Washcloths

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Girl Lacer has started to show interest in washing her face (yay, I’ve been trying for years!), so she asked for some flannels, now I know I could have just gone down to Boots but the old ‘why buy something when you can make it’ kicked in, never mind the fact that I still had to go and buy the 100% cotton wool to do it.

I used the log cabin washcloth pattern from Purl Bee and I have to admit I didn’t totally understand it and I did bodge it a bit, the picking up stitches bit was hard, but I am still pleased with the results and more importantly, so is Girl Lacer. She’s been poorly recently, so the wet flannel on the head treatment came in very handy (I knitted the one with the light blue centre first, which is the one she’s been using, which is why it looks almost twice as big as the one on the left, which I’ve only just finished, I guess once wet, that one too will increase in size).

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #2)Finders Keepers by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a while to warm to this book, but by the end I really loved it. It’s a sequel of sorts to Mr Mercedes. It tells the story of another family affected by the Mercedes Killer. The father’s injuries compound the effect of the recession, so when the son, Pete, discovers a secret cache of stolen money and notebooks from a murdered reclusive author, he uses it to help the family. Of course things don’t go easy and soon Pete needs retired detective Hodges help.

The book though is really about how far some fans obsessions can go and reading internet comments about some popular forms of entertainment, the sense of entitlement, I can well believe it.

And finally I really like how King has built upon the characters of the first book and I really like how he’s set the stage for what proves to be a really creepy third book.

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On the menu – more Thug Kitchen

Tuesday

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I made the roasted beet and quinoa salad from Thug Kitchen, except I didn’t have any quinoa or kale (another ingredient), so I used bulgur wheat and just missed out the kale. It was still pretty gorgeous, the roasted beetroot was really moorish and the simple mustard dressing was really nice. Another hit for Thug Kitchen.

Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks – week 20 – colour

Blue

This week on Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks it’s colour, using a random colour generator, I chose to find blue things to photograph. It was actually harder than I thought, it’s when you’re specifically looking for a colour do you realise that what your camera can see isn’t quite what your eye can see. So there were quite a few blue things I found that just did not photograph well.

Looking for certain colour things though is quite a mindful exercise, so I may pick another colour next week and have another go next week.

Owl

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I’ve just reviewed the patterns by Helen M Stevens over on Feeling Stitchy. I got a chance to try out her Tawny Owl pattern, which was great fun and I’m really pleased with the results.

I stitched this whilst listening to the audiobook of Plague Land and so the owl feels even more suitably medieval. I don’t know about anyone else, but as I often listen to audiobooks whilst embroidering, the very web of whatever story I’ve been listening to, feels sewn into the piece I’m working on. I can often still remember what story I was listening to when working on a piece, even years later. I may not be able to remember the title but I can remember parts of the plot and I definitely remember the atmosphere.

Plague Land

Plague Land: A NovelPlague Land: A Novel by S.D. Sykes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oswald de Lacey is the youngest son of a land owning family, never expected to be Lord of the Manor but when his father and older brothers are killed by the plague, he is summoned back from the monastery he’s been placed in since he was seven. He is young and inexperienced and to be honest a bit of a wet blanket, so when some murders happen on his land he is ill equipped to deal with it. But as the book progresses, Oswald becomes more experienced and he grew on me and by the last third of the book there was enough twists and turns to keep me quite gripped.

I also found it interesting to read about life after the plague had decimated half of the population. Life went on more than perhaps life would today if such an event were to occur but the issues such as finding enough people to work the land, were dealt with well in the book.

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