Yarn Along

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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!

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Yarn Along

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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 🙂

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Yarn Along

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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!

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Yarn Along

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I’m joining Ginny again this week & sharing what I’ve been crocheting and reading.

I was able to make it to my church knit & crochet group this week, so I snuck in a little preemie hat to donate. Otherwise, though, my attention’s been focused on crocheting and assembling wedding flowers. I’ve got the checklist to end all checklists to keep track of what’s done and what’s left.

Over the weekend, I started reading one of the books that I got from M for Christmas. It’s all about introverts and how to handle being one when it’s extroversion that’s really valued. I assume she’ll get into more into introversion; currently she’s still going through the history of how the U.S. got to be this way. It’s really fascinating (it also ties in with our cultural fascination with movie stars), but it also just makes me really frustrated! I think we were better off when there was more of a focus on character rather than personality.

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WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

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Sunflowers

Christmas Alphabet cross-stitch

 

Today’s bit of work is blocking the last main panel for my secret project. Don’t get me wrong; there’s still a lot of crochet left to be done on that (like the borders on the last 2 panels, and joining the panels together, and the final border and picots all the way around everything…) but it’s still a milestone, and it feels good that i’m plugging along.

I’m moving through Wendell Berry at a glacial pace. His writing is a bit more dense than anything I’ve attempted recently, so I have to read pages at least twice, sometimes 3 times, before I’m satisfied I’ve understood what he’s trying to say. Needless to say, that doesn’t make for great bedtime reading, so I’ve been sneaking in a few pages of Stephanie Plum #13 right before bed 🙂

The sunflowers were a spontaneous purchase at the grocery store the other day, and they are just brightening the heck up outta my living room! I love em.

And drumroll… guess what I finished! My winter alphabet! And in plenty of time to get it framed before Christmas! *throws confetti* I reckon it needs a good ironing, but I’m not really experienced with finishing cross-stitch projects. Can I just use an iron on it like normal? Or is there a better way to give projects a good pressing?

 

I hope you’ll join me on Ginny’s blog & share what you’re working on and reading!

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WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

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I’m still plugging along on my secret project but I’ve also picked my Christmas alphabet cross-stitch back up again. I’m really seeing the finish line with this project — only 3 letters and a snowman to go! 3 Christmases after I started this project, I may actually be able to hang this up for the holidays 🙂

I finished The Beekeeper’s Apprentice over the weekend. I finally got some uninterrupted reading time at the pool Saturday morning, and that was perfect timing! The book got to the most exciting part and I just couldn’t put it down! I’ll definitely be reading the other Mary Russell books at some point. I’m starting The Unsettling of America next. It’s certainly out of my usual wheelhouse, but that’s sort of the idea. My fiance and I both love to read, though he reads more non-fiction, and I’m more of a novel sort of reader. He read an article about how to exercise your brain and keep it healthy, and one of the things is to read things outside of your “comfort zone.” He picked this out for me (and if you’re wondering, I picked out Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for him 🙂

I hope you’ll join me on Ginny’s blog & share what you’re working on and reading!

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WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

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Yarn arrived from Luna Grey, pattern acquired, hat is a go! Slowly, though, one round at a time since the secret project / present is taking priority. I’m only on round 3, but already the pattern is really interesting, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how it’s going to start looking like leaves.

I’m finally back to reading Outlander again; I had to return the library copy ages ago, but I decided I was invested enough just to buy my own copy. Anything I read these days takes me forever because I hardly have any time! The exception being my snow day last Thursday when I had all day to snuggle under blankets while the power was out. I finished my book!

Joining Ginny’s linkup! What are y’all reading, crocheting or knitting lately?

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Tuesday Tea: Blogging for Books — J

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Y’all, I tried. I really did. When I chose J by Howard Jacobson from Blogging for Books, I fully intended to read it. The premise sounded fascinating, mysterious even.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I began struggling through this book. I’ve made it about halfway through. The characters are at best unlikable, and at worst just plain dull. Kevern is full of himself, distrustful, rude and sometimes outright cruel. I don’t understand his attraction to Ailinn, nor do I understand why she puts up with his shenanigans. She claims she has weird tics just as Kevern does, but through her actions thus far, I haven’t been able to figure out what they are. If they are meant to be a cute, quirky couple, this book has missed the mark. As for the mystery of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, we are no closer to finding out what it was, (or if it happened, for that matter) and why it had such a large impact on things, which I find extremely frustrating.

Perhaps I will return to this book and finish it someday, but for now I’m setting it aside. Life’s too short to read books you don’t enjoy.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along edition

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Back to  working on my lacy scarf. I just reached the halfway point, and I’m finally starting to grasp the pattern. Not enough to work without looking at the pattern at all, but enough to be able to look at the next row & recognize it, then complete that row without looking back. It’s sped up my crocheting on this project considerably 🙂

I’ve started J, the book I’m supposed to blog about. As much as I’d like to finish some other books first, this one has a deadline — I have to blog about it within 90 days. At the rate I’m reading this currently, it make take me the lion’s share of that 90 days to finish this. I’m reading at a snail’s pace, mainly because I don’t seem to have time lately! So much other stuff going on.

Joining Ginny.

What have you been knitting/crocheting/reading lately?

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Blogging for Books!

So I came across a new blog last week, thanks to Ginny’s Yarn Along, and I’m kind of enamored with it. Kerry just seems really genuine! Also, she has some really cute blog ideas that I might have to copy… but that’s for another day.

Through Kerry My Heart, I also discovered Blogging for Books. Y’all. I am stupid excited about this. I’ve already been reading things and writing reviews on Goodreads for awhile, and now someone is going to send me books to read & review, for free!? Sign me up! (That’s exactly what I did, actually. I signed up.) My first book just got here (it took about a week), and it’s a dystopian novel. They’ve got a good amount of fiction to choose from, but they’ve also got non-fiction, cookbooks, and crafty books too! No crochet books available this time around, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.


Y’all will definitely be hearing more about this, since I’ll be blogging about / reviewing all the things I read courtesy of BfB.

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