Little Boys, Knitting, and Books.

These three things are pretty much my life right now, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Here’s what it looks like this week.

First up, it was Week Five of Marmie & Poppa camp.The boys made granola, a few LEGO models, and a set of stepping stones for our yard; helped in the garden (including harvesting the most expensive tomatoes ever 😉 ); learned about electrical circuits (Charlie) and practiced super shooter target skills (Sam). We all laughed and played, and slept well.

I didn’t have as much time to knit and read, but I managed some. I’m working through the latest clue of Kirsten’s MKAL, as are most of my Virtual Knitting group (this is us yesterday afternoon)

Here’s a close-up of my favorite part of Clue 2Kirsten is a genius. I had a hard time imagining how the stripes, slipped stitches and cables would look. and WOW!!, it’s brilliant!

I’m making progress on the test for Lori Versaci, too … maybe a photo next week. And the crocheting continues.I’m still averaging at least one row per day, and this is almost the halfway point. I started with 25 balls of yarn (five each of five colors) and this is what I have leftI’m not sure it looks like halfway, does it?! Maybe that means I’ll make this one a little longer, too?

Finally, the books. Y’all I have BINGOS! Four of them, thanks to three finishes in the last week.

Specifically, I finished This Tender Land (5 Stars and for sure a 2020 favorite), The Library Book (3 stars and I’m still thinking about it, especially in the context of current discussions about the future of policing in the US), and Elmer and the Dragon (4 stars and a delightful read with Charlie). I’ve penciled in a more few titles, including Savage Appetites and Deacon King Kong, two of my current reads. I love how much promise these cards hold!

Of course I’m behind on reading blogs, but I’ll catch up … in the meantime, if you have a suggestion for the With Recipes, Patterns or Puzzles square on that 2nd Bingo Card, please share. (I still have Save Me the Plums on hold … does it have recipes?)

Happy Thursday, friends. Be well.

16 thoughts on “Little Boys, Knitting, and Books.

  1. That shawl is lovely. Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
    by Jessica Fechtor – this one has recipes

  2. Love how the blanket is coming along. Pretty cool how the shawl is knitting up. Happy Friday.

  3. I love the blanket more and more as you add to it — those colors are just so great together! And I agree that Kirsten is a genius for the way she combines color and stitches in this shawl.

    Have you read Like Water for Chocolate? It was a favorite of mine when I was a teenager, and it definitely has recipes in it.

  4. The boys sure are growing up, and you keep them busy (and maybe vice versa, too)! I can’t remember if you read these, but my favorite books with recipes are Home Cooking and More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin. (Now I want gingerbread with chocolate icing.) That Mystery Shawl is genius and I’m tempted!

  5. Yours is the first shawl in this year’s mystery knitalong that makes me want to actually knit it – your colors are perfect together. I hear you on the most expensive tomatoes ever!

  6. It sounds like you’ve found a great summer rhythm, Mary. So many good things! Although I think the latest mystery shawl is a bit “busy” for my taste, it sure is fun/entertaining to knit! Kirsten is a genius and it’s always fun to see how her designs unfold. (I, too, would suggest Like Water for Chocolate. I read it a long, long time ago . . but still remember the recipes!)

  7. Fun time with the little guys, the needles and yarn and Book Bingo. Sorry I have nothing to recommend re: recipes ‘cause I don’t cook & thus, would probably not read a fiction book with recipes…Congrats on your Bingos!

  8. I have the same square and I might (re)read Kym’s suggestion as I liked it long ago. Seeing the boys smiles is so fun! I love your blanket and I’m enjoying the shawl, too!

  9. Oh that shawl is so pretty (but I most likely would not like knitting it – lol). And your newest blanket is coming along so nicely.

    Recipe books: On Tue Tatin by Susan Loomis, Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee, A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg – all have wonderful recipes. Plus they are good books to read (memoirs – one of my favorite genres).

  10. I can’t believe how big those boys are getting! (I can’t believe how big my own grandchildren are getting!!) It sounds like y’all have a pretty good flow to your days.

  11. Save Me The Plums has recipes! Not many, but a few really delicious looking ones.

    Your shawl is looking great! And yay for your Bingo cards!!

    I’m so glad to see that you’re having so much fun with your grandchildren!!

  12. Both projects are lovely. If that is half of the blanket yarn then mercy me – that is a lot of yarn. It is pretty to look at in the tote. The colors in the shawl are just right together. Enjoy those boys. I can’t think of a book with recipes at the moment.

  13. I really enjoyed Save Me the Plums, and all the Molly Wizenberg memoirs have recipes; I especially liked A Homemade Life which I read years ago. (I just skimmed the earlier comments and see that someone else also liked Molly’s books.)

  14. pretty shawl and I LOVE the crochet project immensely!!! I agree with the others your boys are growing by leaps and bounds!!

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