quite that much rain. But, every bit we got was surely appreciated by the plants.

    Not much reading this week, but lots of knitting on socks, as usual.

  7. Sock is looking good, but I agree, I'm feeling very fall lately. I have to get some baby knits out of the way, then back to Dad's sweater.

    I have to do silly online courses like that for work too... I always put them off and put them off until my boss has to remind me to do them, lol.

  8. Required training courses - don’t even get me started. Every August, the staff had to suffer through the same courses so we could be checked off the “List.” Aargh! My sock knitting has stalled once more. I haven’t picked up my needles in over a week.

  9. The dishcloth looks very serviceable and such a nice color. The sock is coming along nicely.

  10. I hated those training things! At least they're on line now and you don't have to sit in a room listening to someone drone on and on and on and on and on

  11. Boy, I remember the training courses from when I worked as a bookkeeper. It seemed I had to take classes on payroll every year as well as IRS law changes.
    I like your dishcloth, the ridges are so good at scrubbing. I haven't had much time to knit or crochet lately. This moving Mom has been very time-consuming.

  12. We've had a ton of rain; it sure is soggy here and the pond is threatening to be a bog again! The sock is sure pretty-Fall colors are calling me, too!

  13. how did I miss this post??? Love the corner to corner cloth and I love heel turning because the rest is so speedy to me.

  14. Oy... corporate training... such fun... NOT! I am glad you have it done though... as I am sure you are as well!

    The rain this week was simply delightful. I am not complaining at all we need it so desperately!