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I wanted to make and send a gift to a dear friend of mine in Australia. He told me that it does get cold enough in Sydney to warrant scarves so I decided to make up a small cowl for him. Unisex and not too bulky. Fit was good. If it were met, I'd have made it tighter but he couldn't try it one as I made it. Nice, simple pattern that I would make…

Sport Spice Man Socks, started June 12, 2016, finished July 20, 2016. Pattern: Spice Man - Basic toe-up, all sizes Size: US 6.5/UK 4/EUR 36 Yarn: This is some clearance yarn I bought years ago. It had a simple label indicating that it was Needful Yarns Perform Sock Yarn - 50% wool and 50% CoolMax - a wicking fibre. No other info on gauge, washing, or yardage. Needles: US1/2.25mm 40"/100cm circulars. My standard sock needles.…

This is the first of four knitting posts. Two of which I finished months ago so the commentary will be short on some of them. I recently started a new job which is great. However, is the most strenuous one I've had in awhile. As a result, I have less time and energy for reading, but knitting is more manageable. I have tended to knitting when work or school was occupying. I am aiming to…

The final book in the Temeraire series. I started this series late last year or earlier this year. Luckily enough, the author chose to finish it this year. This novel was similar to some previous ones. It was slow to start, not a bad middle, and then I zoned out during the battles. The ending was fine. I would say that the world building in this novel has been fun. I love dragons. Temeraire is…

This is a long overdue review. The blog being down and me being generally busy with life and other things means that I cobbled this review from notes and other postings. This was an eagerly anticipated sequel to The Rook. I read Stiletto without rereading The Rook so I forgot a lot, but you can really read it as a standalone. All in all, I liked it and found it almost as addictive as the…

The following are three books I read in the summer which warranted some mini reviews. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo Love KonMari's philosophy about tidiness and stuff. I find it spiritual and from a good place not of judgment or feeding into consumerism. Living Alone & Loving It by Barbara Feldon I love to live alone. This book has avice which i already apply to my life which is to create a space for myself.…

For awhile now, I have wanted a subscription to Thew New Yorker. I've read books from the regular contributors, often find these articles I like from the Best American Travel Writing series, and love New York. I like a couple of periodicals and wish I could find the time and money to read them. When I passed my PMP in August, I rewarded myself with a trial subscription of $12 for 12 weeks of the…

JUNE 2016 The Decoy Bride (09 06 2016) - In attempt to watch something after Jessica Jones where David Tennant is not a psycho, I had this in the queue. Tennant and Kelly Macdonald in Scotland can't go wrong? Well, the script is not great. This is he kind of romantic comedy that could have made more money ten or twenty years ago, but is very much out of favour. There were trite and cliche…

Hello! If you visited this blog and website for the last month, you may have found it unreachable. Now, I have returned and my posts are still here! Yay! I am generously hosted by a friend of mine who has a reseller account for an web host called A Small Orange. We've been with this host for over a decade. I was unable to use FTP or my CPanel and had NO access to my…

This was a fun and exciting page turner. There is something about this novel that does feel different to recent novels I've read. Part of it was the focus on space and the excitement from the extreme plot of being stranded on Mars. The book has urgency and suspense. It pulls the reader in even though after disaster and bad news #4566, it gets a little tiresome watching everyone be able to make it through.…

I read this for a book club. We have not met for it yet. This is a mystery novel narrated by a dog. I did not realize this until I started the novel. It's rather cute actually. There are lots of moments of silliness and adorableness especially if you love dog. I even laughed out lout whenever Chet the dog would narrate how he barked to another dog: "I barked. She barked. I barked. She…