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I live on the border of another town and utilize many businesses and amenities of that town.

I follow the library on Facebook and it is doing a One Book, One Community event.

The book choice is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries …and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers …the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

~GoodReads

I put it on hold at my library and it just came in.

It had me hooked right from the get-go.

When I opened up to the title page, there was a post-it from someone who took it out before me informing the next reader that it was a wonderful book and will be hard to put down.

How cute is that?!

The only problem?

It is not on my kindle, so I’m not reading it as fast as I want (I get a lot of reading done when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night…can’t turn the lights on to read an actual book).

This week, along with my Charlotte Baby Blanket and some sewing homework, I am working on a Boom! Shawl (a free patten by Playing with Fibre, found on Ravelry).

I had purchased a Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet and I searched for a project by the yarn.

I love how other Caron Cake colors worked up.

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BTW, I love my new carry-all from Joann’s.

60% off plus another 25% off, it was a steal.

It is great holding my “mindless, watching TV” knitting project.

Have a good week!

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This weeks read is Richard Russo’s The Whore’s Child and Other Stories.

In this title story, a septuagenarian nun resolutely invades the narrator’s college writing workshop with an incredible saga; a seasoned Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a 25 year old flame he never knew he’d harboured; another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape; and more.

~Good Reads

I am also listening to Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

~Good Reads

I love the woman who is narrating this!

Makes my workouts on the treadmill go by quickly.

Along with my Charlotte Square, I am working on a Moutarde tas felted project bag (free pattern on Ravelry by Puk Vossen).

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I’m using Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

I just need to finish the handles and toss it in the washing machine.

I don’t want this to felt a ton, just enough 😉

Have a great week!

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This week I am still reading Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

I’m 70% through and enjoying it.

I always like revisiting characters I have read so much about.

My project today was to seam my Forbidden Forrest cowl.

This project is for the Ravelry group Beginners Knit-a-long’s color work contest.

The project has to be knit, use 2 colors, and must incorporate those colors beyond simple color blocks.

As a new knitter, I am still working on my technique, so my project was super simple (hope it meets the rules).

I used Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool Boston Cowl Pattern (I couldn’t find a link in Ravelry).

Currently, this is paid pattern (I obtained it for free a few weeks ago).

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes sport yarn in Green Tea Heather, Chocolate, Chestnut and Pampas Heather.

I purchased this sampler pack ages ago and I’m happy to finally use some of the yarn.

I’m calling this cowl Forbidden Forrest because the color combo reminded me of the Forbidden Forrest in Harry Potter (which was on my brain because of Inside Number 23’s Harry Potter KAL).

I’m pleased how it turned out.

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UPDATE:

This cowl has been claimed by Miss ME!

If I’m being honest, it really does look better on her than me!

Have a lovely week!

 

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Happy Wednesday!

Yarn Along day here on Simply Summer Street.

I finished reading Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic.

Sort of a rambling book, but entertaining.

I always appreciated how open and honest she was regarding her struggles with mental illness.

Depression has affected my life and I am open and honest about it.

Stigma about mental illness needs to be removed.

Currently, I am about three quarters of the way through The Widow.

I am enjoying it although it is tough subject matter (child abduction and child abuse).

I have also started Wally Lamb’s I’ll Take You There.

I’ll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he’s confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood’s silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit—and in some cases relive—scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema’s big screen.

My project this week is finishing my TinCanKnits Oat Cowl.

Monday, Esther from Its All In a Nutshell is going to launch video tutorials for Look At What I Made’s Charlotte Square.

I have wanted to make this square for a long, long time and I’m ready to start on Monday.

I am going to make this the center of a baby blanket.

Using red, white & blue DK yarn (Chicago Cubs colors), I am worried that this square is too “girly” for a boy.

Except, I really want to make this square…

I think any blanket design that is made with love is right for a boy or girl…right?

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Have a good week!

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I finished Molly Ringwald’s When it Happens to You.

For a book that includes hard topics such as infidelity, death and gender identity, I really enjoyed it.

This weeks reads are:

  • On my Kindle, Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic

    It’s been a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony- and Emmy-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and New York Times bestselling book Wishful Drinking. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if all that weren’t enough, she also managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted flesh—not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her zapped mind) but by doing what might be termed “wishful shrinking,” all the while staying sober and sane-ish. And she wants to tell you, dear reader, all about it . . . and more.

  • In hardcover, Fiona Barton’s The Widow

    When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

    But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

    There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

    Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

    The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

  • Still reading Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins (this one I’m reading here and there).

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My projects this week are finishing a Corner to Corner baby blanket for a co-worker.

I started this long ago and am determined to mail it this weekend.

I’m using KnitPicks Brava Sport and a 5mm Furls hook.

I am also working on Tin Can Knits Oats Cowl (knit) for myself.

Using Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost and 5mm circulars.

I prefer to not have things tight around my neck, so I cast on the longer version.

This will need a good blocking and I’m excited to see it when its all done!  (it is so squished on the needles, I can’t get a true picture in my head of what it will look like)

Have a good week reading & crafting!

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I have two books this week.

First, When it Happens to You by Molly Ringwald.

Yes, Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald!

Ringwald brings that same compelling candour she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of intertwined and linked stories about the particular challenges, joys and disappointments of adult relationships. Her characters grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord, in a magnificent debut that will resonate broadly with readers

This is from the library Overdrive and I’m really enjoying it.

I’m about 100 pages in.

Second, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index.

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Kathy Griffin has seen it all. Shocking and sidesplitting, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins is an indispensable guide to the stars from one of our most beloved comedians.

I saw her interviewed about this book and it was entertaining.

She told some stories and I thought it would make a good, nothing too taxing, hopefully make me laugh or smile book!

This weeks project is inspired by a Ravelry member that I follow on Instagram.

She is a hat making machine and I love to see all the styles and colors she makes (most for charity).

So, I have cast on a hat.

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I chose Patons Work Sock Hat Pattern.

Although I would love to make this with the colors shown, I am using a Caron Cake for this hat.

I haven’t been too successful in making a hat in the round, so not having to change yarns will be helpful.

I hope to make two hats to add to my charity box.

In other exciting news, Miss ME started school yesterday!

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Have a good week!

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We had a busy two weeks, getting ready for Christmas and hosting my parents for the weekend.

Also, Miss ME turned Three!!!

I can’t believe that my baby is three…time is flying.

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I’m sure in a few years, she’ll be mad at me for birthing her the day after Christmas, but for now, she is just excited for a second day of presents 🙂

My current read is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

I am really enjoying it and particularly like how the chapters go back and forth between the descendants of the two sisters.

Of course,  I have had to bookmark the genealogy page to help keep track of who’s descendants are who’s.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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I am working on my husband’s Honeycomb blanket (found in the book Crochet to Calm, pattern by AnneMarie Benthem).

I plan on spending a week working on this to make some serious progress.

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I also made Spider Woman Knits Drop Stitch Knit Cowl.

A free pattern, this has almost 6000 completed projects on Ravelry.

I have wanted to make it for a while.

An easy pattern, made in the round, I finished it very quickly.

However, I’m not in love with it and will be donating it to Hooking for the Homeless.

My yarn choice was not right for the pattern.

In my opinion,  a very stiff chunky yarn needs to be used for this pattern (maybe Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick?).

It looks best as it does in the designers pictures, my yarn was too “soft” and gave it too much drape.

Happy Reading & Crafting!

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Yarn Along (and a tiny 30k)

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30

A good number!

I reached my GoodReads goal of 30 books in 2016 (after 2015’s tiny, minuscule amount of  reading due to inability to concentrate after many life changes).

AND

SimplySummerStreet has reached 30,000!

Thank you to everyone who has visited to see completed craft projects and books read!

Thank you to Ginny and her weekly “Yarn Along-ers” who helped get me reach my GoodReads goal with great recommendations!

This week I am reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi:

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

I am only 50 pages in, but it is holding my attention.

I haven’t started a new project, but I have all the supplies need to start a Tea House Wrap by Two of Wands.

I’ve wanted to make this for a long time (I fell in love with the Coffee House Wrap and was so pleased they created a crochet version)!

This is a busy week, so I’m not sure how much I will accomplish.

Have a good week!

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This weeks read is IQ by Joe Ide.

I heard the author interviewed on NPR’s Here and Now (hear it here) and knew I had to read it.

I downloaded a Kindle sample (Chapter 1) and was hooked and quickly clicked the “buy” button.

What is it about this book that grabbed me?

I honestly don’t know or can put into words, it just did.

That is my favorite kind of book!

So, Maria Semple’s book was tossed aside.

That needs to be returned to the library, so I’ll have to revisit it another time.

This weeks project is Bonnie Barker’s Dublin Duo Hat.

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Found in her book Celtic Cable Crochet.

I own this book and Contemporary Celtic Crochet.

Her patterns are so lovely to look at and I plan on making several.

As for this hat pattern, I think this is one of the easiest hat patterns I have ever done.

Interesting construction (made in sections), simple stitches give it great texture.

I’m not sure my yarn choice shows off the cables very well, so I’m sure I’ll be making this

again.

Happy Reading & Crafting!

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