Where does the time go?

So my oldest manlet became officially engaged some time ago – they have been together for 2.5 years so far, but have no plans for the wedding as of yet. My geek’s daughter is now also officially engaged & he’s feeling my pain. :) Our kids are adults now & it just seems like yesterday that my manlets were little boys learning how to walk. Happily, though, both couples seem perfectly content to wait for quite some time before officially tying the knot. I’d told my manlets not to get married/have kids until they are at least 30…  we’ll see if they both heed my words!  ROFL!

Running

I’ve managed to get out & run almost every day of the week for the past couple of weeks. That includes several runs with the oldest & his lady friend. YAY! I’ve also done several miles with the youngest & his lady friend, but at a walking pace (for now! LOL). Decided to take today off & give my legs a bit of a rest. I’ll have to make up for it tomorrow & go for 4, I think, but the rest will be good for me. No sense in pushing it too hard & ending up injured!

Reading

Several members of my knitting group have formed a book club too. I’m super excited about it, as I’ve never gone the book club route before. New experiences are fun, especially when done with people you already know!  ;)  We just met to discuss the first book we read, which we really started back in January…

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – 1920s Alaska, an older married couple & the child they made of snow. Or did they? Is Faina real or just a figment of their imagination? This story is beautiful – the descriptions of Alaska alone make the book worthwhile. Yes, it is a sad story. Does it end sadly? Well, I think it really boils down to how the individual reader decides. I do know that this book spurred a fascinating discussion in our group about women & the “maternal instinct”. Some women have it, some don’t – but unfortunately, even in today’s society, women that do not have it are deemed less or even heartless. Not everyone is cut out to be a mother & it is the strong & courageous woman that admits to that.

Knitting

I finished up the Faux-Hard Garter Slip Scarf last weekend. I was looking at the finished projects & saw that our knitting group’s much loved Uncle Tim had used the pattern to knit up a dishcloth. What a fantastic idea, I thought! So yes, I immediately pulled out some cotton & knit up a new one for my geek.  LOVE IT.  So, thanks Uncle Tim!!  :)

I started knitting a new sweater for myself – I’m modifying the Devon tank for it. I plan to add sleeves to it, but otherwise I’m keeping it about the same. I can’t find my 4s though, so am knitting it with 5s – it’s going to be big, but hey, that’s ok.  :)

Today’s Ravelry Search

Let’s end this post with the same topic we started it with for some fun. ;)

* I absolutely LOVE this crochet dress!

Oooh, pretty!

* Something old, something new… ;)

::blink:: Call me old fashioned, but I’d really rather not see the bride’s knickers as she walks down the aisle.

I’m torn on this one – I love it, I think. LOL

* With the right dress, this necklace would be stunning.

* Have I mentioned my love for most things vintage? ;)

Again with the vintage stylings! LOL

When my friend Michelle got married, she toyed with the idea of knitting her bouquet. I loved the idea too!

* When it comes to flowers, I believe I prefer the crochet versions just a little bit!

* One of the prettiest veils I’ve ever seen, I love this pattern. :)

Here is the same pattern, but with a Gator twist! I had to include this one because my geek’s kids are both Gators and my kids (which includes my daughter to be) hope to be. Plus, she’s just so happy & gorgeous in it. :D

* Free pattern

Have a terrific weekend!

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Finding inspiration in different places

So my geek & I were watching something yesterday…  he commented on something & I responded with “all I noticed was that sweater she’s wearing”.  LOL It got me thinking, though, about inspiration & some of the unexpected ways we feel inspired. I’ve been inspired by many things I’ve seen in movies or shows, of course, whether it’s knitting or running. Sometimes it just happens when I see someone jogging down the road or someone goes past me wearing a cool, vintage hat. The more you look around, the more you’ll see things that just might spur a bit of inspiration in you, too.  :)

Running

Yes, I’m still keeping up with my running! I’ve also been getting the weights going heavier lately & finally started feeling the effects. It really doesn’t do much good to lift 10 or 15 pounds if you don’t feel a thing afterward. I moved the weights up & got my muscles feeling all warm & jelly-like… and felt a twinge of soreness the next day, w00t! Not so sore that I can’t move, just the right amount that lets me know I worked the muscles.

Reading

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells – what a terrific read this one was! I really enjoyed the world that the author created in this series. It’s a bit fantasy, bit sci-fi, a bit advehttps://h3dakota.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpnture with just a touch of romance. Moon, the main character, doesn’t know what he is in terms of species – all he knows is that there seems to be no one else like him. He tries to live his life among the groundlings, but never quite seems to find acceptance in any of the communities of his world. At last, he finds his own people, called the Raksura. Can he fit in with them & can he accept them – and can they accept him?

Knitting

I’m still working on the Faux-Hard Garter Slip Scarf. I’d hoped to finish it this weekend, but someone kept distracting me.  :D  I have another project planned, but I have to wait on the yarn for it, as the manlet wants fingerless gloves that are thick & a bit fuzzy. Rowan Kid Classic perfectly fits what he’s looking for, so I’ll have to get the yarn. I found some available on Ravelry, yay, just waiting to hear back if it’s still available.

Today’s Ravelry Search

So I thought about my love for vintage patterns & felt inspired to showcase some of the awesome patterns that are out there along with an example of a finished project…  a bit more challenging on my usual search!  ;)  Enjoy!  I’ve linked the original photos back to the pattern page.

Original Pattern Photo/Modern Project Photo
 
There are several projects for this one & they are all great! It was hard to pick just one.
Beautiful! It looks so cuddly & warm…
 
I love this version even with the bow, which is actually unusual for me! I might have to knit this one & call it “Bow Ties are Cool”. LOL
Slight variation of the original, but utterly adorable!

 

I love this top!
Ooh, maybe I should have had this one on the Valentine’s Day post! ;)
I’m actually very surprised that there weren’t more projects for this scarf, it is SO eye-catching!
 
As soon as I saw this version, I knew it had to be the one to use for the modern version – SO adorable!!
True to the pattern & gorgeous in this color!
 
I’m not sure which I love more – the sweater or the sheer happiness on this knitter’s face! ♥
Really very cute!
They look pretty in red!
I love this modern project photo. :)
Love the color choices; love this version entirely!
Capture
Several really pretty versions, it was tough to pick one!

* These are all free patterns, naturally.  :)

Have a fantastic week!

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Really slow jog > sitting on the couch!

Running

w00t! Just got back from an awesome 4 mile run with the oldest manlet & his pixie. It was super slow (my fault), but oh, so sweet! I’m starting to feel a bit like I’m getting my running legs back again & it feels victorious!  :)  Won’t be quite ready for the half marathon in March, I don’t think – but I just might be up for walking half/running half if I can keep up this pace without running into an injury. We shall see as we get closer – maybe I’ll run it virtually (a truly fantastic new addition to the Florida Gulf Coast half marathons).

Knitting

Finally got pictures of the 2 sweaters I knit! One is for myself, a pretty shade of pink (not usually a color I like much) with gorgeous buttons. The other I was thinking to give the pixie, but after sewing it up, I’m thinking it’s too small even for her, LOL! Good thing I know of a young lady or two that will likely be able to get some use out of it.

 

I also cast on a new scarf to use up 3 skeins of sock yarn. I’m really trying to knit down the stash! I am REALLY liking this pattern – I’m really surprised it doesn’t have more projects. It is easy to memorize, no purling, very quick to knit & the stitch looks awesome – check it out:

Today’s Ravelry Search

So the Faux-Hard Garter Slip Scarf pattern got me thinking that there are a good number of pretty awesome patterns out there that don’t have the love (patterns) they deserve.  Check ’em out, they are great!  These are all free, knit with sock yarn & have between 0 & 3 projects!

I wish there was a picture of this one on someone, it looks like it would be super cute!

WOW, I love the style on this one! I know someone else who will love it.  ;)

Super cute!

Very pretty & a great way to burn up that sock yarn stash!

Cool idea for using up striping sock yarns! I love it.

I love the look of linen stitches! ♥

LOVE this pattern! Awesome way to breakup a potentially ugly sock yarn & turn it into something gorgeous!

Cute idea for a long tunic/tank!

I adore Kate, she’s one of my very favorites on the planet. Very cute cowl too. ♥

Happy running & knitting – just don’t do them together!  ;)

 

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One Happy Geek

Another Valentine’s Day down & one that turned out pretty damn fantastic.  :)  My geek seemed happy with the gifts I found/made for him & I got a fantastically geeky gift from him that I love to bits (geeky puns, FTW).  ♥

Running

I’ve been running again, YAY! Doing my best to get in a workout of some form pretty much every day. I’ve mostly been focusing on wearing my pedometer – I’ve been doing great on beating my goal this past week – though the runs at the end of the workday have gone a long way towards tipping me well over the goal.  LOL

Reading

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King – Ooh, a Sherlock Holmes series?! I love Sherlock Holmes, so I grabbed this one right up, naturally. Boy, did I regret it. It’s not a Sherlock series, but rather a rather sad little series about a teenage American girl showing up Sherlock. The main character is SO Mary Sue that she even saves Watson’s life when Sherlock fails to even consider that his oldest & “dearest” sidekick might be in danger. It reeks of the same UGH factor that Doctor Who has had with Amy Pond constantly one upping the Doctor. Sorry, NO. A teenage girl with no actual life experiences is going to show up her far older & vastly experienced mentor.

Knitting

So, my geeky Valentine gifts included a knitted QR code & a Louie the Lovebot (a pattern that apparently I love so much, I bought it twice, ROFL)…  my plan for the QR code square is to knit more squares as time goes by & eventually join them together for a blanket.  :)

I am also doing a fairly decent job of knitting down my stash – a project I’m working on with one of my Ravelry groups. I’m tagging all my stashdown projects with “stfuandknit2013” for this project. I’ve gotten these projects done so far, so I’m pretty pleased.  :)  Oh, plus 2 sweaters I haven’t taken pics of yet!

stfuandknit2013

Today’s Ravelry Search

We have one holiday down, time to get ready for the next fun one!  ;)  Remember, none of these are mine, I’m just sharing the joy…

* Holy moly, it’s free! SO beautiful.

* Too pretty & open for a dishcloth, but would look fantastic in your kitchen anyway.

Really love this sweater!

* Ooh, it looks so warm & lovely!

LOL, you all know me & doilies… but isn’t it gorgeous?? :)

* Simple, elegant – LOVE them!

WOW! This hat is truly stunning. ♥

Another lovely hat, this time one for the hookers! ;)

I absolutely love this sweater.

* I don’t see that the pattern is available in English yet, but it is worth trying to sort out! :)

* Rounding out the post with some really beautiful blankets…

♥ Really beautiful.

How could I not include cablefreak’s amazing blanket?! I’ve posted it before & likely will again because I love it so much. :)

* Free pattern

Have a terrific week & whichever hobby you love, be sure to make time for it!

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Yowza, that hurts!

Side effect #1 of writing again: I’ve been feeling really guilty about not working out. Running/working out has always been a part of my blog & you could always tell when I was slacking off on my running because I wasn’t blogging.

So, I started working out again this past week. I’ve been mixing it up a great deal, though, not just sticking to the running. I ordered an awesome pedometer on Amazon & have been striving to get at least 8,000 steps every day. I’ve missed a couple days, but many days I’ve gone to just under 10,000, so all in all, pretty good.  :)  Today, I hit the elliptical machine in the Geek’s gym. Not my favorite machine in the world, but it worked in terms of mixing it up, anyway! We also hit the weights for a good strength training session. Yes, I’m dragging him into this mess as well. Not kicking & screaming, he’s actually an awesome running/workout partner. Just one more thing I love about him.  :D

Anyway – with all the mixing it up & working out, pretty much every muscle in my body is sore now, I think. Wait, no – my forearms are just fine.  :D

Running

I’m getting back into running, but trying to be smart & slow about it. I know what can happen when I jump right into it too fast!  LOL I’m good for 2 miles starting off & will be building from that.

Reading

I’ve not been reading too much, but I do pick up Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking here & there to read a bit more on that one. I’ll hold the review until I’m totally done, though.

Knitting

I just finished another hat for the manlet – he wanted one to go with his favorite new jacket – the Minecraft hoodie from Think Geek. It seems very odd to be knitting him a blue/green hat – all of his hats have been red/black or red/yellow/green.  LOL

I’ve also been working on some other things, but will hold off posting about this or that until after a certain day has come & gone.

I HAVE been knitting on my Temperature Scarf, though not this weekend. I’m still really loving it, though I kind of think I should have cast on fewer stitches, it’s quite wide for Florida. Ah well.  :)

Today’s Ravelry Search

In our knitting group, we’ve been talking about knitting one of the patterns I featured a post or two ago – the Love Actually is All Around cowl.  :) Naturally, talk about double knitting came about, so I thought I’d do another post featuring some new awesome patterns that use this technique! I really do enjoy it, you should give it a try!

Part of an eBook collection, but I love, love, LOVE this pattern! I want to knit this scarf so badly, I know I’ll probably end up getting the eBook just for it. But with a name like ‘The Null Hypothesis Scarf’, how can a geek girl resist??

* I do not know why there aren’t a ton of projects on this one – it is gorgeous and FREE!! O_o

Speaking of stunning – WOW. ♥

* Cheerful, bright & an excellent way to use up scrap yarns! I love these potholders!

Super cute potholder! Of course, you could just use the pattern to turn it into a super cute scarf/blanket/bag as well! ;)

* Birds on a Wire! ♥ Fantastic pattern for the bird lover in your life. :)

Endless Violins – just lovely when knit with Chroma!!

* I really wanted to get a picture of a finished project for this one because the owls are adorable – but no one really has one done that shows off the pattern like it deserves. ♥

* Free pattern!

Hope you have an awesome week!

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Try Whispersync for Free

As you may (or not) know, I have a Kindle Fire. I’m still utterly in love with it.  :D  I also really enjoy listening to audiobooks while I’m doing other things (knitting mostly, but also when I’m waiting for code to compile, wanting to drown out super noisy cube neighbors, etc.).

Imagine my delight when Amazon introduced Whispersync – you can read a book on your Kindle AND have the Audible version of the book – and now they will stay in sync! So…  I could be reading my book, then have to go to work – so I can just start up the Audible app on my phone or Kindle, sync to my book & start listening right where I left off reading!  How awesome is that?

The best part is that there are 10 books that you can get right now for free, both the Kindle version AND the Audible version to give it a try!  I grabbed The Three Musketeers, myself.  All 10 free sets are classic & in the public domain – so truthfully, SHOULD be free anyway…  but I also just got both copies of a new book, 14 by Peter Clines, for a pretty nice price too -$7.99 for the Kindle version and then $1.99 for the Audible version. SWEET!

Knitting

Yes, I actually started up my Temperature Scarf yesterday.  :D  I couldn’t help it. I went the inexpensive, washable route for this one & got all my colors in soft acrylic yarns. I do love wool, but it isn’t so practical for Florida. I can only wear my beloved Doctor Who scarf so many days of the year – it’s just not cold enough any other time for it! LOL

Please excuse the cell phone shot, but you get the idea!  And yes, that IS my Kindle in the top right corner…  ;)

Today’s Ravelry Search

Keeping to the same theme…  ;)

* 2010 Lace Knitter’s Advent Calendar

* What a fun looking pattern!

* 2012 Advent (there are several & they are all gorgeous!)

* Mystery Blanket! :)

* 2010 Advent Calendar

* I do love the annual square-a-longs. :)

* 2011 Advent Calendar

* This one would be a lovely way to use up your lace leftovers!

* What a pretty idea for this advent scarf! Love it!

* Free Pattern

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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So, just a little busy then…

Yes, yes, I know. 2012 was one HELL of a year for me – so incredibly full that something had to give way & unfortunately, it was my blog. I’m hoping to change that in 2013 – we shall see!  Things have calmed down a bit over time, I just need to get back into the writing habit.  :)

Some brief 2012 highlights – fell in love, got a new job, held my BFF’s hand as she gave birth to the most beautiful little girl, saw my youngest become an adult (& vote for the very first time in his life), got the key to the TARDIS (*grin*), rang in the New Year with my loved ones in the backyard with a firepit, s’mores & homemade hot cocoa.  ;)

Running

Yeah, I’ve totally flubbed on my running. I admit it. I had every intention of making all of the halfathons in the challenge this time round – instead, I’ve missed every single one. There is one left in March, but I’m thinking I probably won’t make that one either.  LOL

Reading

Ah, reading! I did not give up reading in 2012 – a woman can only sacrifice just so many things before losing her mind!!  ;)  I had set myself for a reading challenge in 2012, to return to my first love (reading, in case you didn’t catch that), and I succeeded!  Goodreads laughed at me – I’d set my challenge for 100 books in 2012 & I totally surpassed that. For 2013, I’ve set the bar higher to 150.

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    I listened to the audiobook for this one – I did get a bit annoyed at some of the mispronunciations (Ripon, WI and “short lived” stick out in my mind), but whether you listen to the book or read it – GET THIS BOOK. It is utterly fascinating, very well researched and a completely captivating read. I cannot recommend it enough.

Knitting

Whew! I’ve also not given up my knitting – are you crazy??  LOL  I cannot begin to list everything I knit in the past year, of course, so I’m just going to skip that part.  I have, however, felt inspired by a new pattern that I totally intend to knit this year.

It is a simple pattern offered up for free by Bernat, but what a really cool (pun totally intended) idea…  it is the Temperature Scarf CAL and KAL.

In a nutshell – you knit 2 rows for each day of the year in seed stitch. The color that you knit the rows with depends on the temperature for that day. Of course, you aren’t limited to the temp – you could use the dew point, the wind chill, the humidity level …  I even saw someone comment that she might use the number of hours of daylight each day (Alaskan resident).  Now, I live in an area of the country where, sadly, the entire months of July and August would essentially be one mass of red, so I’ll probably go with my hometown in Wisconsin instead for better variety.  LOL

To aid myself in sorting out the colors, and because I’m such a great big uber-geek, I created an Excel spreadsheet to make it a piece of cake to get the color codes determined.  Then I thought that it might be handy for any other knitters that love this idea, so I slapped it up on Google docs. So here you are – go download my geeky spreadsheet & have fun knitting!!  ;)

Today’s Ravelry Search

Wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve done this! I have really missed this particular exercise for my blog, even though it takes me some time to get the post done.  It’s my favorite part, truth be told.

So yeah, it’s that time of year, so for this one, I’m sticking to a classic.  LOL

Voodoo you love me? I do!! I really do. :D

This pattern is on sale until Valentine’s Day – only $2.25! ♥

* What a super cute idea! :)

* I seem to keep finding this designer’s patterns – I really enjoy them! They aren’t in English, but usually the photos & videos make it easy to deduce.

* Simple. Sweet. For those times when you just don’t want to give an anatomically correct version. ♥ ;)

* You see? Same designer! Seriously though, owls that form a heart!? How on Earth could I resist THAT?? ;)

Aw, I love these!

* Ok, I would have loved this one just for the name alone: “Love Actually is all around”… (I LOVE that movie!)

* Free pattern!

Take care, happy running/knitting/reading!

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The Heinz 57 of Blog Posts

The Heinz 57 of Blog Posts

Hmm, being so busy that there isn’t enough time to post more often is not a good thing! I’ve got such a hodge-podge of things to post about that my brain is kind of going in circles. ROFL! In the past month, I’ve been crazy busy: planning a shower, knit several projects, designed a hat, had one vehicle break down, saw Avengers (SO awesome!), a newly engaged manlet, helping my guy get ready to move across the Bay to my side, totally gave up all gluten, read 20 books…  well, you get the idea.  LOL!

Running

In the midst of all that activity, I HAVE managed to get in a few runs. :) Nothing spectacular though & I admit that a certain someone has made it seriously difficult to get out of bed at 5am to go for a run.

I’ve also pulled out the old Tae-Bo videos to get back to that again. Love him or hate him, Billy Blanks DOES get your butt moving & sweating. he he he

Reading

Oh good heavens, I am NOT going to list all 20 books that I’ve read here. ROFL! Here are just a couple highlights. Audiobooks are a wonderful thing & have been the ticket for me to get more done in a day than I normally could!  ;)

  • Playing for Pizza by John Grisham – If you are like most people, when you hear Grisham, you immediately think legal thriller. I know I did. LOL My guy strongly recommended this one to me & he was totally right – I loved it. It is a total departure from Grisham’s usual genre, so no legalize, no thriller style events. Just good old American style football & some mouthwatering descriptions of the food & wine of Italy.
  • Brother Odd by Dean Koontz – I’d read Odd Thomas years ago when it first came out, but I hadn’t kept up with the series. I’ve now fixed that little problem & am all caught up to Odd’s latest escapades. Brother Odd is definitely tied with Odd Thomas for my favorite novels of the series!
  • Have Spacesuit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein – I know, I know…  I’ve been horribly remiss in my Sci-Fi reading in that I’ve not actually sat down with all of the Heinlein books I’ve got in my library. I totally loved this story – what a perfect book to start off reading Heinlein!  ;)

Knitting

I have definitely been knitting up a storm too. I knit 3 hats, a pair of slippers, a pair of booties & am working on a sweater/shrug. Whew!  The most fun project was the one that I designed for my friend, who is a big time cat lover. It took me a couple times to knit it to get it right, but I’m super pleased with the result! So, here are some of the things I’ve gotten done…

I figured out how to knit these adorable booties from the pictures provided with the pattern. SO cute!

The hat I designed for my friend! I had so much fun with this one. :)  Kitteh Love Beret – the pattern page on Ravelry!

Today’s Ravelry Search

I just scrolled through the recent patterns today to see what caught my eye…  :)  None of these are mine – just click the picture to go right to the Ravelry page.

WOW. Just WOW. :)

* OMG, so cute!!

* Another terrific pattern for stashbusting all those leftover bits of sock yarn!

* SUPER cute idea for a girl’s room!

Seriously, how could this photo NOT catch your eye? SO adorable.

Mel! Mel! I know you will love this one! :D

I love Ysolda Teague’s designs. They catch my eye every time, I swear! :)

* Blink. WOW – and the pattern is free!! Awesome.

I’m strange – I love double knit! This scarf is so damn cute. :)

* I LOVE this pattern. That is all.

Another beautifully eye catching pattern! Simple, but bold. Excellent.

Did I squee when I saw these guys? You bet your geeky ass I did!! ♥♥♥

*Free pattern

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!  :)

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Oh Baby, Baby

Yes, I’m evil. Now you haz an earworm, don’t you?!  :D To make it up to you, I’ll share my favorite version of it.

P.S. I also love Bowling for Soup’s version, but this version was the first alternate one I’d ever heard & nothing can top it for me.  LOL

Running

Yes, I signed up for the 4th Annual Florida Halfathon Challenge. I do this to myself every year, but my intentions are great! I do intend to make it this time. LOL I’ve started back up running again, but I’m going slow so that I don’t end up injured again.

My guy (a bit of news I haven’t posted about before now) & I had gone for a 3 mile walk one night last week after dinner, holding hands as we chatted (shut up, I love it, LOL). We crossed paths with Larry, who I haven’t seen in some time. He was awesome, as always, and commented “I haven’t seen you out running lately… but I see you have a NEW hobby now!”  ROFL, he always makes me laugh.

Reading

I’ve actually been chewing through several different books, but I’m listening to the audiobook versions of them. Multitasking, it’s an awesome thing! LOL

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
    I was so looking forward to this novel – it had been on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads for the longest time. I’ve got to remember to read books when they first appeal to me, before the hoopla builds over a book. With all of the hype over this book, I’d expected to be blown away by it… and in the end, I was sorely disappointed with it. I don’t know how much of my disappointment is the result of expectations due to the hype or if it is a story that I simply wouldn’t have cared much for either way. I tend to think it would be the latter. I heartily disagree with those comparing this story to Harry Potter, I have to say. LOL It is coming up in paperback in July, though, for those that want to give it a go!
  • Fool: a Novel by Christopher Moore
    Ok, I must preface this ‘review’ by stating that I adore Christopher Moore. I’ve yet to dislike any of his novels.  I’ve actually been making my way through all of his books the past month, but I have to say – Fool is officially now my favorite book by him. As a bit of a Shakespeare addict, I loved this book. It’s a retelling of King Lear, from his Fool’s point of view – who, it turns out, was responsible for manipulating the characters into all their deeds in the story of King Lear out of love for Lear’s 3rd daughter, Cordelia. Bawdy, vulgar & hilarious. :D
  • Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD
    The first third of the book is a fascinating read – it delves a bit deep into the physiology of wheat’s affects on the body, but overall, the history of wheat was extensive. I really liked that part of the book. Now – I’ve just gone wheat/gluten free for the past week, and had already done so before reading this book, so I didn’t need to be “sold” on the values of going wheat free. However, the rest of the book becomes a heavy duty sell job on all the benefits of going wheat free – claims so dramatic with NO proof/evidence to back them up that I reached the point of thinking “snake oil salesman”.
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
    Wow. I really just don’t have the words to do this story justice. I loved it, pure & simple. It’s beautiful, heart wrenching & one of the few books that I’ve shed a few tears over whilst reading. Mia is 17 and the sole survivor of a car crash that has taken the lives of her whole family. She is in a coma & this story is told from her point of view – where she must decide if she is going to live or die. If you haven’t read it, definitely do so if you get the chance.

Knitting

So today’s blog post title came about because I’ve been knitting like a fiend on baby items. My bestie is expecting & baby Lily is due to arrive in July. We are all so thrilled & excited – even the manlets are super excited about becoming “uncles”!  :)

So what all do I have here? 3 pairs of Leftovers Baby Socks, 1 pair of Saartje’s Booties, a Stella Pixie hat, Cache Coeur & a Dear Liza sun bonnet. The amazing thing to me was just how far the Knit Picks Stroll Multi went! I knit all those goodies with only 2 skeins – and I have some leftover to add to my Sock Yarn Blanket!  Woo HOO!

Today’s Ravelry Search

So, some other really adorable baby items …  ;)

Crochet

The designer of these booties has SO many cute patterns, I really had a tough time picking one to feature! DO go check out the rest of stuff, she's amazing!

Knit

This designer also has several super cute woobie patterns! The giraffe is also utterly adorable. ;)

Crochet

My friend Jodi's pattern - it is beyond gorgeous! :) One of these days, I really am going to crochet this stunning blanket.

Knit

Yet another fantastic designer - you can't help but love Alan Dart's stuff! This one is sooo cute.

Crochet

There are a ton of owl patterned items for knitting, but not too many in crochet!

Knit

Really pretty baby blanket, the pictures on this pattern draw my eye every time! :)

Crochet

* Cute baby toy & I imagine very quick to work!

Knit

* This pattern is from my friend Michelle - it is super cute, especially in person. :) It would make a fantastic gift with a copy of the book that inspired it!

Knit

* The pattern is in Spanish, but it looks pretty straightforward - I think I can work it out from the excellent pictures that the designer put up on her blog. :)

Crochet

* What can I say, I love brightly colored granny square blankets?! :)

Knit

* Have I mentioned my love for Converse lately? Yeah, they are about all that I wear. LOL

Crochet

* I love this puzzle ball. I'm definitely going to make one of these!

Knit

I absolutely LOVE this little dress! I actually love almost every pattern in the book that it is available in - there are so many really fantastic patterns in it! Well worth the money to pick up a copy, I promise!

Crochet

Another super adorable bootie designer! TOO cute.

Knit

* Very cute sleeper - I love those long sleeping bags that can still be worn later. :)

Crochet

Oooh, pretty skirt!!

Knit

* I adore this pattern. I'm totally going to make one of these!

Crochet

* So many different things you can do with this pattern!

*Free pattern

What are some of your favorite baby patterns?

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Something About Fire

Something About Fire

A friend of mine posted a link to this one on Facebook.

Adele vs. Daft Punk – Something About The Fire

I like Adele, I love Daft Punk, so I decided, why not take a listen?  I liked the mashup so much, I thought I’d share it with all of you!  Not so much a running song, but definitely a good one for the cool down!  ;)

Running

I confess to several moments of extreme guilt yesterday. My guy & I went to the Kiwanis Club annual Pancake Breakfast at the rec center & the table next to us was full of ladies that are training for next weekend’s half marathon. They had run 8 miles that morning before their pancake breakfast. At least we DID walk there & back!  :D  The rec center is a mile & a half from my house, so we walked 3 miles for our pancakes – that’s better than driving, right??  ROFL

Reading

I haven’t talked a whole bunch about my total love affair with my Kindle Fire, but rest assured, I am totally in love with it.  :D  If I’m not reading on it, then I’m watching videos (lately, as you know, I’ve been making my way back through all of Star Trek, TOS – I’m midway through season 2 now) or surfing the web. I absolutely LOVE my Fire, it goes with me almost everywhere.  :D

  • Wool by Hugh Howey – actually a short story in a series of 5 stories, this is the first of the collection. It is a quick read that will grab you right away & keep you in sucked into the story until the very end. It is a tale of a frightening, sad dystopian future in which mankind has been forced to live underground to survive. Science fiction at its finest, with short bites of the whole story told from different views. This piece is the story of the Sheriff (and his wife). You can either buy the short stories individually or all 5 in an omnibus here.  :)  Whichever way you decide, I definitely recommend you give it a go based on my read of the first story – it’s fantastic!

Knitting

I finished the manlet’s Socky Slouchy Hat – I just have the blocking picture for it. The yellow & red yarns are Knit Picks Palette & the green is Cascade 220 Fingering.  :)

I’m back to knitting a little something for my niece-to-be, Lily.  :)  It doesn’t look like much in the picture right now, but I’m really hoping it turns out to be super cute. The pattern has long been one of my favorites.  You can get the pattern online by joining the Ashford Club (the cost is only $7 USD a year – SO worth it!).  :)

Pattern: Cache Coeur for Baby

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll, Cupcake Multi

Needles: Size 3 straights (the pattern calls for 2.5, but I haven’t got them!)

 

 

Today’s Ravelry Search

In keeping with the theme for today, here are some fun selections!  ;)  Remember, none of these are my patterns. Be sure to go fave them on Ravelry to support the designers!

Knit

* Because yes, this geek's blog would be incomplete without at least one geeky pattern! Here is one - Hermione's fire! :D

Crochet

I really love this pattern, it's so cute! :)

Knit

Ok, I know the name of the pattern is Irish Coffee, but my brain keeps hollering 'GUINNESS' every time I see these socks... ROFL! Either way, YUM!

Crochet

Aw, how adorable is he?! :D

Knit

* I splurged & got an awesome case for my Fire, but this would be a fun one to make if I hadn't! :)

Crochet

* A must-make for any Mario fan!! :) SO cute.

Knit

I'm really quite surprised there aren't more projects for this scarf, it's really very lovely. :)

Knit

* Ok, I admit it... the name of the pattern caught my eye! "Fire Walk with Me", a Twin Peaks reference FTW! LOL

Crochet

What an eye catching bag! I love it. And no, I'm not mentioning the whole name/geek thing... oh. Oops. :P

Knit

I love this pattern. :D

Crochet

Oooh, another pretty Fire cover! :)

Knit

* Wow, gorgeous colorwork! I seriously love this hat. :)

Crochet

Ok, this is a seriously cute idea for your dog! :)

Knit

* Never mind what might have inspired it (you all know my feelings about THAT subject!), this blanket is just stunning! It is knit in one piece, no sewing/piecing together required. It is SO going into my library of patterns to be made some day.

 

* Free pattern

Have a fantastic week, everyone!  :)


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