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Year of Projects 2022: Week 33

Mostly socks to talk about this week, and I'm a bit behind for my Sunday post, so let's jump right in, shall we? I have been motoring along on the self-striping Monkey Wrench socks, with yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks. I've finished sock #1 and started sock #2. I'm using some leftover jet black yarn… Continue reading Year of Projects 2022: Week 33

cross stitch · Knitting · Spinning · Year of Projects 2022

Year of Projects 2022: Week 32

I've been focusing on some things around the house this week. For the first time in the 13+ years we've lived here, we've had an actual monsoon-type summer which means that all the weeds which have been waiting patiently in the ground have really taken off. Which means weeding. Not a favorite activity but we've… Continue reading Year of Projects 2022: Week 32

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Book Review: Remarkably Bright Creatures

Genre: FictionStar Rating: 4-1/2 out of 5Synopsis from Goodreads: After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over… Continue reading Book Review: Remarkably Bright Creatures

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Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus

Genre: Nonfiction | ScienceStars: 4-1/2 out of 5Synopsis from The Storygraph: In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence… Continue reading Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus

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Year of Projects 2022: Week 30

This week, I finished up my lace shawl sample, Roses of Avon, which you can see here in Friday's FO post. So I've mostly worked on socks this week. I finished up a pair of River Rapids socks (a free pattern on Ravelry) and love how these knit up. I used a new-to-me yarn from… Continue reading Year of Projects 2022: Week 30

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FO Friday: Roses of Avon Shawl/

I'm delighted to say I finished up this sample for my friend, Jocelyn's Serendipidye booth for her show over Labor Day weekend. I originally designed this shawl back in 2010 as part of a Shakespeare in Lace club that focused on the sonnets. It was written for 2 colors of laceweight merino, but Jocelyn's Filoluscious… Continue reading FO Friday: Roses of Avon Shawl/

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Book Review: The Sewing Girl’s Tale

Genre: Nonfiction | History | Women's StudiesStar Rating: 4-1/4 out of 5Synopsis from The StoryGraph: When Lanah raised her voice, she was dismissed as a mere “sewing-girl,” led astray by romantic delusions. But she refused to stay silent. Her accusation sparked a sensational courtroom drama and a relentless struggle for vindication that divided both Lanah’s… Continue reading Book Review: The Sewing Girl’s Tale

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Book Review: Gold Diggers

Genre: Fiction with a bit of magical realismStar Rating: 3-1/2 out of 5Synopsis from The StoryGraph: Spanning two continents, two coasts, and four epochs, Gold Diggers expertly balances social satire and magical realism in a classic striver story that skewers the model minority narrative, asking what a community must do to achieve the American dream. In razor… Continue reading Book Review: Gold Diggers