Crochet Cowl Finish

I have a finish! My camel stitch cowl using one Caron cake. Ta Da!

One Caron cake = one snug double wrap cowl


So obviously, as I mentioned it’s a caron cake which is aran yarn. I went a couple of hook sizes up from what was recommended because camel stitch is quite a dense stitch. I used a 7.00mm hook and I chained 175 stitches to start and joined. It’s large enough to wrap double and lovely and snug and warm. I managed 25 rows of the half double crochet camel stitch and it’s the perfect size. (My tutorial for how to do the camel stitch the easy way is here). Continue reading


Harry Potter Tag

I got tagged the other week by Liz over at Travel in Retrospect to do this. Her post on it is here. And I was happy because, I mean, I NEVER turn down an opportunity to talk about harry potter so obviously here it is….


What house are you in?


Slytherin. When I was much younger I figured myself a Ravenclaw but no, as I grew up I realised I have always been a Slytherin, it fits me much better. In fact, I’ve taken many quizzes (just because I enjoy doing them) and I’ve never gotten anything other than Slytherin.


What is your patronus?

Are we talking officially? Because I think I got some kind of dog and I hate dogs (I know, don’t attack me) so I highly doubt it would actually be a dog.

In fact, I think it would be a cat. It suits me much better. Either than or a crow or something. Lets just say I can hold a grudge, okay?


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Cross Stitch Update

I’ve made some progress on my Christmas cross stitch. Unfortunately I managed to add two stitches into the middle somehow so its now two stitches wider than my pattern…. I’m honestly not sure how I did that. And it hasn’t ruined anything it just means I have to be very aware every time I start a new section otherwise the edges won’t be straight.

Here’s where I was last time compared to now:


The reason I didn’t go back and fix the extra two stitches is because I went around and did the border of the section and started filling it in before I realised and that was A LOT to unpick so…. I left it.

While that looks like a reasonable amount of progress, I’ve actually been spending most of my stitching time on my Hufflepuff cross stitch. I got it started and then well, it’s just so much fun to stitch that I’ve almost finished it. Continue reading

Pinterest convinced me baking would be easy….

I should preface this by saying I never bake. I don’t do anything in the kitchen other than make myself a bowl of cereal. But the other week I happened to see one of those short videos on pinterest of someone making pastries where they make everything look super easy and very pretty.

And I was like…. I could do that…?

So I told my parents about it and they dutifully got the ingredients, and by that I mean a pre-rolled piece of puff pastry and some cream cheese.

Loads of ingredients, right? This sounds so complicated haha.

And last weekend everything lined up. I hadn’t done anything big that week, I happened to have nothing else going on (and by that I mean no sports to watch) and was also feeling rather okay. I know that sounds so mild but honestly that’s a brilliant day for me as a lot of the time I’ve either slept badly, am sneezy, have a sore throat, am really tired… So on and so forth. But whenever there is something mildly wrong I have to rest rather than do. So the fact that everything lined up and I was able to give it a go before I psyched myself out was great.

Now the video was of fruit filling but I don’t like fruit pastries so I decided to make some with filings I normally like too. (This is where it gets more complicated.) Which means nutella and lemon curd (separately not together because eww). Continue reading

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

mp september 17

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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:


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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