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So Much Knitting!

27 Jan

I have been commissioned to knit up 7 pairs of Bronco colored wrist warmers. I am currently halfway through the last pair!!! When all is said and done, I will have spent close to 55 hours on these gloves in just over 2 weeks, over 2 skeins of yarn, and I’ll be happy not to knit wrist warmers for a while. =OP
My fingers ache, my head is in a whirl, but I have had a chance to finish a few amazing audiobooks! Got through the last 2 Maze Runner books and found them quite thrilling, though at times I got angry at Thomas. Won’t spoil much for you guys in case you haven’t read it, but it’s called trust for a reason. Other than that, it’s the only issue I really had with the story line. One of my co-workers said he didn’t care for the series about halfway through the second book. I loved it. Though the last book could have done without most of the last few chapters (the Rat Man really started pissing me off), I did not find myself losing interest. In my opinion, it was better than the Divergent series (I couldn’t even finish the last book), which makes it immediately good.
Started on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein, read by the charming, handsome and brilliant Jim Dale. I’ve read reviews saying the book is slow moving and kind of boring; the characters aren’t easy to fall into. I have found it quite the opposite. The story isn’t slow. Descriptive? Maybe a little, but I challenge anyone to call anything descriptive after they’ve read The Gormenghast series…The Night Circus is perfectly descriptive meaning it tickles your senses enough to make you feel like you’re there. The story takes place in the latter part of the 1800’s, and mostly centers around the circus which is glorious, mysterious and wonderful. I am especially enthralled with the clock that keeps time using almost everything. Magic is the next level to the story. A duel is the next. I haven’t read enough of the story to grasp the full concept of what both characters are going to do, but I’ve read enough to say I can easily like both sides. It rushes through their adolescence, harboring now on the characters being in their late teens and their involvement in the circus. There are plenty of interesting characters that also fill up most of the pages. All of it is a story I keep going back to excitedly perched to hear the rest. Maybe it’s because I love Jim Dale’s narration; finding his voice comforting and the characters he plays realistic, or Jim Dale in entirety making this story one of the best I’ve read in a while. Whatever it is, highly recommended and I do agree with a bunch of other reviews liking it to a dream.

My thoughts and prayers are with those on the north east part of our country these next couple of days, but wherever you are, I hope this update finds you well, safe and happy!

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Snow Berries!

24 Feb

Its been too long. I apologize. I was on a craft block there for a while, but i can feel myself getting over that. Quite fast, actually. My rent is being raised, and though i can still afford an extra $65/month, i fear that in the future, a possible second job may be needed. I don’t want to work in a business of any sort, so i am taking this as a kick in the butt which is propelling me to pick up my needles, dinks, and tape, and craft again. We are under a winter warning here in Denver, a blizzard watch to be honest. So i have taken this snowy morning and decided to throw berries with it. Ha ha, ok, so snow makes me ‘punny’ it seems. From one of my lobby doors, the visibility has been cut to about 1/6th of a mile as the snow is falling. And since i don’t have a view of the sunrise this morning, i have been nestled warm and comfortable on my bed, needles in hand beginning another Half-a-Berry scarf. I have to fight my cat away from the yarn I’m working with, and pluck cat hairs off of my work as i go, but my Catching Fire audiobooks (the second in the Hunger Games series) has my attention, often times making me recount my stitches to make sure the story hasn’t taken off with my concentration. This is my third tike listening to this book, and i can tell you it captures me like the first, every time. By the way, November 22nd, 2013…are ya ready? I am. I have knit the Half-a-Berry scarf before in earlier posts. It’s my take on the Raspberry stitch (i often forget what row i am on, so i cut out row 3 and just stick to the first 2). For those interested: Multiples of 4. Row 1: *(k1, p1, k1) in same stitch, p3tog* across row. Row 2: purl Repeat these two rows for pattern. The bumpy side is the right side, and the side you should purl on when its facing you should you put it down and forget where you were.

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I cannot remzmver what brands the yarns are (I’ve had them for too long), but i do believe the colorful one is Yarn Bee and the black one is Red Heart (may be I Love This Yarn, but i don’t feel its soft enough to be such). I hope you all are staying warm, wherever you are!