Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Knitted Dishcloths/Washcloths

These are some small projects that I have done while at the doctor's office and watching tv. Since I don't need as much yarn compared to working on a scarf, so it easily fits into my purse or small container to take along. Obviously, the dishcloths/washcloths aren't this big, but I wanted to show the varied and vibrant colors.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dewey's Readathon Wrap Up and Review

I only read about 70 pages on Saturday of The Plain Choice. However, since then I have finished that book and started and finished Fruit of All Evil. I don't think I did too bad in challenge, as at least it got me motivated to finish two books in the next few days.

The Plain Choice wasn't really what I expected it to be, and I was disappointed in it. I felt that it focused too much on her early life before even becoming religious, and then not enough when she "joined" the Amish faith. Which brings me to the issue that it never says she actually joins the church, perhaps she does later on after they move for the last time, but it is never mentioned. Most of the later book focuses more on her daughter. It also in the prologue mentions her sister and what happens to her, but it never went really back to why her sister became that way or what happened afterwards (which I was expecting there to be some update on a little bit). I think it needed to be much longer as it was a pretty short book. I give it a 2.5 out of 5.

Fruit of All Evil was a little slow for me to get interesting. This is the second book in a series, but it is one of those that you don't really have had to read the first book in order to read this one. The main character Becca sells jams and preserves at a farmer's market run by her fraternal sister. Becca' friend from the farmer's market named Linda, who is going to be getting married, and suddenly her future mother-in-law is murdered. Becca want's to try to find out who the murder is as the wedding has been canceled. Linda's groom Drew wanted them to get married fast as he is in the military and going to be deployed soon on a secret mission. There is a long list of who wanted Drew's mother Madeline killed, as she wasn't the nicest of people.  One thing I think is a little weird is that Becca's sister isn't really involved in the sleuthing that much, which kind of surprises me. I think Becca is kinda mismatched with her boyfriend and think she will eventually be with someone else, or perhaps that is my wishful thinking. Overall, I didn't think this book was bad but not as good as the first one. I give it a 3.5 out of 5, as it did take my so long to get interested in this one, after that it picked up for me.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Deweys 24-HR Readathon Sign Up

I forgot to previously post what books I will be reading tomorrow for the readathon. It will be a short list and includes one that I have been currently reading;

  • The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore (I think about 30% percent completed, it is a pretty small book)
  • A Daughter's Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Fruit of All Evil by Paige Shelton
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
I am not going to list more as I don't think I will be even able to complete all of these.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spin List Book and other news

The Classic Club Spin book I ended up getting was one I was actually dreading to read,  I had thought previously of changing the position of the book on the list but never did, of course that is the book that made the pick. I had tried to read it before and just couldn't get into The Heart of Darkness and other stories by Joseph Conrad. I have been sick since a few days before the start of October so haven't actually restarted to read it yet. The date I need to have it read by is December 1st, so assuming I can get into the book I don't think it will be a problem. I realized that there are at least one book that I have read for the classics club, but haven't reviewed it yet. I plan on participating this Saturday (depending on where you live) in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, not sure which books I will read for that, but plan on posting about it on Friday. I have a feeling it will mostly consist of library books and other put down books I haven't gotten back too. Other than that I have gotten quite a bit more done on Mr. Crafts4others scarf for his belated birthday. I need to get back to working also on Christmas gifts, some of them will be relatively simple to do and others not as much. A cousin is getting married in December so I need to make a gift for that as well, I think I will either make her a table runner or placemats with reproduction 1930's fabric (she likes vintage items as well).

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Books I have chosen for the latest Spin...

Ah, it is time to have another Classics Spin!   The rules are that I need to pick 20 books from my Classics Club list that I still need to read. I have a few books on my list that I had previously started reading but than never finished as of yet, so I will list those first with an asterisk, then any others I want to read.

1. Heart of Darkness and Selected Stories by Joseph Conrad*
2. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau*
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
4. Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens*
5. Poor Folk and other stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky*
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
7. The Death of Ivan Ilych and other stories by Leo Tolstoy*
8. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy*
9. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen*
10. Germinal by Emile Zola*
11.  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
12. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
13. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman, Jr.
14. The Letters of the Rozmberk Sisters
15. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
16. The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper
17. Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
18. The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln
19. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
20. The Kilvert's Diary

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sweet Potatoe Harvest

Yesterday finally made 90 days since I had planted some potato slips I had purchased. I had never grown them before and put them in 3 containers. The harvest wasn't great but at least I did get some. I think perhaps I put too many plants in each container, as they had two or three per each.

I definitely don't have to worry about us being sick of sweet potatoes by time the winter is over, lol.

Friday, September 23, 2016

First Knitting Projects

I completed watching the SlowTV knitting series on Netflix and have since completed two knitting projects. I knitted along while watching the series.  The first project I completed was a washcloth.

The second item I made was a dishcloth, I like them a little bigger than probably normal, enough so it is slightly bigger than my hand.

My most recent project I have started on is a scarf for my husband's upcoming birthday. I have been knitting so far for about two weeks and think I am making good progress. This stitch, the garter stitch, is the most basic of all the different types of stitches. After I make the scarf I plan on learning the purl stitch, and gradually add more as I feel that I accomplished the previous one.