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On My Needles & Between My Pages March 28

On My Needles

Progress on Oeste has stalled a little due to the fact that I have become distracted by something else. (I know, that never happens! I’m so good at finishing one project at a time.) I will be posting the “something else” on Friday so I’m keeping that under wraps for now. But, I have finished the body of Oeste and now only have four triangles left to make. That’s not a lot of knitting. Each triangle takes under an hour so I am hoping to have the knitting finished, though probably not the sewing up, over the weekend. I am starting to have some yardage concerns surrounding the amount of Knitsch yarn I have left. But really, if you know me or follow my blog regularly you know I have yardage concerns all the time and aside from one glaring incident I have always either had enough yarn or found a creative solution to deal with the lack of yarn. I think for this project I am heading into creative solution territory. Either way, I hope to be able to show it off to you sometime next week.

Between My Pages

I am pleased to say that I have finished the final two books in the Autumn series by David Moody. I mentioned the third book, Purification, a few weeks back and finished it just before heading off to Mexico. The third is the conclusion to the story of the survivors who are attempting to flee the city. The story is well written and does briefly conjure up images of the final scene of Dawn of the Dead (though it is in not the final scene of the book). As any good zombie story does, this books becomes less about the dead and more about the human relationships. The series could have easily ended here, however Moody had one more novel in mind.

Disintegration, the fourth book, I read while on vacation. While I appreciate the idea that Moody took the writing back to the city to convey the story of the survivors who were left behind, I did feel like he started to rely a little too much on the gore factor, which did detract a little from the story lines about loss of humanity and evolution of the human relationships. I also found it a little difficult to completely have to shift modes to a new set of characters after having become so heavily invested in the charactors from the other books. These two things combined did make the fourth book a little tedious, but overall it was still a fairly good read. Moody is able to provide enough continuity in the timeline of the third and fourth books (you realize quickly that both books occupy the same linear timeline) to explain why things happen in the fourth book the way that they do and second half of the book becomes very enjoyable. It feels like Moody got his second wind to finish both the book and the series. The final paragraph of the book is truly haunting and you can’t close the book without one last cold chill.

If you like zombie stories, the Autumn series as a whole is a worthwhile read. And in four books, he never uses the word zombie. Not even once.

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WIP Wednesday Feb 29

I have been making a huge effort to decrease the number of WIPS that I have, and I’ve been at least a little successful.  However, since I am taking part in the 12 shawls in 2012 challenge, it does mean that I had to cast on something new, as I finished the February shawl and I want to stay on track with a shawl a month.

My march shawl is Oeste. It a very interesting construction, comprised of seven of these little triangles and the main body.

As you can see, I’m short a few triangles.  I’d love to say I had a genius plan in mind to make sure that I have enough yardage or that doing things this way will somehow speed the whole process up.  In reality, I was a little bored with the triangles (and a lot sleepy) and needed something very simple to knit.  I switched to the body and will finish the triangles after.
I’m using a combination of MCN sock from IndigoDragonFly in “Now Accepting Applications for Minions” and some of the lovely yarn my BFF brought back from New Zealand for me, called Kitsch.  I love the way the two yarns are working together and am curious to see how it all comes together in the end.  It’s actually a relatively fast knit, so I’m hoping it won’t take too long.

For more great Wednesday stuff check out WIP Wednesday and the Yarn Along.