reading recap-ish

I took a look at my reading challenge on goodreads today and I’m two books behind my goal right now. I have abandoned more than a few books this year already, so it feels like I’ve read more than I guess I actually have. Also, I am catching up pretty quickly right now, I have a stack of books from a garage sale to get through and about three books waiting for me at the library right now. I don’t think it will take me long to get on track again.

Of all the books on this list, there’s only one I can say I really didn’t enjoy muchΒ  (Boyfriend Sweater).Β  If I hadn’t already confessed that I have abandoned books, you’d think I was having some really amazing reading luck!

  1. When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Wahlen – 3 stars
  2. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – 5 stars
  3. A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale – 3 stars
  4. Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge – 4 stars
  5. Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson – 3 stars
  6. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – 5 stars
  7. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne – 5 stars
  8. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn – 2 stars
  9. The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun – 3 stars
  10. The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie – 5 stars
  11. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 5 stars

Just sharing my star ratings, I feel at a loss for words when I’m trying to describe what I thought about the books for some reason. It’s very frustrating! I really used to love writing out reviews, I don’t know what happened.

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has it really been that long since I sat down to write here? I just checked and it’s been longer than I thought it was. We are heavy into allergy season, so I am hiding away indoors today because I ran out of my allergy meds and forgot to pick some up yesterday. Ugh. don’t do that! So, I’m sitting here trying not to scratch my skin off and blowing my nose constantly. The medicine I do take hasn’t been working all that great but now that I have nothing in my system, I know that it was doing a little bit of good.

Anyway.

My lumpectomy in April went well, all the tests came back completely clear, what they thought could be hiding something turned out to be a radial scar. My surgeon told me I was good to just go on with life, no repeat mammogram in a year will be needed either because my cyst is gone as well. There are still small ones but as long as they don’t grow too big or cause me pain, I should be done with mammograms until my 50’s.

In knitting and crafting life, I have finished up a few things since I last posted.

not exactly a pair but close enough! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„

I knit three pairs of socks for myself. The sock on the left is the Blueberry Waffle pattern in the Princess Tiger Cub colorway by Flock Fibre Studio. The right sock is Mulberry Cream in the Buttercup colorway by Vivid Yarn Studio. I bought both yarns at last year’s Fiber Frolic in Edmonton, I didn’t make it there this year but next year I’ll make sure to get time off work to drive out there.

Finished my stripey socks today too! I love these stripes! the amazing yarn came from @thewoolbaron #craftastherapy #stripeysockskal2018 #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk

I also knit a pair of vanilla socks with some awesome stripey yarn from The Wool Baron in her Crazy Confident colorway. I saw this yarn knit up by another knitter on Instagram and immediately bought myself a skein, it’s so much fun! I also crocheted that black & white pillow recently, it’s just granny squares joined into one big one and then I joined the edges together to fit a pillow in. I have wanted to crochet a pillow in this style for so long, I am so happy with how it looks finished. I am thinking of crocheting a matching one soon.

finished my Fibery Friends sampler today πŸ’• it's so pretty and it was my first project done on linen, which made me nervous but it really is just like evenweave! ‍♀️ now, I can buy all the pretty linen for future projects!

Lastly, just today I finished stitching up this fun Fibery Friends sampler. I’ll be finishing it off in a hoop once I buy a small enough one for it. It was my first time stitching on linen, I always heard that it’s just like stitching on evenweave and I guess I didn’t know if I should believe the people saying that but it really is. And now I can’t wait to buy some more linen to use for future projects.

That’s most of the catching up I had today. I think. Allergies muddle my head so much, I can’t really remember!

Talk later!

 

currently…

knitting:

fresh off the needles! πŸ’œ yarn is @knit_picks Felici in the Ever After color way pattern is a vanilla with a FLK heel

I finished a second pair of Knit Picks Felici socks, this pair is for my 11 year old daughter. She said she’d really like a pair too after I finished the socks for her sister. She put them on as soon as I finished and has been wearing them a lot already.

after almost four years of knitting, it's now 195 squares big πŸ’– probably a few more years to go

I finished knitting some squares into my cozy memories blanket to square it off. It’s now at 195 squares, still not big enough but I’m still so happy having this one to pull out every so often.

I’ve also finally got a sock on the needles for me! not pictured right now, it’s a blueberry waffle sock in some gorgeous Flock Fibre Studio yarn.

crocheting:

my magic ball seems big enough to let me crochet on this for a good while! it's been almost a year since I've had it out  #craftastherapy #crochetrabbithole #crochetersofinstagram

I pulled out my scrappy granny stripe blanket recently because I thought the magic ball I was making was finally big enough to use for quite awhile. It shrank so fast sadly! I’ll be putting it aside again soon 😦

trying to get the hang of tapestry crochet today

I’ve had this bunny pattern in my ravelry queue for quite a long time and I decided it was time to finally crochet it. It’s done as tapestry crochet, not hard at all but it took me a little bit to get the hang of keeping the tension on my yarn consistent. You can see in the face that I was struggling a bit but I didn’t want to rip back, so it’s staying that way. I’m really excited to see this one finished! I just need to stick to working on one thing.

reading:

I just finished reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I loved the book so much! I really took my time with it because I just didn’t want it to end. It reminds me a little of the book Homegoing but it doesn’t go through as many generations as that book and everyone in the book knows each other.

After finishing Pachinko, I picked up The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I only read about 1/4 of the book, it’s not terrible, it’s actually quite good but it’s so crazy and sometime unbelieveable that I just couldn’t keep reading it.

life:

My last update about my biopsy has an update, not a great one. I do have to go in for a lumpectomy in April now, it’s not my cyst they want to remove but the area next to it. The radiologists say that there wasn’t enough sample taken and they can’t see enough of it that it would just be safer to remove it just in case. I’m keeping myself positive because I really do still believe that there’s nothing major to worry about. Surgeries don’t happen so quickly here, so the fact that it’s moving so fast is a little unnerving but I’m trying to ignore that! It will all be totally fine.

Anyway, the kids are about to be off for Spring Break this week. I’m hoping this week that no kids will be sick, my nephew will be over with us and I have a couple fun outings planned. Also, I’m hoping it will warm up for next week, we’re back in the cold again, -26 with the windchill. blech! Spring needs to just stick around here already.

all the projects

I thought it was about time I stepped in for a little update since it’s been a little bit. I went in to get my biopsy results a couple weeks ago now and everything came back clear, the suspicious area turned out to be more cysts starting up. No surgery is needed thankfully!Β  I just need to go in for a follow up mammogram in a year and then hopefully that’s it until my 50s.

February has been quite a productive month, I have three projects finished!

finished this piece yesterday! πŸ’œ I used a skein of Caron Big Cakes in the grape jelly color way and crocheted a round ripple until it was large enough to stretch onto a hula hoop. It's for my oldest who had been asking for something mandala-l

I finished the round ripple that I was crocheting last time, I got over not liking the color changes as soon as I finished! I crocheted until it was big enough to stretch over a hula hoop. When I first started the project, I thought that I would round off the points before attaching but decided against it and I think it looks amazing this way! My daughter had been asking me to make her a mandala to hang over her bed for the longest time and I could just not decide on one to crochet, so this is what I finally made for her, she’s really happy with it.

now that they've been gifted, I can fully share these finished socks that I knit for my mom's birthday 🎁 yarn: Patons Kroy in blue raspberry pattern: vanilla. I get bored of vanilla easily but this yarn was too fun for that πŸ’™πŸ’œ

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My mom’s birthday socks were finished with plenty of time to spare. I thought knitting her socks would take me longer because she’s a size 11, but it didn’t, I think the fun yarn helped keep the knitting interesting. The yarn is Paton’s Kroy in the blue raspberry colorway, I used 2.5 skeins for the pair. Before I gifted them to her, I wrapped them with a fun tag from Pearadise Island, it’s such a fun way to present socks!

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I finished up another pair of socks! I knit them for the Rainbow-A-Long in the Suburban Stitcher group on ravelry. These are for my oldest daughter, they’re her first pair of hand knit socks from me! Her feet are only 1.5 sizes smaller than mine, so not so kid sized but they were super fast to get off the needles after knitting my mom’s pair. I knit the cuff in the same style as the Jelly Roll socks but knit ribbing instead and I absolutely love the look! The rainbow yarn is Knit Picks Felici and the white is the Stroll Tonal in the pearlescent colorway.

I really wish I could just crochet all day long without worrying about hand pain, all I want to do is work on this! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ‘΅

My next project isn’t finished and has been a work in progress for a really long time. sort of. I started crocheting little granny squares out of sock yarn a couple years ago without any real plans in mind. Last week, I got the idea in my head to start joining them with black yarn. I am super in love with how it’s looking already! I want to finish it into a dresser runner for my bedroom. I have over 100 squares but I’m not sure it will even actually be enough, so I may be making more before this becomes a FO.

All I want to do now is crochet my granny squares together but I have a toy to finish up before a baby shower next weekend. I’ve had the toy in progress for months but I’ve had such a hard time finishing because I can’t get the face to look how I want. Hopefully I can get it figured out in time, maybe deadline pressure will help!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Casey

hello! Happy February! Life around these parts has been quiet for the most part, we’re being hit with cold weather again which is making me want to stay inside with my knitting or crochet. Tonight though, I am taking my daughter to our first high school open house, she has two that she really wants to check out this month. The whole choosing a high school is a new experience for me, so I have no real good advice to help her out unfortunately. I didn’t grow up in the city, so we just went to the school closest to us. We live right across from the school we’re checking out tonight, so that would be a very convenient place for her but I don’t think they have the programs she really wants, I’m hoping these open houses will make it easier for her to finally make a choice though.

I’ve also been trying to keep my mind as busy as I can. Last week I went to the Breast Center and I had a biopsy done. Phew, that felt strange to write out. I’m not really that worried about it being bad news but every so often those not so great feelings will creep in. I found a lump in my breast a couple days before Christmas, after a mammogram and ultrasound, the doctor told me it was a cyst, a big one that needed to be biopsied. So, last week I had that done, they actually took samples of two areas, the cyst and a suspicious looking area. I wasn’t expecting so much to be done, so that made me nervous, in total, they took 8 samples. The actual biopsy wasn’t painful but the next two days were a little painful. Next week, I go in for my results which I’m sure won’t say anything bad but it will be nice to have more information.

Anyway…. I have been doing a bit of everything really in the last month to keep my mind clear.

socks that don't match perfectly are best! πŸ˜„ . . . . . #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #patonskroy #makersgonnamake #yarnspirations

new project πŸ’œ #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #caroncakes #makersgonnamake

I’ve started and quit a few projects, these two are the ones still going so far. The socks I am knitting as a for my mom’s birthday, I’m using Paton’s Kroy in the Blue Raspberry colorway. I’m also doing some crochet, it’s a round ripple out of one of the Caron Big Cakes. I’m not a huge fan of the way the color is changing but I’m going to keep going and hopefully it will end up not bothering me too much when it’s done.

That’s about it today, the kids will be back from school soon and hopefully I’ll have some fresh bread ready for them from my new bread maker. It’s my first time using it, so fingers crossed that it turns out!

Talk later!

 

reading recap

Last year for my reading challenge on goodreads, I set my goal at 25 books. I passed that goal by finishing 34 books!

  1. The Girl Before by Rena Olson
  2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lepena
  3. Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. The Bear by Claire Cameron
  6. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  7. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  9. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
  10. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
  11. The Widow of Wallstreet by Randy Susan Meyers
  12. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
  13. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  14. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
  15. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  16. Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
  17. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  18. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  19. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  20. Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
  21. Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein
  22. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  23. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
  24. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
  25. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  26. A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
  27. Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
  28. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  29. The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  30. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
  31. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel SimonΒ 
  32. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  33. Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
  34. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

A couple of the books I actually don’t remember much about, which shows me that I really should be better about writting out reviews! The books in bold are the ones I do remember most about and know that I definitely liked them.

For this year, I’ve set my challenge up for 30 books. I’m not off to the best start, I started a couple different books that I just couldn’t get into, it’s such a frustrating feeling! But, I am now reading When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and am liking it so far.

What are you reading right now? I’d love suggestions to add to my list!

 

hello 2018

Happy New Year! You can still say that nine days in, right? We all actually made it to midnight this year, something that I don’t think has happened in a very long time, probably not since I had new babies that were up to eat around then! Next year I think I’ll actually plan some fun things for the kids now that they seem to show interest in it.

I haven’t done any planning for this year, usually I plan out what projects I’d like to attempt to do but I just haven’t sat down to figure it out. I’ll get to it. The year has started out kind of weird for me, so maybe after some things have passed and I get more information so I can focus on the more fun things for the year.

no more knitting endless k2 p2 ! πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ first finish of 2018, hopefully it will keep my husband warm working outside . . . #knittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #makeitwithmichaels

But, I have finished my first project of the year. I knit my husband a balaclava, something that he has been asking me to knit for him for entirely too long. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a lot more difficult than it ended up being. I used a free pattern (found here) and some yarn that my husband picked out, Loops & Threads Barcelona in the Onyx colorway. I like how the yarn knits up but I think it’s going to fuzz like crazy pretty easily, I can always knit him another. Hopefully, it keeps him warm for the rest of winter while he’s working outside.

 

β™₯ Casey