First, the knitting
I did some work on the woven shawl (which I have decided will be a shawl, at least until I run out of yarn):
Second, meet my new buddy
I don't like to call things 'game changers' because that should be for things like, oh I don't know, penicillin and bluetooth, but the Cameo is a game changer, at least in my life of paper cutting. Here's a picture of it (it is maybe 16" wide?) and also two cuts that I made.
Here is the first thing I did (after a basic circle):
It's not centered, but look at that clean clean heart cut!
Here is a card I made with the star cuts from the first photo, using iris folding.
Then I made one with some metallic washi tape, this will be a Christmas ornament when I add the little topper. The metallic is kind of hard to see but I do like the circle.
I cut out a few other shapes yesterday, and I'm really liking this machine. You can also get pens to put in it so you can write on the cards too. I now know how scrapbookers end up with all their 'stuff' as there is more 'stuff' I want to get (spray on adhesive, I'm looking at you) but I need to be very mindful that I really don't need another stash going on.
Third, the reading
I liked "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" by Abbi Waxmann a lot--I guess you could call it Chick Lit but the main character has a severe case of anxiety so I can really relate to that. Nina Hill is an introvert who tightly controls every aspect of her life--until she learns here Dad (whom she never knew) has died, and she has a whole passel of new family members. It's not a far fetched premise and it is much better than most 'meet cute' books.
I also read "The Body in Question" by Jill Ciment and it was good too--a quick and engaging read. The first part of the book is about a woman who is serving on a jury-she is only referred to by her jury number. The trial is a horrible murder trial. She starts an affair with one of the other jurors (she's married to an older, ill man). The characters are well drawn, even without names, and the story is really compelling and somewhat heartbreaking on a lot of levels.
Fourth, the weather
I know a lot of you are suffering under a 'heat dome'. Yesterday we had sideways blowing rain for most of the day. It was winter-miserable. Today is nice. As was the sunset two days ago.
Stay cool, all.