The sun is up and the sky is blue. So far the temperature is nice too. That's a bonus for an August day. It's Wednesday and time to link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers. On Wednesdays we gather to talk about making and reading...two things very dear to my heart.
Jumping right in to the making...I have one finished sock!
The first Allsorts sock is finished and the second one has been started...no fear of second sock syndrome here! This yarn is just fun - I love all the colors and the way it has striped up. sock #2 will not be matchy-matchy, but that is fine with me as I am not really a matchy-matchy person.
Surprisingly I also managed a few rows on my Shakerag skirt!!
The key word is "few." The above picture shows 10 rows completed. Still a way to go before the lace portion is completed. The biggest issue I have is trying to find a block of time to work on this. Socks are easy to pick up and put down - a row is not that many stitches. This..this is a lot of stitches in one row and I don't want to stop mid-row at any time since I'm in the lace pattern. If work cooperates, I will try to put in some time on this today. That is a big IF though...time will tell. I do love the color I chose in Rowan's Creative Linen (colorway is "Oasis"). I will say that I am finding the yarn to be a little on the splitty side - I really need to pay attention when knitting this.
Moving on to reading...I finished The Bandit Queens and I'm glad to be finished with it. A glossary would have helped - lots of Hindi words that I do not know. I became tired of all the man-bashing and the violence. Much of it did not seem possible to me, but that is just my opinion.
I am now in the midst (about a third of the way through) of A Place in the World - Finding the Meaning of Home - by Frances Mayes. I've read a number of her books - mostly her memoirs but also some of her fiction and I've enjoyed it all. I love that she shares so many recipes. The first section is about her place in North Carolina - lots of gardening information which was fun (except for the mention of copperheads in the midst of the jasmine!!). I'm into the second section now which is about Bramasole - her place in Tuscany. I'm thoroughly enjoying this book.
When I finish "A Place in the World" I have The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida waiting on my nightstand. I was able to pick it up within 2 days of requesting it from my library!! This is the next "Read with Us" book and I'm looking forward to it.
Fletch and I are part of the way into the 2nd Master & Commander book - "Post Captain." We still have 14 or 5 hours of listening to go!! Fletch is enjoying it more than me, but it is fine as background to my knitting after dinner.
So far work is quiet today. I need to TRY to do some laundry. Yesterday I managed 2 loads and then the washer stopped working. This is the new washer just bought in January!! I'm going to fool with it again to see if I can get it to work...if not, a service call will be made. Ugh!
Have a great Wednesday and be sure to check out Kat's blog to see what everyone is up to making and reading!