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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket's Tale (part four).

Joining in with Kat and friends to share what I hope is the final in-progress update on Sara's blanket. I leave for New York next Wednesday and my plan is to have the finished blanket wrapped and packed on Tuesday!
As long as I don't lose focus, I should be fine. That row marker (7 repeats into the fifth and final color) tells me I have 23 repeats to go. I was averaging five repeats a day until this past week (when I slowed down a little) ... and if I can get back to that pace I'll finish with a couple days to spare. A few of you asked how big it would be. I'm guessing about 43" wide and 55" long, but the yarn is super wash and it could be bigger (which wouldn't be a problem). I have one more skien of the main color ... the end is definitely near!

The slower pace of knitting was partly because there was less TV (and we still haven't seen the latest Patrick Melrose), but also because there was other cool stuff to do.

Like a pedicure.
same color as last time - a coat of OPI's Frenchie Likes to Kiss topped with a coat of Bubble Bath - new summer favorite!
Two visits with my friend Deena
Deena's knitting Sunset on the Plateau ... it's gorgeous and has us both very excited for Kirsten's upcoming MKAL
and her dog Roxie.
yes, it felt very weird to have another dog on my knitting ... but I know Sara would love Roxie!
and two meetings of the author selection committee for this November's book festival.

I couldn't knit during the meetings because we moved quickly - reviewing over 60 books in the two two-hour meetings! - and I was taking fast and furious notes. But Deena is the co-chair of the committee and had to be there early. No problem, I said!

At the end of last night's meeting, each of us got to vote for our top 22 books. The first 15 or so were easy choices for me ... but the last few were tough. The committee leaders meet tonight to review all the votes; the final slate, taking into consideration the authors' schedules will be available in August. Some of the books I loved are already out and I plan to start reading as soon as I can track them down (these are books I will likely buy because I will - hopefully! - have a chance to meet the authors). More to come (since of course all of this is still confidential!)

I'm pretty sure Sara would enjoy a few of the books, too ...  maybe curled up on her sofa with the blanket!

I hope you're having a good week ... and sharing at least a few good experiences with your knitting!


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16 Comments:

Blogger Kym said...

You and your blanket lead exciting lives, Mary! XO

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Vera said...

Oh what fun. Can't wait to hear about the authors chosen. Love that blanket. I may have blanket envy (it is a thing you know).

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Oooh, Book Festival!! I can't wait to hear about it! Good luck with getting that blanket finished -- I have no doubt that you will. ;)

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Debbie said...

I can't wait to hear more about Book Festival! Good luck with finishing that beautiful blanket...Sara will love it!

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger karen said...

beautiful knitting while out and about. book festival? sounds like a readers dream come true.

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Carole Julius said...

Did I miss something about this book festival? I would love to know more about your involvement and what the event will be like!

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

I am very intrigued by this book event! Exciting!! And, your blanket will have marvelous tales to tell!

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Kwizgiver said...

I am starting a blanket that might be for me! :) Not nearly as nice as your blanket, though.

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Mary said...

oops, forgot to start the comment thread!

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Sara said...

Does Deena have an Emmy on her bookshelf?? :P

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Yes, please tell us about the books, especially the top 22. My husband and I leave for New York on Thursday. I am fortunate enough to be singing in a large choir performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday evening. Hope to get a little sight-seeing in between practices. Oh, and I will be reading New York : The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd.

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Penny said...

All of that yarny goodness! I know that blanket will be wrapped and ready to go next week. : ) And I share the interest of others about the book festival!

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger Juliann in WA said...

That book festival caught my interest- I would love to go to a book festival and to help choose the books - how fun.

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018  
Blogger margene said...

Like Carole, I'd love to know more about your book festival. How fun to be involved in an event for books and authors!

Thursday, 07 June, 2018  
Blogger Honoré said...

WOW ! What an event on the upcoming calendar. Nothing spells "love" like an author event...looking forward to more when you can reveal!
I've no doubt that you'll get the blanket done! With seconds to spare!
Cheers~

Thursday, 07 June, 2018  
Blogger Lydia said...

Can't wait to hear what authors will be speaking.

Sunday, 10 June, 2018  

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