Friday, May 06, 2016
“All Those Vanished Engines” by Paul Park. What a great title! I don’t know why I requested this originally, but it came and I wasn’t really in the mood for a “difficult” book. And it looked difficult. The blurbs made it sound difficult. But then I started, and I read like 50 pages (20%) in a sitting, so clearly it was fine. I didn’t really know what was going on most of the time. The characters were interesting, but after a while I lost track of time and who was who. This book might have gone better for me if I’d read it over a couple of days, rather than a couple of weeks. If I read it again right away, it might all make sense. Alas, it was a library book and already overdue, so that’s not going to happen.
“The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater. When this came in the mail the boy took off with it, and then said “read it by Sunday, we need to talk.” Not a problem actually. Though that conversation went something like
Oh my god Noah.
Oh my god Glendower.
Oh my god Cabeswater.
Oh my god Mr. Grey!
Oh my god Maura.
It probably didn’t help that Ed was wandering around, and he gets it next, so we couldn’t really say sentences with spoilers in them. Though really we were communicating pretty well.
Monday, May 02, 2016
1st draft“Water Leopard”. Had roughly 44,250 words at the start of the month. Now it’s more like 52,000.
"Lucky Kate”. Done.“The Cicatrix Diary”. Almost done.
Tilted Duster (Norah Gaughan IK Fall 2007). Done.
Rust Damask Jacket (Takle & Kolstadt). At the start of the month I had about 3” of the second sleeve done, and one row of the neckband colorwork, after having just ripped it out which sucked because I had to redo the setup row on the stranded portion, and that’s always the hardest part. I’ve now finished the colorwork on that neckband, meaning this project has both an easy/mindless component (neck) and hard/attention component (sleeve) and then it will be done. Unfortunately, neither part is portable.DragonFruit Socks. Just started, so I would have something to carry around. I lost a “faithful reader” a couple of months ago and inherited all her sock yarn. There’s no place to keep it, so I guess I need to knit a whole bunch of socks. Socks for Everyone! These ones are for me.
Boot Topper Socks. Gift, because it's not all about me... just mostly.
Monday, April 04, 2016
“Green” by Jay Lake. This was a Christmas 2014 gift, so it’s been sitting around waiting to be read for a while. I was looking for something to be mournful about and Jay Lake is dead, so I picked it up because he won’t be writing anything else (though I think there’s a sequel… or something else set in the same world). His short story roots showed, I thought, but in a good way. He didn’t drag a section out the way some books seem to. I found the writing nicely efficient. I also liked the variety of characters and relationships.
“The Essense of Budo” by Dave Lowry. Another karate essay book. It’s quite accessible, and didn’t make me feel bad about my karate at all!
“Codex” by Lev Grossman. The main character Edward is quite a bit like Eliot in The Magicians. Everything tied up really neatly at the end.
“Westmark” by Lloyd Alexander. I read the Chronicles of Prydain maybe 12 times as a child, and at least twice as an adult, so I was appalled to find out there are other LA books that I didn’t know about. I wasn’t too surprised by the resolution, but the characters were fun.
Friday, April 01, 2016
1st draft“Water Leopard”. Had roughly 37,000 words at the start of the month. Now I have around 44,250…
I also worked on something about gothic houses.
"Lucky Kate”. I think I’m doing the last pass now.“The Cicatrix Diary”. I had a brilliant idea that made the setting and characters work way better for a short story.
ConnectingIt's the thing I don't do. Maybe next month.
Margaret Beaufort (AS Tudor Roses 2013). Finished button bands, danglers and blocking. It came out great. I followed the pattern everywhere except I doubled the waist shaping so it doesn’t hang like a sack.
Tilted Duster (Norah Gaughan IK Fall 2007). At the start of the month I had just started the “skirt”. I finished that, and the first sleeve up to the cap.Rust Damask Jacket (Takle & Kolstadt). The month started with maybe 5 rows of the neck done, 10 inches of the first sleeve and two of the second. I finished that first sleeve and moved onto the neckband as my “focus” project, because the backing will be mindless, and it would be good to have a mindless thing when the Tilted Duster is done, because that will progress this one without me starting something else. Unfortunately due to how it was charted I had to rip out eight rows of neckband which sucked. I started the colorwork on the second sleeve.