Something Else Sunday #10

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Well, this is about the extent of my fall decorating. Hehe. Next year…next year!

This week…well. It’s sucked, mostly, to be honest. I didn’t get much reading done. Work was just blah. Issues is…issues. I have them. ๐Ÿ˜› My writing mojo has officially up and left me, despite receiving some lovely snail mail. I only sent one letter…apologies to all my lovely penpals. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve just had no inspiration and my overall mood has been rather on the blue side and I hate writing letters that sound that way.

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I did finish this little guy. He’s not perfect but I think he’s cute – especially for my first finished crochet project in about 7 years! Edited to add credit where credit is due: the pattern is Foxy Fox Lovey, by Briana Olsen. ๐Ÿ™‚ The granny squares from a couple of weeks ago never got finished into anything, sadly. Maybe one day I’ll find the motivation to weave in all those ends. Or not. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Also went to see this re-enactment of the Battle of Nakdong River, which was pretty cool and included paratroopers and the South Korean Air Force’s “Black Eagles.” I was actually really impressed by the fighters…I’ve seen quite a few air shows, but never a performance of 8 fighters flying in formation.

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Books! I received TWO book boxes in the mail this week, both of which made me squeal and dance up and down. I already reviewed the September Lit-Cube, and this week a review of the September OwlCrate will be coming. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m also in the middle of The Dream Thieves. I’ve kind of been dragging my feet on it, purely because I’m enjoying it and I really like the vibe all the characters have right now and I’m kind of scared to see what happens.

September is almost over, can you believe it? I’m going to take a step back from my current TBR list in October, and read mostly atmospheric, creepy stuff that’s been somewhere in my list but put off for the right time. Like Dracula. I’ve never read the original Dracula, can you believe it? I’ve been dredging up recommendations for various sources and am putting together a list. They won’t all necessarily be HALLOWEEN themed, but atmospheric enough to invoke the spirit, if that makes sense.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Something Else Sunday #9

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I desperately NEED this wreath.

Where is September going?? How is it halfway over already? I don’t really mind, since October is one of my favorite times of year. Spring is my absolute favorite, but I love all the changes of the season. Also I’m slightly obsessed with decorating for Halloween and Christmas. I’m trying really hard to restrain myself this year because I don’t HAVE that many decorations and BUYING them would mean shipping them all home in the spring. It’s soooooo hard!

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Sir Tristan says hello from the throne of the Most Adorableness.ย 

Tristan is being his usual cute self, supervising everything I do most closely.

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This week I got a little more spinning done, but no pictures because it looks exactly the same as the OWL yarn (green/black) from a couple of weeks ago, and I don’t have another finished skein yet! I was unexpectedly bit VERY HARD by the crochet bug after finishing that little granny square last week, and, um, well. It multiplied. How that’s possible, I’m notย quiteย sure, but this was the result. I learned to connect the squares without ever breaking the yarn, which was HUGE as you can see the number of ends still waiting to be woven in here. Also, I’m not entirely sure what this is. I just wanted to practice my crochet, haha. I have many new diabolical plans now. Hehehehe.

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These happened today. The perfectly swirled frosting really made me happy. I know the season is slightly off, but oh well. ๐Ÿ˜›

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This was a good week for reading! I finished 3 books, posted 2 reviews, and will have a review of the now very controversial The Cruelty up on Monday or Tuesday. Right now I am very happily reading (finally) The Dream Thievesย and hopefully will get that reviewed this week too!

Hope you all are enjoying the last few days of summer! What’s your favorite thing about autumn? Mine is undoubtedly all the coziness imbued in the season. Hand knits, crackling fires, hot chocolate, heavy blankets…ahhh.

 

Something Else Sunday #8

I seem to have a trend of these being late now. Oops. Also, I only got ONE review posted last week! But you know, life happens. This weekend though, I did get TWO books finished!

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Here’s Sir Tristan being cute as can be while I start on my new BIG project. The claws are not actually hooked into my leg, just lightly into my jeans. Haha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did a lot of making on little stuff this week. Blanket squares, test skeins. However, I also managed to finish the first re-knit sleeve for my Vivian.

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Also finished the first skein – a mini one, to test out the ply, etc. – on my BIG project.

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This is eventually going to become a Thoth shawl.

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Which has this awesome phases of the moon design.

I also decided on a whim to try to pick up my crochet hook for the first time in about 6 or 7 years. And I’m feeling the beginnings of a relapse. I can’t stop looking at crocheted blankets on Revelry.

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Then there was a tiny little bookmark for a friend, in a lovely autumnal orange. I’ve been wanting to use that word all week. Autumnal. It looks so lovely written down but it’s such a bitch to say, my tongue always trips over it.

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Hmm. So maybe all that explains why I didn’t get but one review written! Haha. However, I went on a slight – just a slight – Terry Pratchett binge and finished two books in as many days. One of my goals for this year was to read through the ones sitting on my shelf that I’ve never got to, so this was actual progress (covers link to GoodReads).

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Next up is a re-read of Sourcery, and then on to the next one I haven’t read, Wyrd Sisters. In the meantime, I’m reading the 4th in Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series, Royal Blood. Which is amusing so far…I’m hoping it doesn’t delve into the supernatural, but stays in the scientific and rational side of things like they’ve done so far. This one is set in Transylvania, so we’ll see.

I can’t wait to see what everyone is reading this week! Off to poke through my Bloglovin’ feed. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great week!

 

A New Venture!

Well, through all the mad-insane-crazy (yes, I needed ALL the adjectives, precious) creating I’ve been doing lately, I’ve come up with a new venture. In my frantic quest for kitten-proof bags for my knitting and spinning projects, I discovered that probably the best way to get exactly what I wanted was…to make my own! I’ve become a little bit obsessed, which made me start thinking, which made me start researching, which gave me a whole slew of ideas…

Why yes, the print on this bag is sideways. Hence prototype (i.e., I didn’t have enough fabric if I turned it the other way…).

I’ve re-opened my Etsy store, under a new name – Bent Needle Designs. The pics are my samples/prototypes of bags that either are or will eventually be in the shop. I love modern fabric prints and high quality materials – two things I rarely find combined in project bags (though there are a couple lovely makers out there that I love). I have a lot to learn about having a business, but right now I’m having a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eventually I hope to offer things other than just project bags, but for now I have a million ideas floating around in my head for new bags and new designs, and there are so many lovely new fabric lines coming out right now! To celebrate both spring and the grand opening of the store, there is free domestic shipping (discounted international) for the month of April. I hope you’ll pop over and have a look, and use code BLOGLOVE for an extra 10% off. ๐Ÿ™‚