On My Bookshelf: A Quick Review and A New Book

I finished reading the Clockmaker’s Daughter over the weekend and while I love Kate Morton’s books, and have them all, I was rather disappointed in this particular book. For me it was slow, choppy and extremely boring. The story timelines were all over the place and I found reading this book quite cumbersome and I dreaded picking it up each night to read.

This is the first time this particular authors story did not capture my interest or draw me into the book. Her writing in the past has been so captivating that I simply did not want to put the book down, but for this book I was not in the least captivated and I struggled to finish it.

It might have been my current frame of mind, but even that being said I’m not sure I will ever re-read this particular book and have decided not to keep it on my bookshelf. For this book, I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️


“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I have decided to start reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and I’m loving reading this book. Austen’s wit and humor makes this book so very enjoyable, and I can visually see all the characters in my head from my favorite Pride and Prejudice movie with Keira Knightley.

I’ve always been a huge Jane Austen fan and I decided to pull out my collection of Jane Austen Knits . I have often thought about parting with these magazines but simply cannot bring myself to do so. The designs in the overall collection are beautiful, and many true to form for the Regency era. Do any of you remember this issues ?

I just love these magazines!

What are you currently reading ?

Making Progress…

I casted on my Azalea Tee April 6th and it’s taken me a month to say that I have finished everything but the sleeves, which I should have finished this week. I finished joining the front and back this morning, using a three needle bind off as called for in the pattern, and tried it on … it fits!!!

I really like how it fits and once the sleeves are finished and the sweater is blocked, it will be perfect to wear for this summer. Hopefully I will have it completely finished by the end of this week. Meantime this will remain my only WIP until I know for sure what I ”really” want to cast on next.

Have a wonderful day!

Time To Draw …

Today I’m taking a break from knitting (elbow issues) to enjoy my cup of hot tea a bit of drawing. It’s been almost a year since I’ve drawn in my art journal and I feel like I’ve rather lost my drawing ability. Like anything, if you do not consistently do something you tend to loose what you have learned. For me at the moment, that it how it is with drawing but I know when I make this part of my daily routine (just like spinning 15 minutes a day) I will get back into the swing of things.

My current state of drawing.

For now I’m starting something simple and we will see where this goes. For me, pen and ink has fascinated me for many years and I’m always in awe what pen and ink artist create. When I started knitting and spinning, I put my ”all” into it and I want to start doing this again with my drawing as I truly have missed it.

The one artist that has inspired me for a very long time is Philip Harris. He uses traditional pen and ink (dip pen and bottled ink), which is my long term goal to learn. His artwork is phenomenal and today I decided to sign up for his online art course. I’m excited !!!

Do you enjoy drawing, painting or watercolor ?

Wednesday WIPs

I am so excited today! I have almost finished the front half of my Azalea Tee and just have the right shoulder to finish (a bit of short tow shaping). I’m hoping to start the back this afternoon and think I should be finished over the weekend, if not before. I really can’t believe I’ve knitted this up so quickly, well quick for me that is, and now I’m thinking about making more DK weight sweaters and tees.

The only other WIP I have at the moment is what is on my wheel. I’m still spinning my squishy soft Targhee in the color Poppet by Hello Yarn.

I’m truly enjoying spinning on my single treadle Matchless because it makes me slow down a bit and I don’t treadle too fast, which means I don’t over twist my yarn. I really love the colors in this fiber and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I’m thinking I may chain ply this when finished, but we’ll see when I’m finished spinning.


What are you working on this week?