Memo Pad: February Wrap up

Somehow I’m keeping up the amazing reading record I started last month. I thought reading 7 books in one month was a one off but I’ve actually bested it this month, even though it was shorter! I could say this had something to do with the fact I went on holiday for a week and I normally read a lot on holiday but in actual fact I only read 2 books on holiday which is the least I’ve read on a holiday in over ten years.

So why? I’m not sure. Honestly, I think I’m just getting better and better at finding books I’ll love!

I also took most of the month off of hard writing stuff. I did write a fun short story at the start of the month but other than that I’ve not had anything to do which meant I had a lot more time to read. I’m diving back into the writing stuff now. It’s nerve-racking as hell because I’m starting revisions on #ExcitingSpaceWIP and trying to make something better when you’re not sure what’s ‘better’ is scary!

Other stuff that happened this month was that holiday I mentioned. It was lovely to see the sun again! We did some house hunting, looking at property (and by me I mostly mean my parents but I did see a couple of the best ones) which was SO EXCITING and we found an amazing place BUT we haven’t sold our house yet so now that’s nerve-racking too because we don’t know that place will still be there for us.

Basically everything in my life is nerve-racking now! Is it any wonder I’ve been burying myself in books? haha

So back to the less nerve-racking subject of this month’s books starting with my stats….

Read: 8 (!!) Acquired: 7

I didn’t mean to get so many new books but at least the number of unread books I own didn’t go up! Plus 6 of them were arcs and the other one was free with a bookclub so I couldn’t resist!

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Latin Quote Cross Stitch Update (sal)

It’s been three weeks since I shared my cross stitch with you (how? Time is moving too fast!)

I’ve been on holiday so I didn’t think I’d have much progress to share with you but I did rather strategicly decide to do the small gold lettering so it LOOKS like I did lots!

Here’s where my latin quote was last time out…

Some of you guessed the quote right last time and some of you were just slightly off. The quote will read Veni, Vidi, Amavi. I came, I saw, I loved. A little bit of a twist on the more familiar I came, I saw, I conquered.

This time, as I said, I started on the little gold letters…

I’m not sure how clear the little letters are but I’m really liking the gold against black fabric. Hopefully next time I’ll have a little more to share with you but everything is up in the air here at the moment so who knows!

Here are the links to everyone else taking part in the stitchalong

Avis // Claire // Gun // Carole // LucyAnn// Kate // Sue // Constanze // Debbierose // Christina // Kathy // Margaret // Cindy // Helen // Steph // Linda // Heidi // Jackie // Sunny // Hayley // Megan // Catherine // Connie // Clare // Mary Margaret // Renee // Jenny // Carmela and Jocelyn

Welcome to Sharon!

We all post updates on the different projects we are stitching every three weeks.

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Underrated books I loved

I’m back from my holidays, which were lovely and warm (I’m so sad I’m back in the cold), I read some great books but today I’m going to talk about a bunch of my favourite books that are criminally underrated.

Top Ten Tuesdays is a book meme currently hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It has a new topic every week which you can find here. This weeks topic is Books I LOVED with fewer than 2000 ratings on goodreads.

Fair warning some of these I did originally get for free in exchange for an honest review (I’ve marked them as arcs) but they’ve remained on my favourites because they were awesome.

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A stumbling of Blankets

I mentioned in my last post about crochet that I’d started another blanket from the yarn I received from Christmas but not everything went as smoothly as planned.

First off I’m doing a crochet entrelac blanket vaguely using this pattern off ravelry. I chained a different number of stitches, am doing a different number of stitches per square and using dk yarn instead of Aran but the general idea is the same.

Where I slipped up is the colours. It’s so very difficult to colour match yarn online. I bought two purples that I hoped would work together but after stitching my first lot of colours I decided I didn’t like it.

Here it is with the old purple

So I went online and bought a new second darker purple and hoped, again, that it would work. The good news is that it’s closer in tone and matches better than the last one. It’s still not perfect but there’s only so many times I can buy new yarn hoping it’ll match and I think it’s good enough to continue!

So here it is with the new second purple and then also carrying on back to the black for the colour repeats.

The yarn, scheepjes dk colour crafter, is so soft and warm. And I love the fact that I don’t have to join any squares together! I’ll still have to weave the ends of each row in which will be enough for me!

In other news, I’m currently on holiday. Lying down somewhere in the sun (hopefully) but I’ll get to any comments when I return!

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