Cross-Stitching and Reading

Cross-Stitching and ReadingI am not actually talented enough to do both of those things at once (unless you count listening to War and Peace on my iPod as reading), but these are a few of the things I’ve been up to lately. I bought this cross-stitch sampler in January as part of a goal to try some new crafts (why yes, I am already excited about the ones I am going to try next year!) It was on sale, so I got it, even though it was by far the most ambitious cross-stitch project I’d ever even thought about trying, and there was a good chance that it might be just totally out of my league. I am really happy to say that it is going really well so far, and I won’t even mind if I don’t finish it until 2017.

I am finally reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall after putting it on my Kindle for our Greece trip in September. I have mixed feelings about it, but I’m trying to keep the jury out until I’ve finished it. It’s strange to read a historical novel in the present tense, but I think my main qualm so far is that the style is a bit too modern and choppy for me. I am a nineteenth-century psychological novel kind of girl, dyed in the wool. But there are some lovely turns of phrase, and I am hoping I will like it more as I go.

Cross-Stitching and ReadingThis is what the cross-stitch will look like when it is finished: an ode to two of my favorite things! What are you working on and reading lately?

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