I am once again linking to Small Things yarn along, I've been gone for a while but still continued to knit and read!
Reading: Sherlock Holmes,by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,picked this one up to follow the Storytime monthly mystery sampler I am working on. I don't think I would have ever picked up this book on my own. Volume I is a collection of five books the edition I bought is the Signature Edition from Barnes and Noble, I like the timeline in the beginning of the book which takes you through events from the author's birth in 1859 to the fifth book in this volume The Hounds of the Baskervilles, 1902. I'm on the first book A Study in Scarlet where Holmes meets Dr. Watson. So far I think I am going to like this mystery.
Just finished The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I lovvved it! It was an adorable story and I wondered how they were going to do the ending, which is sort of magical. I'm sure most people have read this book but it truly was enjoyable to read about Mary Lennox and Colin Craven and their transformation in the secret garden. The edition I purchased is the Penguin Threads Classics and I love how they captured the backside of embroidery in the inside of the cover. It has a little bit of a lift on the embroidery on the front to give it a more realistic feel.
Last month I read Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, it was a lot shorter than I thought, also enjoyed reading. I bought the beautiful hardcover pink edition which contains the sequel Through the Looking Glass, plan to read too.
Cast on the second sock of the Embossed Leaves, so pretty!! I think this time the second one will get worked faster! I do have to say the double tubular cast-on took me many tries before I could count my number of stitches correctly, this time I followed this video , The yarn is from Leading Men Fiber Arts, Anne's Story colorway, not sure how long they will have it since it was created for the Anne of Green Gables Shawl knit-along, really beautiful post by Very Shannon.
I know the month has already started, but it has been awhile since I have posted and I wanted to say hello! This time of year is so busy and exciting, I love all things comforting...food, clothes, music, food, shopping (yes, even shopping!) sharing, giving, food, and making.
I have to admit that I have been on Instagram a lot and I love it! You can follow me I'm ravenramandmoon!
I've taken some cross-stitch projects on, (Christmas ones) and I may not be done in time!!!! I guess they will be ready for next year.
Also, Christmas decorations are coming up slowly around the house and hopefully I can take pictures and share those with everyone! (So excited!!! then I can move on to the cooking!)
Here is one of the cross-stitch projects the Christmas Celebration Sampler, still a work in progress but going to try real hard to finish before Christmas! It is being released as clues so there is still one clue left (the border-coming out this Friday, Dec.5th) and I'm sure it still will be available on their site. This one is Christmas spelled out and each letter representing a theme...C for Carolers, H for Hot cocoa and holly, R for Reindeer, I for Icicles and ice skaters...no point to keep going you can't see the rest since I haven't done them...haha!
I have been loving the calendars from Oana Befort's blog, here is the December one...too cute! The little hot chocolate mug on the bottom right!!! The link lets you download on desktop, iphone or ipad.
The Advent plan study resource...just a glimpse you really do not have to have it to be part of the study, but this one is adorable, includes songs, recipes and of course the readings. It's done with my favorite holiday colors, green and red.
I got A Christmas Carol in the mail today!!! This will be our family reading for the rest of the year. Remy has been excited to start this one, hopefully the other two will enjoy it as well! The book is a Penguin Classic, fabric bound in white with navy blue snowflakes, they are adorable!! The illustrations are black and white but have an old time feel, which I am enjoying this time of year. Hopefully no humbug for me! I am behind on my gift buying, but I am every year...
I have missed looking at everyone's books and knitting...I kind of been obsessed with Instagram!!!
Today is the first day of Soak's photo challenge for Quilters so there is still time to start on the first day! Last month was fun it was for knitters!
Okay today I'm linking with Ginny of Small Things in her weekly yarnalong!
"Let's All Be Brave" by Annie F. Downs. Just started reading last night and had to make myself put it down around 2am!!! I think some of it had to do with the Mocca Frappe from McD's I had around 8pm...The book was not what I had thought it would be, it's her stories of being brave and inspires you to be brave as well. She means brave as to grow, try, learn and not miss what you really want to do. So far it feels inspiring to do something as small in daily life to a major life decision! I've only read a few chapters but it is a good read. I'm not a very good book critic but when I finish I will describe the book more.
Almost finished with my Spate finger less mittens, I'm working on the hand part but should be done in a couple of days. Can't wait to do another project from this book! I'm using the yarn the pattern recommended (love) in a different color because they sold out of the cream color (it's actually called something else) and I have tons of yarn left over. I know because the mitten I'm working on I'm redoing. I actually didn't read the measurements correctly and made it really long...haha! Typical!
One of my friends suggested I photograph the process to document the work I do. This is probably the only time I did take pictures, thanks to my kids...so here you go, from finished to beginning. Journey of a birthday quilt!
my photo assistant!
me quilting, L took this one, she was so excited about taking pictures
sketched drawing next to sewing machine, it helps when I have to change directions
basted, rolled up, and ready for quilting, my son Ram took this one of me
this is the final layout, although I did go back and rip things and re-cut
work in progress
before I added the pictures, this was the first layout. takes all my living room and block one passage to the kitchen...It was fun to create something special!
Since this post was sitting in as a draft for a bit, the birthday boy has gotten his quilt and i'm told he loves it. YEA!!!