A New Book and A New Cast On

Yesterday I casted on Azalea, a tee designed by Elizabeth Smith, using my stash of Mano Del Uruguay Feliz in the color Grizzly. I was quite happy to find a pattern designed in the yarn that I’ve had in my stash for at least 2 years, if not longer. The colors are very southwestern to me and I absolutely love the mix. I have decided to modify the bottom band and make a k3,p3 ribbed band in place of the garter stitch band with the eyelet. I personally do not like garter stitch bands and I felt the eyelet design would get lost in the variegated yarn.

This most likely will be my project for quite a while as it’s Feliz is a sport weight and I’m not a fast knitter when it comes to this weight of yarn. I’m excited though to me knitting a light weight tee that I’m hopeful will be great for warmer weather.

On My Bookshelf

I have started reading I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon. This book has only received four stars on both Amazon and Goodreads, so it will be interesting to see how I feel about this book when I’m done.

There has been a lot of mystery surrounding Anastasia Romanov, and the Romanov family as a whole as their remains were not found until 1979, 60 years after they were executed. This book is based on Anna Anderson, who many critics felt was a Pole known as Franziska Schanzkowska. In 1968, Anna Anderson married an American history professor and lived her final years in Virginia. She died in 1984, still claiming that she was Anastasia Romanov.

From Goodreads …

Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian grand duchess. 
As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling saga is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

What are you currently reading or working on this week ?

14 thoughts on “A New Book and A New Cast On

  1. That top will be so pretty and versatile for the warmer months! I haven’t read that title, but I did read a nonfiction book last year that focused on the last generation of Romanov’s and there were some interesting (and kind of funny) quotes about the dowager empress and identification of women who came forward as the missing Anatasia that I now always think about when I see book titles about her. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you’re done!

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  2. I loved I Was Anastasia – I hope you do, too. I’m fascinated by the Romanovs. I have The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport (Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3DVt4l2) on my shelf for the last couple of years. It’s nonfiction and full of research. I want to get to it this summer!

    Your top is going to be so pretty. I’m excited to watch it grow!

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    1. So far I am enjoying it Katie and thank you so much for sharing the link to the Romanov Sisters, that sounds quite interesting. Thank you, I’m excited about knitting my top and look forward to wearing it 😊

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  3. I don’t set too much store by ratings; you can find very high and very low ratings for any book you look up, but that doesn’t predict whether or not you’ll like it. I think the book sounds fascinating, so I’ll be interested to hear your review when you’ve finished.

    I think your new sweater will be very nice as well. With short sleeves, it might go faster than you think!

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    1. I really don’t either Sarah and there have been books I’ve absolutely loved and never could figure out why the low ratings. So far I am really enjoying it and look forward to finishing.

      I like the thoughts of shorter sleeves making it go faster … I will remember that 😊


  4. The new start on your Tee looks beautiful. The yarn is very pretty and it must feel good to start using something that has been in your stash for a while. I look forward to seeing more.
    I recently heard the story of the gal who was pulled from the canal and resembled the youngest Romanov daughter. I have put this book on my list. I look forward to hear how you rate the book.

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    1. Thank you, it is a knitting up faster than I thought it would, and it’s always wonderful to use up stash yarn. So far it’s an interesting book and I am enjoying it. I think I should be finished reading it soon!


  5. ooohh Azalea is so pretty and yes! your colors do seem very Southwestern. The fiber blend looks lovely, too. I’ve heard only good things about Ariel Lawhon and in my book 4 stars is LOVE, so not an “only” at all. Look forward to hear what you think.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I’m really enjoying knitting Azalea and can’t believe how quickly I’m knitting it up. So far my reading I Was Anastasia is good, a bit slow in parts but good.


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