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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.


  1. Oh, bravo to you on the socks!! Your feet will soon be thanking you! And, thank you also for the reading recommendation! I love history and have added those books to my read list! (And, thank you for joining me today!)

  2. Now that you've gotten started on socks, you won't be able to stop. There is something addicting about them.
    I love reading history, too! I have a book about Humboldt on my nightstand (too lazy to go look for it).

  3. Congratulations on Your socks done in such pretty yarn. And the sock addition begins...

  4. Congratulations on Your socks done in such pretty yarn. And the sock addition begins...