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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

When Mercy tries to return a book she was lent by a Fae, she finds his bookstore locked up.     Not much later, several people try to approach her about the book.    Something’s clearly happened to the real owner, and Mercy’s on the case.

At the same time, some members of the local pack are not very happy that their leader, Adam, made Mercy his mate, and they’re using the pack bond that she’s now a part of to manipulate her.     The only non-pack member in the area, her friend Samuel, is also acting strangely.     It’s pretty much up to Mercy to figure this out on her own, to keep the pack from tearing itself apart (or so she thinks).

The Fae side story in this book was interesting- I definitely like how that part of this world is developing.      And I do really like Mercy and Adam’s relationship.     It’s not easy, but in a really relatable way (well, ok, as much as it can be between a werewolf and a coyote skin shifter – but trust me on this).      

Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 Finished Reading Challenges

Since I really only do two challenges a year anymore, I think it's safe to record my finished challenges for 2016:


Once Upon a Time X 3/21/16 - 6/21/16 - finished 6/14/16



RIP XI Reading Challenge 9/1/16 - 10/31/16 -finished 10/26/16


Sewing Notes


It's impossible to buy gift bags that aren't either rigid, or the size of a car seat box.    I'm shipping the things I bought for BF's cousin's baby, and I would very much prefer a bag I can mush into a shipping box.     So, I had to sew to my own.    (As a measure of how much I like K and J, I stood in line at Joann Fabric the Saturday after Black Friday with one bolt of fabric to cut.   Hilariously, they had run of numbers in the deli counter number system they usually use for the cutting table...)

Falling Free - Lois McMaster Bujold

This story takes place in the Vorkosigan universe, but takes place about two hundred years before Miles is born.    It’s the story of the development of the Quaddies – genetically engineered humans with a second set of hands instead of feet, bred to live and thrive in zero gravity.

It’s very much a cautionary tale of genetic engineering – the Quaddies are a project within a gigantic galatic corporation, and when they’re made obsolete by new technology, the fact that they are a thousand human beings is buried so deep that they face real extinction.  

Fortunately, some of the regular humans assigned to their project aren’t so callous, and find a way to help the Quaddies save themselves.

This is actually a pretty hard story to read, because it’s a very good portrayal of some of the worst of human nature.   But, I think that’s what makes it an important story, because someday, we are going to be able to do the things in this book, and we need to think really hard about that means for the future of what we think of humanity.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Knitting Notes



So we were supposed to go to VT this weekend, but one very sick BF kept us home instead.   (Fortunately, if you can call it that, we had a fair inkling of where things were headed on Wednesday night, so I was able to run to the store to stock up on food for the next day.   We had Thanksgiving pizza, and brownies for dessert.)

So, I had plenty of time where I hadn't actually planned on getting anything done, and it was rainy.    So I've caught up on as much knitting as I could.    The above is the final dispensation of the Malabrigo Sock in the Stonechat colorway.   Since it is red, I wanted at least one knitted ornament out of it, but I also figured it would be nice to have a fair number of hexipuffs out of it, since I usually tend towards blues in my sock yarn choices.

Knitting Notes



Pattern: Traveling Stitch Legwarmers by Lisa R. Myers
Yarn: Knitpicks Stroll Tweed in the Down Heather colorway
Needles: Size 3 DPNs

After taking a summer long break between legs, the Traveling Stitch Legwarmers are done.    I liked this pattern - it's got some relatively complicated cables, but with enough repetition that you can get used to the pattern and the stitches.

The long break does mean that my gauge is slightly different between the two, but not enough that that should be visible when I have them on.

I used way less yarn than the knee highs that I originally made with this yarn, so I have a fair amount left over.    I forsee some nice, gender neutral baby hats in my future.