It’s the first Wednesday of 2021! Kat at As Kat Knits hosts Unraveled Wednesday each week – an opportunity for bloggers to share their stitching and reading projects. Please visit her blog and the other participants! This week I’m sharing an excellent start to the new year: a handful of finished books and my progress on a long-term handsewing project.

Finished Reading This Week:

Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir
I thought upping my cozy game would be a lovely way to start 2021. I loved how the author tried to convey coziness as a state of mind rather than a fad to be emulated. There were some sweet ideas in here and I appreciated her effort to share a collection of cozy movies to watch (and now I’m thinking of my own go-to cozy movies to share). But — this really just scratched the surface on coziness and seemed a tiny bit bossy. I’m still seeking a Coziness Bible!


Ruth’s First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths
After finishing Cosy (above), my Kindle suggested this mini-Ruth Galloway mystery… and it was free! I immediately downloaded it and started reading. It was very short and I feel guilty for even counting it as a whole book, but the year is long and I’ll have plenty of time to make up for my shallowness. The story was okay and they spent a ton of time in Ruth’s little cottage by the saltmarsh – one of my favorite literary locations. It reminded me that I’m in the middle of this series and I was able to borrow the next book from the library without a wait!


Haunted Holiday by MM Rodeheaver
Oh dear. I shared that I was going to start including our chapter book readalouds and that they were mostly very good. This is the first one of the year for us and it was not enjoyable! It was a Christmas gift from my sister in law and Bryce was very excited by the cover. He loved the ghost and all of the cookies, but had a lukewarm response to it overall. (It’s not on Goodreads and I can’t even mark it as read, so it won’t count towards my Goodreads goal. I think that’s a good thing!!)


The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
This is the 8th book in the Ruth Galloway series, which I’m still enjoying. Ruth receives a plea for help from an old graduate school colleague and gets pulled into a world that’s alien to her: her friend is now a Church of England priest and is receiving scary letters about women serving in that role. Add in a couple of murders of glamorous women in a cemetery and, well, we have a great mystery on our hands!


Stitching This Week

I’m not as far along as I’d hoped and I’m not surprised. I’ve only worked on it a handful of times since last Wednesday. I’ve been way too invested in reading this week to make any real progress! And that’s okay – because my reading interest will wane soon and then I expect to have a big uptick in stitching. I’m about 1/3 of the way done with the last side and I’ll be able to finish rather quickly once I find a groove. But I’m trying to embrace the slow, not rush it, and just enjoy the process.


I’m having a strange morning – I was awake between 2:30 until around 3:45 watching election returns (nice work, Georgia!). I kept trying to convince myself to get out of bed already because I knew that I’d fall back asleep at the most inopportune time and have a hard time getting out of bed… I learn that lesson again and again! But I made it out of bed, to my desk with a hot cup of coffee (while dreaming of espresso), and am looking forward to catching up with everyone’s blogs from this week.

I hope the beginning of the year is treating you well and that you’ve been able to ease back into your daily routine after the holidays. I hope you have a week full of the things you love!

11 thoughts

  1. Okay, you have moved Elly up in my reading queue! Thank you for the reminder!

    But… that quilt!! I just can’t even with how stunning it is! I am wondering… with all that hand stitching, will you hand quilt it? I used to be part of a quilt group and my goodness, that was the best day of the week. Sitting around the frame, stitching and chattering.

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    1. Ruth Galloway is so much fun – I think you’d enjoy her!

      I thought about handquilting, but I’ve never done it before and am not sure I want to tackle that. I think I want to use it to practice some free motion quilting with my machine.

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  2. I think it’s totally excusable to have minimal progress on stitching because you’ve been too busy reading, and I’m glad the reading has been mostly good. But you’re so close to finishing, and I know it’ll happen soon!

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  3. I love the quilt, and no matter how many times I see it here, I am still awed that you are sewing it by hand. It must be incredible, looking at this and realising that you did this without a machine. Is this the last round you have to finish? Or will you widen the border?

    I am so sorry that the ghost story wasn’t a success – is “Goosebumps” still a thing or is he too young for that?

    As for cosy movies – if you count “slice of life” into this, there is an anime genre that celebrate every day life and is very soothing – Totoro is one of them! Google for “Iyashikei” – I learned this at the end of last year mayself, and they are beautiful. If you like art pieces, the subreddit “Imaginarysliceoflife” is my go-to place for that. But that is more … yeah, beauty in the small things and celebrating the magic of little things than “hygge”.

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    1. Yes – this will be the LAST round! And then on to the actual quilting!! He loves the Goosebumps TV series, which we can find on Netflix. I haven’t told him that there’s a giant book series yet… I think that’s one that I’d want him to read by himself because I went through my own Goosebumps phase as a kid!!

      Thanks for the info on the imaginary slice of life! I totally agree – the magic of little things is the way to go!!

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      1. YES!! And I think it will be motivation for him to practice reading himself. Despite loving it when I read books and stories, he’s very reluctant to try it on his own. So I think by continuing to nurture his love of stories with our reading aloud and by enticing him with something that he can look forward to reading on his own, then I’ll have a good strategy for him. I hope!

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      2. I hope it works – good luck!! My older niece doesn’t read a lot, sadly, we gifted her the second part of a trilogy we got her last year, but she’s more on her phone than anywhere else. She does like being read to, so maybe she’s just a little lazy 😉 We’ll see! But if he loves stories already, it should be easy for him to make the jump. Also, YOU love to read, and I think that this is even more important – if the kids see their parents with a book and learn that it’s an enjoyable past time, I think they’ll pick it up more easily.

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  4. The British way of comfort? New concept to me! Does it involve nice cups of tea and coversations about the weather? Not surprised it made for thin reading. I love your quilt, and reading in Winter has to be done.

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    1. Cathy, I’m sure that you excel in the British way of comfort!! The very first chapter tackles tea – it was the best chapter in the book and still… a bit lacking, I thought.

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