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Unravelled Wednesday - more NetGalley!

It's Wednesday, and that means I'm talking books and knitting with Kat and the rest over at As Kat Knits. This week I'm knitting NOTHING. OK, that's not quite true. I finished the Still Light dress yesterday, and it's having it's bath. Once I pull it out and it dries, I'll be able to see if I need to reknit the hem. Tonight I'm going to knit on my extended sock yarn blanket. I have it in my head that if I knit on it for one day between every finished project, I could get the second half caught up to the first half in a year. I don't want to commit to that though, since I'm not in a hurry on this project. Tonight I'm also going to skein up some yarn for my next project - which is going to be crotchet. Always exciting to pick up the hook.

 I'm reading When Will There Be good News by Kate Atkinson. This is the third in the jackson Brodie series. For reasonan's I cannot explain NetGalley gave me books 1, 3 and 4. But not 2 and I had to &…
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Blanket growth

Famously, I have been working on my sock blanket since June 2009 -very close to it's ten year anniversary. I thought that it was nearly finished, but it's way too narrow. I cast it on when I was single, and it's not wide enough for a couple. I've been saying for a while that I thought it was finished, and Leon has been telling me it's not big enough. When I asked when it would be big enough he cheerily announced "never". So I decided to make it twice as wide. Sure, that means that the very edge squares have to be sewn in:
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