Thursday, January 18, 2018

I've Been Reading...But Not Finishing Much

I've been trying to finish A Perilous Undertaking, the second of Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell mystery series, before the third book comes out. The biggest part of my problem is that I can't read paper books in the dark before falling asleep, and there's been too much going on in the house for much daytime reading lately. But I love everything I've read so far.

In the dark, I've been reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks. The back cover copy is intriguing --

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

I'm a third of  the way through and I don't know where this is going to wind up. My one wild guess can't possibly be right and I'm trying to avoid spoilers and reviews until I'm done reading it myself.

What I did  read in only a couple of sittings was A View to a Chill by Larissa Reinhart. I've already told you how much I love the characters Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright and this mystery brings the two of them together in the same book. Everything I love about both series is here. The chapters alternate between Cherry and Maizie but it's always immediately obvious which of them is telling that part of the story because their personalities are so distinct. If you've read either of the two series, I highly recommend this one.

Disclosure -- I was provided with an advance review copy of The Wife Between Us by the publisher. A Perilous Undertaking is from the library. I was given a copy of A View to a Chill by the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

There Was Enough!

Sometimes, probably too often, I take wild leaps of faith when it comes to my quilting. I found this gorgeous piece of yardage in the fabric stash at quilt group and knew I wanted to use it for a backing. 

That meant finding fabric for a top. I already knew that I wanted  to do an Irish Chain with some simple applique...and there was a lot of blue available. The options for a light background were pretty limited. (Dar suggested finding something in my own stash, but I was spending the day with the quilting group and needed something then and there.

I wound up using almost every last scrap of that light print, but I got all of the blocks I need. At the absolute end, I realized that I could have pieced some of the little 3" squares, but it didn't get that desperate.

Now it's time to cut the applique for the light blocks. I've got more than enough dark blue...I think!

A saner quilter might have actually measured the fabric and done the math before cutting, but I don't work that way.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Black and White Sock Knitting

I couldn't tell you for sure where I got this yarn. My best guess would be Woodland Woolworks because I used to love their clearance room and that's where almost all of the Regia I've owned came from. What I know for sure is it's been in my stash for a loooong time and this definitely qualifies as a Stashdive project. 

If I'd known how this stuff would look when it was knit up, I would've cast on MUCH sooner.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Finally Stitching After Doing the Other Things

Last week's stitching time got spent finishing my daughter's shawl and hand-stitching the binding down on the scrappy quilt with the blue sashing. When I finally sat down with my project on Sunday morning, I had a hard time putting it down again. 

Another stripe of wallpaper is done, and the left edge of the trunk lid, and a big chunk of the drapes, which you can't really see because it's all white and ecru and off-white... but I can see myself meeting my self-imposed goal for the month and that's making me really happy.

And that mistake I was afraid I made while I was at my stitching group earlier this month? It looks like I was worried about nothing because the lid of my trunk seems to be lining up just fine.


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