Friday, August 15, 2014

Words and Wool

I've been gravitating towards my simplest stitchery projects lately. The easiest thing available for any spare moment. That means crochet tea cozies. I use this pattern as a guide for my base.

And it means quilting with pearl cotton yarn in nice big running stitches and straight lines. Very fun and modern. It's working well for sitting at the school table with the kids. Maybe I'll have it finished next week! I am always inspired by The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking: 15 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty.

And I wanted to show you this beautiful, crochet blanket! I'd never seen cabling done with crochet before and I couldn't believe what an amazing result could be achieved with crochet!!! A friend of mine made this for her little baby who surprised everyone and arrived 6 weeks early! Didn't she do a beautiful job!!!

We are all so thrilled that this little one is doing so well!!! (Isn't he so cute?!) So here is the Ravelry Link for the blanket in case you are interested. And here is an article about the blanket.

And now for reading:

The Book of Stillmeadow by Gladys Taber. Another Taber book completed. I just love this writing! I read a few pages every evening and it is the best relaxant! I love her descriptions of real, every day life in the country.

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity by Meg Meeker. This was a very good book. I felt I needed something like this to begin the school year and I found it very helpful. (Ten Habits cover these topics: Value, Friendships, Faith, No Competition, Money, Solitude, Love, Simplicity, Fear, Hope) I've taken notes and I hope to revisit them throughout the year.

The Empty House by Rosamunde Pilcher. I took this off my British stash, feeling it was about time for another Pilcher since I love her stories so much. It was a quick, simple read but, as her stories always are, very satisfying.

Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, Book 2) by Jacqueline Winspear. Another mystery solved by the lady detective Maisie Dobbs in the 1920's or so in London. More great atmosphere and a good storyline involving the after effects of World War 1.

That's all for now! More ideas on knitting and reading can be found at Ginny's Yarn a Long.

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Lovella ♥ said...

Ah Heather.. you are so inspiring. Maybe this winter, I'll tackle a tea cozy.. They would make such great gifts. I'll look at the pattern.
I always enjoy seeing what you read. I've read Maisie Dobbs Birds of a Feather and have been thinking of reading more of that author. I'm almost finished reading Francine Rivers series Mark of a Lion. Also really enjoyed a new to me author Donna Leon who writes about a detective in Venice. So many good books to read.
I'll have to look to see if I have read The Empty House. I may have missed that Rosamunde Pilcher book.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I just finished the first Maisie Dobbs book and really enjoyed it.

Currently I'm reading the latest Wanda Brunstetter book that needs to be reviewed SOON!

I found out I could watch the Miss Marple episodes from the 1980s on the iPad the kids gave me for my birthday (used but in great condition) and that is what I did instead of reading.

Bad Brenda! Especially when you are to review a book soon. ;)

Pom Pom said...

Look at you go! You are a fantastic multi-tasker!