Unraveled Wednesday // December 8, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday is a linkup hosted by As Kat Knits highlighting current projects, books we’re reading, and relevant yarn industry news/info/discussions.

I recently finished up the two carseat blankets I have been working on this semester for a friend. I had more fun than I anticipated working on these blankets, especially given the fact that I did not use a pattern for either. Now that I’m over the mental hurdle of completing a project without a pattern for the first time, I don’t really want to go back! At least not for flat projects like blankets or scarves.

Last up is a throw that I have just started. At least I hope I estimated close enough that it will end up a nice size for a throw blanket. This one has a special purpose – I’m knitting it to donate to the Oklahoma Library Association’s Keeping Youth Cozy blanket drive. This is a state-wide initiative for libraries across the state to collect blankets to be donated to local youth shelters and supporting organizations. I have not knit something this large before, so for the bulk of it I’m just doing a basic stockinette stitch. After that is done I will add a crochet border to combat the inevitable curl (at least, I hope that adding a border will help with this!). Adding on a crochet border is also something that I have never done, but I think I can follow basic crochet instructions enough to turn out something nice.

The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs

This is finals week, so I have been finishing up the children’s books I checked out this semester. I’ve also started rereading The Carols of Christmas by Andrew Gant in the morning, at least on days that I wake up with a few extra minutes before going to work. I finally read The Giver by Lois Lowry, and enjoyed it much more than I expected. I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed Both Can Be True by Jules Machias since it is definitely outside my comfort zone. I also read and had complicated feelings about The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter and The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac was enjoyable and gave me a lot to think about.

Once Upon a Wardrobe

Throughout this semester I put a few Christmas books on hold and suspended them until the end of the semester. Most of them came in early this week, so I have checked them out and am looking forward to reading “grown-up books” again as soon as I wrap up my final assignments! At the top of my list are A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson and Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan.

Are you working on any cozy crafts or books? Check out Kat’s blog for more yarn and bookishness!

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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