A new month and a new opportunity to share with you what I've read and made over the last month! Ireland is just thawing out after a snow storm last week. It meant 3 days off school for the kids and work for himself. It also meant little or no reading or crafting for me. I seemed to have spent most of my time baking and dealing with wet socks! It was the first proper snow that the kids have seen so they couldn't get enough of it. While I like looking at the snow and walking in he snow I don't really like playing in the snow so I was very grateful himself was off and able to get out with the kids when they wanted some extra company or to move out of our garden and over to the green across from our house.
At the moment I'm reading Origin by Dan Brown. I'm not sure about this. I've found his last few books have all become a bit same-y and yet I still read them and complained that they were same-y 😁. This time Dan Brown and Robert Langdon have changed location to Spain rather than Italy. And he's weaving codes, symbolism, science, artificial intelligence and art into the plot.
The one thing that is really annoying is Dan Brown's over explain of certain things that is uncalled for and if that explanation wasn't there it would make very little impact on the story, apart from making the book about 20 % shorter!
I'll give you an example, which shouldn't be a spoiler. On page 236, Langdon is looking at a painting and Dan Brown writes -
"This celebrated masterpiece wasone of the signature works by French Postimpressionist Paul Gauguin", if he'd left it at that it would've been fine. Instead he continues by adding "- a groundbreaking painter who epitomised the Symbolist movement of the late 1800s and helped pave the way for modern art", interesting but not really necessary. That's one of the less annoying examples and I'm sure they won't bug many readers as much higher as it bugs me! I feel like he didn't do it as much in his previous books, I think Inferno was the first of his books that I really noticed it. Overall it's not a bad read.
Last month I also read The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. A powerful book but a slow burn for me. I was about 60 or 70% through it before it really gripped me. But even though when I initially finished it I wasn't sure if I liked it or not it has still stayed with me.
Up next was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This book gripped me from the very beginning and I both wanted to read it as fast as possible but also slowly so I could postpone finishing it. Definitely recommend it!
So onto the makes!
I haven't been hat crafty this month. Life was just a bit crazy for me the last 2 weeks.
Last month I showed you some fabric I was using to make some bunting. Well here it is and it's with its new owner now. I'm hoping the birthday boy had a wonderful day!
Pattern: Harvest Date Fingerless mitts
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alaska in teal (colourway 52)
Yarn amounts: 91 m/ 65 g