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This week on BTT: If you could write a book, what would it be about, and why? (Though, of course, some of you already HAVE.) I wish I had the ability to write a book because I think there have always been three kinds of books I like to read and wish to write. First would be food. I'd love to take the photos and write recipes, but also write about food as a cultural…

As you can see above, that is not Girasole, I cast on for Veera Välimäki's Paris this weekend. I was motivated by the Sweater Odyssey Ravelry Group's Veera knitalong. It's a great little group, and I had the yarn and pattern all ready for it. It is more or less a rectangle with sleeves. I really liked it when I first saw this on Veera's projects. I've already knit five Rain Knitwear designs; she's one…

Since I read Devil's Cub (the sequel to These Old Shades), I knew some of the characters already and the twixt that Leon is actually Leonie. I've always kinda like the trope of girls dressing up as boys. It's always a good source of comedy. TV Tropes calls it Bixfauxnen. It's usually really amusing and it was here too. I liked this more than the Black Moth because the structure of it was better than…

This was my first experience with Crest Whitestrips. I wanted to start off easy with the 5 minute ones and this one had decent reviews and claimed no pain. My teeth are somewhat sensitive. I use the Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste. While my teeth are not super yellow, they do get stained easily because I drink tea. Rarely coffee and I don't smoke. The teeth staining issue was something I've always remember having even before I…

Managed to read two books since last Sunday. Both Georgette Heyer and the Heyerathon continues as I am finishing The Masqueraders. All the gender bending and cross dressing in Heyer had me rewatching Amanda Bynes's She's the Man (love Twelfth Night play) this week. Also, starting j-drama Hana Kimi. A couple questions for this Sunday. Does anyone access this post from the Yahoo!Pipes or the RSS Sunday Salon feed? I've been trying to figure out…

This was Georegette Heyer's first novel and published in 1921 when Heyer was just 19. The novel inspires These Old Shades (which is the book I am reading after this one) which will set off Devil's Cub and An Infamous Army. As it happened with Devil's Club, this book was a bit slow to start off, but it had some charming moments. Heyer gives her characters some delightful interactions and dialogue. I've noticed that her…

This cardigan took forever to finish. The knitting itself took about a month, but I didn't block for another month after binding off and another week for the buttons. I was very careless with the button sewing, but I was so fed up with this project by this time that I didn't care. Maybe in the far future, I will resew it. Until then, I can wear it as it is going out or staying…

This week on BTT: Do you have any pet that has a name inspired by your readings? If not, what would you pick if you DID? Do any of your friends have book-based names for their pets? (Or their children?) No, I don't have any pets. I would like to use names from books. I think children's books or young adult books have the more imaginative names such as Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, etc.…

Since the last time I posted a WIP Wednesday, I finished the Garter Yoke Cardigan on April 18th, but I didn't block it for another three weeks due to weather. This weekend, I finally put the buttons on it and I did a very bad job of it. I became a bit fed up with the cardigan. I haven't knit anything since I finished it except a demi hexipuff. I've lost a lot of knitting…

It's a long weekend so yay for me as I have one day less of class this week. Also, I managed to finish my homework on time on Friday so have had time to do personal chores and today, I do some reading! I started Georgette Heyer's books last month and requested a bunch of them from the library. I haven't made a dent in the pile at all, but I will do so today.…

On BTT this week: If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be? This is a difficult question since I do read books which are realistic and fantastical. When I was a child, I wanted to be Wendy in Peter Pan and Lucy in Lion, the Witch in the Wardrobe. I also really liked the idea of having a daemon in the His Dark Materials trilogy. Though the problem with…

The Maladjusted is an anthology of short stories by new writer Derek Hayes. I don't read a lot of short stories, but I average at least a couple of these kind of books a year. I like the format, but I prefer novels since I like to get invested in the characters and follow them along. A good short story usually hooks you in quickly to be attached. There isn't much time to drag out…