Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Unraveled Wednesday: 5/24/2023

I'm happy to join Kat and fellow Unravelers for Unraveled Wednesday. I still haven't kitchenered the last toe on the socks I was knitting, but all in good time. I was thinking about starting my next project and was anxious to get going. 

Back in 2019, Ryan was still in Fort Collins and The Loopy Ewe was still there also. When I would visit Ryan, I had to also make a visit to The Loopy Ewe and I fell in love with Wollmeisen Rolls. These were essentially sock blanks that Wollmeise was dyeing, and I bought at least five of them. I've knit five of them but have been saving this last one, in the colorwayVergiƟmeinnicht (forget me not). Yarn is meant to be used and not just saved so I decided it was time to knit it. 

I knit my other four rolls directly from the roll, so that's what I started to do with this one but it was a crinkly, ramen-like mess. So I unraveled the whole thing, tied it up carefully, and soaked it overnight. 


I had wound it tightly enough that it wasn't drying after two days of hanging outside, so I got the kitchen chairs outand rewound it. 


There are still some crinkles in the yarn, but I was able to wind it into a ball and start a Forget Me Not Hitchhiker with it. 


And while I thought this was my last Wollmeisen Roll, I checked the website and found that they are
dyeing them again! (I may have ordered two.)

This week I read A Likely Story, but it was a slightly disappointing two-star book for me. The real star was Happiness Falls. It's the propulsive sophomore novel by Angie Kim, and it is a wonder, from the cover to the pages in between. (I recently described Absolution as "a marvel" so I needed a new descriptor.) I enjoyed Miracle Creek by the author and it's clear she has been doing extensive research and writing in the intervening four years.

A biracial Korean-American family in Virginia finds their lives turned inside out when their father and husband goes missing. Kim has written a wholly original missing person story, complicated by the fact that one of the family members, Eugene, has Angelman syndrome and cannot speak. The story is told mainly through 20-year-old Mia, complete with her thoughts, impressions, and philosophical insights. This book is packed full of action and I wanted to race through it to see what happened, but Mia's observations and footnotes made me slow down and take it all in. It's a family drama, full of secrets, but so much more. It's a book you can read, learn from, and read again to learn even more. That's just what I'm going to do. The book will be published on September 5, and I highly recommend it. 

What are you making and reading this week?


15 comments:

  1. Such a pretty blue!

    Reading: West With Elephants

    Knitting: Finishing up a Sport weight sock and then considering making a Sophie scarf.

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  2. love the process to get the yarn to relax, I love the color and of course the hitchhiker start.

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  3. Ooo! That is a beautiful blue, Bonny! (and perfect for a Hitchhiker!) I have put Happiness Falls on my TBR list... thank you for that :)

    I am reading Trespasses (a curious thing after watching Once Upon A Time in Northern Ireland) and am eager for our discussion!

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  4. That is a fabulous color!

    Sadly I will not get a chance to read Absolution until it's published; I got a message from NetGalley saying that the US publisher had decided not to allow access. Oh well, plenty of other things to read! I'm nearly done with The Bean Trees, and I've got about an hour left in The Centre, an ARC. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can finish up both today!

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  5. That is a gorgeous shade of blue! Thanks for your book reviews, Bonny!

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  6. What a beautiful shade of blue and (of course) PERFECT for a Hitchhiker! I like that you "may have" bought some more blanks. LOL Happiness Falls sounds great - I've added it to my TBR list, along with Miracle Creek (not sure how I missed that one previously).

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  7. What a lovely shade of blue! I'm currently reading Romantic Comedy and I am looking forward to our discussion on Trespasses!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! There is a bit of a gradient in the yarn that doesn't show in the photos, but hopefully, it's evident in the Hitchhiker. I'm also looking forward to discussing Trespasses.

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  8. I'm making a mitered square blanket (only on third square) and reading Inciting Joy by Ross Gay. I'm excited to start my summer reading this weekend and so far have 10 books I have from Thrift Books/used stores lined up with plans to add anything else I want to read to that group.

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    1. It sounds like you are all set with plenty of knitting and reading!

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  9. The blues in the that forget-me-not look a little different from the first photos to the WIP ... they're all pretty, the the WIP stole my heart - it is the perfect forget-me-not blue! and I'm so happy it's going to be a hitchhiker! I blew through the first Matthew Venn mystery last week and started the 2nd ... thank you for the recommendation - Ann Cleeves has redeemed herself for those last few Vera books :-)

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  10. Lovely blue, but what an effort you had to do it!

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    1. I hope it was worth the effort! We'll see ...

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  11. That is some GORGEOUS yarn, Bonny! I have some Wollmeisse in my stash (not a roll, but purchased at The Loopy Ewe when I visited . . . ) that I need to stop hoarding and start knitting with! Perhaps you'll inspire me, here . . .

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  12. What a pretty shade of blue. It looks so rich. Although I can not get them to grow in my yard, I love Forget-me-not flowers. So a hitchhiker by that name has got to be beautiful. Our internet provider has had a few challenges this week so - the late comment. I'm glad you found such a good book.

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