Nor have I forgotten about my dear followers... Truth be told, my plate's been a bit full, as usual, and I've let the blog slip a bit since Christmas. The good news is that I've spent the past week not just catching up but getting a bit ahead. (Yay ME!) I've actually been keeping up with at least one of my New Year's resolutions as well as pushing forward with new designs. So here you go, the big rundown (and a shameless plug):
|Basketweave Scarf by Sarah Blalock|
Second, I decided I really needed to read more. This decision was a result of my downloading the Kindle app for PC. Of course, I downloaded the app (free from Amazon.com and available here) some time in November, but didn't even begin reading anything until December 29th! You see, I have a tendency to jump into things and throughly overwhelm myself. In typical "me" fashion, I began searching Amazon for free Kindle books and found that there are literally tens of thousands available if you share my areas of interest. I'm a nut for pre-20th century European literature and most books written before 1923 can be found for free or at ridiculously low prices. Between downloads and my Amazon wish list, I've got enough books to last me years if I never stop reading except for meals and bathroom breaks. However, I figure if I stop eating, the bathroom breaks would be greatly reduced. The problem is that I had given myself so many choices that I couldn't decide where to begin.
So what happened around Christmas that got me reading? Although I was an English major (who never finished college) I hadn't read a real book in several years. In fact, I'm not certain when I stopped reading or even which book was the last I read in it's entirety (the last one I started and didn't finish was Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan), so getting back into the habit wasn't so much difficult as it was "not so easy." Choosing a title was the hard part. Thankfully, a friend of mine gifted me with the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. That was better than hitting the Staples EASY button. I LOVE vampire stories, can't get enough of them as a matter of fact, so good or bad if the book's got a vampire in it, I'll at least read the first few chapters. I began reading Twilight on Wednesday, December 29th and finished Breaking Dawn (the fourth and, for now, final book in the series) on Wednesday, January 5th. I won't go into a full review. After reading the Twilight series, I needed more vamps, so I read The Bite of Silence by Mary Hughes (be warned, this one's vampire erotica and NC-17). Then I started Cries of Vampira, a novella by Sean H. Robertson. Thus far, I've read the first chapter and closed it for now. I was having trouble focusing on it because there were crochet projects that beckoned for my attention. Now my goal is to finish 20-30 books this year. I've posted a list at the bottom of my blog page so I can keep track and give each a rating. My current count is ten books finished and six more started.
|Bread Basket Kitchen Set|
Enjoy the pictures and check out the new patterns as I post them, will ya? Give me a reason to keep my aching fingers busy!