Temperature Blanket – UK Template

Hey everyone,

This year I really wanted to do a daily/weekly temperature blanket – however I couldn’t find many UK based templates that worked for me, so I thought I would put together for myself and share it with you. I’ve also added two yarn supplier examples and a colour theory.

The way temperature blankets work is each day you make a log of the temperature of your local area (or overall country temp) – I tend to go for the top hi temperature of my local area that day, and then I will use this to create a row in my blanket. You can do this weekly to make 52 rows or daily to make a HUGE 365 row blanket.

Personally I prefer daily due to my own need for all the big blankets – I may or may not own quite a few already…πŸ‘€

In my example above I have used Hobbii and Stylecraft as my test yarns – however feel free to change this to your brand and colour theory of choice.

I’d love to know if you’re working on a temperature blanket this year! If you are, link your Instagram’s below so I can see your progress!

Amy x

Cross Stitch Pattern | Sterling | Animal Crossing

Time for my best boy Sterling!

I wanted to make this pattern mainly for myself as he is my favourite eagle character (yes, I know you all love Apollo).
Sterling is still living happily on my 3DS New Leaf save and was there from day 1, hence why I fell in love with him. He has also been living on my New Horizons town since around May. He lives next door to my third fav (both after Apple <3) Cesar.

Here is a preview of the pattern:

He was probably one of my favourites to create because he is one of the only villagers who wears a hat by default – honestly, if you have him in your town give him a hat and he stacks them, it’s SO cute!

Let me know if you have any requests for villagers πŸ™‚

-Amy x

Review | Earthlings

Earthlings: Amazon.co.uk: Sayaka Murata: 9781783785674: Books





Title: Earthlings
Author: 
Sayaka Murata
Publisher: 
Granta Books
Genre: 
Literary fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: 
October 8 2020
Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…






I requested Earthlings on Netgalley as soon as it was available because I was in love with Convenience Store Woman (I actually ended up gifting my copy to someone because I was determined to make sure everyone I knew read it). I didn’t know much about the book, but I knew I loved Sayaka Murata’s writing style and I wanted to know what this ‘coming of age’ book was about.

Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:

Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. Together with her cousin Yuu, she spends her summers in the wild Nagano mountains, hoping a spaceship will take her home. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the cousins for ever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what.

Now, Natsuki is grown. She lives quietly in an asexual marriage, pretending to be normal, and hiding the horrors of her childhood from her family and friends. But dark shadows from Natsuki’s past are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of Nagano, Natsuki prepares herself for a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?

A dark and magical reckoning with what it might take to survive a shattered life, Earthlings is an exhilarating cosmic flight that will leave you reeling.

I actually ended up reading this book in just one sitting (I picked it up at 10pm and finished at 3am…) I just could not put it down or pry myself away from the bizarre story. The book is an absolute whirlwind of a ride and I found it roller-coaster of emotions.

Anyone going into this thinking it will be as tame as Convenience Store Woman will get a shock however, although I would say some of underlining themes are the same. Natsuki is our main protagonist and I felt so much sorrow and pain for her. We follow her as she grows up with a pretty broken household and the only person who truly treats her with any kind of love or understands her is her cousin Yuu. Outside of her homelife, School is troubling and continuously gets worse for her with some horrific outcomes (this is quite a touchy topic I don’t want to discuss in my review but worth a trigger warning). This is a book which touches upon the coping mechanisms of a young girl who grows up to have an outlook on life and the ‘norms’ that are expected of her. It touches upon misogyny, incest, cannibalism, sexual assault and more – so don’t be fooled by the short book it packs a punch.

Because the book was short and so much was happening, it really felt like every time I went to another page I expected something absolutely crazy to happen, and it was safe to say this happened throughout.

I really enjoyed this book and was thinking about it for a long time afterwards. I really got RyΕ« Murakami and Han Kang vibes from this (I guess this was from the dark themes) both of these writers have have written some of my favourite books, so who can blame me for liking this one so much. I cannot wait for another Sayaka Murata novel!

-Amy x

*This book was received for review.  

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Cross Stitch Pattern | Stitches | Animal Crossing

Hello everyone!

I recently had a new villager come to my island, the adorable Stitches, so I though I would do a small tribute to the ickle thing by creating this adorable small Stitches pattern! Do you have Stitches on your island too? I have gone through another phase of redesigning my island again too…because I will never be 100% happy with it!

Here is the preview:

So who is planning on stitching this little cutie tootie? I might actually get to work on others during my break so please send your requests here! πŸ™‚

If I don’t post again before then, happy holidays all!

-Amy x

What is the best starter crochet blanket?

What is the best starter crochet blanket?

A question I get a lot is, what is the easiest blanket to make? And one of my favourite, very easy and super quick work up blankets is a Corner 2 Corner (c2c). Also this blanket doesn’t eat too much yarn so you’ll have a blanket in no time at all!

You do not need much for this pattern at all! What you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Hook (make sure it matches your yarn size – or go bigger if you would like a blanket to have gaps)
  • Scissors & Needle (if you’re planning on changing colours and want to sew in the ends)

Here is a snippet of one I made earlier – this blanket was made on a colour changing yarn and it ended up being the exact size of our king sized bed as I wanted something I could wrap myself up with in the winter. I think I approximately used up 12 balls of yarn for this, but it really is huge, it’s 6.6 foot by 6.6 foot.

C2C

Before starting one thing to note about the c2c blanket is you start from the corner and work diagonally, if you’re used to working in straight rows this can be a bit tricky at first. 

Now I would write out a tutorial but there are so many out there already – and to be honest I’d much prefer to link to the places which taught me! If you’re looking for a video tutorial, of course my go too is always Bella Coco, especially as she always does left handed versions for us lefties!

And for written I really like this one by make and do crew!

If you are going to try making a C2C blanket this Christmas, let me know!

Amy x

Cross Stitch Pattern | Orville & Wilbur | Animal Crossing

Hello everyone!

3 days on the trot for patterns now – it’s a really rough time so I thought I’d share my fan made patterns with you as I love combining my video game and stitching hobby.

I put together Orville & Wilbur, two new NPCs from Animal Crossing and have risen to the top of my favourite Animal Crossing characters!

So here is the preview:

Orville pattern download

Wilbur pattern download

What do you think of the Dodo bros?

If you want to request any characters you think are worth having a go at, let me know! I love providing free patterns for all, especially during these tough times.

-Amy x

Cross Stitch Pattern | Isabelle | Animal Crossing

Hi everyone,

Today I am bringing you a free Isabelle head shot pattern from Animal Crossing New Horizons!

Enjoy, I’d love to see the pattern if you decide to stitch it, please tag me on Instagram @StitchesInWonderlandΒ 

Isabelle

Download the Isabelle pattern here

Have you been playing Animal Crossing New Horizons? I’ve been playing it exclusively for weeks now!

-Amy x

 

Cross Stitch Pattern | Villager, Apple | Animal Crossing

Today I am experimenting with my WinStitch tool (especially in the current climent of lockdown and isolation).

I have started to see if I could make small head shot patterns of my favorite villagers in Animal Crossing.

Starting with my #1 gal, Apple! I tried to simply the colours slightly and I finessed it based off the original picture I had as reference. I ❀ her!

Apple

 

You can download the pattern here if you want to give it a try!

Let me know what you think, would you be interested in picking one up of your favourite villager?

Are there other Animal Crossing / Cross Stitch lovers out there?!

-Amy x

What I read – February 2020

I want to open this blog by saying that I have started a 2020 mini book review thread on my Twitter, feel free to check it out here.Β 

Annihilation

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

I’ve had this in my collection for quite some time now, both physical and kindle version. Most of my book reading friends told me to jump on it as I would love it and I’m so gutted I put it off for so long. I really enjoyed Annihilation, the twists and turns, the setting, the characters – it was such an intense short read. I am now going to pick up the rest of the books in the series!

Revenge

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Revenge was right up my street – it was short, crazy and dark in places. The world of Revenge is a bunch of short stories which intertwine within each other, and although they’re short stories it does still feel like this book has a beginning, middle and end. I was thoroughly gripped in every page and have now wishlisted a bunch of Yoko Ogawa books as I adored the writing of this book.

I only read 2 books in Feb due to it being crazy with big family birthdays, leaving my current job AND I’m midway through two books I’ll be popping full reviews up for πŸ™‚

What did you read in Feb?

-Amy x

 

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What I read – January 2020

The Bone China

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…

I have read quite a few Laura Purcell books and I was so excited to tuck into Bone China, I thought the book was enjoyable enough however the thing for me which didn’t quite make it rate as high as other books by her was the lead character. I couldn’t relate to her character at all and I found her a little annoying – whether that was intentional or not, I didn’t enjoy reading scenes with her quite so much. As usual though it was full of suspense, twists and turns as well as some pretty thrilling scenes.

The Nakano Thift Shop

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

This was a very short read for me, but one I adored. I really love Nakano’s character, I found his quirky and slightly charming ways so fun to read. There is a dynamic between a bunch of very different people working as a small shop like this really enjoyable to read, even if Takeo was a bit of a dick.

Snow Country

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

I found this book such a beautiful read, it was another short one – however I found myself absolutely absorbed by each word on the page. I really took my time with this to take it all in. I found it a tiny bit confusing near the beginning of the book it seemed to have a random flashback which threw me off guard and made me go ‘uh?!’. However besides this the book was a lovely and heartbreaking read.

What did you read in January?

-Amy x

*please note I sometimes use Amazon Affiliate links within my posts, you do not have to use these but any revenue will go back to my website πŸ™‚