My Spinning Life

As I mentioned before, I haven’t been reading much this week. In all honesty I feel like I read super slow compared to other bloggers, but I’m not going to let it stress me out.

I did want to get a post up for you guys though and thought that talking a little more about my other hobbies might be a good way to do so. So let’s talk about spinning yarn!

I started out spinning on a drop spindle. Which is basically stick with a round portion/wheel looking thing attached to it with a hook. You attach a leader yarn and then flick it to build up twist and use the twist to attach the fiber and voila! You start spinning. It is a bit more complicated than that, but I wanted to give you the basics. I’m still a new spinner myself.

Well about three month’s ago I decided that I really wanted to move up to a spinning wheel. So I purchased this.


And a closer look at the wheel portion:


My wheel is an Ashford Traveller Double Drive. I’ve loved her so far ( I think she needs a nickname!) and it’s been a great wheel to learn on. I’m still new and not producing amazing quality yarn yet. The thing is that it is soothing. I love the methodical rhythm of it and the feel of the fiber as it flows through my hand. Definitely something I’ll keep up and practice with.

Here’s a look at what I’ve been working on. It’s a 50% merino 50% tencel silk blend that I purchased on Etsy (The shop is currently empty and has been for months so I will not link)


So what are your plans for the weekend? Reading, knitting, or spinning? Got another hobby you want to tell me about?


My Late ArmchairBEA Wrap Up


I may be a little late with my ArmchairBEA wrap up but I took a break from blogging to try to deal with life issues. I mentioned before that I’ll be losing my job at the end of the month due to budget cuts and I’m having some tough decisions to make about whether to continue searching for a job or to go back to school and try to get into medical school. I’m still not entirely sure what I’m going to do, but for now I’m applying for jobs and checking out classes and what I would need to do for medical school. So blogging and reading haven’t been top priorities lately.

Now on to Armchair BEA! This was my first time participating and I’m so glad I took the plunge! I met so many awesome people. The introductory posts were a great way to meet people and see who had similar interests. The twitter parties were hilarious and fun. I learned a lot from fellow bloggers and got to make a few good connections, even if the twitter parties were a bit hectic. The Best of 2012 posts and BEA interest posts added tons of books to my TBR pile. 

I think all in all it was a fun and exciting week. It also made more confident as a blogger and made me realize that I didn’t need to get too hard on myself about how much I post or how many books I get read in a week. I think it’s more important that I have fun doing it and do what I set out to do: Find other bookish people to talk to about books!


Hope you all have a great week! 

Best of 2012 (Thus Far) and BEA Hopefuls ArmchairBEA

Hello! Today for ArmchairBEA I’m going to tell you about my favorite book of 2012 thus far and talk about which BEA books that I’m hopeful will become 2012 favorites.

First I have to say that I’m embarrassed to realize after I went down my read list that I’ve only read two books published in 2012 this year. I know, I’m slacking right?!

So my favorite book of 2012 is: The Deep Zone by James M. Tabor. I really loved this book. This is the first book by this author that I’ve read, but he’s also known for his book The Blind Descent which is true based account of two men’s exploration into the deepest cave in the world (which was also used for the move Sanctum I believe). The Deep Zone was an action packed, fast paced thriller that satisfied so many of my oh my gosh I love when this is in a book itches. Tabor also expertly balances telling different subjects experiences during the same time period in a way that makes you not rush to get back to the one side of the story that you are actually interested. I know that I can get that way if I’m following two characters through different concurrent journeys. It may work so well in this case since he is telling how different characters are effected by the same event. The Deep Zone definitely deserves a chance to be moved up your TBR pile.

So, as for the BEA books that I’m most looking forward too?

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

I read an excerpt of this in the BEA Buzz Books on netgalley. I was going to scroll through to see which books I thought may be interesting and ended up stopping at this one (which is first in the collection) and immediately got hooked and started reading. I’ve been interested in the post apocalyptic and dystopian books lately and I think this will be an interesting take on the matter.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 

This one is basically because I love Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve only read two of her books but loved them so much that I’m convinced that everything she writes will be gold and am willing to automatically give her the benefit of the doubt.

Those are the two that I know I’m interested in at the moment. I’m sure there will be buzz books that will come up during the week that I will want to pick up. What books are you guys looking forward to?

ArmchairBEA Introduction

Hi everyone! Here’s my answers to five of the ArmchairBEA interview questions so that you can get to know me better, hope that first time readers find it interesting and that returning readers can find out a little more about the person behind the blog. Now, on to the interview!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

My name is Stacy, I’m 26 and work in the public health field. I live in West Virginia and started blogging in October 2011. One of the main reasons I got into the blogging is because I wanted to get more involved in the book and reading community. Living in the area I do and not having many bookish friends leaves me little to no one to talk about all my book geekiness. I figured that blogging would be a great way to get all my thoughts and idea out and get to meet other people who loved books as much as I do.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I’m currently reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and In The Woods by Tana French. It’s definitely been a slow reading week for me. I think I may be in a reading slump.

My favorite book I’ve read so far in 2012 has to be State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I’m a knitter and a new spinner. I started knitting two years ago and I recently bought a spinning wheel and have started spinning. Knitting has definitely been competing with my reading time. Luckily I’ve discovered that audiobooks are a great way to do both!

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

I think it would have to be the book review of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It was such a moving story and so well written that I was thrilled to get to share it with others. So I definitely want more people to read the post so that they can discover the book as well.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

This may be the most boring answer area but I want to visit Boston/New England area. I love any book set in the area and there’s so much literary history and history in general that I think I would love it there.


Well I hope that gives you at least a glimpse of my personality. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you (or getting to know some of you better) through ArmchairBEA!

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