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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday's Yarns - Color Shifting Shawl & Longmire


      My Color Shifting Shawl is looking lovely.  The colors are fun to work with and the design interesting yet easy to memorize.  A real winner. (Last weeks post for details - Wednesday's Yarns - Color Shifting Shawl)

     I've started reading The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson.  The first in the Longmire series.  A TV show I absolutely love and I didn't know until last week that it was based on a book series.  (Thanks to As Kat Knits and her "Unraveled Wednesdays" where she shares her knits and books).  So far I'm loving it.  The descriptions of Wyoming are beautiful and are an important element of his books, that and the myth and reality of Western culture.  The character of Walt the sheriff grips you right away and is much like the series.  It's like getting into the series in a 3-D way.  The characters you love are more fleshed out.  The style of prose is one moment beautiful and then funny.  Walt has what I would have called a mid-west sense of humor, that dry, tongue-in-cheek way of conversing (especially over corpses).  I think of it as Mid-West because I once knew a Kansas couple who ran a funeral home.  I never met a funnier guy.  Almost as if death brings a stark reality that forged a unique, dry, humor that also tells it like it is.  Walt says as he's hovering over a corpse in a field that his humor increases when there's death around.  "There's a kinda cocksure attitude that overtakes a man in the presence of the dearly departed, a you're dead-and-I'm-not kind of perspective. There's something about a carcass of an animal like oneself, the post-shuffled, mortal coil that brings out the worst in me, and I start thinking that I'm funny." (Walt Longmire)

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

     I've already bought some of the following books in the series anticipating wanting to go on.  The books I think are pricey so I first checked my local used bookshop and there I got #1 and #2 - Death Without Company  The third book - Kindness Goes Unpunished I've got coming used (but new condition) through Amazon.  The 4th book (yeah!) that one is only $1.99 (for now) on Kindle- Another Man's Moccasins.  That ought to keep me busy for awhile and I anticipate my husband wanting to read them too.

          My Garter Stitch Shawl is finally blocked.  I set it aside figuring I'd wear it in the Spring (Wednesday's Yarns - Finishing a Book & a Shawl). I do tend to do that.  I have to finish tucking in the stray yarns on my Peace Shawl too for Friday night.  I want to show it off with this pretty tie-dye shirt and jeans.  I'm hosting a fundraiser for Rebuilding Puerto Rico.  We have local musicians (some professionals) coming to play at Jives Coffee Lounge April 6th in Old Colorado City at 7 PM - 9:30.  We give the raised funds to a missionary friend who goes in and helps rebuild homes.  Last time's donations helped an elderly woman who just lost her husband 4 days before the hurricane.  Her roof was torn off and the team used the funds we raised, fixed her second story to be a roof and refurbished her bathroom. Want more details because you're local leave a message.

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  1. I am so glad that you are enjoying Walt in writing as much as I did! Craig Johnson is a master at word-craft. And, your peace shawl is gorgeous! And, thank you for joining us!

  2. Hm. I've never read the books nor watch the Longmire series... something tells me that I ought to! Your shawls are lovely... looking forward to seeing the progression of the Color Shifting Shawl.

  3. Your garter shawl is just lovely! I have some ends to weave into my last shawl that i finished on Vacation. I'm into a new shawl !You have some great photos. The yarn colors look so true and blue and I love that

  4. Your shawls are so pretty. I love the deeper lace border on the edge of the last one - the Peace Shawl from 2017 I think?

    1. Yes, that's right! The Peace Shawl 2017. A great pattern and process through The Healthy Knitter's blog post to achieve internal peace, so it ripples outward towards the World (hence the ripples throughout the shawl, which start small and gradually grow wider). I love it!