Saturday, September 3, 2016

August Recap


1. Under the Devil's Wing by T.S. Barnett
2. Far East Stories by Edward Dolch
3. A House in Peking by Robert Payne
4. Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
5. Autumn Princess, Dragon Child by Lian Hearn
6. Revisionary by Jim C. Hines
7. The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World Of Japanese Running by Adharanand Finn
8. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
9. Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

1. Tall Kitty amigurumi
2. 3 Pokeball amigurumis
3. Bubble Pop Chibi Kitty amigurumi

Cross Stitch:
1. JBW French Country Owl

Hi, everyone. It looks like I did more reading than crafting, but I have been stuck on a doll amigurumi pattern for the last part of the month. The pattern calls for a 2.5 mm hook, which has taken me a bit to get used to. While I like how the doll is coming along, the crochet instructions can be confusing sometimes. I am hoping I can finish that doll sometime this month.

In terms of reading, lots and lots of fun books. There wasn't a bad book in the bunch. My favorite series so far is The Tale of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn. There are four books in the series, which the author has released back to back since June. I have the third book in the series, but I am waiting until it gets closer to the release date of the last book so I can go and buy that before reading the third book. (I promise there is a weird bookworm logic to that!! >-<)

I've caught up on Jim C. Hines Libriomancer series after getting the recent book in the series from the library. It's a great story following a group of individuals called the Porters, who can access books magically. I love Jim C. Hines writing style, fun, sarcastic, and witty. Not to mention, plenty of geeky book references. If you're a bookworm, you'll love the series. The bad part about being caught up is waiting for the next book to come out......sigh......lamenting of a bookworm's soul.

With cross stitching, I was able to work a bit on my Sampler 4 Saisons pattern and I started two new projects, one of which I finished, the JBW French Country Owl. The other is by The Primitive Hare called Witch's Kitchen. I ran across The Primitive Hare's patterns on Pinterest and knew I had to stitch up at least one of them for the fall/Halloween season.

In other cross stitch news, I ordered some fabric and threads from Needle in a Haystack. Looking through the Just Cross Stitch 2016 Halloween issue, I fell in love with the Potions, Brews, & Spells pattern by Cherished Stitches. It took me a while to find a shop that carried the required fabric. One of the ladies at the needlework shop said that they were out of stock of the color I needed, but that they could order it. I'm hoping it comes in sooner than later ^___^ It should be an interesting experience as I've never stitched on that color or brand of fabric. It's a grey color fabric.

I'm off to wander to my local Michael's to look at their fall/Halloween items and later on I am meeting my friends at the Charlotte-Conde museum house downtown. My friend Kristina has a groupon, which makes it even better. I've never been to this museum house as I never remember it because it is hidden around the corner from Fort Conde. I can't wait to see a 'new' museum house!

Until next time ^____^


  1. Good morning, Rachel. I love fall "stuff". I took a little trek through Michael's last week. I could do my whole house in pumpkins. LOL

    If the Needle in the Haystack is the one in Alameda, Ca, they do have beautiful fabric. I used to stop whenever I went to the Bay Area to visit my son. They downsized their storefront a while ago, but still pack a lot of stuff in a tiny space. LOL I hope you can get the linen you are looking for...what is the brand and color? If you can't get it, I might have some in stock. LOL Just let me know.

    1. If I could, I would follow your thoughts exactly! Pumpkins everywhere! Lol

      It's dolphin linen by Weeks Dye Works. I'm hoping they can order it without much hassle :)

      Have a great Labor Day. I hope you were able to get your well up and running again :)