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The Seventeenth Try


This sweater project is really shining a light on just how stubborn I can be. This is the same Weekender Sweater that I was working on last month, only now I am working it in a different yarn. Two skeins in, I gave up on the green yarn deciding that I ultimately would not like that particular shade of green on me. So I splurged with some birthday money I had and bought new yarn to remake the sweater. But, new yarn means knitting a new gauge swatch to make sure I would use the right needles. Which I did, and then I proceeded to follow the pattern directions and picked up the wrong needles to start the ribbed band. After tearing out the band and starting over, I accidentally knit a size too small. These two mistakes on top of a few other restarts, and I think I have quite literally started this sweater about seventeen times. I better love it when I am finished!



I have read a few books this month, all of which I have enjoyed. I am roughly 20 pages from finishing Two Steps Forward. This book follows a man and a woman who because of unexpected life situations find themselves walking from France to Spain following the Camino de Santiago. This path is a centuries old route pilgrims would travel for religious purposes. The chapters hop back and forth between  the two characters, so you get to see both perspectives. It is a light read, and it seems like a book that would make a perfect movie. It's part romance and part travel book...a good summer read to pick up from your library.
I finished Tish Harrison Warren's Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life this month as well. This book takes readers through a typical day and looks at how God is present in all of what we may consider mundane tasks. Simple tasks such as brushing your teeth, making a meal or answering emails are all looked at through the lens of spiritual practices we may typically associate with Sunday morning worship services, such as communion. It was an interesting read, and I will more than likely check it out from the library again to reread it. 
The last book I read was Francis O'Roark Dowell's Birds in the Air. This story follows a woman who has moved to a small town with her family and the adjustments that come with living in a small town. Discovering an antique quilt in the attic of her new home leads Emma to pick up the hobby of quilting. This newfound hobby brings about new friends and community connections. The book is described as "a warm, funny novel about fitting in, falling out and mending frayed relationships one stitch at a time" and that is exactly how I would describe it as well. 

How about you? What creative projects have you been working on lately? Do you have any good summer reads to recommend?

6 comments:

  1. Well, I had to click your link because I did a sweater this winter that probably took close to 17 tries, too :-o. Sort of scarily, I posted a Graeme Simsion book today as well. Thanks for the recommendation for Birds in the Air. I'll look it up :-).

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    1. So the seventeenth time is the charm? I hope I do not have to pull this sweater any more times! Which Simsion book did you read? Would you recommend it as another read for me?
      Also, the author of Birds in the Air has a book that she published as installments in a podcast format. If you are looking for a quilty fiction listen, you might check it out! https://quiltfiction.com/books/friendship-album-1933/

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  2. I read that book last year at about this time and loved it!

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    1. I think I stumbled across this book via your podcast. So, thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. How can you not love it, having made so much love of knitting it :)

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    1. Thank you! I do truly love the process of making, so I am sure I will love the sweater too. I'm just nervous after making some silly mistakes. I will keep trying though!

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