[Book Talk & Knitting] Silence of the Lamb’s Wool (Yarn Retreat, #2) by Betty Hechtman

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When the Fall rolls in, I just love a good cozy mystery! This is still kind of a new development for me since I just started to love cozy mysteries last year. Once I learned that it wasn’t just mystery, but THEMED mystery, I was hooked! Some of my favourites involve knitting and crocheting, especially since they get me in the mood to knit and crochet when I read them!

Betty Hechtman’s crochet and knitting series are favourites of mine – they might be a little cheesy and predictable here and there, but they’re a lot of fun! I just finished reading the second Yarn Retreat book and loved getting back to Vista Del Mar and the cast of characters. How fun would it be to go to a yarn retreat? I would love to go spend a weekend with a group of like-minded people, crocheting or knitting up a storm and learning more about the craft.

Since I just started to love knitting, I just had to dive into the knitting project at the end of the book (I also made the Black and White Muffin recipe that was included, but they didn’t quite turn out, after an experiment to make an egg I didn’t have and the muffins having this super weird consistency, making them inedible. I’m betting the recipe would be wonderful when made properly!). It looked easy enough since there was a lot of increasing and it was just the stockinette stitch, but it was great practice! I’m just getting used to continental knitting so it’s always great to have practice to make it easier. And I used a yarn I had never used before, a homespun yarn, and while it was a little tricky at times, I might end up using it again!

So, in the end, this was a fun book and I look forward to reading the next one in the series – as well as continuing with her crochet series! I still yearn for some romance and maybe some of my least favourite characters to be put on the back burner, but it should be good. And I would by lying if I said I wasn’t also looking forward to the pattern and recipe in the back!

[Crafting] What’s Been Happening Lately & Learning To Knit

It’s been so long since my last post and I promise I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth! September has been a weird month. I haven’t been reading as much (though still probably more than some people) and haven’t been socializing too much on social media. I’ve been addicted to rewatching Gilmore Girls, in fact, and have spent the kids’ naptime and my mornings before they’re up rewatching all six seasons in anticipation of the new specials. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED for it to come back! As I watch, I’ve had a few thoughts:

  • Will Rory own a Kindle or an ereader of some kind? Or will she still only read physical books?
  • Will Rory end up with Logan? Will there be a new man?
  • Will Lorelei be married? She BETTER be married to Luke, dammit!
  • Will Lorelei or Rory own a Keurig? Or some kind of newfangled coffee machine?
  • Did Rory ever go to Fes?
  • Did Rory ever end up being a journalist?
  • Will Lorelei or Rory have another kid?
  • Is Chris FINALLY out of the picture? I swear, if Lorelei is married to him I’ll be so pissed off.
  • If Rory doesn’t end up with her other boyfriends (please don’t let her be with Jess or Dean – especially not Dean), what are they up to? Are they married and with kids? Is Dean still pining over her?
  • Is Taylor still a crazy person? And Kirk? Will there be any new Kirk specials like the film or the dance?

SO many questions! I seriously can’t wait for it to come back. It’s on my son’s birthday weekend, so I’ll have to introduce him to the wonders of the show.

My son started school this month and it’s been really good! He hasn’t started talking up a storm or anything, but he’s waving and waiting in a line before I go to pick him up. He’s not freaking out anymore when I drop him off and actually seems excited when we get there. We’ve got some pictures and crafts sent home already and apparently he’s doing well. Therapy days start for him soon and I’m interested to see how they work with the kids in the classroom. It’s a crazy new adventure for us!

My husband went away to Indiana for 6 days to visit his brother and I decided to try knitting again. My library had a knitting night last week and I was the only one who brought their crocheting (it was called a knitting night, but you could bring any yarn craft you were working on). I felt inspired to try again, since I had been trying knitting off and on for a few years now and never liked it.

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Surprisingly, it actually clicked with me this time around and I really, really like doing it! I worked on three projects while my husband was away and got used to knitting and purling, and recognizing the stitches, I learned how to do small cables, how to do increases and decreases, how to yarn over (which isn’t how I was doing it initially), and my knitting needle collection grew exponentially. I think we went to the yarn store three times while my husband was gone so I could buy supplies.

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I’m so happy with my first projects that I need to keep going! The hat is a gift for my cousin, who had a baby a few months ago. It’s made with the same yarn for the blanket I made for her baby and since winter is coming, I think it’ll be perfect! The dishcloth will be for me since it’s not perfect and I really need practice working with cotton yarn and knitting needles. And the cowl will go to someone, I’m not sure who yet … I have my Christmas list going for what to make for everyone and I have a surplus of items already made. I still have to figure it all out!

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Currently I’m working on a shawl for a gift and I’m going to try my hand at SOCKS! They seem so difficult right now but I can’t wait to try. I want to figure out how to use double pointed needles since they seem so intimidating!

What have YOU been up to lately? Anything crafty? Are you in a bit of a reading slump like I am? 

[Book Talk] Waiting On You (Blue Heron, #3) by Kristan Higgins (Audiobook)

waiting-on-youBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Read: September 2016

Blue Heron series

  1. The Best Man
  2. The Perfect Match
  3. Waiting On You

Synopsis:

Does being nobody’s fool mean that you’re nobody’s love?

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love—just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis, and staying more or less happily single. Ten years ago Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart—an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thank you very much. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting, and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them, but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

My Thoughts

Another wonderful instalment in the Blue Heron series! I loved this story and how it wasn’t just about two people meeting and falling in love. Lucas and Colleen have known each other forever so this book goes from the present to the past, talking about their rocky relationship, their ups and downs, their times together and times with other people. I kind of loved that idea, of two people already knowing each other for so long, even intimately, and now with outside circumstances bringing them back together again, they come to wonder what might have been and could it still be?

I loved Colleen. She was definitely a spitfire character who didn’t take any crap from anyone. And Lucas! In typical Blue Heron fashion, the male lead is not very likeable at first. This is no love at first sight, instalove story, thank god. This book had me holding on until the very end – SO many ups and downs between Lucas and Colleen, plus so many other things happening besides the romance of the story. In this series, family is so important. I love that we see the other characters we’ve met, like Faith and Prudence, we see the lovely Blue Heron again, we can almost taste the wine as we read … this is such a good series!

Amy Rubinate narrates the story wonderfully and I’m kind of sad my library doesn’t have the next two stories on audiobook because now that I’ve listened to the first two, I don’t want to read the rest of the series any other way! I think the thing that makes me like her is that it doesn’t sound like someone reading it. Does that make sense? I find that I can listen to this story and feel like I’m right there in the story like I’m observing it instead of being told it. I’m definitely interested in trying more of her titles!

I’m loving this series and look forward to reading the next books in it! I know I’ve said it in my last two reviews of this series, but I am loving Kristan Higgins. She’s so great!