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February Wrap Up 2018

Okay, so maybe this is another wrap up post that is a little bit belated… but February just flew by, didn’t it?

I mean, I remember February beginning, and all the plans that were falling into place for that coming month, and then BAM! It’s now nearly the end of March and I still haven’t posted this blog! (Bad Briony!) But I’m sure you’ll forgive me when you see the tiny excuse for why I’ve been so distracted…

We got a puppy!!!!

And he is just the cutest thing. I mean look at him. That picture was taken the day we got him. He’s just so small! ๐Ÿ’• The beady-eyed among you may have already spotted him in my Valentine’s and Mother’s Day posts. (I just couldn’t wait to share his cute little face. ๐Ÿถ) And well if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know exactly what’s been going on. ๐Ÿ˜‚

So besides puppy cuddles, puppy cuddles and more puppy cuddles what did I get up to during February 2018 ? Well…

I made a dog hoodie!

When we first got Bobby nothing fit him. He was so tiny! Here in the UK we’ve had such cold weather, I couldn’t let him go around naked. However, thanks to Cami Weaver’s Crochet Chihuahua Hoodie on Ravelry, I got to make something tiny enough to keep him cosy and warm. (Fun Fact: He’s already out grown it though, so I’m going to have to start making another!)

I visited the Coombs Wood Book Club

This was a wonderful evening. I made an author appearance at a book club who had read Unravelled as their Valentine’s read. โค๏ธ It was so amazing to sit around a table with so many people who had read my story and just talk. Everyone was so very welcoming. Thanks again for having me Stephanie, I hope to be able to visit you and your lovely book club again in the future! (They even gave me this gift to say thank you, how nice of them was that?!)

I took Cupid off the needles.

At the beginning of February I posted this picture on my social media, asking people to guess what my first cast on of 2018 was. I can now reveal it was the beginnings of a knitted Cupid. However, with everything else that happened last month, I never got around to finishing him, so I made the sensible decision to take him off of the needles and save the pattern for another time. (A decision of which I am very proud of. The usual thing would have been to dump the pattern, the needles and the cast on stitches in a bag ready for next year or , you know, never. I’m taking this “finish what you start” thing very seriously. I either cast it off or take it off the needles these days. My WIPs list is long enough!)

My case study was published in my Alumni e-zine!

I know I wrote a separate blog post about this, so I won’t go on. But I just want to say that I am still super proud of this achievement and the recognition I’ve been given from my university. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“

More fan mail!

I was lucky enough to receive some more fan mail last month too. This still blows my mind and warms my heart in equal measures. This letter in particular highlighted my reader’s appreciation of my believable characters. Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I honestly cannot tell you how much all of your wonderful feedback means to me. โค๏ธ

And finally …

My Temperature Blanket Update.

My Temperature CAL blanket is still going strong. Sundays have become a kind of weekly catch up day, but I’m still on track. February saw the introduction of a new colour too. Grey symbolises the fact that it was 0 degrees at noon here in the UK last month and there was even more snow!

And that’s a wrap! With March almost over, it won’t be long until you’re hearing what I’ve been up to this month, but until then be sure to get in touch and let me know what you got up to last month. I’ve love to know. ๐Ÿ˜Š

– B xo

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Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled, Woolly Wonders

The Slow Knitter Podcast & Giveaway!

You may remember, a few blogs ago, I announced the wonderful news that I was going to be a part of The Slow Knitter podcast!

Well, last week I spent some time chatting with Rena, the lovely lady behind The Slow Knitter, all about Unravelled as well as my knitting & crochet journey.

Today, her podcast containing my interview went live!

You can watch it here.

I’m so excited to share this experience with you, because I had so much fun doing it! Rena was a great host and asked some really interesting questions.

And if that wasn’t enough!!! Rena is also hosting a giveaway via her podcast where, not only could you win a copy of Unravelled along with the Adrian’s Scarf knitting pattern, but one lucky winner will have a chance to win the whole Ultimate Unravelled Kit… and it’s so easy to enter! (Be sure to watch the podcast for more details!)

Enjoy and hit the subscribe button whilst your there, so you never miss an episode of The Slow Knitter podcast. ๐Ÿ˜Š

– B xo

(Image Credit: Yasmin Qureshi Photography.)
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Happy Motherโ€™s Day! ๐Ÿ’

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Mummy’s out there, I hope you are all treated like the Queens you are today. ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Ÿ’•

We’re fully intending to spoil ours rotten.

Weren’t sure what to get Mum this year?

Remember that Unravelled is available in two formats:

The Paperback

The classic. Perfect size paperback to take on your travels or equally perfect for cosying up with on a Sunday afternoon. ๐Ÿ’•

The Ultimate Kit

Maybe you have a crafty Mum, just like me, or maybe you just fancy spoiling her rotten? Either way, The Ultimate Kit is the one for you. Jam packed with goodies, it would be rude not too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And you can order yours today, from hallgoodbooks.com! So you can show Mum your confirmation email and she won’t think you’ve forgotten! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

What could be a better gift than a snuggley slice of Mummy Lit? It’s even cheaper than flowers, and it will last longer! ๐Ÿ’

Already got your Mum a copy of Unravelled? Be sure to use #Unravelled when you post your pics. I’d love to see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

– Bxo

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Yasmin Qureshi Photography ๐Ÿ“ท

The internet really is an incredible thing. ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’•

Jump back to over a year ago at my author event debut. As the crowd started to filter into the room my nerves started to stir. I didn’t notice the new face; the one whose eyes were sparkling with interest. (To this day, I’m still a little gutted about that. ) However, I returned home to a tweet that started something amazing. A tweet from that face in the crowd. A message of such joy and appreciation from someone I’d never met. It warmed my heart. โค๏ธ

That was the day I connected with Yasmin, the lovely lady behind Yasmin Qureshi Photography. Ever since that day we’ve been internet buddies and last year she offered me the amazing opportunity to be a part of her photography project, “Your Stories”. Of course I jumped at the chance!

You may have seen me using some of the amazing shots she took across my different platforms (also cropping up in a couple of my event’s marketing and interview articles!) However I am very happy to announce that the article, for which the photographs were originally intended, is live!

You can read the full post here.

This is exactly what I mean when I say that Unravelled has opened up some amazing doors for me. If it wasn’t for my novel I would never have met this amazingly talented lady and I would never have made such a lovely new friend. ๐Ÿ’•

– B xo

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Happy World Book Day! ๐Ÿ“š

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderfully bookish day.

I’m celebrating today by announcing some exciting bookish news. I’m going to be part of a podcast interview about Unravelled! How cool is that?!

I will be talking to lovely Rena from The Slow Knitter all about Unravelled later this month. I can’t wait!

Check out her latest podcast, “Socks on the Beach” to hear her announce our interview and her thoughts on Unravelled so far!

– B xo

(P.S: My Mom’s Just text me to say I have book mail waiting for at home. #winning Happy World Book Day Everyone! ๐Ÿ“š)

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Belated January Wrap Up 2018

Not many people I meet are a fan of January, in fact I know quite a few people who were very glad to see the back of it this year. But besides catching the flu and struggling against wisdom tooth pain that had me wanting to chop my own head off, I had a pretty fantastic January. So I thought today I’d share my January with you all and I’d like to encourage you to do the same in the comments. Go on, show January some love. ๐Ÿ’–

I started my AIYSO Temperature CAL.

know I mentioned this in a previous post but I thought this wrap up would be a good way to show you my progress. My blanket has already grown so much and it’s only been a month, it’s going to be huuuuuge!

I started jotting down ideas for a sequel. < /strong><

I don't want to get anybody too excited with this one but, along with the "new year new start" marlakee, I made myself a promise to start working on another novel this year. We're still in the very early stages of ideas right now but definitely something that happened that I thought was worth a mention. โค๏ธ

I received my second delivery of Unravelled. ๐Ÿ“ฆ

I am aware that I’m just posting a picture of three cardboard boxes here, but for me this was such an exciting moment. I’m already on my second print of Unravelled!!! Thank you to everyone who’s already got their copies, you’re all a part of making dreams happen.

I received my first piece of hand written fan mail.

There’s just something nostalgically beautiful about hand written letters. Receiving this card really touched my heart. How lovely. โค๏ธ So far I’ve heard nothing but wonderful feedback about Unravelled. Thank you and please keep that feedback coming!

I was featured in Simply Knitting Magazine! This is another of those pinch me moments. Unravelled continues to offer me some truly amazing opportunities, just like this one. Haven’t got your copy yet? Find it here. (Issue 169)

I took part in the second ever Wolverhampton Literature Festival. And the festival as a whole was a huge success! In fact I am happy to announce that the festival has been awarded funding for next four years! ๐ŸŽ‰

I learnt how to C2C crochet. I’m always up for a challenge, especially if it’s for a good cause. Last month I heard the story of a brave little girl called Grace and the amazing guys at littleheartsforgrace who were trying to make a difference. Grace is only three and she’s already undergone open heart surgery… more than once! Friends of the family asked crocheters from around the world if they’d help raise money for the charities that helped this little girl by crocheting hearts themed squares. You can read more about their story here. I instantly wanted to help out and grabbed my hook and wool. One of the patterns was for a C2C heart square and well, I set about teaching myself a new skill with the aid of YouTube! My square may not be perfect by any means, but I really enjoyed doing it and I can’t wait to see what the blankets will look like when all the squares are put together.

Crocheted Face Scrubbies.

January for me is home to a couple of birthdays. So I set myself the challenge of giving my gifts the personal touch and hand making a little something. Online I found the pattern for these cute, eco friendly, face scrubbies. The perfect re-washable alternative to cotton pads. What lady doesn’t love a nice pamper session? I had great fun making these, even if I did break my hook doing that puff stitch! ๐Ÿ˜‚

And that’s a wrap!

– Bxo

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Happy Valentineโ€™s Day! ๐Ÿ’˜

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all enjoying this day of lurrrrve. ๐Ÿ’•

Weren’t sure what to get your valentine? Don’t worry, you can order a copy of Unravelled today and treat your loved one to a cosy romance that they’ll love to snuggle up with. (Just like Baby Bobby is doing today!)

Unravelled is available now from www.hallgoodbooks.com

– B xo