Memo Pad: November Books

This was a bit of a weird reading month for me. I previously mentioned I didn’t want to read any fantasy books as it confuses me when I’m writing the same genre as I’m reading. And seeing as I am writing a fantasy for nanowrimo that was out. I had quite a few contemporary books saved up on my kindle that I’d bought over the last few months that were mostly on offers that I was going to read. That might have contributed to the fact I DNF’d three books this month. Maybe there was a reason some of them were on offer? I was also in a reading slump at the start of the month which also didn’t help. But the good news is some of them were amazing! The two books I most wanted to read this month were brilliant, but I put them off until I was back in a reading mood (so I didn’t ruin them) and Silent got me back in the mood to read so phew.

READ: 3                   DNF: 3

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Tunisian Crochet cats… I mean hats.

Last week I told your about my habit of starting new projects while I’m at my busiest and my failed attempt at knitting socks. Well this week I’ll show you what the other projects I mentioned were. Basically, hats.

Tunisian crochet in the round hats because that has always seemed like a brilliant idea to me so I thought id give it a go.

I’ve wanted to do it for about a year now but at first I didn’t have the yarn then a couple of months ago I bought the yarn (two balls of DK becuase you need two if your doing tunisian in the round) but wasn’t in the mood to crochet. And now that I’m mega busy, oh look, I’m in the mood to crochet!

Now I’m going to detour here and just tell you that Tunisian crochet it my favourite. It’s as soft as knitting is (my main dislike of normal crochet is that it’s not soft enough) but still done with one hook like crochet. To do it in the round you use a double ended Tunisian crochet hook like these…..

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Cross Stitch Update

Time for another update, and to be honest I did most of this right at the start of the month and haven’t stitched on it since because I’ve been focusing all my time on writing for NaNoWriMo. But I do have progress to show you.

Here’s last time and then now:

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I got that Scandinavian-ish line finished and moved down onto a couple more snowflakes and….. the next bit, It looks a bit like Aladdin’s lamp right now. Any guesses to what it will be? I’ll hopefully be able to show you in you next update. I had to repin the fabric to get onto this bit which is exciting but I unpined it again to show you all.

Here’s the links to everyone else taking part in the Sal:

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / Kate / Lucyanne / Sue / Constanze / Debbie / Christina / Kathy / Margaret / Cindy / Helen / Steph / Linda / Catherine / Wendy / Mary Margaret / Timothy / Heidi / Connie and Jackie

We post what progress we’ve made on our individual projects every three weeks and then jump around and see what everyone else is up to. Is a great way to stay motivated and see some lovely projects evolving.

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Knitting … or Not

You know those times when you’ve just got so much going on and you’re spreading yourself a bit thin because you don’t have enough time to spend on all the projects you have on the go and you think you should probably stop doing something or at least do something less because you just can’t do everything? You know those times? I’ve been feeling like that a little lately, to the extent that I haven’t done any of my quilt in a month or two now and so I figured the logical thing to do was to start a couple more projects and reteach myself a craft I haven’t done in about five years……

That makes sense, right? Save me?

Anyway, said craft that I haven’t done in about five years is knitting. Because with my illness I just don’t have the energy to be moving both my arms like a chicken. So I had to give it up. Before I gave it up, and I mean about a month before, I bought a massive pack of dpn needles  WP_20171026_14_34_32_Pro Continue reading

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the shelves is a book tag hosted over at tyngasreviews where we share what books we’ve bought and received lately and link up with others. Here’s what the official post says:


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


 All descriptions are taken from goodreads and that’s where the links go

Bought:

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Revenger by Alistair Reynolds

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection–and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future–a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism and of vengeance… 

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25 Questions about me Tag

Okay so this is another tag, I seem to have done a few lately but in my defence they’ve all seemed really interesting. I got this one from Liz over at Travel In Retrospect. I seem to get all my tags from her blog she has the best ones!

1. What is your middle name?

Jade. My nan chose it, She’s Chinese

2. What was your favourite subject in school?

Difficult question. I wanted to be good at art and, while I definitely wasn’t bad at it, I was always best at maths and science which I enjoyed too.

3. What is your favourite drink?

Chocolate milkshake. I really don’t have a normal favourite, if I’m in a restaurant I’ll order fanta (and no orangina is not okay instead) but I’ll always pick a chocolate milkshake if that is an option (sadly it rarely is).

4. What is your favourite song at the moment?

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Super Secret Project – Reveal!

I hinted a couple times that most of my time was being spent working on a super secret present. First of all, i finished it in time! Woo! And sent it at the beginning of October. (it takes 3 weeks to get to systems from here which is ridiculous but true) and it arrived in time for her birthday!

And I can finally share it all with you.

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