Looking at the “Hobbies” podcast category in the iTunes store, I saw this:
I’m right next to the Three Patch Spoilercast there. Darn good company, I’d say.
… and the stocking is done!
(Yes, I blurred K’s full name.)
Pattern: Candy Cane Santa Stocking by Donna Race
Source: Dimensions Gold Collection kit via Jo-Ann Fabric
Notes: This is the third (and final) family stocking, and it definitely took me the longest. It’s also the only one I actually did the final sewing on. (The first sewing I’ve done since I was 14!) Like the others, I lined the front with the white felt that came in the kit and used red felt to create the back of the stocking. It’s probably a good thing that Santa doesn’t stuff the grown-ups’ stockings in our house, since this one might be just a little bit fragile at the seams.
No, not that one.
It’s Reading Challenge (Planning) Time! I’ll do a wrap-up on my 2011 Challenges sometime later this month, but the time has already come to start planning those 2012 TBR lists.
First up, the challenge that started me down this merry path: The Story Siren‘s Debut Author Challenge!
I had a lot of fun with this one in 2011, and I’m looking forward to finding more great new MG/YA authors in 2012. My preliminary reading list:
- The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet (January 3, 2012)
- Shadow’s Edge by Maureen Lipinski(January 8, 2012)
- May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (January 10, 2012)
- The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards (January 17, 2012)
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (February 7, 2012)
- Above World by Reese, Jenn (February 14, 2012)
- Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (February 14, 2012)
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (February 14, 2012)
- Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould (March 13, 2012)
- Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank (April 10, 2012)
- You Can’t Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please by James Mihaley (April 10, 2012)
- The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash (April 24, 2012)
- The Selection by Kiera Cass (April 24, 2012)
- The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes (May 15, 2012)
- Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (June 14, 2012)
- The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin (August 21, 2012)
- Touched by Corrine Jackson (December, 2012)
- The Marble Queen by Stephanie J. Blake (??, 2012)
- The Nightmare Factory by Lucy Jones (??, 2012)
Subject to change, of course.
Next up, the EBook Challenge, hosted this year at Workaday Reads. My poor little Nook has been underused of late, since my focus has been on the deluge of Cybils books. I’m going to shoot for the “DVD” level – 25 e-books. No reading list yet, though.
I’m going to take another crack at the Off the Shelf Challenge, hosted at Bookish Ardour. I was clearly too ambitious last year (or maybe distracted by all those shiny new e-books and debuts), so I’m just committing to the “Tempted” level. Five books. Just 5 of the many unread books on my shelves. I can do that, right?
My working list is really just a repeat of last year’s list. Don’t judge.
- Crossword Obsession: The History And Lore of the World’s Most Popular Pastime by Coral Amende
- Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity edited by Anna Camilleri and Chloë T. Brushwood Rose
- Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale by Catherine Orenstein
- Wild Heart: A Life: Natalie Clifford Barney and the Decadence of Literary Paris by Suzanne Rodriguez
- We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands by Rachel Shabi
I couldn’t help but add one more this year, but it overlaps quite a bit with some of the other challenges. It’s the YA/MG Fantasy Reading Challenge, hosted at The Book Cellar.
My working list so far:
- Above World by Jenn Reese
- The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
- Shadow’s Edge by Maureen Lipinski
- The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin
- Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
- Touchedby Corrine Jackson
- The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
- Winterling (Winterling, #1) by Sarah Prineas
I’m thinking that quite a few of the titles will cross over into the e-book challenge. I can hardly wait!
But, for now, Cybils nominees are calling my name….
…and K’s stocking is coming along.
Thought I’d forgotten all about it, didn’t you?
Just because I might have been a little distracted by this?
Little, teeny, tiny bit of progress:
Of course, it would help if I hadn’t been distracted by finding a nearly-forgotten sock project.
I started the first sock at Stitch ‘n’ Pitch back in August. It’s a vanilla sock, done without a pattern. Now, I’m just trying to remember what I did on the first one.
This will be done for next Christmas. Oh, yes, it will.