Tuesday night was guild night, and as is always the case I do way more talking than I do stitching. And we had a fabulous presentation on Tennessee Samplers. So, not a lot of progress on my new start. But, you can see above the gorgeousness of the threads and fabric that arrived at my doorstep shortly after Market. How could I possibly resist the lure of a new start…a Halloween start.
You may have already guessed that Jenny Bean’s Halloween Sampler was my pick for an October project. The fabric and limited edition thread pack arrived with the pattern and I was all set to pick this up and start on Sunday, right after my Angel of Tulips finish on Saturday night. I’m stitching this on the recommended 40ct Vintage Pearled Barley. I love love love Lakeside linen and this color is no exception. The threads look beautiful on it. And of course, I love the thread names too: Nightmare, Zombie Flesh, Sarcophagus, Coffin Lid, Parched Bones, Witch’s Wart, Dried Blood and so on. The threads are GAST, by the way. Stitching with one strand, even though the coverage of the Nightmare (black) is killing me. I’m trying to love it. But I do love this design, so I am very happy with my choice of starting something new.
And speaking of something new, I’ve started a new book. But first, many of you asked me to review my “book challenge” books that I’d listed. I mentioned that I was currently reading this…
As you can see, this edition is actually the first two books in the series. I’d already finished The Awakening and was about halfway through book two, The Struggle. I finished that up Tuesday night, so I thought I’d better let you all know what I thought.
As you probably already know, these books have been made into a series that premiered a couple of weeks ago on the CW. I’ve been watching the series while also reading the first two books. Love the series. As for the books, I had a hard time at first getting into the first book. But, then I fell into it and book one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, so I breezed right on into book 2. The more I read, the more I enjoyed them. The only problem I had with the books is that because I was reading at the same time as watching the show, and because the show does differ from the books, I did start to get a bit confused with whether something happened in the book or not. But, aside from my own ability to be easily confunded, the first two books in the series are well-worth the read, if you like this genre. And although book 2 also ended on rather a cliffhanger, I did resist starting book 3. I picked up The Lovely Bones last night, because I’d promised myself that would be the next book I read. And so far, I cannot put it down. So I will probably have a review of that one fairly soon.
That’s it for me today, it’s raining here but not as cool as it had been the past few days. I’m hoping to have some curled up on the couch stitching time this weekend.
If you’d like to take a look at the last of my Miami photos, you can see them over on the other blog.
I am grateful for my friends.