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On My Needles & Between my Pages

On My Needles

With what we all hope is a few short weeks before Widget appears in the world as pudgy little ball of wails and gurgles, I figured I had better get moving on his blanket because while the weather has again turned warm enough that a wool blanket is the last thing anyone currently needs this little boy will be appearing next month sometime and he needs something from his Auntie to welcome him into this world. So with that in mind I am tackling the last few squares of the blanket and have the wonderful notion that I will finish with a few days or weeks to spare. I do love how it is turning out and I hope it will keep his little toes and belly warm all through the upcoming Canadian winter.

Between My Pages

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, (a.k.a The Bloggess) was supposed to be vacation reading, but it didn’t make it there. I bought it a few days before we were to head out and made the mistake of reading the first page and then the next and the next and I think you can see where this is going. By the time my husband came home from work I was well over the half way mark and double over in laughter so hard that all I could do was hold the book up in the air to show him that nothing was so horribly wrong, but that I had a good reason that I couldn’t pull myself together enough to get up and give him a proper greeting. That happened a few times while reading the book (and just for the record it happened to my husband too). He did at one point have tears rolling down his face and I thought that I was going to have to track down an inhaler for him as I felt very certain he was laughing himself into an asthma attack.

Now before you all start thinking, “I need to run out and buy this book right now because I need a laugh”, please read her blog first. It may be just as easy to find Jenny offensive as it is funny and she acknowledges that with an apology in the intro of her book. She is however, unapologetic about mental illness and anxiety disorders and growing up in a very unique family. Another fan of her work looked at me and said “I wish I’d known when I was growing up it was okay to laugh at some of that stuff. It would have helped a lot knowing that didn’t make me a bad person.” And she’s right. Jenny does make it easy to laugh about things openily and loudly that not everyone would find funny. While I will admit that my high-school experience didn’t include cows “private parts” I can relate to a lot of other things in her book and personally I think she’s hysterical. Like I told her when I got to meet her a few weeks later, (I didn’t know that was going to happen when I bought the book), “you make me laugh on days when I would rather hide in my closet and shut the doors.” And, if anyone reading this has even an inkling of what depression and anxiety can do to a person, you know that’s a pretty big accomplishment.

BTW- she’s just as funny in person.
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A Different Kind of WIP

So this was not the WIP I wanted to share this week. I wanted to share the log cabin blanket and the tons of progress I had made. But it’s not meant to be because I have a whole other WIP that needs finishing first.

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Yup, that would be my dominate hand in a “removable caste” which is really just a fancy name for brace. I have a severe dislocation that needs healing before I can do any serious work on my fibre WIPs. I can’t say I’m happy but there’s really not much I can do about it.   So I’m stuck. It’s just the way of it. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go get some pain meds.

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On My Needles & Between My Pages July 11th

On My Needles

An interesting thing has happened to me this summer.  The huge lack of knitting time is really forcing me to value what knitting time I do have, and I have started to work on some old WIPS so that they can be finished and off the needles.  These little slippers are a prime example.

The pattern is Saturday Morning Slippers and while I have had to alter the pattern a little to make them the right size (my gauge was a little off) I am finding them to be a very fast knit and I am pleased with the progress that I am making.  Even with the lack of knitting time, I think that these should be finished soon and will be ready to send off to my Mum in time for her birthday.  I will be very happy to have these off the needles and to reclaim the space in my basket!!!!

Between My Pages

I could again blather on about The Night Circus (yes, I’m still reading it and in reality I’m having a very difficult time not tossing the studies aside for a day and just reading that last 150 pages) and how it’s become a little darker and how I’m starting to become concerned for the well-being of some of the main charactors.  However, if you’ve read any of my last few Wednesday posts you know how much I love this book and I don’t think I need to repeat myself.

While anticipating my summer break, I had thought that his section would have been far more vast and varied.  I was hoping to read the majority of the Game of Thrones series, a few silly toss off books like Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and this book.

I was told by two women that this was the most frightening book that they had ever read.  These two women are very well-read smart, worldly, well-educated women.  The are not the kind of women that scare easily.  So when they both gave the book the same review, I figured it was worth a shot.  I have managed to sneak in the first 50 pages and then I turned it over to  my husband since I was beginning to have very serious doubts about being able to put this book down.  When my husband was finished he told me not to start reading it again until we were on vacation because I was in fact correct and that I would not be able to put the book down possibly at the expense of eating, sleeping, and passing my assignments.  So it’s become my designated vacation reading.  And with any luck, I might actually be able to read the whole thing.  It would be nice to finish a book this summer, ’cause right now that’s in doubt too.

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On My Needles & Between My Pages

On My Needles

After a nasty little bit of knitting constipation, I have finally found my  mojo again and it’s in the form of Wingspan.  This wonderful little pattern is really simple and within very little time you know what comes next.  It’s a prefect project to ease back into the fibre world after my little hiatus.  The yarn is all inherited Rowan Tweed and I love the way this is turning out.  Even better is that this little projects is pulling triple duty.  First, it’s part of Nerd Wars, and it’s part of the 12 shawls in 2012, and it will be a gift for my Mother in Law.  (No pressure  little project.  You’ll turn out fine.)

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Between my pages
Since my reading time has been devoted to textbooks, notes, and occasionally professional journal entries, it means that my recreational reading has plummeted dramatically so I’m still lost in the pages of The Night Circus. But, if it’s going to take me weeks and weeks to finish a book it may as well be this one.  Each page is captivating and for five or ten minutes a day it’s a wonderful escape into another world.  If you do not have a copy of this book go out now and get one.  Really, drop everything and run to your book store or library.  You will not regret a single minute of it.  

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On my Needles and Between my Pages May 16th

On My Needles

Roam has had an outstanding week on the needles.  The left front is finished and the right front is well on its way to completion.  I am hoping to be able to finish the front over the next few evenings and see a sleeve in my very near future.  I have also been able to devote a little time to Baby Oliver’s welcome to the world present and as long as he doesn’t do anything too foolish (like arrive a month early) I am confident that I will have the whole thing finished in time.  Once mum has seen it, I will happily share more than hints with all of you.  But until that happens, I can say it’s fun knitting and very bad blogging material.

Between My Pages

I would love to be able to report on The Night Circus this week.  I would love to be able to say that it is enticing and riveting and that I can’t put it down.  And realistically I am sure that is all of those things.  But, I can’t say any of that because this last week pretty much all of my reading time has been devoted to this.

That’s right, I have gone  back to school and am studying behavioural therapy.  The only reason most of my time has been devoted to only one textbook is because the college didn’t receive the second book I needed in time for the beginning of our classes so I’m only reading this one and a whole lot of supplemental readings for both classes.  As far as textbooks go, it’s pretty darn interesting if you have a background in psychology.  I am hoping that I will have the other textbook by the end of the week and that I can catch up on the readings that I should have already done by now and that I will be back to my regularly scheduled posts next week.

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On My Needles & Between My Pages

On My Needles

It would be a slight understatement to claim that my knitting has become a shade redundant in the last few weeks……I’m working on Roam and making a sock yarn blanket.  And then the next day comes along and guess what? Still working on Roam and making a sock yarn blanket.  And really, this isn’t a problem.  I’m making progress on both and enjoying what I am working on, but it makes for really catastrophically boring blogging.  I’ve crossed into broken record territory to be certain, and this is a little strange for me.  Usually I am working on so many things I drown under buckets of woolly goodness.  Those other projects are still there, it’s just that right now, I want to be working on Roam and knitting a blanket.  So there you have it, a self-proclaimed project polygamist knitter is as close to monogamy as I have ever been.  It’s a little frightening.

Between My Pages

There is a little more variation here.  I’ve moved onto The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it is amazing.  Romeo and Juliet meet Victorian Era Circus life in a well written engrossing novel that is captivating and close to impossible to put down.  This book really should be a must read on everyone’s list.

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On my Needles and Between My Pages April 18th

On My Needles
After a week of scattered focus, I seem to finally be back on track.  While I am still pretty sure that I may be the WIP Queen (or at least one of the Princesses), I can say that fewer projects are dominating my knitting time.  First, my Hubby’s Masonic Lodge socks have received some love.  The first round of the leg is finished and I am hoping to be finished the first heel this week.

My Epic Blanket of Insanity has become my one a day project and it’s coming along nicely.  (There are photos coming of that tomorrow.)

Lastly, Roam is chugging along.  And I’m enjoying it! And I have row gauge!  That almost made me faint dead away.  And after a brief moment of sheer panic when I thought I had cast on the wrong size, I realized that I hadn’t, and have to very quietly admit (lest the cardigan knitting powers that be hear me and smite me for my arrogance) that it seems to be going fairly, sort-of, maybe a little bit well.  So far.

Between My Pages

The classic coming of age story meets Alice on the other side of the looking-glass, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is exactly what the cover says, peculiar.  That’s not to imply that it is not an enjoyable read.  I look forward to seeing how the plot unfolds and how the charactors develop.  I think it speaks volumes for the author’s creativity that he was able to look at a collection of photos and weave a tale of that incorporates time travel, Romeo and Juliet, super powers (though up until now the super powers have been used for little more than entertainment value) and WWII.  Slightly gritty and rough around the edges, this books lacks the polish of some other novels I have read, but that works well with this story and makes it an intriguing read that I am enjoying.

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On my Needles & Between my pages April 11th, 2012

On My Needles

So this week I am still spending time knitting Roam.  And you know what?  It hasn’t exploded, jumped off the needles, or tried to burn my house down. It’s been well-behaved and co-operative.  Its decreases have lined up in the right spots. There are purls in the purl spots and knits in the knit spots and I can see arm hole shaping in my very near future.  Even more exciting, I can even see other cardigans in my future!  Maybe next week I’ll have a finished back to show you.

Between my Pages
I am pleased that I finally finished The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.  It was a wonderfully engaging read, but not the best book for vacationing so it was briefly put on hold while I was away. For a more in-depth review you can read here.


I’ve moved on to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m just under a 100 pages into it and so far it seems to be a rather charming tale of a young man  trying understand the relationship he had with his grandfather and the complexity of his grandfather’s life.  Part coming of age and part adult fairy tale, it is both intriguing and a well written first novel.  I am curious to see how it all turns out in the end.

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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.

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