What a crazy week. This weekend promises to be even crazier, which is… well, crazy.
So. Here’s me catching up. Warning: long, picture heavy post. Ready? Ok.
Crazy (But Mostly Good):
Met up with friends on Saturday.
Went for a drive on Sunday.
Melissa came and visited on Wednesday. There was lots of knitting, some INSANE mac and cheese gnocchi and Scott Pilgrim. Because J. and I are addicted to that film.
I won a Diana Mini through Tracey’s birthday blog contest. I admit the informal nature of Lomography is a little intimidating. Still, it looks like it will be a sunny weekend. I’ll get brave and try it out.
Crazy busy = crazy tired. Also, Sjogren’s is being stupid. Sjogren’s, YOU SUCK.
Yarn Melissa Brought Me:
Malabrigo Worsted in Cadmium which I swapped for some Malabrigo Twist which was too cottony for my hands.
Madelinetosh DK in Antique Lace. *pet*
Knit Picks Shadow Tonal in Pearlescent which Melissa was kind enough to schlepp over here since they still don’t ship to the UK.
Because: the pattern called for 1,410 yards for the size I knit. I used less than 880. Which meant I had an entire 440 yard skein leftover. And since I didn’t love the cardigan anywhere near as much as I love this yarn, frogged.
Cloudy Skies Shawl? Frogged.
Because: I knew I was 10 yards short on this pattern before I started so I cut out some of the middle rows. And I still ran out of yarn. So I frogged back to half the skein (I forgot to weigh it to begin with) and then began the decreases. And the shawl which had been a good size became uselessly piddly and tiny. So. Frogged.
Warning Light Shawl.
Embracing The Ugly. I hate this color combination. But I bought the yarn for Stripe Study thinking they worked really well together. And since these are the only 2 single skeins of sock yarn I have left and I didn’t want to buy more, I have an ugly shawl. Fun pattern though.
Currently – The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa, which was a rec from Rachel.
- Princess From The Past by Caitlin Crews – modern romance. Normal woman turned princess has to go home and face what she ran away from. Picked up a big stack of books from the hospital waiting room for £2. Some I suspect will be dire but this one was actually very good. Interesting characters + development, good plot. Surprising but not unwelcome.
- Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne – fae/mythology. A very old druid gets chased by a bunch of stuff, trusts the fae waaaay too much for anyone as old as he is ought to, saves the day. Really quite cool. Probably won’t read the rest of the series but did enjoy this one.
- Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie – YA dystopia. Nothing happens. No, really. This was SUCH a disappointment. After really enjoying the first, this was… I don’t know. A stop gap? It wasn’t even The Empire Strikes Back in terms of story development. It was way, way worse.
- The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy’s Secret Werewolf Babies by 9 different authors. – vamp/shifter romance/comedy. Really self explanatory. Take 9 authors intent on being silly and exploiting the stupidity and hilarity of a genre and give them a chapter to write each. Hilarious and absolutely terrible. In a funny way.
- Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires #2) by Chloe Neill – vamps. Really enjoy this series.
- Tall, Dark, and Dead by Tate Hallaway – vamps/witches. Vatican assassins go after a witch and a vampire only we don’t quite know why. Or what motivates them. Except sex. Obviously forced sex scenes are supposed to make up for the lack of character development. Eh.
- Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – YA shifters. A human girl lives with a pack of shifters. I was so looking forward to getting this book. It was good. But. Probably won’t continue with the series.
- Donovan’s Angel (Donovans of the Delta #1) by Peggy Webb – chick lit/romance, free Kindle book. Jazzercise teacher decides she can’t love a preacher. Who she loves anyway. Very sweet but frigging annoying.
- Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt – YA fiction. A girl’s dad gets MS, she deals by obsessing over a boy’s head. Sounds weird but not that terrible. One thing I can say though is that this book made me REALLY glad I’m not a teenager anymore. Gah, the angst is overwhelming.
- Second Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones – paranorm/demons. I really liked the first book in this series. It was funny, clever and the MC was pretty darn kickass. This book was funny, not terribly clever (figured out whodunit way before the characters did) and the MC went from kickass and occasionally needing help to calling for help every 3 minutes. Annoying.
Watching: Scott Pilgrim, The Muppets, old episodes of Top Gear.
Ok. Done. Happy Friday.