It's a mild but extremely muggy Wednesday morning here in Eastern PA. Yesterday was sort of taken up with errands. And then last night, after several weeks' hiatus, one of our local PBS stations is back to showing Poirot (with David Suchet) on Tuesday nights. Last night's show was a particularly good one! I'm hoping today is a day where Fletch and I can buckle down and find our AirBnBs for vacation. Only 2 weeks to go - we'd best step it up!
But first we are at the last Unraveled Wednesday this year in August. Hard to believe. I think my stitching was more productive than my knitting, but here goes anyway. Time to link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers to talk making and reading.
My 2nd Allsorts sock is STILL not finished! I don't know when a second sock has taken me so long!
I did manage to knit a few rows last night, so now there are just 15 rows left until the toe decreases. I feel like I should chant "yes I can, yes I can, yes I can" like the Little Engine that Could or something. LOL
And the Shakerag Skirt...the skirt...If you think it looks like last week, you would be only slightly mistaken.
A whopping two more rows have been added. Oy! Those two rows. There was unraveling or I guess technically, some knitting backwards. The pattern calls for some yarn overs and every 11th stitch is a purl. No problem. Except when you start knitting and your mind wanders and you think of other things. Something was not adding up...my purls were not lining up the way they should. So I knit backwards. Then I counted stitches and found myself one stitch short. I looked carefully at the most recently finished row and found the error! There was one set that only had 10 stitches...I had forgotten (or just failed to make) one yarn over. Of course it was near the beginning, so almost the entire row had to be un-knit. After fixing that mess, I put it away and pulled out my stitching for a bit.
Moving on to the reading side of things. I've been attempting (key word) to read The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida - the latest choice for the "Read With Us" group. I just cannot get into it at all! I put the book aside and downloaded the audio version from Hoopla. That is proving to be a struggle as well. I'll give it another shot, but I'm thinking this book may just not be for moi. Ironically, our new vacation days conflict with the upcoming Zoom book discussion with the Read With Us group and I will be missing that. I would have enjoyed that even if I end up not reading the book - it would be good to get others' take on it. As Kym is fond of saying, It's a "chewy" one!
On a more positive note, I did finish Horse and I absolutely loved it (I was not expecting the ending though...). I highly recommend this book by Geraldine Brooks.
Fletch and I are continuing to read The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor and are enjoying that a lot. I think I've picked the next book for us to read...but I'll wait to share that when it happens (could be a bit of time).
I'm now in the midst of Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers which I am finding pretty funny. I think Bonny mentioned this on her blog and...since the name Vera is there and since my daughter-in-law is Chinese - how could I resist? It's a fast read and I'm finding it rather campy, but fun. Nothing serious, but rather a good read inbetween more serious books.
If you are still reading, thanks for sticking with this rather long post. Be sure to head over to Kat's to see what others are up to and have a wonderful Wednesday!