I Went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and All I Got Was Amazing Memories and Lots of Yarn.

There are times when an experience is so great it is hard to put into words. My trip to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival was like that.

Last weekend I headed to Wisconsin with my Woolies, Kirsten, Jess, and Ivy. Bonny was there too (and, to be honest, after I met her the first time she was immediately one of my best friends. We just clicked. She’s awesome). Alissa flew in from Ohio to round out the group. It was my first time meeting her in person, and it was just so great. It is like I’ve known her forever. The whole group got along great, and we spent a lot of time knitting and laughing. I finally had a group to play Knitters Against Swatches with.

I’ve had a hard time transitioning back into my real life. I’m already counting down the days until we go back next year.

FO Friday

Photo by Elliot

I finished my Super Simple Summer Sweater. I love it. It went really fast when I actually working on it. Thanks to Kathryn for pointing out I could do a stripe a day, as that got me to pick up the sweater again.

July and August Reads

My reading mojo came back this summer. The kids and I go go go all day, and by the time I tuck them in I’m ready to put on my pajamas and read. I’ve been reading some good books, and I’m excited to share them with you.

July

Eliza’s Home by Rachael Herron. This is the sixth book in the knitting romance novel series. This book was awful, yet still engaging somehow. I give it two out of five stars.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbard. This is the third book in the Brown sisters series, and I’m broken hearted that there is not a fourth sister. This book, like the others in the series, is a romance novel with characters that are relatable and flawed. I give this book four out of five stars.

Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas. This is a great book if you enjoy knitting history or love reading about fiber. Reading this book will make you want to buy qiviut. I give this book three out of five stars.

Honeymooning by Rachel Herron. Oooh, boy, this was a stinker. Zero out of five stars.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve never read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid that wasn’t wonderful. This is no exception. It is a great story about a family growing up in the 60s-80s on the beach in Malibu. The character development is excellent. She paints such a detailed picture of the family and their personalities it is hard to believe this is a work of fiction. I give this book five out of five stars.

Any Way The Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell. This is the third book in the Simon Snow series, so I knew going into it I was going to like it. I had very high expectations for this book, and it actually met them. I will read this book over and over again. It makes me so happy. I give this book five out of five stars.

Sunrise by the Sea by Jenny Colgan. This book was just what I needed. This book is classic Jenny Colgan, down to the town and the characters. This is the fourth book in the Little Beach Street Bakery series. There are touches of pandemic life without dealing with the pandemic. I give this book four out of five stars.

Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson. This book is more serious than Lawson’s other books, with more of a focus on her mental health. Even with the serious subject matter she managed to write a book so funny I couldn’t stop laughing and I shook the bed with my laughter and woke the dog up and she came to sniff my face because she was worried about me. I give this book four out of five stars.

August

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P Manansala. This is a cozy mystery set in suburban Chicago. It was a very enjoyable book. I give this book four out of five stars.

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. This is a fun and quirky romance novel, which makes for a fun read. Full disclosure: in my book club we describe Hoang books as autism porn. I give this book four out of five stars.

Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo. This is a book about a Nigerian Canadian woman who falls for a white man, and the family drama that arises. It was a fun read with a fast pace. I five this book four out of five stars.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Someone recommended this book to me in a comment, but I can’t find the comment so I’m unable to thank you for the recommendation. If you are the one that recommended this please let me know so I can properly thank you for telling me about this and also so I can get more recommendations from you. This novel is about a fancy pants wedding at a private island off the west coast of Ireland. Someone ends up dead. The book is written from the perspective of several characters. I couldn’t put this one down. I give this book five out of five stars.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. A woman’s husband disappears, and he leaves her a note telling her to keep his daughter safe. That is the first chapter. This novel never stops. There are twists and turns. It is intense, interesting, and heartbreaking. I give this book four out of five stars.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. It is hard to describe this book, but just trust me, OK? A couple fights and the wife discovers she can use her landline to call her husband in 1997 (when they were dating). This book is really good. I just can’t explain it. I give this book four out of five stars.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag. This book is a nice read. Not intense. Nice stories. Enjoyable. I give this book three out of five stars.

Now if you will excuse me, I must get back to my book.