lizcommotion: A hand drawn spinning wheel covered in roses (spinning wheel briar rose)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
Despite the endless plagues of stomach and of upper respiratory tract, I have managed to make some exciting things. Not nearly as fast as I would like, but here is photographic proof (along with a picture of Haley that seems to have sneaked in, no idea how that happened :P ).

Handspun hat (natural BFL)
A hat I knit for Partner. It is some of my handspun BFL, undyed but *not cream*. I was getting a tad bored with cream. This is grayish-brownish, roughly worsted weight. Snuggly! It's a simple hat design, 4x4 rib and then stockinette all the way up after the ribbed border. She is a fan, but alas has not worn it outside yet as the weather has turned warmish for now. I am hoping it stays that way.

New spindle multicolored
My new spindle! A birthday thingy. On the spindle is some purple Nerd Girl Yarn fiber from a friend :D (you know who you are!). The spindle is AMAZEPANTS. The spindle is made of wood, some of which is (similar to Knitter's Dreamz knitting needles) in pretty colors. This particular spindle is green, blue, and brown. When it spins, it makes a mesmerizing colorfest. Like, most people unused to spinning watch spindles like cats. I think this spindle will amplify that effect. It does it to me, and I'm usually watching my hands to make sure I'm drafting properly. Um, yes. SHINY. Sadly it's been taunting me for a week because spinning is *tiring* when you can't breathe and keep coughing etc. So, um, yes, being taunted by the pretty spindle, that's me.

New spindle multicolored
The pretty spindle from another angle, so you can better see the top of the whorl.

WIP spinning multi Targhee
The spinning I was working on before I got sick. It's really pretty Targhee (a super soft fiber), which I did not dye myself but oohhhh do I appreciate the pretty of the dye. It's multi-colored, currently on the bit that's blue and orange and a bit of brown, earlier there was even some fuchsia. It looks better than it sounds, zomg.

Dog TV
I promised you Haley, didn't I? Here she is, in her Sentry Position. AKA "watching Dog TV". AKA Defending Against Squirrel Invaders. You get the gist. She is by the sliding doors looking out at the back yard watching the birds and keeping an eye out for squirrels at the feeder. Squirrels at *her* feeder. When she sees them, she (a) shakes/trembles/gives them dirty looks; (b) barks/whines; (c) jumps up and down/does a meerkat impression; (d) some combination of the above. This does not always mean she gets let outside. For example, earlier I ignored her meerkat adorableness because I did not want to have to chase her through rain and mud if she decided that she could not hear me calling her back into the house. Temporary deafness is apparently a thing in dogs.

Reading stuff:

what have you recently finished reading:
I just finished reading The Wanderers, which an AWESOME AND WONDERFUL FRIEND GIFTED ME. I don't want to give away key plot points, but let's just say I am a sucker for Fairy Tale retellings that are well done, and this one is. Also, did I mention that there is a talking cat in this book? There is, and he is amazing and wonderful and a smartass (cat, remember?). Love the book, highly recommend. Trying to avoid spoilers. Another benefit of this book is that the chapters are fairly self-contained plot-wise, although there are obviously continuing elements. This is good for me because it allowed me to go to bed at 2 am rather than stay up til 4 or 5 am to finish the book. If you also have trouble with authors who tease you at the end of chapters and keep you up til unreasonable hours of the morning, this book may be your friend.

what you are currently reading:
no book spines cracked atm

what you hope to read next:
I have several additional gifts on my ereader, which I am currently eager to read because clearly my friend has excellent taste.

Also, it has not escaped my attention that Terry Pratchett's latest book, Raising Steam is out. I am a bit conflicted about my acquisition of this, as I have others of his books in paperback and I don't want a hardback messing up the shelving system. OTOH the library will not have this in stock for months, I can guarantee it. So I will probably get an ebook of Raising Steam and a paper copy when it's a mass market paperback, because I'm weird like that. (My partner infected me, what can I say.)

Date: 2014-03-19 06:23 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society (Sewing Circle Terrorist Society)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
Your new spindle is beautiful.

Date: 2014-03-19 06:54 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society (Sewing Circle Terrorist Society)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
Nah, it's being ornamental without you having to use it practically. ;-P

Date: 2014-03-19 08:22 pm (UTC)
phlox: Bright pink phlox-shaped flower (Default)
From: [personal profile] phlox
Yes, this! So many spindles around here that we can't *possibly* use them all the time, and they manage to be decorative regardless. (Though none are as colorful as that one!)

Date: 2014-03-20 07:07 pm (UTC)
phlox: Bright pink phlox-shaped flower (Default)
From: [personal profile] phlox
I'd love to know! I happen to know someone who'll be at MSW this year. She'll be really busy teaching, but I expect she could take some time to look at lovely spindles. Most of the ones around here are hers, after all!

Date: 2014-03-19 08:24 pm (UTC)
phlox: Bright pink phlox-shaped flower (Default)
From: [personal profile] phlox
Nice hat! I managed to finish a hat and mitts about a month ago, and haven't yet worn both outside due to weather (too cold! Too warm!). But I have worn just the hat once or twice, and the mitts are *wonderful* when working on the computer in the cold! I can still type and feel the keyboard, but the main part of my hands are warm enough that it keeps everything pretty cozy!

I am glad Haley got into this post. It's important to have dog pictures! And I see she has her ball, just in case someone feels like throwing it. ;)

Date: 2014-03-20 07:19 pm (UTC)
phlox: Bright pink phlox-shaped flower (Default)
From: [personal profile] phlox
It is important to have the proper tools for Squirrel Watch, clearly! Naps around here are sometimes accompanied by rope toys (sometimes as pillows?). I am not sure if it's about knowing where the rope is, if it's comfy (?????) to sleep on, if it's good to know it's Right There should the need to chew it or ask someone to throw it strikes, or the fact that it happens to be where Miss Dog wants to sleep (because there's where she left it). Back door patrol usually doesn't need any accessories. . . .

Is the ball one of the unpressurised ones? I don't know that I've seen pink before, except when I got unpressurised tennis balls (which probably means they're not *actually* tennis balls, since the pressure is kind of essential there) for a project.

Date: 2014-03-19 10:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
OMG! That spindle is gorgeous! <3 SO PRETTY! And the yarn sounds really pretty too. ^_^ AND LOOK! A HALEY! <3

Your solution to Pratchett sounds... very much like mine, except I'm considering adopting it because I keep on forgetting which books I lack and which editions I'm looking for whenever I'm near a variety of Pratchett books. *hopeless* I need to read more Pratchett. I'm still not caught up to his works. >> *still hopeless*

I'm glad to hear you've enjoyed The Wanderers so much. <3 The companion/sequel she mentioned isn't as easy broken up, I think, as this one, but it's still lovely. I hope you'll enjoy the other books on your list just as much! <3

Date: 2014-03-20 03:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
We can be hopeless together! It'll be awesome! <3

Ooooooooooooooooooh. Nice! Considering I like what I've read of his recent work (which, granted, amounts to Snuff because I have yet to dare venture out of the Discworld books), that is very very promising. <3 (It'll still take me forever.)

I shall endeavour to remember to let you know when it's available. <3 I think it should come out in the second half of the year? I hope you'll enjoy the others just as much! <3<3<3<3

Date: 2014-03-20 04:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
Mmm. Wasn't most of Good Omens Pratchett? They mentioned something about it not being a 50/50 split in the introduction I read, but that's all I remember. (I generally can't get into Gaiman's work either, though. Feels so rare to meet someone else who can't get into them.) That's... I'm going to look it up now. I've got several titles in my head and I'm annoyed now at not knowing which it is. *does so* Oh! These are the ones you mean?

Could well be. My brain is mush and doesn't like dates to start with anyway. I thought it'd be later, but I think May would actually make a lot more sense.

Date: 2014-03-20 07:14 pm (UTC)
phlox: Bright pink phlox-shaped flower (Default)
From: [personal profile] phlox
It *is* rare to "meet" people who don't really love everything Gaiman's done! I occasionally feel like I must be missing some essential geek-ness since I real can't list American Gods as a favorite book. I *do* like Stardust and Neverwhere, and I liked Good Omens when I read it ages ago (pretty sure it was carved in stone tablets), but I haven't ever really felt the urge to re-read it. . . . .

I have The Long Earth out of the library on audiobook! I can try to remember to post something (likely on my page) when I finish, if anyone's interested!

Date: 2014-03-20 08:09 pm (UTC)
lynnoconnacht: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
Sometimes I feel the same way with the geekness! (Then I remind myself there are other kinds of geekiness.) I liked Good Omens when I read it, but, like you, I haven't ever felt the urge to reread it. I liked Stardust quite a bit the first time I read it, then when I tried to reread it I... couldn't finish it. I still don't know why. :/

Ooooh! I hope you'll enjoy it!

Date: 2014-03-19 11:06 pm (UTC)
calissa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] calissa
Wow, what a gorgeous spindle!

The hat looks gorgeous too, especially against the bricks in that photo.

All the pretty things!

Date: 2014-03-19 11:48 pm (UTC)
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
That hat is lovely. I like the grayish/brown color and it certainly looks soft.

That spindle...OMG! It is so gorgeous. I am mesmerized by your spinning normally, but watching you spin on that would be even more fascinating. The various yarns shown here look very nice. So many pretty colors.

Yay for good books (I've added that one to my to be read list)! And yay for super cute Haley!

Date: 2014-03-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
cadenzamuse: Cross-legged girl literally drawing the world around her into being (Default)
From: [personal profile] cadenzamuse

I went to my last knit night at LYS last night (because new job + awkward knit night time), and one of the employees had brought several drop spindles and her spinning wheel (which is gorgeous, relatively easy to use, and folds up in a carryable manner).

I sucked at ALLLLLLLL the spinning, although I felt this was in part because the teaching style of both the employee and anyone else who had figured out how to spin with her instructions did not at all match my learning style. I was trying to spin on the wheel and literally kept breaking my yarn every time I started for the first 5-6 times, and then managed to draft enough to get it to work for about a minute. So it was kind of frustrating. Although it does make me want to buy some Malabrigo fiber and a cheap drop spindle, I just wish there was someone who would patiently give me tips as I go along for a couple of hours. (Like, wtf, how do you draft as you go on a drop spindle? Because you have to keep re-getting-it-to-spin so often!)

Date: 2014-03-22 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] babs_sg1
If you like talking cats in your fantasy novels, you might enjoy meeting my favorite cat ever in fiction: Thomas in The Winter King's War trilogy by Susan Dexter.

I love love love these three novels and can read and reread them all the time. Tristan is also my favorite fantasy hero of any book I've ever read.

Here's a link to the books:
The Ring of Allaire:

The Sword of Calandra:

The Mountains of Channandran:


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