lead us not into temptation (yeah, right!)

The other day I showed you a photo of my growing collection of crochet books.  More specifically, my growing collection of amigurumi pattern books. With promises of a peek inside and eventual drooling.

I’ve already shown you several of the patterns from book number one.

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Book which I bought before I could even crochet, and which I have already followed several times, making up

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“Roary the tiger” in May.

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“Wasabi the rabbit”.  And book which I am currently using for 2 more projects (no progress made recently) of “Johnny the monkey” and “Leila the pony”.



Once I finish them, there’s still another pattern in this book which sorely tempts me.  And that’s “Sartù the lemur”, but I’m a bit apprehensive about crocheting his hands and feet.  He has fingers and toes!!!!


In book 2



The patterns I am most likely to want to make are “Otto the turtle”, from the cover and “Vladimir the fox”.  Don’t you just love those feet?


In book 3, the patterns which call to me the loudest are



“Rusty the red panda”


and “Nanook the husky”.


And, finally,  in book 6.  Another red panda “Rudy the red panda”.



“Oswald the owl”.


“Bo the panda”.


And last, but by no means least, “Kimi the kitten”.



a dog can never have too many toys!

You will remember the success of this

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The floatable toy I made for Gibbs, using an empty dairy cream bottle and crocheting in the round with some rather gawdy-coloured yarn.  You’ve already seen photos of the incredible floating toy in action, thus

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Well I decided it would be a good idea to make a few more, in case of loss or damage.  For the moment it’s holding up very well.  Okay, it’s now a bit flattened, but Gibbs’ teeth haven’t made holes in the plastic yet, nor has he ripped the crochet cover to pieces.  He’s a good boy – he knows it’s a “fetch” toy, not to be confused with a “chew” toy. 

Still, I crocheted up two more, just so we have a couple of back-up toys in the future.  And here they are, alongside the flattened first toy (on the right).  I’ve kept the idea of long chains which serve two purposes: 1) to knot together and therefore close the cover, which can be removed if the bottle is ever pierced.  2) when holding the toy by the chains, it’s easier to fling it quite far out into the lake. 

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These were made to fit around 340ml drinkable yoghurt bottles, which have something of a waist-line.  They might be a better shape for Gibbs.  The new ones look very bright compared to the first one.  This isn’t because yarn colour has faded, but rather because the colour of the second ball had less yellow than the first one (despite being the same dye number).  Gibbs won’t care.  He sat beside me while I was making them, knowing full well I was making something for him. 

And, still on the subject of crochet . . . a photo to show my growing collection of crochet books.


There are a total of six in the series.  I started out buying the first (with the monkey) and pre-ordered number 6 which came out in May this year.    Then in June and July, I treated myself to numbers 2 and 3.  Buying one book a month is fairly reasonable, and by this autumn I will have the complete set to drool over. 

I’ll do another post in a few days time to show you a couple of the inside pages, perhaps to make you drool too. 

“Trust your eyes”–Linwood Barclay

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Quick resumé

Thomas Kilbride, agoraphobic and schizophrenic, hasn’t left his house in 15 years.  Yet, he travels the world, on his computer ,using the software Whirl360, memorising the details in every street in every city as he goes. 

One day, while on a virtual visit in Manhatten, Thomas sees what looks to be a woman’s face in a window . . . being smothered to death with a plastic bag.  Is there still time to save her?  Should he contact the police?  Who will believe him?

Only one person can help him.  His brother, Ray, who had chosen, in the past, to put some distance between himself and Thomas’ insanity.  However, this time, Ray is inclined to believe his brother.   What if Thomas really did witness a murder, and there’s a killer on the loose?

* * * * *

This is the first Linwood Barclay novel I’ve read, and I can tell you, there will be more on my reading list in future!  This suspense novel starts out, a little like the Hitchcock film “Rear Window”, with Thomas convinced he has witnessed a crime.  The problem being, that the crime (if that’s what it was) took place miles away, and probably even weeks or months before.

Linwood Barclay knows how to tell a good story and keep up the suspense.  I thoroughly enjoyed this  and had quite a few surprises along the way.  Right up until the last page, if fact!

bookmarks and books

A thank you to Flo who remembered me on her travels, including to San Francisco,  and picked up some bookmarks to send my way.


And a couple of book titles to share with you today too.  I always like to read a couple of chapters just before bedtime, with my mug of hot chocolate . . . in recent months I had simply been re-reading old classics from my book shelves.  Then I got somewhat bored, so bought a couple of paperbacks, and renewed my subs at our local library.

One of the paperbacks I bought:


“Catch Me” by Lisa Gardner.  A nice thriller/suspense, which is my favourite kind of bedtime read.  Here’s a quick résumé:  What would you do if you knew the exact date and time of your death?  For Charlie Grant, this will be on 21st January at 8pm . . . in 4 days time.  Exactly like her two best friends.  And Charlie wants Inspector DD Warren of the Boston Police to be in charge of the investigation.  Already tied up with a pedophile murder case, DD accepts, but as soon as she starts looking into the young woman’s past, her gut instinct tells her that Charlie is hiding something.  

And from the library


“You’re Mine Now” – Hans Koppel.  Original title : “Kom ska vi tycka om varandra”

This was on the “thriller/crime” shelf, and was a good read but a different style of writing.   The main character is Anna, and the story-line . . . Anna should never have slept with Erik.  Anna is happily married to Magnus, they have a daughter, and Anna soon begins to regret her brief fling.  Erik is a dangerous psychopath and, before she knows it, not only is she being stalked, but her family is in danger.

bargain books

Our local library was selling off some of its old books the other day, to make room on the shelves for some newer ones.  It’s a very small library, but, since there is only a population of approx 1500 (and that’s grouping three villages together, which make up the “commune”), I think we are quite privileged to have a library at all.

I have been reading more and more on my tablet of late, but I do still like reading a REAL book . . . so I went along with an empty tote bag and some coins, to have a rummage.

Came home with


The trilogy “Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson.  I’m not really sure if this is going to be my cup of tea but I’ll give the first one a try.  If I don’t like them, I’ll pass on to my brother-in-law as I’m sure this will be right up his street.

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And four others:  “Lily White” by Susan Issacs; “The Sunbird” by Wilbur Smith; “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle and “Parce que je t’aime” by Musso. 

Ladies at the library commented on how I’d chosen mainly anglo-saxon authors ^^  I’d never really thought about it before.  I suppose there must be something about the Anglo-saxon style of writing that appeals to me more.  I usually prefer to read books in the original language, because translations are not always great.  However, my French is 100% fluent, so reading in French isn’t a problem and, of course, the local library doesn’t have an English section so I make do with what I can find.

Anyway, I’ve begun reading “Lily White” and it’s very promising.  Lots of reading material to keep me amused when it gets too hot to stitch over the summer.  And for 1€ per book they were a bargain.

“The Analyst”–John Katzenbach


Happy fifty third birthday, Doctor. Welcome to the first day of your death.  When he receives this mysterious threatening letter, the previously quiet existence of Dr Starks turns into chaos.  This successful New York pychoanalyst finds himself suddenly forced to play a morbid game designed by a man who calls himself Rumplestiltskin. The rules are simple.  Starks has 2 weeks in which to discover Rumplestiltskin’s identity and the reason for his hatred.  If he succeeds, he will not be harmed.  But if he fails, Rumplestiltskin will destroy one of Stark’s 52 family members unless  Starks agrees to kill himself.” 

*  *  *  *  * 

Photo of the French translation, because that’s the copy I read, but “The Analyst” is a thriller by American author John Katzenbach.  And oh my!  Definitely a page-turner ^^

It’s not a gory, blood and guts type of thriller . . . it’s a pyschological thriller full of twists and turns that literally gripped me from page one, right up until the end.  Put a whole new slant on all the social networks, and how easy it is to research on the internet!    I take my hat off to Mr Katzenbach. 

colour, cordials and kittens

I was catching up on some blog-reading the other day, as you do . . . and came across a video link on Lynda’s blog, Life on the Farmlet, that had me fascinated, and soon saw me searching for more videos.  Videos on Kaffe Fassett.

Crafters will know the name, and I expect many of us have some of his creations in our craftings drawers, since he is so famous.  I was fascinated to hear him talk about how he got into all the different crafts, and immediately shot across to amazon and bought a copy of his autobiography


I’ve only flicked through so far, but oh my!  This is going to be my bedtime book.  I actually wonder why they’ve put a dust cover on this book, because look what’s underneath


And just one glimpse inside


So much colour . . . just what a girl needs on a drizzly autumn day.

Speaking of colours . . . I was doing my weekly food shop and came across some interesting flavours of cordial.



Blackberry, violet and cherry ^^  Made in France, in the Franche Comté region, and what delicious coridals they are!  I particularly like the violet cordial which really does smell and taste like violets.

And last photo to show you how the kittens are growing.


Abby on the left, and Ducky on the right. You can’t tell from the photo but Ducky is a good kilo heavier than Abby now.  I’ve given up weighing him because my kitchen scales only weigh up to 3 kilos, and he hit the 3 kilo mark a few weeks ago already!  Not quite 5 months old yet, but both are starting to lose their kittenish looks and ressemble real adult cats ^^