Delicious Little Joys

The #DeliciousLittleJoysKAL is coming! Having not hosted a KAL for a long time, I was inspired to do one given we are now in the second, not that exciting sequel to the original lockdown part one. Delicious little joys is the theme and the idea is to embrace the idea of looking for delicious little joys in the every day. Indeed, it’s about actively building in joy to your day. It’s gonna be miserable in the Northern hemisphere soon, so finding ways to bring joy will be a positive thing.

Yarn is any that brings you joy.

Pattern is any joyful pattern.

We start on 15th November and will continue until we don’t need any more joy (which might be around 1st February 2021). It can be a fresh cast on, or one you have had around for a while. Sewing, Crochet or any other craft is welcome, so long as it is joyful. All the chat will take place in the Shinybees Podcast Club on Mighty Networks and you can use the hashtag #DeliciousLittleJoysKAL on social if you like.

Things to help with joy:

Chase Grapefruit and Pomelo gin #Ginabled – I like mine with light Fever Tree Aromatic with a frozen slice of grapefruit.

Yoga With Adriene

Early morning brews with a fantasy book

Recipe recommendations

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Honey Flapjacks

For Fox Sake by Maxim Cyr. image Copyright Maximtheknitter


The For Fox Sake jumper yarn I had originally planned to use – West Yorkshire Spinners Croft – is reported to be a bit pilly. As a result, I’m now considering Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn DK or West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester, if I can find enough balls in the right colours.


I’m now up to #7.5 in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. They continue to suffer from the plot-dropping-off-a-cliff in the last 20 pages. Once I accepted this would be the case, I could just enjoy the books for what they are.

Winterblaze by Kristen Callaghan was a surprise library find and I enjoyed the strong female protagonist in this book. It’s set in Victorian London and the world building and plot were good. It’s a bit racy in parts, but not at the expense of a great story. Worth a look.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera was dreadful. I’m glad it was a library book, or I would have been rather annoyed. Zero worldbuilding for the first book in the series, meandering ‘yoof’ dialogue and sterotyping, boring and predictable. Abandoned at page 85. Avoid.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende. Heartily recommend this interesting historical fiction set in the Spanish and Chilean revolutions.


Music for this episode with kind permission of Adam and the Walter Boys with ‘I Need A Drink’ available from iTunes.

2 comments on “Ep 163 – Delicious Little Joys

  1. Caity Brown says:

    Hi Jo!
    I just picked up a book called The Power of Knitting: Stitching Together Our Lives in a Fractured World by Loretta Napoleonic. I haven’t actually started reading it but I read an article by the writer about the history of knitting spies during the second world war… It was totally fascinating. I saw that she recently published this book so I had to buy it! I think it might be up your alley 🙂

    1. Jo Milmine says:

      Oh this sounds like a fantastic read – will check it out. Thanks, Caity!

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