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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Weekend Book Report #10

Is it possible that the weekends already over? I can't believe how fast weekends go and how little I get done. It's been crazy busy here. There was a trip to Iowa last weekend with my sister for my niece's confirmation. I can't believe how fast they grow and how much I miss them and wish I could do more with them. While we were down there we got to see my nephews marching band competition, which was awesome. And this past week has been busy trying to catch up on stuff. No such luck.

Well I've got a couple of books to report on.

The first was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This is a fantasy novel. And to let you in on a little something the first in a new series of books. The author is still writing them. I found this to be one of the best fantasy books that I've read in a long time, that wasn't by one of my favorite authors. This is the story of Kvothe, told by himself from the time he was a small boy through the age of fifteen. He started life as a child in a performance troupe. He goes on to learn magic. Like I said one of the best new novels I've read. Five stars.

I also read Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This is a non-fiction knitting book. In this book she talks about having a yarn stash and goes over some basic patterns or as she says recipes. Things ones can use to create your one projects. I very much enjoyed this book, its one that I hope to add to my own craft book collection. Four and half stars.

Well I hope everyone had a good weekend and that the week is good for you.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Weekend Book Report #9

Greetings all! Well I didn't get near as much done as I wanted to this past weekend. But well I did get some of it done, so I'm okay with that. I just wished they made weekends longer.

I've got a couple of books finished this past week or so.

First up is Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini. This book nine in the Elm Creek Quilt series. This is a fiction series. For those who haven't read any of these they don't have to be read in any order but in my mind it helps some. In this book we meet five applicants that are applying for a couple teaching positions at the retreat. I really love this series. I would give this four and a half stars.

The other book that I finished was The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle. This is a fiction novel. The story is about a young teenager who is growing up on a horse farm and dealing with everything from death to being poor to boys. It was an alright book. I felt that the ending could have transitioned a little more. I was left wanting to know more of what happened. Three stars.

Sorry for again not having pictures of the books. They just haven't been turning out real good. If anyone has any suggestions, I'll gladly take them.

Have a good week and hoping that you have a good project to work on or a good book to read.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Start of another Project

Happy Weekend!! I didn't think it could get here fast enough this week. I have nothing planned for the weekend except house work, errands and some knitting. And well I've already started on the housework so that's a hopeful start!

I made comment a couple of weeks ago that I started a new project. Well I haven't really made any more progress on it but thought I would share it with you anyways.

Here's the fabric sorting. I ordered the fabric from Fat Quarter Quilters:

I'm going to be making a Schnibbles Hot Cross by Miss. Rosie's Quilts using Crazy Eight fabric line:

And here's the first block:

And on another note, we had our first snow fall of the season last night. Not much but still some snow. Monkey's already been out playing in it. And back in because she's cold. What a weather change over the past couple of weeks.

Here's hoping everyone has a good weekend. Anyone have any fun plans?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mystery Socks 2009 week 1

Well I hope everyone's week is off to a good start. It's been very rainy here. I skipped out on The Boy's football game yesterday, not wanting to sit outside in the rain with the girls. And well today it decided to rain in my office at work. So it provided a great distraction.

While I was checking out blogs last week. I ran across a mystery sock knit along. For those who are not sure what this is: a part of a sock pattern is posted once a week, so by the end of the month one should have a completed sock. So I decided to join in the fun.

Spoiler Alert

This one is put on by Through the Loops. There is group for this on Ravelry and links to the pattern. So I started on Sunday and completed the first part the cuff. I'm hoping to be able to keep on this project and have a completed pair of socks shortly after all the parts are posted. So here a sneaky look at what I've go so far:

Well it's off to bed for me. Here's hoping that everyone has a good night and an even better day tomorrow.