Two finishes….

it’s Wednesday – the day Kat from As Kat Knits hosts ‘Unraveled Wednesday ‘ …….that’s where you’ll find lots of knitting (and reading) to admire and think about.

I finally finished a couple of little shirts for the charity box – actually following the pattern this time by knitting and placing a collar.
Something I’ve avoided instead preferring to work these ‘grandad necklines’
I’ll add buttons and fix the button band when we get home – and remind myself not to knit anymore rib patterns as my stitches never came even after frogging and reknitting 😟

My reading this past week has been – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

One of those novels I’m sure many of you have read – one I’ve said to myself ‘you should’ but never have.
Classed as a classic by the library in Bowen and that’s where I saw it (in the display I mentioned the other day).

I’m having the same ‘problem’ here as at home earlier in the year – pick a book, oh that looks interesting, two chapters – two pages in some cases, nope not for me. So I thought why not try something different- something unknown. So it came home with me.

A smallish book that had words (language, situations, ideas) I had to think about. I enjoyed it – and at the moment that’s all that matters.

I also found myself so engrossed I realised I was ‘acting out’ some of the things I was reading.

  • I looked at Miss Baker…..I enjoyed looking at her. 
    She was a slender small breasted girl with an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body back at the shoulders like a young cadet

Straightening my spine and pulling my shoulders back – not recommended if you are non slender and large breasted😊

  • I glanced at ….and at Jordan who had begun to balance an invisible but absorbing object on the tip of her nose 

Lifting my chin and looking down my nose wondering what I had balanced there – not recommended….makes you go cross eyed 😊

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A book and two woolies…..that’s me finished.
Do pop over to Kat’s to see what she and other ‘unravelers’ have been up to

28 thoughts on “Two finishes….

  1. Just love the sweaters!! Some little child is going to be blessed to receive it! I’ve thought about sewing something today–that’s all–just thought about it! LOL Ah me… healing from heart surgery is the pits. Be safe and take care…

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    1. Hopefully you’ll soon be up and moving at your usual speed Carol. Your recent fall plus worry over Robert won’t help but If the procedure assists you live your daily life then it’s a success.

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    1. Our minds never do as they’re told do they EC…..but then your recent loss wasn’t planned so no wonder it went walkabout. I’m hoping you the hurt is healing

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  2. You knit such beautiful sweaters!
    I read The Great Gatsby in my late teens, and found it very informative, and entertaining. The notions it presented about the wealthy’s approach to morality have been confirmed over and over and over in my experience. I was so grateful to have read that book before I ran into those situations.

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    1. Thanks Maggie. I’m not a ‘fine artist’ so knitting is my craft of choice and I have to be pleased with what I produce so yes I’ll rework something if I have to.
      Looking back I’m glad I didn’t read this book when I was younger (unless it was in a class environment with discussion) it would have all been so ‘foreign’ to me and I’m sure I wouldn’t have ‘understood’.

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      1. Possibly I ‘read more into it’ being an older person – I don’t think it would have appealed to me as a youngster. Being raised (think post WW2 in the UK) I really wouldn’t have understood the complex issues raised. Colour being one of them

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    1. It was not your usual rich society novel Cathy. Written in such an unusual style with so much to interpret in almost each paragraph (sentence even) I can understand it not being everyone’s cup of tea.
      I had to laugh at myself when I realised what I was doing 😊

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  3. I am happy to hear I am not the only one that reads a few pages or chapters and close it and move on to another book. sometimes it the words, or the subject matter and 2 yesterday that i did not read were because it seemed like a child had written them.

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    1. Good on ya’ Sandra….freedom of choice in what you read and not feeling guilty of not reading/enjoying the latest best seller is one of the perks of ageing.

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  4. So many people I know just absolutely hated The Great Gatsby, but I really liked it and recently re-read it. I guess there is something for everyone.

    I like the sweater you’ve made!

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    1. I’ll give it a year or two before I do a reread Bridget. I’m looking forward to seeing if I feel differently about it when I do

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  5. Those two little sweaters are very handsome. It’s wonderful of you to knit them as a charitable gift. I recall The Great Gatsby from some English class but boy it’s been awhile. Sometimes I appreciate classics more as an adult than I ever did as a student. It might be good to read it again.

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    1. As close as it is since my first reading I’m thinking that myself Jane – not right now, maybe in a years time. I don’t think it would have made sense to me as a student.

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  6. I still associate Gatsby with high school (and, in fact, still have my marked-up copy from English class). It’s a book I’m glad to have read but do not feel a need to revisit!

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  7. Your jumpers are fabulous. You clever lady, you! 🙂

    I enjoyed “The Great Gatsby”…it’s a long time since I read it, though. I like all of Fitzgerald’s work.

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  8. Dear Cathy, as a person who doesn’t know how to knit, I find myself in real admiration of your ability. Such beautiful sweaters and the mothers and the babies/toddlers who will one day receive these will be so happy.

    As to books: I give a book about 20 pages or about 15 minutes. If the plot or one of the characters hasn’t “grabbed me” in that span of time, I close the book and return it to the library.

    Right now I’m reading the latest in the series by William Kent Krueger–a Minnesota writer. (I lived in Minnesota for 38 years.) He’s a fine write. His characters are finely drawn and the setting–northern Minnesota by the Boundary Waters–speaks to me. Peace from Dee Ready (cominghometomyself)

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