28Nov

Crochet Podcast Episode 26

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Hello! I hope everyone is well. The year seems to be flying to a close but I’ve managed to film another podcast in which I’m sharing a few of my recent projects…

Lululoves Crochet Podcast Episode 26

I’ve been continuing to work on my pillowcases come wrap come cardigan! This project has certainly evolved as it’s grown. I realised I wanted to see more of those beautiful squares as the Drops Puma yarn I’m using is just so beautiful and warm. I’m going for a boxy kind or cardigan and just making it up as I go along. The square pattern I’m using is called the Sunburst Square. All the squares have been joined – just got to get on to those pesky ends before I can seam it. 

Lululoves Crochet Podcast | Episode 26

This month I also started the Ziggy Interrupted Wrap/Scarf by Sandra Paul. I’m working mine up in Stylecraft Lite DK that I have in my stash – don’t you just love a good stash buster! The shades I'm using are charcoal (2323), mustard (2497), rose (2301), natural nepp (2325) and cream (2305). Because the yarn is slightly heavier than the suggested yarn I’ve adjusted the pattern slightly so my scarf is one square shorter in width than suggested but other than that I’m following the pattern exactly and it’s working up beautifully. I did try out a new invisible sewing join for the squares – it gives a really neat join, I’ve linked the tutorial I followed here if you are interested.

Lululoves Crochet Podcast | Episode 26

Lululoves Crochet Podcast | Episode 26

I’ve also bought some lovely new velvet yarn. I’m using the Bernat Baby Velvet in shade Restful Rose (86002) to make some more of the bobble stitch berets I made last year. This yarn is the most beautiful shade of dusky pink – I just can’t get enough of it, it’s soooo soft! Hopefully, the pattern will be forthcoming for this project.

The Folklore Company kindly sent me an embroidery kit to try so this month I have finally got the chance to attempt my own. They have a brilliant website that you can use to design your own embroidery piece. You simply enter your text, then you can amend the size, font, colour and layout of your piece. You can order in kit form which includes the printed charts, adia cloth, embroidery floss and needle or you can pay to download the pdf alone if you have your own supplies. I’ve really enjoyed working on my piece this month although I definitely need more tips on keeping the back nice and tidy. They have also given a discount code for me to share, if you quote: 15%lululoves_uk you will receive 15% off any order on their site, they also ship worldwide.

Lululoves Crochet Podcast | First Attempt at Embroidery

Books:

I’ve got through quite a few books this past month – some of them I’ve been waiting eagerly for all year and they did not disappoint. I’ve also resurrected my Goodreads account, I’ve nearly completed my goal of 30 books for 2019 (this doesn’t include the few I’ve listened to on audible!) so if you’d like to see what else I’ve been reading this year you can follow me hereAnyway, here are some of my favourites this month:

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood – I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, although it’s been a good few years since I read The Handmaids Tale I have been REALLY enjoying the TV series. This book looks at the fall of Guilead after the fact. It’s told through the accounts of several characters, one being Aunt Lydia. I definitely recommend if you’ve been addicted to the series.

The Book of Dust – The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman – Another book I have been waiting for. This is the second book of Pullmans latest trilogy. It is set when Lyra has reached adulthood and as always continues the story with an epic adventure. I’m so invested in these books now that I was bound to love it. 

The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewel – I love a good mystery and this one did not disappoint. It starts with a baby being discovered in a posh house in Chelsea, the baby has been cared for and is clean however the only other people in the house are several dead bodies (who have been dead quite a while). The story then jumps 25 years to a young women inheriting the notorious house, when she discovers she was the same baby left there she begins to search for clues about her mysterious past.

My Sister the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithewaite – Really enjoyed this fast-paced book about a young woman who keeps covering up for her younger sister who has a habit of murdering her boyfriends, this doesn’t seem to be too much of a problem for her until her sister starts dating a doctor who she works with (and has secretly been in love with for years). I really enjoyed the humour in this book, although I did feel it ended a little abruptly.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Kiersten White – This is a re-imagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This time told through the perspective of Elizabeth (if you remember the original she is Victor Frankenstein’s fiancé who meets with an untimely death at the hands of his creation). It tells the story of how she came to live with the Frankenstein’s and how she adapted herself to be everything Victor needed, firstly out of survival and then out of love. As Frankenstein slips into apparent madness she begins to re-evaluate things that have happened when they were children and finally realises a horrible truth. This book very definitely answers the age-old question who really is the monster, Victor Frankenstein or his creation? I LOVED it.

Eiderdown Books - Lastly I won a fabulous giveaway over on Instagram for a set of beautiful books. Eiderdown Books are a new publisher releasing books about female artists written by leaning female writers, art historians and cultural commentators. So far the first five books have covered, Frances Hodgkins, Laura Knight, Lee Miller, Marlow Moss and Sylvia Pankhurst. I was lucky enough to be sent all five, they really are fabulous little books, full of beautiful illustrations and photos. I’m excited to get stuck into them.

Lululoves Crochet Podcast | October Books

TV

So much good TV on at the moment I don’t know where to start but we’ve really enjoyed the BBC series Gold Digger and season 3 of The Crown on Netflix.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now. Head over to YouTube to watch me talking in more detail about everything above! 

Bye for now,  Em x

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