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Read-a-thon Hour 7


The read-a-thon started at 1pm today and so far my achievements are:

Five chapters of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Five chapters of The Fiery Cross

Not as good I wanted but I had to get supplies from Tesco, wash up dishes and cook dinner.
I am taking a break right now to watch Strictly Come Dancing and I may also indulge in Merlin, but after that it’s back to the Kindle.


Read-a-thon Update


1)Where are you reading from today?
Cambridge, UK

2)Three random facts about me…
I have 3 hamsters (Sookie, Bolt & Frazzle)
I’m always cold
Only 1 person I know IRL knows I’m doing this

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
1 audiobook
1 Young Adult non-fiction
2 Fiction (short humourous essays)
1 Non-Fiction

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
To listen to My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece
To read around 15 chapters of The Fiery Cross
To read around half of How to be a Woman

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

I’m a first timer.



How did I not know about this?

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
On October 22nd at noon I will endever to read as much as I can. There is no way I could stay awake for entre 24 hours, let alone read for that long, but I will spend as much time as I can reading and listening to audiobooks. I have also signed up to be a cheerleader so I can support others when I’m to bushed to keep going.

I plan in reading a big chunk of The Fiery Cross (Outlander 5) by Diana Gabaldon (I am currently 43% through it) but when I fancy a change I have:

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Strikes Again by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood

on my Kindle, and when I’m getting too tired to read I can listen to audiobooks. My audible credit came today so I used it to get My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece. I have wanted to read this for ages and after seeing that David Tennant narrates the audiobook and that it has been shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Awards, it seemed too good to be true.

I also have:

The Swan Theives by Elizabth Kostova

Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah

loaded on my Ipod.



Thursday saw me dress up formal and attend the Corn Exchange in Cambridge to attend my graduation ceremony. I orginallly had reservations about going as wouldn’t know anyone else graduating and after 7 years of study was just glad to be done.

After talking to various people and realised that the ceremony wasn’t just for me, it was for those who had supported (put up with) me and without whom I wouldn’t have got through the bad times. It seemed only fair they got to celebrate the good times.

It was an early start as I had to collect my robes and get photographed at 9am (I know this isn’t early for most, but I don’t normally get up until 10am) and the meet my parents in the city to make sure they were queing up to get in by 10am.

I turned out that I was sitting in the front row so had an interesting view of the stage, on the plus side I had plenty of leg room. The ceremony was less boring than I expected (even if I was in the last group of graduates to go up on the stage) and Mark-Anthony Turnage and Frankie Dettori were there to received honary doctorates.


After the ceremony we had a lovely lunch and by then I was pretty tired so came home.

Night time drink


If like me you like to have a hot milky drink in the evening then you may like my bedtime drink. It is apparently a version of a chai latte but I started to make it as an alternate to cocoa (minus the tea) without realising. Once I discovered recipes for chai latte’s I tried adding some tea to my recipe and haven’t looked back. I use soy milk (alpro soy light) but any milk of your choice should work fine, it is also worth mentioning that I use a pretty large mug (larger than normal mug) so you may need to adjust accordingly. (I will try to remember to measure capacity of my mug tomorrow).


1 teaspoon loose tea
1/2 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves
1 cardamom pod
1 teaspoon sweetner

Place a mug full of milk into a saucepan.
Add dried ingredients
Heat, stirring or whisking occasionally
Strain into manual milk frother, froth, pour into mug and sprinkle with either cinnamon, nutmeg or choc.

Can easily be drunk without frothing or can be frothed in any other manner.

In other news, I have cast on a sweater with my handspun (I have already completed the first sleeve) and love the rustic look of the knitted fabric. To mask any inconsistencies between skeins I am alternating every other row.

I am still having pain issues with my hip but have to sit and wait for my appointment for the hospital. I’m not confident of being seen this side of Xmas, which is going to make a miserable Xmas. 😦

photos were taken…


but the new USB cable I purchased doesn’t seem to like my mac or vice versa as when I plugged it in up came an error message about USB drawing too much power – will try it in Karl’s PC tomorrow.

I was planning on showing off a new FO – One Row Handspun Scarf in my handspun from Crown Mountain Farms (Stand By Me) and a new wip – podster gloves cast on this evening in the remaining yarn. Oh well, just hope they will be worth the wait.

I finished listening to Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton last night and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It is a lot shorter than most of the audiobooks I buy, but still an good cosy mystery and I can definitely see me buying more in the series. Tonight I will start listening to Cure of Souls by Phil Rickman, I have listened to the previous books in this series and love them. A great mix of old-fashioned murder mystery with new age/spiritual overtones. The only problem is that for some strange reason the next two books (numbers 6 & 7) aren’t available on audible but book 8 is, something that really confuses me. Why not have the entire series instead of random books from a series?
Hopefully I will bring photos tomorrow – fingers crossed!

Hip Hip….



well the hip part is right. I started feeling the niggling pain back in hip a couple of days ago and it has gradually got worse, so back to the GP I limped. I have been referred back to Addenbrookes Hospital, this time to the Orthopaedic team as after examination (and pain) my GP managed to make hip clunk, that’s right no ‘clicking’ joints for me but deep seated clunking ones. That said is is pretty certain it isn’t actually a problem with the bone(s) as my x-ray a few weeks ago was clear but more likely a soft tissue/cartilage problem. I was prescribed more painkillers (Co-Dydramol) and have to wait to hear from Addenbrookes. I’m glad that the issue is being investigated but in the mean time I am in pain and when not in pain (after taking pain meds) am either drowsy/dopey or asleep so still not able to sit at a desk an concentrate on my work. I have also got to delay my meeting at uni about my project as have to rest my hip for another 2-3 days, which means no walking to bus stop/around campus etc. The real bummer though is no spinning 😦 so I won’t be able to get my sweater yarn plied up for a while. This will however leave an opening for a new sweater project as I am so very close to finishing the Trellis & Lace pullover. I am undecided about what to cast-on but the options are:


Kauni cardigan in Kauni EP
Little Birds by Ysolda in Drops Alpaca
Freya Sweater by Courtney Kelley in Drops Alpaca
Enid Cardigan in Drops Alpaca


Layered Skater’s Top by Veronik Avery in Rowan Cotton Glace
Owls by Kate Davies in Zitron Loft Classic (Burgundy)


Nonpareil by Berroco in Rowanspun Aran (from frogged Wicked which is way to big now)
Miss BB by Chic Knits in Rowanspun Aran

Tomorrow I hope to frog the Wicked which is hugely to big now and soak/wash the skeins ready for swatching, and start swatching for he stuff I have the yarn and patterns for. I will probably decide to cast on for 2 projects – one mindless knitting (little or no cable/colourwork) and one with either cables or colourwork throughout.