Currently: Knitting a Shawl

Finding ways to process my grief has been a challenge. The only good thing I can gather from recent events is my sudden and strong urge to follow everything I do to completion. I can’t say that I am entirely sure that this new-found energy is healthy but it sure has been useful and productivity is always a God send. Especially, when it comes to the upkeep of this 100-year-old house. Let me tell ya.

Anyway, I tried to break from my reticent ways for a couple of days and ventured outside of the house and searched for something interesting in a couple of crafts stores. I didn’t go out expecting to find anything that would strike me but to my surprise, I did come across some yarn that I thought was really pretty. It helped that it had the color mint in it and I’m sure it really helped when my mother-in-law told me she was footing the bill but none of that is important. What is important is that something managed to get me out of my funk and catch my eye. It was nice feeling excited about something again and something creative at that. 

So, with this yarn, I choose to create something for myself because I never think of myself. It took me a solid two weeks to finish but the result was a beautiful ombre shawl. When I was done, I was so proud of myself and I was also so thankful for my new desire to finish what I start. I think at one point I figured out that people under the age of 40 probably don’t wear shawls but I didn’t care. Besides, I spent a good part of my time knitting it while sitting in a rocking chair with a quilt across my lap. Yep.

I’m hoping that being able to make this shawl will continue to inspire me to be creative again. I find hope just in the thought of it. 

Also, on an unrelated but more important note, thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to Joshua and I with your kind words and support. Without our circle of friends and loved ones, I don’t think we could even get out of bed in the morning and for you lovely individuals, we are very very grateful.

Yarn is Caron Cakes
Pattern is currently unavailable.

Story Genius: A Book Review

This is sort of an unusual review because I am only half way through the book but something about it made me put it down for a minute (or two) and write about it. The book in question is Story Genius by the author Lisa Cron and it is a guide to using brain science to write a, in her words, riveting novel. In about 275 pages, she essentially guides you through the process in taking a simple story idea and turning it into a novel that is appealing and one that makes sense.  Read more

Brain Freeze Journal

Some time ago, I got the chance to receive this journal from Blogging for Books. When I picked it, I thought it was so cute and I adore a good journal so I ordered it for review right away.

When I first saw the book in person, I thought it was so stinking cute and clever. The outside is smooth but still has a little texture and the colors are so whimsical. When I opened it though, I wasn’t all that impressed with the pages. The lines of journal change with each “flavor” and that in itself is fine but the middle of the page for the vanilla section is entirely blank. There are only lines in the top and bottom sections on each page. I feel like that was a poor design choice because it wasn’t really a functional journal. With that being said, I think it would be good for anyone who likes to doodle and write in little burst.

All in all, the journal has a solid cover design but the inside pages are not for me.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.