Thursday, 28 July 2016

SYNC Audio for Teens - Week 13


The next pairing of free audiobooks is now available.  For more information about this wonderful program, read my introductory post.  Remember, these are only available till August 3, 2016

 Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Needlework Tuesday - Almost as Good as a Finish

Wow it has been hot out.  The last week, I think that every day was at least 30C and a few were in the 33-34 range.  of course, it was those hottest days that we had booked a campsite.   Yes, we did go and it was hot hot hot.  We figured it would be fine as we were camped along side a lake, we'd be able to swim and soak all day.  Wrong, the lake is closed to swimming due to blue green algae . arg.  There was a small, but clean and cold pool which we did visit and chill in.  It may sound wrong, but i also brought a small fan with us and sat in it's breeze for hours.  Hubby then had it in the tent with him at night.

After arriving home, I was back at the sewing machine.  I was determined to finish all these blocks and get the rows stitched.  It now measures just over 80 x 80 inches.  I used about 3 1/2 metres of white and 1296 - 2 inch coloured squares.  I had pondered adding a couple of inches of border, but when I laid a strip on the bed, it hung over the sides a few inches.  Good enough. Once I get some batting, I'll be ready to quilt.

I have started the colour repeat on my afghan.  I am loving these colours.  All the white stripes are ten rows, the coloured ones vary.  Starting at the bottom, pink 8, beige 4, dark pink 8, light green 6, medium pink 10, and dark green 6. It should probably be long enough by the time I get back to the light pink.

Even with the air conditioning on, I find it warm to be sitting with an afghan on my lap.  Thank goodness for my room fan. I doubt I'll have it finished in time for the baby's birth, but with the temperatures lately, it won't be needed right away.

I hope that if you are experiencing high temperatures in your area, that you are coping and that it's not keeping you from your stitching.  Do you have any special methods you use to deal with the heat?

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

I hope that you are having fun and  making progress on whatever project is dear to your heart at this moment.  Mister Linky is waiting below for a link to your current post.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

SYNC Audio for Teens - Week 12


The next pairing of free audiobooks is now available.  For more information about this wonderful program, read my introductory post.  Remember, these are only available till July 27, 2016

 Mandela: An Audio History Hosted by Desmond Tutu Commentary by Nelson Mandela
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas

This was a good story that kept me interested to the last pages.

Sophie Shepard is unexpectedly drawn into a story almost three decades old when a stranger invites her to visit him on his death bed.  She arrives too late.  She's then torn whether to determine what he wanted to tell her, or to let these secrets remain untold.  Matters are complicated when she meets Dr. Drew McCarren, with whom she feels an immediate attraction. 

I enjoyed watching the growth of Sophie's relationships with the various people she met in the small town of Clearfield, Virgina.  They seemed to progress in a realistic manner and intensity.

Each time I thought I had figured out the mystery, author Mary Kay McComas added a further depth to it.  At the onset, I thought it was a simple question of who was Sophie's birth mother.  It became a story of small town dynamics and how the actions of a small number continue to ripple outward.

Cover image courtesy HarperCollins Canada

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Needlework Tuesday - A concerted effort at progress

 I want to get this quilt done.  When i was making up the guest bed the other day, I was trying to stretch a twin quilt over the top of a queen size bed,  It doesn't work.  This quilt is going to be a bit bigger so it should cover the mattress top with a bit to spare.  A small border would make it even better.

Not sure what to do for the machine quilting and am checking several sites/books.  I am planning to quilt it as I assemble it strip by strip.  I like this one by Lori at the Inbox Jaunt.  As she says, it would be a good lead in to quilting feathers.

After stalling for a little bit, I am back knitting.  This little blanket is looking for pretty that I am excited working on it.  it's a simple pattern that has been easy to work while I'm watching television.

For those of you who partake in the annual quilt shop hops, it's that time again.  One is a block hop with 14 shops participating.  I have six of the kits (free kit to make an 8 inch block) and am probably going to leave it at that.  The colours are earthy and appeal to me, though I don't really see myself making the full project, some blocks don't speak to me, and several shops are just too far away.   I have a few more patterns for the Row by Row Experience.  I really like the house and door motifs that many of the shops are featuring.  I can imagine myself making a quilt using a lot of these motifs. (wait a minute, I don't need to start any new projects, i have far too many on the go).

I have friends on both sides when it comes to partaking in shop hops.  Some go on everyone they hear about, and others can't see the appeal.  They shop where and when they want.  I am curious whether you participate in shop hops and what your shops do to entice you visit?

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

I hope that you are having fun and  making progress on whatever project is dear to your heart at this moment.  Mister Linky is waiting below for a link to your current post.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

SYNC Audio for Teens - Week 11


The next pairing of free audiobooks is now available.  For more information about this wonderful program, read my introductory post.  Remember, these are only available till July 20, 2016

 Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Needlework Tuesday - Making Amigurumis

Amigurumis and those cute little cuddly things that you can knit or crochet.  They serve no practical purpose. They are just cute and possibly fun to make.  They are also a challenge for me to spell, every single time.  There are patterns for thousands of  Amigurumi on Ravelry.  Daughter wants to make some for a friend. This is a good place to brush up on her crochet skills, which have been rather dormant.  The crocheted sandwich that I showed a few weeks back and the ice cream cones from a few years ago, fall into this category.

This time we are making a herd of cthulhu. Well, I don't know what you call a group of cthulhu, but it will be fun making them.   So far we have completed one body each. I chose the variegated as I thought it might be easier to show daughter the stitches.

Her aunt has given her and assortment of yarns to work with. Should keep her busy for a while.

We are using a pattern from the book Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden , published by Quirk Books. 

Pretty slim stitching to report this week. This past weekend hubby and I were camping, not a place to take the light coloured projects I am working on.  can you imagine me sitting in my lawn chair with a ball of that almost white yarn, working on the afghan, I move and ball rolls onto the dust at my feet.  eeks.

I do have more ambitious plans for this week, but they are just plans and subject to change.  Hope that you all had a wonderful weekend of sun and fun and maybe even a little stitching.   Be sure to leave a comment and better yet a link to your current needlework post.

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

I hope that you are having fun and  making progress on whatever project is dear to your heart at this moment.  Mister Linky is waiting below for a link to your current post.