Monthly Archives: October 2012

While I work on my craft projects, I typically listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I love audiobooks, in particular.  I love reading, so being able to “read” while working on something else?  Perfection in multi-tasking.  They’re great.

Even better, I can download them from my local public library for free!  I transfer them over to my iphone and I’m set!  I also have an audible membership and download things I can’t get for free there.

Today I’m going to talk about dystopian teen fiction.   *****Possibly some vague spoilers ahead****  They’re fun.  Sometimes they’re thought provoking, sometimes they want to bang your head against the wall because teens do stupid things.  I’ve been devouring them lately since the library has a great collection.  Pretty much everyone I know has read the Hunger Games.  I thought the two books were great, then things got a little iffy at the end.  Overall a good series.

I’ve recently re-read the first three books of Lois Lowry’s “Givertrilogy quartet. I remembered the first book vaguely from reading it as a teen (probably 10th grade or so), but I’m really glad I reread it because the world of the Giver is recreated almost identically in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie.  In my opinion, don’t bother with these books.  There’s a lot of mooning over boys.

I also read the first two books in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.  I do recommend these books.  They’re a lot of fun.  The author has created some really interesting cultures, and a chilling premise.  I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.  I hope it doesn’t let me down like so many of these trilogies seem to.

Finally, the Maze Runner trilogy boy James Dashner.  This one was frustrating.  There was so much potential in the premise.  Evil governments, a nearly destroyed planet, a zombie virus.  So much fun to be had!  However, the story left too many gaping plot holes, so I still don’t know half of what was going on or why.  There’s also a lot of whining by the main character about not being able to trust his former best friend because she was forced to betray him by the evil government.  The books are pretty violent throughout.  I think kids would probably enjoy these books, but I was pretty irritated by never getting the big reveal you come to expect at the end.  Some very key points were not even revealed until the epilogue.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been reading.  I think I should probably take a break from dystopia and listen to something that might fit the description of literature.  Or I might pick a romance novel.  Who knows.

Work has been crazy so I haven’t been crafting much. I did make a small turned box for my mother-in-law, but I sent it off in the mail before I got any good photos. I also have been doing a little spinning but nothing much to show there.

I figured this would be a good time to list out all my WIPs that I need to get finished, along with a couple planned items for gift-giving season.

  • Simple gray hat out of sock wool (cast on 2 years ago) for my dad’s friend.  I made my dad one just like it, and his friend Bruce wanted one too.
  • Another hat for Dad.  I think he’s terrified of losing his only one because he loves that I made it really big and it doesn’t feel tight on his head.
  • A new hat for Brent.  He picked out a skein of “Jo rides a motorbike” sock yarn from Dyeabolical yarns at Strange Folk last weekend.  He deserves one because he’s kept his alpaca hat in good shape for years now, and it’s starting to look shabby.
  • My Acer Cardigan, started last fall in a lovely orange color.  I should get this done before fall is gone and I don’t want to wear orange anymore.
  • A brown corduroy skirt that I’m making with the couture techniques I learned from the couture dress class on Craftsy.  It will go nicely with that orange cardigan.
  • My couture dress from the same class above (would love to have this done by the end of Oct, but it’s looking highly unlikely).
  • A set of embroidered tea towels.  I think I have 4 days done.  3 more to go!
  • Block my wingspan shawl and take photos.
  • Turn some small hollow vessels to prepare for giving a demonstration on Oct 11.
  • Spin some of the lovely fiber I have been purchasing lately.  I have so much lovely fiber to pick from!

ETA: Arrrrgh!  I can’t find the half finished gray hat.  I definitely don’t want to have to reknit all of that.  I hope I find it soon!