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On The Bookshelf: A Finished Book and Books to Read


I finished reading Any Dream Will Do (New Beginnings Series, #4) by Debbie Macomber.  I will say that I absolutely love Debbie Macomber’s books and have read the complete Blossom Shop Series and Cedar Cove Series, but this one was uniquely different and a nice change.

“God takes each one of us exactly where we are and so do I. Instead of focusing on the past, I prefer to look at the potential God has given each of us.”  ― Debbie Macomber, Any Dream Will Do

For those who might be interested, this book falls underneath Christian Fiction and each chapter alternates between the two main characters, Drew and Shay.  The story is about overcoming obstacles in life and how with those obstacles can be overcome with God’s help. It’s a heartwarming feel good book that I honestly could have finished in a day.

Upcoming for October …

Since I am at the end of September and October is just around the corner, I’ve lined up a collection of cozy murder mysteries.  I am starting The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah, the first book in her new Hercule Poirot series.  This book got very mixed reviews on Goodreads but that’s ok, as I have found what I like and others like often vary.  I know this is not an Agatha Christie book, but one written based on our beloved character, Hercule Poirot.  So far I am enjoying reading it.

‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered.  She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim... (From Goodreads)

I also plan to read Hallowe’en Party and a Treasury of Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie, as well as Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James. My mother-n-law also likes a good cozy mystery now and then, so for fun I purchased an extra copy of Hallowe’en Party to send to her along with her Halloween card.  I think she will like it!

What are you currently reading ?  

Any new authors that are new too you ?

Happy reading !


Friday Finishes: My Not So Boxy Boxy Sweater

Last weekend I finished and blocked my Worsted Boxy Sweater and I absolutely love how it turned out!  The reason I titled my post today “My Not So Boxy Boxy Sweater” is for the fact I made the size small, which I am so grateful I did.  I am short and a little plump, so a full blown version wouldn’t have looked so great on me.

Sorry that my photo is a bit dark.

I am also very grateful I ended up with a perfectly stripped sweater too! I wasn’t quite sure how it would look and was worried about pooling, but it’s just right!

The particulars…

Pattern:  Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Start Date: August 17, 2021

End Date:  September 17, 2021

Yarn:  Malabrigo Rios in the color Pearl

Total Skeins: 5 1/2 and I have 1 full skein left

Modifications:  I modified the neckline by knitting 2 rounds, then knitting 3 rounds of a k2, p2 rib, ending with 2 knitted rounds, then bound off.  For the sleeves, I used a size H crochet hook and worked a slipped stitch round so that I could pick up my 46 stitches for each sleeve.  This gave a much neater look and I also worked a k2, p2 rib(ending with k2 at the end of the round) instead of stockinette.  

So, will I make this pattern again?  It was a great project for mindless knitting and the shoulder construction was interesting but I’m not sure it’s one I would make again anytime soon.

Until next time, be creative!

Fun Things In the Mail

 I have been wanting to cross stitch lately for the holidays and so excited about the first few things I’ve received in the mail.

I love Halloween and Christmas, so I went rather wild and bought several new patterns that I can’t wait to start stitching.

Received from Anabella’s Shop 

Received from the Farmer’s Attic 

Received from Hollis Hands Create

There’s no way I will finish all of these in time, but at least I will have enough patterns to keep me busy for a while!

Until next time, be creative!

Happy Fall !


Happy Fall everyone!  

Tuesday WIPs - Everything !!!


I am on a knitting kick and have been rotating all three projects.  The socks however are on the back burner until I separate my sleeves for my  Nuuk sweater.  I will say though, I am at the point of creating the gusset for each sock, so that will go fairly quickly.  

My Nuuk sweater is knitting up fast and I love the Tartan color!!!  I can’t wait to see how this one turns out, it is after all my second favorite design to knit, my first favorite still being the Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits, which I may be casting on another Flax in the near future too.  

Another beautiful morning enjoyed on the patio with my knitting and coffee.  I do believe we are reaching the end of our summer heat here in Phoenix, which truly makes me very happy.

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 

Until next time, be creative!