Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Gift, Some Knitting, Some Reading

First off, I have to share the wonderful goodies I got from Kim of Kim Knits, thanks to a lovely swap arranged by Kathy of Compassionknit. Kim is so smart. The swap was a no-yarn swap, so Kim included needles!
It seems so obvious, but it never occurred to me. Of course, the first thing that occurred to me was chocolate, but that's another story! I love the little notebooks she included. It's just perfect for keeping in my knitting bag and tracking details about my projects. And she noticed that I am a sucker for all crafts, so she sent a needle-felting project. It's a little hamster and just adorable. I'm thinking it would be perfect for Thankgiving weekend!

Thank you so much, Kim, for such fun and thoughtful gifts!

As for knitting, I've been unusually monogamous and managed to add quite a bit to my TTL Mystery Shawl 2017. I ordered the light pink online because I couldn't find anything that seemed right locally. It's OK, but a bit too pastel for me. I'm about 20% through the final clue; I will finish this!

I just finished History of Wolves, a first novel by Emily Fridlund. It's a coming-of-age novel set in northern Minnesota. It's much more nuanced that your usual COA novel and well-written.  In this book, a teen-age girl who is being raised by her hippie parents on the site of a failed commune begins baby-sitting for an affluent family that moves in nearby.
The plot is not what you'd expect. I found this novel quite gripping.

That just leaves me reading non-fiction for now. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, a doctor, looks at death and end-of-life issues in America -- and what a mess it is! Not a cheerful read, but very thoughtful and thought-provoking. My father moved into Assisted Living a few weeks ago, so this has special resonance for me.

I've just begun The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf, which is about early biologist Alexander von Humbolt, and it is fascinating and really well-written. I'm looking forward to getting deeper into it.

Please do join us for Unravelled Wednesday with Kat!


14 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful shawl and an adorable hamster! History of Wolves sounds like a thought-provoking read and is going on my list. I also read Being Mortal when my father moved to assisted living, and it was an important book. I think it's time for a reread.

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  2. I read History of Wolves and liked it quite a bit. I'm glad you explained what the hamster was! I couldn't tell. I'm back to work and kind of glad to have a routine again. How about you?

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  3. Oh my golly . . . that hamster!!! I can't wait to see it all made up.

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  4. oh the Hamster is amazing looking! Im so happy you two paired up well. PRofessors and all! I will recommend History of Wolves to Al. She needs distraction

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  5. Your shawl has grown! And is looking beautiful. That hamster is way too cute - reminds me of Eggbert (also known as hammy) - my pet hamster when I was small. I just put History of Wolves on Overdrive hold at 2 libraries as well as The Invention of Nature - thanks for those recommendations.

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  6. I love reading about what you're reading and how they make you feel or whether you like them or not and why. I like when you even explain why you're not going to continue reading something. You really share a lot about yourself when you do that. I always crush on avid non pretentious readers. You monogamous knit the heck out of that shawl. Get it done. Maybe it's not your favorite pink in this situation, but it's coming along so well! Don't stop! You scored in the swap! Not surprised. Kim is another thoughtful blogger!

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  7. Being Mortal is an excellent book. It confirmed some of my thoughts about death and presented some new perspectives, too.

    The shawl is going to be gorgeous. Knit on!

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  8. Great gifts-you will thoroughly enjoy felting that hamster!
    The shawl is turning out beautifully=keep going, definitely!

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  9. That swap was fun wasn't it! The progress on your shawl is just amazing. It really is beautiful.

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  10. What lovely swaps! Enjoy your knitting and reading!

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  11. Oh! That book sounds interesting, so The History of Wolves is on my read list! Thank you! And, I love your shawl! Oh, man - it is beautiful!!

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  12. lovely shawl!! you made out with the swap goodies, awesome! I will start reading some non fiction now that summer is winding down, I'll have the attention span for it.

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    1. Boy, I am so out of it, I thought I was posting on Kathy's blog. Jet-lagged still, I guess. Thanks for the book suggestion; that one sounds like a title DH would like. LOVE that shawl!

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