First up Mythos by Stephen Fry, a Christmas present from himself. It's a retelling of the Greek myths and legends in Stephen Fry''s unique and humorous style. It's a book that I'll read in bursts between other books but I'm enjoying it.
I'm also reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I picked it up on impulse a while ago from my library's free to take book box. A lot of times people (me included) will drop in donations of books to the library. Some get added to the catalogue but others are left in a box for anyone interested, a great idea in my opinion. I'm enjoying it so far although I'm not sure it lives up to all the hype surrounding it.
In my last post I mentioned All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr. I really recommend reading this. It is not as sad as you expect it to bed and does show that against all odds there is goodness in the most situations and people. It us a book that lingered with me for days after I finished.
I finished two other books Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Both were slow to start and it took a while for me to get into it but yet I still wanted to find out what happened so overall I quite enjoyed them.
On the crafting front I'm working on Alan Dart's Nativity a request order by my niece's boyfriend's aunt 😀. It's not looking too exciting yet. Today I'm cutting fabric for a Happy Birthday bunting order.
So January FO's. I wasn't overly productive as I spent about 2 weeks sick with a sinus and upper respiratory tract infection.
I finished the pair of Maize fingerless mitts. It's a super quick pattern and an easy straightforward knit.
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Worsted.
Yarn amounts: 78.5 m/ 39 g
I finished another pair of fingerless mitts. A cute and straightforward well written pattern although I did end up having to fudge the thumb gusset increases/position on the right mitten because I read the pattern wrong and followed the initial instructions for the left mitten derail placement and really didn't fancy ripping back.
Pattern: Harvest Date Fingerless mitts
Yarn: Rico Design Essentials Soft Merino Aran in cream (colourway 61)
Yarn amounts: 86 m/ 43 g
I also made up 9 felted wool dryer balls for a few family members. I font have a photo of the finished product but here's one of the first step. I used about 35 g of DROPS Eskimo wrapped into a all and wove I well the end. These were each tied into an old sock and I ran them through a couple of 60 degree washes before drying them in the tumble dryer. They have many advantages including:
Reducing drying time.
Reducing static cling.
Mr A had been having some sleep issues the last while, lots of waking during the night. So a few days ago he helped pick out the pattern and fabric for his new Super Sleep buddy. The pattern is from Sew Fantasy Toys. A lot of work and little finicky at times but I think it turned out well. The pattern instructions are detailed clearly step by step which is a great help. The book has some very cute toy patterns from easy to a bit more work like this guy but it is beautifully laid out with clear instructions and full size pattern pieces.
I also sewed a dress and matching hair bows for Miss S. She found some fabric in my stash while Mr A and I were looking threw my fabric stash and asked me to make her a dress. How could I say no?! I just had enough fabric for the dress and used the tiny bit left to make some hair bows. She is delighted.
And the last makes of the month a crown and eye patch for a friend's birthday boy!
I guess January was a bit more priductive than I originally thought!! We'll see what February brings!