Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

I was happily knitting along on my Match & Move last night, having completed the most recent Copper Cloud section and started again with Spice Schwammerl, when I felt something funny.  Examining it closely, I knew I had once again made a mistake, but I couldn't rip down because I wasn't even sure what I had done. 

So I did some actual unraveling this morning.

The stitches are back on the needles and I'm ready to proceed - a bit more carefully this time. This is a simple pattern, but this is also the second time I've made a mistake and had to rip back. There just may be some sort of lesson here (like pay attention)!

I'm also trying to pay attention to my reading. I've complained to several people about being in a reading slump, so I went to the library, perused shelves without overthinking, and came home with some books that looked interesting. I've started the first of these, Foolproofand this mathematical nonfiction may be just what I need. I'm also lucky enough to have an advance copy of the second book in the Beartown trilogy, Us Against You. Both of these books are providing good reasons to pay close attention.

What are you making and reading this week?


  1. Your Match and Move is so beautiful! I really love those colors together! And, as always - your reading slump aside - you give the best book suggestions, ever!

  2. I love that you are choosing a mathematical nonfiction book to get you out of your reading slump. I can so Not relate to that. Math & I are Not friends! When I'm in a slump, I wander the aisles and choose the first either bright pink or bright yellow cover I come across. Pink & yellow books are always silly, fun, fast reads, with zero educational value. We may not share tastes in books, but I'm loving your Match & Move!

  3. I am in awe of your mathematical reading, Bonny. I never had a good math teacher, and I like to blame that on the fact that I never enjoyed math. But then again, maybe it is just my brain! I finished Women in the Castle, and while it was not a bad book, I wouldn't recommend it. It was a so-so read. I am tired of WWII books, I think. Perhaps you need to consider fixing that one stitch rather than ripping out so many rows? Or maybe you just like a clean start. I can understand that! Here's hoping that both of us find a book that truly captures us soon. Happy Wednesday, Bonny.

  4. I find that I make the most mistakes on simple, rhythmic knits. It's amazing how easily I can . . . forget to count to 5, for example. Or lose track of my last increase. Or any of a dozen silly mistakes in an otherwise easy project. Oh, well. Your Match and Move is really lovely -- and worth the getting-it-just-right, y'know? (And I am so happy to hear that Fredrik Backman remains consistently wonderful!) XO

  5. Your Match & Move is going to be so great!! I'm glad you didn't have to rip back TOO far... and dropping down to fix something like that in garter stitch can be sort of a pain (IMO).

  6. Seaming, seaming, seaming! :-) And...An American Marriage. And your project is lovely. You'll be so happy you took the time to fix your mistake!

  7. Glad you got back on track ... with the knitting - and (? is it too soon to say?) the reading! I just started reading American Gospel by Jon Meacham with my small group. One of the things I love about our group is that it forces me to read slowly and closely. We meet weekly and talk about the books as we go - typically a chapter a week. If I miss something on my own, the group helps me catch it. and if I have questions, they help me answer it. It's a challenge and a blessing.

  8. Ah knitting, it is a process. Lately I feel as if I have ripped out some of every project. I am glad I'm not the only one. I'm reading William Stafford's poetry. While waiting for some library holds to come in, I picked up a collection of short stories by Willa Cather that has been on my shelf for a long time. Perhaps I read them once but I don't remember.

  9. Why is it so hard to pay attention? I don't think the Internet has improved my abilities in that area. I do all too much ripping!
    I had no idea that there were going to be more Beartown books!

    1. I think I've been getting into the rhythm of the pattern, but forgetting that I do need to pay some attention. Like my grandmother used to say when I complained about non-problems, "I hope this (ripping out a few rows) is the worst thing you have to deal with today"!

      Us Against You begins after the events of Beartown. I'm only about halfway through, but many of the same characters return, hockey is a focus, and it feels like something big is brewing, but I can't yet predict exactly what that might be. So far it's pretty good, and I hope I enjoy it as much as Beartown when I finish.

  10. So often my mind wanders when I think a pattern is "easy" and, before you know it, I'm in a pickle. My feeling is we'll just make mistakes (or we won't) and then we'll fix them. We're knitters and that's what we do. I am floundering around for something to read. I just finished Circe, which I loved, and now I'm lost without her.


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