The Crafty Bookworm

reader. writer. crafter.

About Me…

I’m always bad at talking about myself. Characters who live in my head and spill out into my stories? Sure. I can talk about them. They give me a way to explain things that I don’t easily have the ability to explain when talking about myself. That question at interviews… “What do you consider to be your strengths?”… has always been my hardest one. Because, unfortunately, my greatest strengths include hiding away in the quiet, reading a couple of books a week, tapping away on my keyboard for hours on end, and being a super introvert.

But being an introvert has never served me poorly. You see… as an introvert, I find great joy in many things that most would find to be dull and boring. In the quiet of my alone time, I have learned to create. In my anxiety over saying the wrong thing in spoken words, I learned to embrace the written word. It gives me the chance to say what I wanted to say… then clean it up and fact check myself (which I do, even on things that I know to be true, because… well, I hate feeling stupid… and getting commonly known facts wrong makes me feel stupid every time). When you love words as much as I do, you want to use the right one every time. You want to get your exact point across, just the way you mean it, and only the right word will do. Expressing myself in writing gives me the chance to ensure that my communication always comes out exactly as I meant it to, whether in email form or a written story, or even this silly little blog.

And sometimes, my knitting calls to me with the urge to create something beautiful in an entirely different way… A hat for a loved one (or myself), a shawl to wear on my wedding day, a pair of funky mittens for my beloved little sister (who is taller than me, I might add)… My reading and writing help me get in touch with the deepest parts of my soul, and my knitting keeps my hands busy and my mind engaged.

Maybe for some people, being an introvert is a curse, being a bookworm a “nerdy” thing, and knitting a “grandmotherly” pursuit. But to me, it’s just being myself, living my life, and enjoying all the things that make me happy.

Stay tuned for book reviews, tidbits of my writing, and the knitting stuff I’m working on!

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Book Review: “Chasing Cars” by Susan A. Tiso

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” And while this bleeding isn’t easy in itself, there is no denying that following this advice is exactly how Susan A. Tiso brought her book “Chasing Cars” into the world. Reading this book came with the hint of subversion that one would feel in reading the diary of a loved one — almost too personal, and so incredibly real.

Susan’s analysis of why she did the things she did, and how her past has touched her present is one of the most honest and introspective I’ve ever seen. I finished it in 3 hours, and will be reading it again soon.

Book Review: “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and InheritanceDreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

President Barack Obama certainly made history as the first African-American man to serve as the President of the United States. But this book goes back further, and explores his history. He tells the story of his own family… his Kenyan father, American mother, and the grandparents who brought those two people into the world.

Without giving away the whole story, I will say that this book has every bit of the eloquence that Americans (and the world) came to know as part of President Obama’s speeches. It speaks of the hope that a young Barry Obama received as a birthright from his mother and father, and the hope that he sought to pass on to the country as a whole from his place in the Oval Office.

Regardless of your politics, this books has so many important things to say about the world, race, and hope.

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Traveling Woman travels on…

Knitting has always been an incredibly relaxing thing for me… crafting something beautiful, and knowing that it will be worn and loved, either by myself or someone I love, is a pretty exciting thing. So it only stands to reason that crafting would be a part of my upcoming (October 14th) wedding. And it’s sort of a long story how this lovely pattern ended up becoming a part of my future wedding day.

Traveling Woman is a pattern by Liz Abinante, and a dear friend in the knitting community made it in a gorgeous red wine shade several years ago. I fell in love with it, and bought the pattern, but never ended up knitting it at the time, because I didn’t have a reason, or a yarn that just called out to me that it was made for it.

My fiance proposed to me in June, and I immediately decided I wanted a colored dress, instead of one of the white/ivory/champagne traditional shades. I thought of green and silver… Then changed my mind and settled on blue. I went to David’s Bridal in Danvers, where a wonderful consultant named Nina helped me try on dresses. I was trying on bridal gowns, originally with the intent to find a style I liked, that I could later look for somewhere else in a blue color.

Until I put on my dress — an ivory gown — and I was moved to tears. I felt exactly the way that I’ve always heard people feel when they find “the dress,” and I knew it had to be mine.

Still, my vision of blue was with me. I needed something blue that was a special part of my bridal outfit. And it came to me that a shawl was the perfect thing. I looked through so many patterns, and nothing quite seemed right… Until I went back to this pattern, still in my virtual pattern shelf — and I knew.

The yarn I chose for this piece is a MadelineTosh Twist Light (fingering weight), in the Deep colorway… A gorgeous blue. And it’s knitting up beautifully. I can’t wait to finish it, and block it, and show you all the finished product!

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