Time to Randomize again..
I've been lured into more book stuff. First, there was the reading group that I somehow started within one of my lists. Then I found this Summer Reading Program (with prizes)... which I signed up for. That means that you
poor suckers lucky ducks will get to see my reviews of the books I read this summer.
My Basic Goal: 12 books in 12 weeks. I'll probably succeed here, and so really should have made it a higher goal.
Bonus: 24 books in 12 weeks.
Super Bonus -- 36 books ... with one book each week coming from my daughters' reading lists.
This week, I'm reading
Better Than Chocolate by Susan Waggoner and
A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
Last week, I read Futureland by Walter Mosely. For the SRP, I'm reporting that it came in at 400 pages, most of which were enjoyable SF reading. Mosely played with some interesting ideas in this dystopian novel. Certainly, his concepts of future prisons were intriguing. This wasn't fun reading, but it was a good book. It tied nine stories set in this future world together -- each focused on a different character, and seemed at first to be unrelated. Eventually, however, they were all tied together. Let's hope that no one in our current world comes up with the racially-targeted virus that he imagines in the end.
Meanwhile, it seems to be the Era of the Sleeves here in Shadowland.
I'm still chunking away on the sleeves for the evil-sweater-of-fug. I finished sleeve one, and am about half way through the main sleeve (that part that comes before the cap decreasing) on the second sleeve. Since some of you have asked for pictures of the evil sweater that is consuming my precious knitting time ....
If you look very closely, you'll see that there is a basket-weave sort of pattern going on there. The lovely chenille-esque yarn hides it pretty well, but it really is there. Here is a close up so you can see what I mean:
The color isn't quite right. But as much as I love you guys, I'm just not willing to spend a whole lot of time tinkering with it to show you just what I've got.
To ease the burden of fug-knitting, I give myself a bit of Paint-Box treat every so often. It's not quite the rule of ten, but I do try to take breaks at every potentially significant marker to give my hands a rest from the huge needles, and let me feel soft wool too.
Thus, I continue to make slow progress on sleeve two of the Thistle Coat:
But you didn't come here for that did you? You want to know whether I was a good little knitter. DID I go out to KIP for World Wide Knit in Public Day ?
Of course I did! I did it without my camera though, so we'll have to rely on pictures from the ever-lovely, ever-blogless Elizabeth's camera phone. Her hubby (my bestest Geek-Stud friend) promises to pull them off soon so that I can share them with the world.