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I do not like the waffle sweater. I think it wants to be in a mohair or something at that gauge – not an aran weight yarn. I tried it with balloon sleeves. I tried it with bell sleeves. I blocked it. I’m going to pull it out and make something else.

This I like.A little house with new green shutters. It needs a bath.

New shutters! So much better.

Word on the street is that outside work starts again in March. I am pretty excited.

Doily #2

another doily! in peaches and cream and displayed on a round plant stand. floral motif with a picot edging

This one is actually the Zinnia Dishcloth, but I think it works as a doily. In peaches and Cream (a dishcloth yarn hah) on US7s it cam out at around 11″. I did not use the pattern’s crochet bind off, but instead went with a picot bind off.

How many until this counts as a phase? I just started another one.

Reading in 2023

a 2023 reading log with seven unfilled spaces

I read a few books this year. I didn’t finish a few more. I only finished one that I wish I hadn’t. (Lots of other people talked about how good it was, so I figured there must be some kind of pay-off at the end. But nope! I still get a little mad when I think about it.)

Here’s my list (in two parts because each of my planner book things only holds six months):

List of books read from January - June

FSRC is our third annual Family Summer Reading Club where we choose a book and read after lunch each day during the summer months. There will not be a fourth year because we opted to make it the Family Reading Club (FRC) and just read the same book at lunch each day. The Minority Report (an actual hard copy of the one short story from the library – hinged on the short end!) was a Family Reading Club book. We just watched the movie (Sunday night is movie night) and are a little confused about whether Steven Spielberg read the same book that we did.

Anything with a star or a heart was something I particularly enjoyed.

Some of these books (House of the Scorpion, Raybearer) are part of Eleanor’s English class, The Hero’s Journey. Oak Meadow has some spectacular high school language arts classes. A couple that are listed (The Maid, The Girl with the Louding Voice) are re-reads for the Fiber Arts Book Club (!!!) at our new library.

You may notice that I read The Kaiju Preservation Society back in May. This was followed by a bunch of other books by John Scalzi. It’s nice when you find a new favorite and they’ve already got a body of work waiting for you!

I’ve got my 2024 book log printed, a stack of library books, and a really bad attitude about holidays that make me stay up past my bedtime. I guess that means I’m ready for a new year. See you there!