Well, I made absolutely no progress on the cross-stitch this week… M and I were in Clemson this past weekend for the football game, and I didn’t have time! Without really realizing there was a crisis, we made it back just in time to avoid getting caught by the gas shortage. I’ve been able to work from home, but I hope things get sorted out soon. I did get some reading in this week, though. I picked up this little novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, that i’ve had on my shelf forever, and flew through it! It really makes me want to re-read the Kingkiller Chronicles from the beginning.
Joining Ginny this week to see everyone else’s beautiful projects!
Hi y’all. It’s been awhile. I’d planned to take a break for my wedding and honeymoon… but not quite this long!
I haven’t had much motivation to pick up my crochet hook since I finished my wedding flowers. But that means that I’m moving along like gangbusters on my cross-stitch project! It’s really starting to look like something now.
I started reading Devil in the White City, and it’s very interesting but… I don’t know if I’m in the mood for another non-fiction right now. I think I need to look for a couple of fiction-y, girl-y reads to cleanse my palate 🙂
I’ve had some time to do a little dual crafting this week. I was able to make a little progress on my cross stitch, as well as start on a project with some gorgeous yarn I got in Asheville while on my bachelorette weekend. After much deliberation, I’m doing the water lily shawl. It’s my first foray into love knots, and i’m struggling! Not much reading this week after I finished my book last week.
Joining Ginny this week!
I was home in South Carolina for a couple of wedding-related things this past weekend. I did my hair and makeup trial with the lady who will be in charge of those things on the big day… that was quite fun be able to picture how I’m going to look! I also met with our DJ to finalize details with him. I had some down time in the evenings and was able to start on my cross-stitch. Slowly but surely! I also finished up Feed by Mira Grant last night. It took me awhile to get into it, but holy cow! I could not put it down the last couple days. Really fun read, if you’re into zombie apocalypses.
Joining Ginny for this week’s Yarn Along!
The flowers are done. I repeat, the flowers are done! Not DONE, done, but they’re all crocheted, and have stems. The stems just need to become bouquets and corsages.
Needless to say, I’m taking a break from crocheting. I’m starting a different kind of stitchery project, from Satsuma Street. I haven’t gotten much reading done lately, currently in between books.
Joining Ginny for this week’s Yarn Along!
Holy moly, y’all. I discovered the loveliest blog, Blessed is she. They’ve got daily Bible readings and reflections, and it’s all just beautiful.
I’m really intrigued by this recipe for roasted chickpeas. Definitely something I’ve never thought about trying before!.
Always looking for summer salads (in the Southern sense of the word :)) without mayonnaise. This lemony orzo pasta salad looks amazing.
(Speaking of salad, that gyro salad was delicious! Absolutely worth trying out just for the tzatziki sauce.)
Last link up, I mentioned wanting to try my hand at dyeing yarn. So I just got The Modern Natural Dyer from the latest Taproot Preserve pop up shop. I’ll let y’all know how it goes!
It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my act together to take pictures, but i’m back joining Ginny again this week & sharing what I’ve been crocheting and reading.
What I’ve been crocheting is the same as always. The flowers. Thanks to my amazing girlfriends here, all the boutonnieres are assembled, and 5 of the 7 bouquets are mostly done. The other two are still bunches of flowers in ziploc bags, and the corsages are still in progress… but it’s getting there!
I’ve been branching out from print reading lately; to switch it up from podcasts, I’m also listening to audiobooks on the way to and from work, the latest of those being Me Before You. I liked it, but I was also a bit disappointed. I don’t want to say much more than that without giving away the plot! I’ve also started reading eBooks through the Kindle app on my phone. I may not always have a book with me, but I’ve usually got my phone, so that makes it easy to nip away at lunch and get a few chapters in while I’m eating. I’ve started Duel with the Devil, which has been a bit dry thus far, so I’m supplementing that with a little chick-lit, called Sweet Tea and Secrets. I’ve actually had a hard time putting it down!
When I moved to Raleigh, all I knew about the area was where I would be working. When it came to apartment hunting, it was Google Maps to the rescue! I just found one I liked that was reasonably close and called it a day. Needless to say, when I moved to the house and my daily commute went from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, it was a bit of a change. Podcasts became essential. Here are some of my favorite currently-running podcasts that help my drive speed by.
- Weird fiction or fact?
Welcome to Night Vale is one of my original favorites, long before I had my current daily commute. I can remember trying to explain what it was to people before podcasts were a Thing.
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
From WTNV, I heard about another storytelling podcast, Lore. Where Night Vale is completely fiction however, Lore is completely based in historical fact.
Lore is a podcast about the frightening history behind common folklore.
If you enjoy the X-Files or Twin Peaks, I think either of these would interest you.
- Supernatural conspiracy
While looking for more storytelling podcasts, I came across these two, both produced by Pacific Northwest Stories.
The Black Tapes
The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.
Tanis is a serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis.
Then, of course, there’s Serial. This one probably doesn’t need any introduction to most folks.
A podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story. Told week by week. Hosted by Sarah Koenig.
In season 1, Sarah told the story of Adnan Syed, and the most recent season told the story of Bowe Berghdal.
From Serial, I wanted more. More about the stories, and more true crime. I first discovered Undisclosed, which pleased my detail-oriented mind to no end.
…Reframes, enhances or otherwise shifts everything you’ve come to know about the State of Maryland’s case against Adnan Syed.
Towards the end of season 1, I also discovered Crime Writers On…, which started out discussing Serial, but has since branched out to other true crime podcasts, TV shows and more. I find the banter between the regular contributors hilarious.
Podcast and blog about Serial, true crime, writing, pop culture, and more.
- Yet more true crime
As I delved more into true crime, I found Someone Knows Something, which reopens the cold missing persons case of at-the-time five-year-old Adrien McNaughton, who vanished in 1972 while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. It’s a bit heartbreaking to listen to, because the story weighs so much, not only on his parents’, but also on the rest of the small town’s minds.
Criminal is a bit of a crossover between storytelling and true crime. It takes a new person each week
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime, but something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
An added bonus for me is: this podcast is produced in Durham, NC (I pass the studio every day on my way into work!) Often the stories take place in North Carolina, and sometimes very close by, which adds an interest factor for me.
I know I am always looking for new recommendations of things to listen to, so I hope that there’s at least one thing on this list that piqued your interest. Feel free to leave your favorites & recommendations in the comments!
Happy Tuesday! Here are some of my favorite links that I’ve run across recently.
One thing that I’ve been hankering to try my hand at is dyeing my own yarn. I’ve been eyeing this KnitPicks kit as maybe a good beginner introduction. Anyone tried that one out & know if it’s any good? Eventually when we have a garden in the backyard (definitely not this summer — too busy. Hopefully next summer…) I want to grow stuff for natural dyeing. Any recommendations on resources about natural dyeing & what to grow?
I am really good at finding aspirational knitting patterns (seeing as I only vaguely “know” how to knit, and have completed half a washcloth.) These cowls are beautiful, and I hope someday I’ll actually be able to make them!
I haven’t found a good place for my sewing machine to live at the house, but I need to, so I can make some of these baskets!
I’ve had a hankering for some good chocolate chip cookies lately, and M is definitely on board. This recipe looks pretty easy to just swap out replacer for the eggs. Plus, chunks of chocolate? Sign me up.
Things that scream summer to me have been popping up all over the place on my blog reader. #1? Grilling. M and I are waiting until after the wedding to break into all of our presents, so when we set up the grill, I definitely want to make these kabobs.
#2? All the salads. I love gyros, so this chicken gyro salad sounds delicious. I don’t know if I can wait for the grill to make this one!
#3? One word: RIBS. These crock-pot ribs are definitely happening sometime soon.