Memo pad: September Books

It’s the end of another month and that means its time to let you know what I’ve been reading. I’ve had a pretty good month finishing four books one of which was massive! (I’m looking at you Lady Midnight). Unfortunately I did DNF another book and if you read my last bookish post then you’ll know it was one I was really looking forward to but oh well. In much better news, I reached my updated goodreads goal!!!! (updated because I did originally set it at 40 just so I didn’t panic and get stressed by it) I’ve never read 52 books in a year before and I’m unreasonably happy about it. There’s just a really nice ring to it, 52 books. One book a week. All rounded off and satisfying….. Anyway, on to the books.

Read: 4         DNF: 1

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Life Continues

There are a lot of smaller things going on right now. I might have had an update on my quilt to post if I hadn’t been spending most of my time working on a super secret project for my friends birthday next month. And as super secret projects go, I can’t share it with you so rather than a coherent post about my progress on one crafty thing or other you are getting a general update on Life as I know it.

First up (or second up if you count my non update about my super secret project), just a little update on the camel stitch cowl that I’m sure you are all bored of me mentioning by now. But I started it finally and I am more than half way through. It is so warm and cozy. I decided to do a double wrap cowl as I knew a snug cowl would only use half the yarn (if that) and, having spent my money on the lovely self striping Caron cake, it would be a shame if I didn’t get the full effect.

Here’s where I am up too:

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There’s the rest of the darker grey I’m doing right now and then another round of blue and white before it’s done. Camel stitch is so easy and it is fast becoming my favourite stitch for thick yarn (the puff stitch is thick enough with dk!). Continue reading

Bookworm Problems of a Mood Reader

Hello, my name is Jessica and I’m a mood reader. I buy books that I don’t read, and I don’t read books that I do want to read.

Now that we’ve got that confession out of the way, I just want to say that being a mood reader can be great!

Maybe you wake up with a certain feeling and you just know exactly what book you need to read right this second (or well, after food probably). There’s no umming and ahhing about what to read next and weighing up piles/lists of books and writing pros and cons and things to figure out just which one to go for. None of that (or well, very little of that). You can simply look at a list of books (if you have an ereader like me) or a pile of books (for you plebs in the back – no I’m joking. I love real books and am sad I’m not well enough to read them any more) and with just one glance you can say THAT ONE!

Sounds like bliss, right? Less procrastinating = more reading. No making up TBR jars, or having to preplan lists for the next month. Just an instant decision.

That sounds perfect?

Well you are wrong. You are oh, so very wrong, my friends. And I am going to bring you through exactly why,

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Cross Stitching along to Christmas

Most of the time that I’ve spent stitching since the last update has been on a secret project that I can’t share yet. But I did managed to completely finish the stitching on it which meant I had time to get a bit done on my main project this week in time to show you some progress.

So here it is last time next to this time:

And a closer up shot of the progress that isn’t swamped by all the yet to be used fabric:

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It’s almost asking for snow! The swirly bits will eventually be stitched in gold but the letters will be left so that the red fabric shows through. Continue reading

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Last week I posted about my finished camel stitch scarf, which is also know as half-double crochet through the third loop but that is a very long name. A couple of people had asked me about the camel stitch and if i could do a tutorial. I initially said no because that was a bit beyond me and that I’d just link to other tutorials online as there were plenty.

But when I tried to do that I realised that somehow I do the camel stitch differently to every tutorial I could find. I’m not actually sure how I managed to do that seeing as I used the tutorials to learn it in the first place. The only explanation I can come up with is that I watch tutorials when I’m originally interested in doing something, time passes and then by the time I actually do it my memory of what I’m doing has changed so I just figure it out as I go.

The thing is, the most difficult thing about camel stitch is finding that third loop to go into and well, my way is really easy? So I’m going to share it with you in a semi proper tutorial.

*I’m not saying that there are zero tutorials using this method for camel stitch out there just that I couldn’t find them.

So if you are interested in doing the camel stitch but are struggling with the third loop bit them read on!

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Crochet Scarf TA DA!

I have a tada finish to show you. I finally got around to finishing my dads crochet scarf. Initially, he was meant to get it for fathers day back in June but I realised that was not going to happen so it got put on the back burner for a while. And by that I mean it got shoved in a corner and i didn’t work on it for a couple of months but I got back to it.

Okay, so I mainly got back to it because I bought some pretty new yarn but I made myself finish this first. That’s called restraint. Well, maybe not because I bought the yarn first but…..

Okay anyway moving on.

Here it is!!

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