It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. And there’s an explanation for why. I’ve been busy doing nothing – that is to say knitting away the hours and head down (or earbuds) deep in a book! It’s been incredibly refreshing to take a bit of a break, and get back to the things that truly relax me. I set myself a bit of a challenge to broaden my literary horizons and I’m making really good progress with the help of my trusty Kindle and Audible subscription. So here’s a bit of an update on where I am entering the four month of my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2017.
Personal highlights so far have been The Perks of Being a Wallflower – an amazing account of friendship and struggles navigating teenage years, and Ready Player One – I devoured this book, and enjoyed listening to it in audiobook format – I cannot, cannot wait for the film now. I may even read it again before its release.
I’ve shuffled a few things around, and introduced a couple of new titles into my list. This is a shifting, moving and ever-changing list, but I’m loving introducing new genres and authors.
I had so much success with my own little 2016 reading challenge, I wanted to keep up the momentum. Continue reading
I cannot believe we’re at the end of the year and I’ve actually followed through on my reading challenge. Not only have I followed through on it, mid-year I upped the number of books I’d read in 2016 by a further 10!
You may have noticed that I love a good book (ahem)…so when you combine books AND knitting, I’m in there like swimwear.
I bought Pam Allen’s Home Collection from Quince & Co. as an ebook earlier this year (or was it even last year – how time flies!) – and devoured it. It comes with no less that 18 patterns including clothing, accessories and homewears. I’ve made so many things from it, and have plans to make a couple of the larger garments too. Personal faves include the Tai Baskets, the Bergson socks and the Lily Slipper Flats! Continue reading
I love it when I actually stick to my goals! I never thought in a million years I’d manage to read 20 books this year given my previous track record. But here I am, in the follow up to this post, counting down the last 10 books on my list.
I say the ‘last’, but seeing as it’s barely three-quarters of the way through the year I’ve upped my reading challenge to a whopping 30 books – completely achievable if I keep up the momentum! I’m still keeping on with my Kindle, Audible (great to knit along to) and common-or-garden books (my favourites) to help me stay on track.
So here are the ‘next’ 10 books on my list, and here’s hoping I’ll close down this blog post series in December having read my 30th book of 2016! Continue reading
I set myself a challenge at the beginning of this year to read at least 20 books – whether that be books I’ve read before, entirely new books, short story compilations, poetry collections or graphic novels!
Since leaving university (from my English literature and French language degree) the number of books I get through a year has dramatically fallen. I used to have the time to plough through up to three books a week to meet the demands of my degree course, whereas more recently I’d be lucky to get through three books a year. A poor show for a self-confessed book-a-holic. Continue reading
We all have those films we revisit again and again. Films we know all of the words to, ruin for new watchers with the immortal lines ‘this is a really good bit’… you know the ones.
Well, these happen to be perfect films to knit to, because we all know that once you get absorbed in a good knitting project, you lift your head up to the TV and half the film’s gone by. (Mr Shortrounds must get so fed up of me constantly asking him ‘what just happened?’)
So I wanted to share with you my list of ‘watch again and again’ films that I never get bored of and love to knit to!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?
I love Instagram. It’s so useful to me. It’s where I share my blog posts. I keep my days documented in a little photo diary thanks to this app. Instagram is such a positive, enlightening social media platform, much like Pinterest – with subscribers seeming to perpetually circulate positive messages and images. It’s where I go for a pick-me-up.
I follow A LOT of Instagrammers, but here are my Top 10 Instagram accounts, that help to keep my feed filled with inspiring and uplifting photos all day long! Continue reading
I think it was C.S Lewis that said, ‘you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me’…and I could not agree more.
Give me a good book, a quiet corner and a cosy-covered teapot and I’m in heaven. I studied English Literature at university, and happily read myself into oblivion on a daily basis. A practice I sadly cannot sustain working a 9-5 job. I do my best to read as much as I can, be that in printed form, or (more recently now) on a screen.
Like most people I wager, I do most of my reading when on holiday. So now, with the convenient and ‘light-packing’ wonder that is the e-reader, my Kindle gets loaded with more books that I buy paperbacks. A sad truth, but one I’m not guilty about, because let’s face it – both mediums have their pros and cons.
Here are just a few of the things I like to lose myself in nowadays. I warn you, it’s a mixed bag! Continue reading