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It was a dark and stormy night…

Making progress on the Fall Seasons Shawl

Making progress on the Fall Seasons Shawl

Not really. I woke up this morning to the most brilliant sunshine I’ve seen in a long time. Upon opening the curtains I realized why it was so bright – there was a thin layer of snow on everything, reflecting the light like thousands of diamonds. It seems fitting that I’ve finally reached the ‘icicle’ section of my Seasons Shawl. I just have 13 rows left, and that’s including the bind-off row. The end is in sight!

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River of Stars – First Impressions

I’m making progress on my final Evergreen book. Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars is very different from my usual choice of reading material. I’m about halfway through and I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. There are a lot of characters and lots of seemingly insignificant details that turn out to be important so I really need to concentrate when reading this, but it’s nice to lose myself in a story.

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Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

After completing my Beatnik I decided to reward myself with a few hexipuffs. Technically, the Beekeeper’s Quilt is on my WIP list, so I’m not actually cheating. But I’m trying to work on projects with an end in sight first so I can cross them off the list. I think from this point onwards I’m going to use hexipuffs as a reward for completing other WIPs.

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Seasonal Hexipuffs

I based these seasonally inspired hexipuffs on Maple Wool Farm’s jacaranda tree pattern, just changing the colours where appropriate.

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A Different Kind of WIP

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Bookish quilt in progress

 

I have five knitting WIPs left. I haven’t even begun to tell you about the sewing WIPs. At the top of my list is this quilt I’m working on using the ‘Library Stacks’ kit from Connecting Threads featuring their Bookish collection. This fabric collection is inspired by libraries and librarians, and it came out just as I finished library school – so of course I had to buy it. I’ve already made a bag out of this fabric collection (another great CT kit), and I’ve got enough fabric for another undecided project after the quilt. Yeah, I really love this fabric!

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The Cat

There’s only one thing to say about Edeet Ravel’s The Cat: Wow!

This was by far my favourite book among the Evergreen Nominees. Ravel’s writing is amazing; I didn’t feel like I understood the Elise – I felt like I was Elise.

This was admittedly an incredibly depressing book, especially at the start. But I love that things change so slowly that you don’t even really notice. It’s the same old day-to-day and then suddenly it isn’t. My one gripe with this book is its ending, everything just wraps up too neatly.

There are just two books left on my list, one I’m looking forward to and one I’m not. I’m not going to say which is which because opinions change.

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Another Book Down

Number seven on my Evergreen reading list is done. I finished Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian the other day. It really got me thinking about First Nations issues, things that aren’t usually at the forefront of my mind.

King’s writing is amazing – it’s like he’s speaking directly to you. There was one chapter in particular that I found a little tedious, there were just so many lists of names that I ended up skimming them. On the last page of the chapter he wrote something along the lines of “My wife says there are too many lists and that no one actually reads them. I know that but I just wanted to see their names in print and I wanted you to see them too.” Well, after that I made sure to read each and every name very carefully.

Now I’m onto Edeet Ravel’s The Cat. As a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady I’m already intrigued.