Posted in BOOKS, Hobbies, Personal

Books in September

September is always a very very busy time in this household.                                               But I still try to read – even just a few pages before I go to sleep.

So here are the books I currently read and I have ready to start (one of which I am awaiting arrival).

–          Still reading >> The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I think this one takes me a while because I know how it goes since I have watched already Season 1 of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments  on Netflix.

–          I am also still on >> An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon

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I fear this story is losing me a little, there is only so much DAILY life I need to read about… but I will persist to see where it ends.

–          I have finally bought >>Empire of Storms, the latest book in the Throne of Glass series by  Sarah J. Maas

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This one I cannot wait to get stuck into. I always seem to pick book series that are not finished and am surprised that I need to wait…

–          The last one for this month >>> Theft of Swords (Book 1 in the The Riyria Revelations) by Michael J. Sullivan

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I have picked this one out of interest when I came across these recommendations by thelittlebookowl. This is a great little blog > go on and have a look at it.

There you have it; life seems pretty dull and boring without my books. Feel free to check them out or add some of yours in the comments.

 

Until then as always – stay safe J. xx

Posted in Hobbies, Personal

Leftovers….

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Now that I have actually finished my Cosy Stripe Blanket and some fingerless gloves in between I am ready for some smaller and quicker projects.

After cruising the interwebs and looking through my leftover yarn stash I decided that these coasters by Marinke (Wink) are the perfect way to use my leftovers from the foxy gloves I made a view months ago for my daughters upcoming trip to Europe.

Only difference really is that I made a set of 6 🙂

Best thing about them: they are easy, quick and a perfect Christmas present (yep, don’t get me started but I hate to break it to you it isn’t that long to go). I know exactly whom to give it to.

With that I have started officially thinking about this years presents – have you?

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As always – stay safe. Love J. xx

Posted in Hobbies, Personal

Cosy Stripe Blanket (Attic24)

I am so proud of myself. Yep, this is how I am starting this post 🙂

My biggest project yet – let me re-phrase this: my biggest completed project yet is finished!

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Attic24Cosy striped blanket is here albeit not for long. It will make the trip to Europe in less than 3 weeks to help my nearly 98-year old Purzel-Oma to stay warm while thinking of us here in Oz.

I found this project while I was looking to crochet something that would take me a little longer, would be a bit bigger and completely different from all my other things I have ever done.

Yes, this is also my very first blanket and how much I enjoyed doing it.

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Lucy is the name behind Attic24 and is full of creative handcrafts and projects. I highly recommend you to check it out.

So here it goes:

I have Lucy’s website Attic24 bookmarked as I find a lot of fun projects on it. Most of her patterns are in UK terms and it is great that she actually specifies that very fact. I find that extremely helpful.

Anyway – back to the Cosy Stripe Blanket, let’s get started:

Best thing, it uses only one stitch: the Treble Crochet (or DC in US terms):

tr [treble] – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through the stitch (3 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops

The pattern is also step-by-step accompanied by pictures if you need some visual help.

Next we are required to have 15  x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK but as always I needed to find an alternative and used 4 Seasons Marvel 8 Ply Yarn from Spotlight .

The colours I chose were: mint, cerise, laguna, aqua, green, pink, orange, lemsor, flesh, royal blue, sungold, lime, purple, saxe and claret.

Before I started I needed to get my colour sequence in order. To do that I cut from each ball about 10cm and arranged the strings until I was happy with the order. I sticky-taped the sequence to the back of the printed pattern and with the recommended Size 4 hook I was ready to get started.

For you guys that started following me you will know that I learned the Foundation Single Crochet stitch which replaces the chain and subsequent first row of stitches with the Fox Fingerless Gloves.     I did use them here again and am pleased to say it looks a lot tidier for me as my chains are very crooked.

I wasn’t too worried about the measurements of the end result which actually is 145cm x 147cm; nearly square without intention. However when it came to the edging I did get quite worried about having enough yarn left, so I decided to finish the blanket with 2 colours short off completing the full sequence in the hope that it will leave me with enough yarn for the  first two rounds of edging. I knew the 3rd round was easy enough and not very yarn hungry but the last and 4th did get me worried. But as can be seen – all is well and there is still plenty left.

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There you have it; I can just imagine my beautiful Purzel-Oma (grandma, in case you are wondering is named after her most treasured late cat) sitting on her balcony with this blanket on her knees for comfort and warmth, a cuppa in her hands and thinking of us. Bliss ♥♥♥

Until then – stay safe peeps. J xx

Posted in Personal, pets

My pets #2

Love is a four-legged word

Apologies if this took a little while. I have been having a bit of a lazy period lately 🙂

But to get to the subject matter; as promised in “My Pets #1” here is the story about another of my past fur babies.

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“Baby” our very first kitty cat in Australia was also a rescue from the RSPCA. We were told that she had been a minimum of 18 months when we got her but our vet agreed with us that she most likely was about 6 month younger than the estimate.

This one was quite the fighter; I could not take her home immediately as she had to be desexed first. In Australia, animal shelters cannot re-home dogs and/or cats unless they are desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped. I returned to the RSPCA to pick her up on the day of her surgery. Although I was very careful when handling her she must have felt pain > she bit me.

Not knowing when I received my last Tetanus I had to take a tour to my Doctor and get a shot.

Baby was – as all my cats were and still are – an indoor cat only. We never therefore had to worry about car accidents, cat fights and other injuries outside the home. All we had to do is accustom her to our Rick and give her everything a feline friend could possibly want. Besides, where I live – we have a 24 hour cat curfew. This means one has to try to keep the cat within ones own property boundary at all times. Hello – we are talking cats; the jump, claim and whatnot. So – for me indoors it will always be.

Baby lived with us 10 years until I had her too sent over the rainbow due to acute kidney failure.

We had to let go of her on 16 July 2008.

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R.I.P my “Baby”, you too shall never be forgotten. xxx