Top Ten Tuesdays: Fall TBR

I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday which is now hosted over at The Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic was fall TBR or the books I want to read this autumn,

So here’s the top ten books I want to read over the next few months. I am still on my book buying ban that I started in June in my attempt to get through some of the books pilling up on my kindle so these are the top ten books I want to read that I already own.

I still have about 60 books on my kindle so it wasn’t as easy as it sounds and I could easily have listed twenty or more books I want to read over the next few months. Seeing as I won’t read that many anyway I’ve narrowed it down.

Links go to goodreads, I’m not going to copy the blurbs for sequels because spoilers!

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Goings On

I have a quick teaser update for the yarn I showed you last week. The blanket is going well and it is ridiculously soft and cuddly. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever made anything this snugly. It’s going to be one big square (think granny square but using a different stitch). It looks like two here but I’ve just folded it over so you can see the reverse is identical. I love reversible stitches!

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I’ve finished a full ball of the cappuccino and have just done my first row of the second colour. The red which looks very bright! I’m loving it. Although each row around the square is getting longer to do so progress will be slowing down.

In other news, a lot has been happening here over the last week. My brother and his girlfriend left yesterday for their two year round the world trip! See you in two years, bro! And my nan, (and my cat) moved out into her own assisted living apartment that’s been all done up and snazzy. Which means, a) the house is now much quieter with half the occupants. And, b) the whole family (without the cat) went out for a goodbye meal.

There was thirteen of us… I think? I can’t count that high, okay? We went out to a lovely Chinese restaurant and had yummy food. I’m resting up now. It was the first time I left the house since the move one month ago. In fact. It’s the first time I made it down the stairs in that time. So lots of resting up in order.

In the meantime I’ve been writing more of my Exciting Space WIP. I’m over a third way through which is ….. exciting! I’ll be finished writing it in November, which simultaneously feels like its going quickly and is an absolute age away!

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Golden Stitching (SAL)

After all that testing last time I finally got back to some real stitching and I have to say I am soooo happy with how the gold looks on the project.

I chose to use the Kreinik #4 braid in the end (Japan Gold) as it just looked the best to me. It is the most expensive of the ones I tested (typical!) and I had to buy quite a few lots of it as I’m sure it’ll get used up quickly.

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But so far it is looking so worth it. It’s always nervewracking to see if the colours work when I’ve designed my own pattern and after all that white stitching I’m just so happy with how it looks. I started back down the bottom and will work my way up. I had enough of stitching bells after last time! Continue reading

New Yarn, New Project

My yarn stash finally got depleted enough to defend buying more. I only had 3 balls of yarn left.

And yes, okay mum, I did give a lot of it away when we moved but it was yarn I was never going to use again left over from four years ago when I had to give up knitting. So I bought more. Obviously.

I did start by trying to use one of those 3 balls. I spent lots of time trawling through ravelry and have mashed a few different ideas together but to do it i needed to buy more yarn. The one ball wasn’t enough for a full project whatever I wanted to do with it so to use that 1 ball I bought…. 6 more.

Ta da!

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It’s King Cole big value 4 ply in red (the one I already had), plum, peacock, and four balls of cappuccino. The white on the website looked too white so I went with the cappuccino instead and I think it goes with the other colours really well. And its really cheap too?

I mean its super cheap compared to the the 3 balls of scheepjes whirl 4 ply that i wanted to buy. They are SO pretty! But paying over £60 for yarn to make a small blanket is a lot. I bought the equivalent amount of yarn (actually I bought 40grams more yarn) and it only cost me £20 instead AND it will be cheaper if I want to make the blanket bigger too. So all around I think I was very responsible. (But they’re so pretty…..)

I’m sure I’ll end up buying one at some point but I’ve avoided it for a while longer. I’ve only just started the blanket I’m planning to make (the yarn only arrived yesterday) so you’ll have to wait for an update to see what I’m doing.

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Memo Pad: August Wrap Up

Another month over and it’s officially winter. I’m just kidding. Kind of. It definitely feels like summer has ended as this week has been raining all the time, I’ve had to wrap up in a hoody and turn my heater on. I want summer back please!

But book wise I’ve had a good month. What with the move at the start of the month (which went well) I got a lot of reading done as all my other things were packed away. I got 4 books read in the first ten days of the month and then I settled in and started writing which meant my reading pace DIED. Just for comparison in the next twenty days I read 2 books.

But I enjoyed those two books and I’m really enjoying writing my #excitingspaceWIP so win win.

As for my book buying ban. After my little slip up last month I can officially say I bought 0 books this month. I did request one off netgalley but I read it straight away (and it was something that I’ve been wanting to read for a few years). So here’s the scores:

Books owned & unread at start of month: 65

Books bought: 0

Books acquired: 1

Books read: 6

Books owned & unread at end of month: 60

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I Am Currently…

There has been a lot going on in my life lately and with the scheduled posts I’ve had to do I’m feeling all out of sorts with what I have and haven’t told you and when.

I thought it would be a great time to do a new post idea. It’s by no means an original idea, I’ve seen loads of bloggers do their own takes on this but I’m going to go through what I’m currently up to and I’d love to hear about you in the comments too.

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I am currently lying in my new bed and in my new/old room.

I moved. Everything went really well. Thanks to everyone for the good luck wishes. It’s been a tiring couple of weeks but I can officially say my new/old room is sorted. I say new/old room as we moved back to our old house in east London that we’d had family staying in while we lived in Guernsey. So I’ve been here before but all my new furniture has now mixed with my old furniture and the good news is they’re getting on really well. No fights have broken out about floor space. I don’t like being stuck upstairs again as I’m not well enough to use them but I will deal.

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I’m currently reading The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Sideways Cross Stitching Progress

It’s time to share with you all what progress I’ve made with my cross stitching. I can’t believe it’s been three weeks. I moved halfway through and the last week or two has just gone by so quickly. I barely got anything done, most of what I have to share is from before.

It’s not forward progress so much as sideways progress as I tested out some options for the gold stitching. I also tested out a few designs for a small piece but I’ll show you what I mean.

First up after all of your wonderful advice last time around, I tested a load of normal dmc threads, as well as DMC diamant in gold which is a single thread equivalent to two threads of dmc/one held double, and kreinik braid #4 in Japan gold.

Here they are:

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It’s difficult to show the metallics in a photo well.

Out of the sample swatches I do like the look of the krenick the most because its just a lighter gold than the dmc diamant. But the kreinik is over twice as expensive and I’d need quite a few rolls of it. They both definitely look much nicer than the regular dmc though. The main problem I had with the metallic threads is that to use them you have to knot them at the needle and because I’m using 18 count fabric the knot catches every time I pull it through. I can do it but my poor arms don’t like having to do it and get achy quickly.

I’ve decided to use one of them anyway because they do look so much nicer than the regular thread, so if anyone has any idea about stopping the knot from catching so much that would be helpful. I just have to decide which. Continue reading