Hi there. It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to link up with Kat at As Kat Knits to share my weekly reading and knitting projects. This week I have two Halloweeny books to share and one stalled out cardigan.
Finished Reading This Week:
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
I first learned that there would be a new book in the Practical Magic series from Mary and was thrilled to find that I could request it on Netgalley! Magic Lessons tells the story of Maria Owens, the first of the Owens family to reach the shores of the US and the one who made the original curse on any man who dares to love an Owens woman. I thought this book really picked up steam in the second half. I struggled with the first half, but was saved by the “magic lessons” sprinkled throughout – uses for herbs and tinctures to mend what’s broken. This will be published on October 6th and will be a lovely book for the Halloween season. Many thanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I shared Mexican Gothic in my monthly highlight post yesterday because it was just so good and I had to include it in my list of favorite books in August! Friends, this is dark and gritty. Incredibly atmospheric. Totally engaging and relentless. It’s a bit gross in some places and is definitely Rated R, but if you love gothic tales then you probably won’t mind too much. I love that it’s set in an unexpected place: Mexico! It takes Southern Gothic to a whole new level and it is divine.
Look! I finished the body and I’m in love with it. Even though I haven’t woven in the ends, I keep putting it on and snuggling up with it. It’s so cozy! But…
That’s what I’ve been able to finish on the belt and I’m totally stuck. It’s so boring! I’ve only knit about 4 inches of it – just 70 more to go. Argh! I know – I’ll catch a wave and will be able to finish this really quickly once I actually work on it, but I haven’t been excited about this belt at all this week. I haven’t knit a stitch since the weekend. I’m hoping I’ll be able to tap into some internal well of motivation and just hammer this baby out! Because friends, today’s high is forecasted to be in the 60s – the time to bring out all of my wooly things is now.
How has the week been treating you? Do you have any tricks to ensure that you get the more boring bits of crafting projects done, instead of allowing them to linger for years on the backburner?? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!