Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Salon - Restarting

It's been a while since I did a Sunday Salon but I feel like restarting this particular meme on the blog. It's a chance to ramble a little, in ways that I wouldn't probably do on a regular post. I kind of miss talking to you like this!

I've spent the past week alternately sick and trying to learn crochet. I picked up a book a while back called Bead Crochet Jewelry which gives some excellent advice for beginners. I picked up a skein of yarn for a dollar at a charity shop and a crochet hook (size H) at the craft store next door and got started learning basic chain and crochet stitches, then started practicing on thinner bead cord and a smallish crochet hook (size 4). I'm starting to get the hang of stitching with the smaller hook and thread and the next step is to add some beads to the yarn so I get used to chaining with beads. Then I'll try it with the bead cord and go from there. I also managed to pin-baste a baby quilt for a friend, but then the sick took over and I spent the rest of the week asleep.
Reading-wise, I've been enjoying Diego da Silva's I Hadn't Understood, a crime novel/satire about the Italian legal system, which I'm reading for the 2012 Europa Challenge. You guys, if you even read 1 Europa Editions book this year, pretty please consider joining the challenge. One book is the minimum level and we'd love to have you! We're planning a holiday swap starting in the fall and you don't have to be a challenge participant to join in. Think about it!

This week I have my Fall Galleys post coming up and a book and movie review on Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, which is also going to be my September Staff Pick at the bookstore. My pick for August, Jetta Carleton's The Moonflower Vine, has been selling well and I hope to convince lots of customers to try Cold Comfort, too.

What are you up to today? I hope you have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.