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My Latest Crochet Creation – A Warm Mosaic Hat

I found this fabulous pattern for a crochet mosaic hat and it really appealed. The best thing about mosaic crochet is that you don’t have loads of ends to weave in because you don’t have to change the colours you just bring them in each row. You can get some really fun patterns from mosaic crochet and it’s not that difficult to master once you can read the charts.

mosaic crochet hat

The pattern isn’t exactly right, but I think it still looks good. I think the great thing about these types of patterns is that you can make it more unique when you get it wrong, so long as it fits okay! I just need a pom pom on the top now, but I haven’t decided yet whether to make one or buy a fake furry one. I love the rustic autumn colours which I bought from Deramores my favourite wool shop. The wool is Studio Aran which is great value but feels so soft. Choosing your wool is one of the fun parts of crochet. I did have to put a ban on myself for buying wool earlier this year, but after using up over half of my stash I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to get some more wool especially as the seasons are changing. I can see a lot of hats and scarves being made if I am well enough.

Here’s me wearing the hat…yes, it definitely needs a pom pom.

crochet mosaic hat on my head

I’m going to make another now, maybe in a child’s size so I can put it in my Etsy Shop.

You can find out all about the pattern here on MJs Off The Hook Designs. I bought the book so I have two more designs to try out using very different techniques.

Do you crochet?

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My Pink Baby Cardigan

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The Man Who Died Twice, Richard Osman Book Review

Despite my disappointment in Richard Osman’s first book, The Thursday Murder Club, I have nothing but praise for his second book, The Man Who Died Twice. Looking back I think I was a little harsh on The Thursday Murder Club as I did really enjoy it in the end. I think that maybe I wasn’t feeling so good when I started it and that’s why I couldn’t concentrate on the story. I’m telling you this because ‘The Man Who Died Twice’ is really a sequel and refers to the first book quite a lot.

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The Man Who Died Twice

By: Richard Osman
Narrated by: Lesley ManvilleRichard Osman
Series: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 16-09-21
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

The Blurb

The second novel in the record-breaking, million-copy best-selling Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman.

It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time, they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

My Review

I listened to The Man Who Died Twice on Audible and it was narrated by the lovely Lesley Manville who did a fabulous job. I think my problem with the first book was that these old people were not like any old people I’ve ever known (well, some of them.) But they are NOT like any old people you would meet, they are special and really quite wonderful in their own way.

The story was exciting from the start and Richard writes some long winding books, but each thread leads somewhere. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t stop listening. I felt so disappointed that it had to end. That’s surely the sign of a good book. I have to admit, that finding out who The Man Who Died Twice actually was, is a touch of genius and it nearly broke me.

The characters that Richard Osman introduced us to in the first book, develop and grow in this one and we get to know them better. My heart broke for poor Ibrahim but he’s got some good friends. I loved Ron’s grandson Kendrick, and how Ron insists on calling him Kenny or Ken. I guess Kendrick is just a little too modern for him.

Elizabeth becomes a force to be reckoned with, but her sidekick, Joyce, also proves her worth.

The book is full to the brim of entertaining storylines, it’s a captivating story of friendship, love, crime, death, revenge, suspense and a satisfying, if a little surprising, ending. Richard Osman is certainly a great story teller.

The book is mainly told in the third person, but it also has diary entries from Joyce. The humour is subtle but definitely hits the spot.

Just like the first book the story is over the top and unbelievable but Richard tells it in a way that makes you believe it. I’m looking forward to the next instalment already.

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Baby Cardigan in Pink, My Latest Crochet Creation

I love to Crochet and I have my own little shop on Etsy with all my makes. I started with blankets but apart from a couple that I have gifted, I have mostly kept them. They took so long to make it was hard to part with them. I then went on to scarves and cowls which were fun to make. But I also found that I enjoyed making baby clothes after I made a little blanket and cardigan for my great nephew. My latest creation is a pink cardigan for a baby girl.

baby cardigan in pink from the front with arms out

I love this pattern by Kelly Jane Designs and I’m about to embark on a blue version and a lovely bobble baby blanket. I have a selection of these lovely buttons which say ‘handmade with love’

close up of baby cardigan showing cute buttons

My Baby days are over but I wish I’d learnt to crochet when my children were little. The first time I tried was when I was expecting my first born, but it didn’t turn out very well. It was harder then too because there was no internet for help, I had to use books and written pattern. My Mom could knit but not crochet. I can knit a little but I prefer to crochet.

Kerry Jayne provides some adorable patterns and I’m a big fan (not an affiliate, an actual fan!) When you buy one of her patterns you get step by step directions with clear to follow images. It makes learning a lot easier.

baby cardigan in pink with arms folded in

You can find my pink cardigan along with the other items in my Etsy Shop along with a few other items like cowls and mittens, and a lovely blanket.

Do you crochet?

If you happen to be looking for baby gifts Then Never Mind the Mess has a Perfect New Baby Gift List on their blog you may enjoy.

My Etsy Shop September Sale


Hello October and my First Blogtober 2021 post

Well, the year is just flying by, or is that because I’m getting old. Don’t blink, it will be Christmas! This year I’m going to attempt Blogtober on two of my blogs, crazy I know, but this is the first time for At Home a Lot so I’ll take it easy.

My readers at Raisiebay probably know me already but I thought I’d give an introduction to me on this blog and why I write here as well.

I started blogging a very long time ago and my other blog has been running 11 years now. This one I started just over three years ago because I wanted to split up my ideas a little more. This is my blog all about staying at home a lot and what I do to pass time, so it’s mostly crochet, reading and online shopping.

About Me

I was an active mum of five. Two by my first husband who are grown up now, and three by my current husband who are now 16, 14 and 11 years old. I used to do everything and was very busy, but I’m not sure if I burnt out because I was struck down suddenly on January 1st 2016 with pins and needles, followed by paralysis and two weeks in hospital. I was told I had Transverse Myelitis and would recover in eight weeks. It seemed like a lifetime. Twelve weeks later I was back in the consultants office while he discussed the fact that he didn’t think it was Transverse Myelitis and I needed further tests.

I had a LOT of tests and eventually, almost exactly a year later, I was diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome plus PERM. It’s an incredibly rare condition but it involves a break down in your immune system which causes neurological damage. I use a wheelchair and I’ve been able to walk more than a very short distance for nearly six years now. My youngest child doesn’t actually remember me being able to walk.

About My Family

I never write about my older kids as they are adults and I respect their privacy, but they both still live with us and we are lucky to have a big house (which still doesn’t feel big enough sometimes.) I’m Married to Graham since 2016. I never really wanted to get married again, but when I got sick he proved he was here for the long run so I asked him to marry me and he said yes! (2016 was a leap year and I proposed on February 29th. We got married in the same year, in November.)

My younger children have blog names but I don’t often write about them here. For the record though, they are Star, 16 who has just started college, Boo, 14, just starting her GCSEs and The Little Man, 11, who has just started Secondary School.

I also have two cats, Sabrina and Ash.

About My Blog

I write a lot of book reviews and hold a monthly book linky for book worms. I love to crochet and although I’m not at the pattern writing stage I do like to share my projects. I am also an avid affiliate and write a lot of affiliated posts from programs I love, so this blog has a lot of reviews and posts about things you can buy, gift lists and such like.

This blog is a little less personal that Raisie Bay but I still like to add a little of myself to every post.

Blogtober 2021

I’ll probably share my monthly posts between my two blogs but if you are taking part you can pop your posts on my Blogtober linky over on Raisiebay here.

I’ll look forward to getting to know more bloggers over this blogging bonanza.

blogtober 2021

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Book Worms Monthly, Snuggle up with a book for Autumn

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly October. Well, wasn’t September a surprise in the UK? Such lovely weather after a dull and dreary summer. It’s back to rubbish weather again now as Autumn is in full swing…but is there no better time to snuggle up with a good book?

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly. What books will you snuggle up with this month?

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly October

Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your BookWorms Monthly October book posts below.

Here is a badge to share, just use the code below if you want to put it on your blog. Or you can just link back to www.athomealot.com thanks.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Each month I will read through the linked up posts and add to my TBR list here:

The Refuge by John A Heldt – book review By Yet another blogging mummy!!!

The One Hundred Year Old man That Jumped Out of the Window and Disappeared. review by The Inspired Eater