Thursday, October 30, 2014

RIP IX Reading Challenge 9/1/14 to 10/31/14

Well, it being the second to last day of the month, and while I am a fast reader, I am not that fast, I think it's safe to say I'm done with the RIP Challenge for the year.

The challenge was to read at least four books in the challenge categories.   I managed six:

 It's been a lovely Fall, and I look forward to repeating it next year.

Shade's Children - Garth Nix

Read for the RIP Reading Challenge.

In the future, humanity has been enslaved by a race of Overlords that use people as the raw materials to construct their armies.   Children are harvested on their 14th birthday.

Occasionally, children do escape, and some find their way to Shade’s hideaway.    Shade was once a man, but is now a personality trapped in a machine.     His sole purpose is to fight the Overlords, but with his soul gone, is he truly committed to this war?

Four of Shade’s children have come closer to any others to finding the source of the Overlord’s powers, but with Shade’s true intentions in question, will they be able to bring about the Overlord’s downfall?

I’ll admit, this book is fairly depressing, as post apocalyptic stories go.       The future world is terrible, and Shade is not a great ally.     What the four children (young teens, really) are able to do together is rather impressive, considering what they’re up against.     I have trouble saying it’s truly an enjoyable read, but it is satisfying.

Further Adventures in Domesticity

So what do you do when you have a batch of fairly tasteless apples, and you'd rather move on to the much better batch you bought at the farmer's market?    Make applesauce!

This is using the recipe from Canning for a New Generation.   Sadly, I did fall prey to my occasional issue where I only get about half of the batch amount it says I should.    I started with six pounds of apples.     This is not six pints of applesauce.    

At least it tastes good.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

End of an Era

Today, the above, became the below.

The yellow one was still blooming, but it's to the point now where barely any of them were ripening, and the weather's not getting any warmer.    We have plans for next weekend, so I wouldn't have been able to take care of it then, not to mention next weekend is officially November.     So it just seemed for the best to take them down today.     It's been an amazingly long run.

Knitting Notes

The Knitpicks Stroll Tweed Down Heather is officially gone.     I worked a few hexipuffs in amongst the Wee Ambrosia knitting this week.   It's nice to have a light color to work in amongst the mostly darker ones I already have.

Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer

Read for the Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge.

The more Heyer I read, the more I realize I like her older books better.    They’re light and fun, like all her books, but less likely to run to the absurd.  This book is one of her earlier books, and it runs toward the absurd frequently.

Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine (that’s Sir Peregrine, but he’s only eighteen, so the honorific seems a bit premature) are journeying to London against the express wishes of their guardian, Lord Worth.    It seems that their father held the elder Lord Worth in great esteem, but didn’t realize that the elder Lord Worth predeceased him.     So Perry and Judith (and Judith being an heiress of 80,000 pounds!), find themselves the wards of an eligible bachelor.     You can see where this is going.

Judith is so rich, she catches the attention of all the interesting people in town, including Beau Brummell, the Prince Regent, and a number of the prince’s younger brothers.      There are plenty of parties, and riding engagements, and trips to Brighton.    Oh, and someone wants Perry dead because Judith is his sole heir.   

The book’s not terrible, but it veers to the silly too often, and since I’ve more recently read some of her more mature work, I found myself missing that.   (It didn't help that edition I have has a particularly terrible cover.)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Knitting Notes

Pattern: Noodles by Joeli Carparco
Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in the Down Heather colorway
Needles: Size 2.5 DPNs

This is a great little pattern, with a wide range of larger than baby sizes.     The pattern is simple, but still interesting, so no boredom.    I'm happily adding it to my "use up sock yarn" pattern repertoire.