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book catch-up

Yikes, I’ve fallen behind! Hopefully this summer we’ll be able to set up the hammock and I can read in the evenings. 🙂 Since I’m so far behind, I’ll just provide my basic ratings and the synopsis from Goodreads.

Title: Blue Asylumhttps://bookmagnet.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/blue-asylum.jpg?w=736

Author: Kathy Hepinstall

Pages: 288

My Rating: 3/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads): “Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing with him on notions of justice, cruelty, and property. On this remote Florida island, cut off by swamps and seas and military blockades, Iris meets a wonderful collection of residents–some seemingly sane, some wrongly convinced they are crazy, some charmingly odd, some dangerously unstable. Which of these is Ambrose Weller, the war-haunted Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris. The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded “water treatment.” She must escape, but she has found new hope and love with Ambrose. Can she take him with her? If they make it out, will the war have left anything for them to make a life from, back home? Blue Asylum is a vibrant, beautifully-imagined, absorbing story of the lines we all cross between sanity and madness. It is also the tale of a spirited woman, a wounded soldier, their impossible love, and the undeniable call of freedom. http://www.hmhbooks.com/blueasylum/ (less)”

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Title: On Turpentine LaneImage result for on turpentine lane

Author: Elinor Lipman

Pages: 240

My Rating: 4/5 (I listened to it and it was the perfect audiobook!)

Synopsis: “At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiancé is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state.) And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he’s Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence…”

 

 

first cardigan

Hello, hello! I hope you all have had a lovely May thus far. 🙂

With the warm weather comes a major dip in knit sales and interest, because who really needs a giant hat when it’s 80 degrees out? I decided to put my shop on vacation until the end of  the summer, and in the meantime I’ll work on updating and replenishing my winter stock as well as learning new things. High on that list was completing a pair of socks and a cardigan or sweater.

I found the pattern Catch & Release on Ravelry and it was instantly one that I was drawn to– it didn’t look overly complicated and I could wear it during the warmer months as it’s very lightweight. Continue reading “first cardigan”

april favorites [2017]

I feel like I say this every month, but can y’all believe that it’s nearly May?! It’s especially hard to believe as snow is falling outside and it’s cold enough that the kitties stay close by and snuggle instead of roaming around outside.

I’m planning on putting my shop in vacation mode starting May 1 in order to build up some stock over the summer and to be ready for fall (and Christmas) orders! It’s exciting to have a break in which I can learn to create new things and work on more summer-oriented knits. I’m finishing up the lightweight Marley shawl, which has been a work in progress for awhile, and bought the yarn to make the Catch & Release cardigan yesterday.

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Here are some favorites from April… Continue reading “april favorites [2017]”

faux fur poms

I recently decided to add faux fur pompoms onto my knitted hats and I am really happy with how they turned out! I was able to learn how to make them myself– definitely a fun and cost saving win. 👌🏻 My Etsy shop will be on vacation over the summer starting May 1, but these will be available upon request or in my shop come mid-September! 

march favorites

It’s crazy how blogging can get low on your list of priorities and then BAM, it’s a week into April and you haven’t completed even the favorites post!

March was pretty full of settling into the routine of a new job, which, for an introvert like me, is a feat in and of itself! I’m not used to a position with so many meetings, but it’s stretching in a good way. I am so happy in this new role with its responsibilities and the level of trust that my supervisors already display. It’s definitely feeling like a career job instead of a “starter” job, for which I am so thankful. Continue reading “march favorites”

the ice queen // book review

Title: The Ice Queen Image result for the ice queen alice hoffman

Author: Alice Hoffman

Pages: 211

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis [from Goodreads]: “Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning.

She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets–what turned one to ice and the other to fire.

A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, The Ice Queen is Alice Hoffman at her electrifying best.”
Continue reading “the ice queen // book review”

weekend at the ranch

My brother is home for spring break and my dad is recovering from spinal surgery so we’re down at the ranch this weekend. Knitting, alpacas, and pie making (apple and peach) are in the works!

What are you up to this weekend?

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fridays

One of the best parts of my new job is having Fridays off! I love the time that it gives me to catch up on house things, errands, and self care. Today I’m working on a project for myself from Mama in a Stitch and trying my hand at homemade apple pie, wish me luck!

What are you up to on this lovely day?

happy international women’s day!

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