Friday, February 5, 2021

Narrowing down the Lenten book club, and some in-progress winter crafting...

Hello all and happy Friday! It's a windy day here in WNY, with a lake effect snow storm on the way, so it'll be a cozy weekend in for us. We're looking forward to some family movie time, and making some snacks for the Super Bowl on Sunday. :-)

I'll get to our Lenten Book Club in just a second, but first I wanted to post a little creativity update in terms of winter crafting. Winter really inspires me in my knitting and crocheting: the colors, the cozy accessories, the SOCKS, so many socks. :-0 I just love it. I'm in a sock knit -along with some other knitters themed around tea, and we decided upon the Mint Tea Socks, which is a free pattern! These are my yarn options:

I genuinely don't know which to pick, they're both so good! I should have them cast on by next Friday. 

I also received an order of Valentine yarn from Bumblebee Acres, and I'm so in love. 😍

Granted, there will not be a pair of socks knit by Valentine's Day, but I am undeterred! Valentine's Socks can be worn year round. ;-)

I did cast on a mohair wrap in soft glacial colorways, and I'm quite smitten with it:

Pattern is Hygge and Hearth Scarf from Bumblebee Acres

And I finished my Lotus Flower hats, complete with giant pom poms! 

Lotus Flower Beanie, from BKnitsHandmade

Gorgeous pom poms are from North Star Stitches on Etsy!

Very much needing the hats and scarves these days with the wintry weather we're finally having!

But OK, let's talk Lent. I got a little bit of interest in my mention of a fiction title that we would read together this Lent, but not a ton of other feedback. So I had a few suggestions, but am very open to more! In perusing my book shelf, I happened upon this title, obviously non-fiction, but I absolutely love St. Faustina! And she fits great with a lead up to Easter, I think, since Divine Mercy Sunday is so close in time thereafter:

Our Friend Faustina, by Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle

And in continuing with our saint theme, I happened across a copy of one of Louis de Wohl's books in his series of historical fiction focusing on the saints. I have The Quiet Light, which is about St. Thomas Aquinas:

But there are also books just like this in his series that feature St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joan of Arc, St. Benedict, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis Xavier...the list goes on and on. Do any of these sound appealing? I'm really feeling this saint theme. But I'm open to all ideas! Cast your vote by leaving a comment! :)


  1. I have numerous books on ST. Catherine Of Siena and ST. Joan of Arc. Love reading books on the lives of any saint.

    1. Good to know, thanks Marion! We could have a saint -along for Lent, even if reading different books, I think that would be really fun. :-0

  2. I am always interested in Joan of Arc since that is my name. I do enjoy reading about the other Saints,too.

    1. oh yes, that is so perfect, Joan! But I agree, I do love reading about all of the saints!

  3. You have a good list of books based on the Saints. My Confirmation name is Kathleen, so I am always interested in reading about all the Saints named Catherine or Katherine. The yarn you have purchased is so pretty. I am going to download the patterns.
    P.S. My sister Marion forgot to mention she loves reading about all the Saints named Margaret,that is her middle name after our paternal grandmother.

    1. awww, I love all of these saint name connections! I am partial to Catherine as well. :)

  4. I like the idea of a book by Louis de Wohl. I've been wanting to read about saints more and this sound like a good way to get started. I don't have any of the books but one of the libraries I work for has several so I could check one out.

    1. perfect, Melanie! I think that's the route we're going to go, look for today's post! :-0


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