On The Bookshelf: Currently Reading and Kentucky Love

     

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

    I LOVE books and reading of late has been so relaxing.  I have started to read about an hour before bed and about a half hour before I start to work.  I’ve noticed that I am starting to sleep much better, and I do believe it’s due to reading before falling asleep at night.

    Currently I’m reading The Right Attitude to Rain, the third in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith.  This series is just fun and quick to read, and a bit refreshing too! 

    I do have a fondness for Cozy Mysteries, and a few years ago stumbled across an awesome website that has a wonderfully ongoing curated list of books by many well known cozy mystery writers.  If you like a good cozy mystery like me, check out Cozy Mystery List.


    I have deep family roots in Kentucky, and when my hubby and I lived in Kentucky it felt like home.  I am hoping to some day return home, meantime I am finding Kentucky authors to support and love reading their books. Today I was happy to find a book that I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time and that has been in my Amazon wish list for quite a while.  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson, who lives in the beautiful blue grass state of Kentucky. 

    “Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s,  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.”


     I am looking forward to reading this book and happy to know that the author has a sequel coming out in 2022.  I also have two series I am looking to reading by Jan Watson, the Troublesome Creek Series, the Ship Rock Series and the Kentucky Mountain Series.

    Do you have a favorite author ?

    Friday Catch Up

    I truly have nothing new to report regarding my knitting projects other than the fact I finished my heel on my Hermiones Every Day Socks and will have this sock finished by the weekend and hopefully will be casting on the mate.  I have just joined a second skein of yarn for my Glamrock Tee but haven’t really worked on it much. Since Fridays tend to be a little quiet for me at work,  I am thinking today is a good day to continue working on it so I can make a little more progress.

    Glamrock Tee progress photo 

    I am resisting casting on two sweaters right now, but I may not be able to resist much longer.  I purchased a sweaters worth of Sirdar Jewelspun in three colors to make a Cabled Pullover , Top Down Flared Open Cardigan and a Raglan Sweater.

    Photos Courtesy of Sirdar


    I am thinking I will start with the Raglan (far right),then the cardigan and then the Cabled Pullover (far left).  For some reason I am on a sweater knitting kick and want to knit all the sweaters right now.


    For the weekend …

    I am so happy that hubby and I have a three day weekend off together!! We don’t have too much planned other than antiquing and lunch out.  We are hoping to try a few new restaurants and of course go to a favorite.  It’s so wonderful to see peoples faces again and the smiles.  Last year  is a year I hope I never see again in my lifetime (enough said).

    I do want to share a yummy breakfast casserole recipe that I make often and only change it up a bit by adding a couple of chopped up Jimmy Deans sausage.  It’s the Best Bacon Crescent Casserole on Delish. 


    We make ours in a 12” cast iron skillet and it always comes out perfect!




    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you are able to enjoy all the things you love.

    Until next time, be creative!

    Wednesday WIPs and A Bit of Planning

     

    "We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves." - Ellen White

    This week has been busy.  Between work, taking care of our home and taking our sweet boy to the park, I haven’t really had too much time to knit, or work on any other crafty endeavors. But that’s ok, I like being busy and taking care of the things that matter the most to me.

    On Monday I casted on the Glamrock Tee by Tatsiana Matsiuk. I decided to use my recently acquired Lion Brand Re-Up yarn in Gray for this project and so far I am liking how it is knitting up.  This is a very simple design, making it the perfect project for working on throughout my work

    Courtesy of Tatiana Matsiuk


    Glamrock tee is beautiful summery top which is knitted with sport weight yarn in no time. Top features boxy silhouette with plenty of positive ease, boat neckline and dropped shoulders. Beautiful lacy stitch around shoulder area combined with stockinette stitch and simple ribbing. Front and back of the tee knitted bottom up in stockinette stitch with simple lace around shoulders. After front and back are completed and shoulder seams sewn, the stitches picked up for sleeves bands. The tee knitted with positive ease 10-15 cm. - From the designers description on Ravelry

    I am still working on my toe-up version of Hermiones Every Day Socks and really do like the textured look.  This pattern truly was perfect for the Patons Kroy I’m using and to me it’s a match made in heaven!


    I just received my latest issue of MaryJane’s Farm and can’t wait to read it.  I love this magazine, it’s always full of interesting articles, stories and yummy recipes and it’s one of the very few magazines I subscribe to.

    I have been thinking about what flowers and herbs I want to plant this year and definitely want herbs for cooking, and even tea. Having a tea garden has always fascinated me, so this year I plan to try a few herbs and flowers specifically for herbal tea blends.  If your are interested in growing plants for tea, check out Growing Your Own Tea Garden by Jodi Helmer.  The best part of growing many of the herbs I am choosing for my garden is that I use them in every day cooking, so it’s definitely a win-win.

    I am also deciding on what flowers I want to pot too.  I love old fashion garden flowers, so pansies, stock, alyssum and daisies will be a few favorites that will definitely be in pots around our patio. I am also planning on a few hummingbird friendly plants too.  So many decisions to make, but the best part, I have three months to decide before I go on a plant buying spree!

    Have a wonderful day my friends and until next time, be creative!

    Friday FO: A Finished Pair of Socks

    Last Friday I shared that I had finished my first sock (the one I had started back in April) and had casted on the mate. While I had a strong urge to cast on many things, I focused entirely on my second sock and was able to finish it on Wednesday, meeting my personal deadline of completing this project by the end of June.  It feels so awesome to finally finish a project that has been languishing in my knitting bag since

    I am so happy that I now have a completed pair of socks and I really love using Wendy Johnsons technique of a gusset with a slipped stitch heel.  

    I did modify the stitch count to meet my needs and created a cheat sheet for future sock knitting.  If you enjoy toe up sock knitting, but miss a slipped stitch heel, definitely give Wendy’s pattern a try.

    So not that this pair of socks are finished, I am casting on another toe up in Patons Kroy in the color Seashell (beige, cream, bluish green). Aren’t these colors pretty and so soft looking too !  I have decided to make a pair of Hermoines Every Day Scoks, a Harry Potter inspired design by Erica Lueder of Dreams in Color.



    Courtesy of Dreams in Fiber


    I hope this week has been successful for you as well and that whatever you have been working on has brought you joy and satisfaction.

    Until next time, be creative!

    On My Needles…. Hermiones Every Day Socks

    So I casted on a new pair of socks, and as mentioned in Friday’s post  decided on Erica Lueder’s pattern, Hermiones Every Day Socks.  




    The pattern is written for cuff down socks but I have decided to make toe up and will be using the slipped stitch heel method as I did in my last pair of socks.  The above photo was taken Friday morning and I am now on the increase section for the gusset.  I absolutely love the color of the yarn and believe this was the perfect pairing of yarn and design.

    This weekend I made the decision to step away from Instagram for a while.  I allowed myself to be sucked back into it a few months ago but feel I need to let it go.  I want to spend more time doing things I truly enjoy instead of spending mindless hours of scrolling.

    The only other projects that I have finished are these two art journal pages.  I love them! The one Bible verse that keeps coming back to me is “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” - Colossians 3:2 This verse is the other reason I have stepped away from Instagram.  I no longer want, or need, to be part of the world. I only need to be part of God’s world, and in a nutshell, social media is not for me and I can find the inspiration I was looking for elsewhere (nature and books).



    Now to decide on what to draw next, and what fiber projects I want to tackle.

    Until next time, be creative!

    Hello July

     


    I am so amazed how quickly June went by and now now it’s already the month of July.  Time to plan for projects to work on for the next few months, which means a few more sweaters that I want to knit before it gets chilly here in the “Valley of the Sun”.  I hope to make a least four more pairs of socks too, we will see.

    Until next time ~ be creative !