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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yarns -The Ardent Shawl Finished!

My beautiful Spring Ardent Shawl is done -

     I've started Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy, Book 2) by Ken Follett.  The first book Fall of Giants was great and I enjoyed it thoroughly, so I expect the same.  Also I so enjoy learning while I'm a having fun reading and it's interesting being immersed in another time period. 

For more lovely shawls by Janina Kallio - ONE SKEIN WONDERS

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Simply Saturday


     My Ardent Shawl is almost done.  I finished the pattern and still have yarn leftover so I've added a few more rows with holes, and now I'm doing the final garter rows till the yarn is gone.

      It's a good weekend to turn off.  Turn inward.  Quiet the soul.  Knit and read.  And turn off the news.  Sometimes, somethings are beyond our control and for me too overwhelming to contemplate.  I'm going to let the birds and trees surround me.  Knit, take a walk.  Breathe.  And hope.  Out of this place, I can handle next week better.  What else can I do but tend my little world?

     A cake to make.  My husband's birthday on Sunday.  Still some unpacking to do, clearing off the kitchen table, finally so I can block my shawl.  My teen starts school in a week.  10th grade.  Starting to talk about colleges.  Life goes on.  Embracing the simple.  A hot soup to make.  When the world seems impossibly crazy and out of control, what I can do is be thankful for what I have.  Breathe in, breathe out, because I can.  And hope for a better tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Yarns - Socks Tackled Again

     Last year I started my My First Socks Adventure and got stalled after working on them all day at my daughter's college graduation.  Unused to tiny needles and seemingly so little progress, it got stashed away with the thought that that's it, socks are not for me! 

Last year:

     Then the past year I've been working with smaller needles and shawls with fingering weight yarn and I've gotten more comfortable with knitting with small stuff.  So I picked it up again this week and I'm really happy with the results.  Of course it helped I had most of the cuff done and now I'm working on the heel.  Now I'm dreaming of wearing them.  It's a cold rainy summer and warm socks would be dreamy.

I'm almost done with Ken Follet's Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1).  It's been an amazing ride and I believe I've learned a lot about WWI and I feel like I've been immersed in that time frame.  I've got the next book Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy and I'll be ready to continue on to the next generation and WWII.

     I'm also reading a collection of short stories which are biographies of historical heroes.   Some forgotten long ago.   "Brave Companions: Portraits In History" by David McCullough.  I love these stories so much, I'm finishing a story and passing the book over to my husband when he gets home at night.  It seems just such a shame that we don't know about these people.  The first chapter is about a Naturalist (and many other things) that explored South America and did more for science than Lewis & Clark, but we probably don't hear about him because the U.S. is so centered on itself and ignores the history of any country that surrounds it!  Anyone know Canadian History?  Case in point.  This explorer, a Naturalist was Alexander von Humboldt.  If you love history and biographies this book is a must.  I love David McCullough's writing.  Very interesting, gripping stories.

Joining with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Yarns - What's Up in Your Knitting & Reading World?

   In honor of a wildlife refuge in Texas threatened by the building of The Wall, I've started knitting the Passerine Hat by Erica Heusser.  I was excited I had the materials on hand and I've bravely waded in to tackle colorwork with Fingering Weight yarn (I'm a bit of a newbie on this, only having done one Fair Isle piece before - Technique Thursday and Learning Fair Isle).  Today I should get to the bird motif.  Read on for details on how the Santa Ana National Refuge is threatened.

Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina

     In September the next fight in Congress will be over the budget.  Hidden in the proposed budget is funding for the Wall.  Surreptitiously testing the area, hoping to avoid notice, the US Customs and Border Protection has been working to get soil samples and check out a three mile stretch in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to build a portion of the Wall. Today the Washington Post reported that Homeland Security will be evoking previous laws in order to skirt any Environmental rules or reviews for building the wall along the border The Energy 202: Trump to Waive Environmental Rules to Construct Border Wall

    The Santa Ana National Refuge is the home of the many birds and some endangered species - "The 2,088-acre Santa Ana refuge, located along the Rio Grande south of McAllen, Texas, is considered one of the nation’s top bird-watching sites, with more than 400 species of birds. The refuge is also home to two endangered wildcats—the ocelot and jaguarundi—and some of the last surviving stands of sabal palm trees in South Texas." (Mother Jone's - Trump’s Big, Beautiful Wall Will Cut Through a Big, Beautiful Texas Wildlife Refuge). An update from Texas Public Radio.

     I'm more than half way through Ken Follet's Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1).  It's a great book and fills in a lot of gaps of my understanding of WWI and the Russian Revolution.  The Characters feel real (and interspersed with real historical figures) and the plot keeps up a good pace.  Every page you want to know what's going to happen next.  I'm pleased I'm reading an accurate historical fiction, having fun and learning at the same time.  I'll have to remember to prowl the second hand book shops this weekend for #2 in his trilogy - Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy.

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