Bookspiration

Book Round-up

Guest Author: Ariel Knapp

Caitlyn and I are big readers. Throughout the years we’ve started and stopped book clubs together and with other people (she’s got one with her friend Amanda right now that I might join). We’d read the book and then make something (usually food related) that was connected to the book. It was always a lot of fun. And now, I follow a few bloggers who share the books they’ve been reading on their blogs. I thought that was really cool and wanted to do the same. Here’s a small round-up of what I’ve been reading:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I really liked this book. Amy’s got a great writing voice and while there wasn’t anything really profound about this book I came away from it wanting her to be my new best friend. She’s not afraid of life and seems to be open to everything, which you get from the title of her book.

Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub
This was an interesting book if for no other reason than to realize how prevalent sugar has become in our diets. Eve has a blog where she chronicled her family’s struggle with a truly sugar free diet that she wrote into this book. I try to limit sugar in my diet most of the time so it was cool to read about the extremes this family went through to avoid sugar.

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I’m glad I read this book. I didn’t like it but I’m glad I read it. It was easy to read, almost too easy. If you weren’t paying attention you could miss some important passages. With all the things going on in politics about women’s health issues I think it’s a good idea to read this book. I was surprised how relevant I found this book considering it was written 29 years ago.

So, there’s a few books I’ve read lately. I hope you liked this little round-up. Sorry there’s no pictures of the book covers, but I thought of this post after I had returned all the books to the library. I’ll leave you with a picture of the books I’m currently reading/will read.

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What have you been reading lately? Let me know if you like this post and would like to see more in the future.

Projects

Knitting Project: Fair Isle Socks

Guest Author: Ariel Knapp

I’ve been a knitter for over a decade. Over the last few years, I’ve been expanding my skills as a knitter. I went from knitting scarves to knitting sweaters, blankets, baby clothes, etc. One thing I hadn’t tried, though, was fair isle knitting. It seemed too complicated and fussy. But last winter I decided to try my hand at fair isle. I found this sock pattern on Ravelry, which is a great resource for knitters and crocheters. I had knit socks before and thought it would be something familiar to knit while also being a smaller project in case I couldn’t stand knitting fair isle. Here’s what I ended up with:

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There are so many mistakes! One sock is bigger than the other (the consequence of knitting the second sock a year after knitting the first sock), the color of the one contrast yarn doesn’t match from one sock to the other, there are pattern screw ups, and no ankle shaping. But, whatever, this was a practice pattern and I love my too big, mistake-ridden socks.

Are you a knitter? What have you knitted?

Thrift Store Challenge

Thrift Store Challenge Round Two & New Challenge

Challenge Number 2Hey there everyone! It’s December 1st already, and that means it’s time to check in with you on the second round of Little Snail Thrift Challenges. Challenge two was to find something related to the kitchen and use it in a project (original post here). I found loads of ideas on pinterest that I wanted to try and/or adapt, but the only one I actually got around to was wood burning a wooden spoon.IMG_1544I basically copied the design from this pin I found, but I found many other cool ideas for wood burning wooden spoons that I want to try out, too! (Take this one of kitties, for example, these sunflower ones, or this one that has a bee on it!)

IMG_1545I love the idea of creating personalized wooden spoons for friends and family as gifts! Here are a few links to some other fun thrifty kitchen-related projects I’d like to try:

Teacup Bird Feeder
Pretty Vases Out of Tin Cans
Shelves from a Silverware Drawer
Picture Holders/Place Card Holders/Coat Hooks out of Forks
iPad/Cookbook Stand Out of a Cheese Board and Scrabble Piece Holder

 Were you able to participate in this month’s challenge? How did it go for you? For the third Little Snail Thrift Challenge, visit your local thrift store with the winter season in mind. What can you find that can be touched up to add warmth to your days? Is there a picture frame that could become brighter with light blue paint and snow-like glitter? Or some pretty fabric that could be used as a pillow case? Maybe a little snowflake that could be used as a brooch? The due date is January 1st, but as always, you’re welcome to email me, post on instragram or twitter, or leave a comment with your ideas or questions in the meantime! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #littlesnailthriftchallenge!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month!
xx Caitlyn