Thursday, June 18, 2020

ROW80, Knitting, and Artefacts


Remembering Binyavanga Wainaina.

A Round of Words in 80 Days: Still a few weeks to go in Round 2. My main goal was to keep going on research for Captive of the Sea. This is...not happening. I wrote more of the epilogue as part of the May writing exercise on thelitforum.

Otherwise, I've been working on assignments for school, and knitting some more!


I had a few moments to tidy up my bookshelf of pattern books and printed patterns, and found a couple of good things.
Testing a hat... I didn't quite get the resizing right, so it became another baby hat!



Who's got a problem?

The first blanket I ever knit!
I made so many of these back in the day. it's a really soothing pattern to work on.

The scarf pattern I got when I once purchased wool at a church fair!

Have you found a memento or other interesting photograph or artefact lately?

Friday, May 29, 2020

Hodge Podge No. 10: Free Books! Artists on Patreon, Knitting and Baking

Hodge Podge No. 10!

I've passed 1200 posts! Normally I'd have some sort of contest for this... I'll have to think about something fun. An art contest? A story contest?

Visit Faded Page for thousands of free books in the public domain!

Here are all the artists and creators I support on Patreon:
Amanda Palmer music
Alice Fraser comedy and interviews
Jenny Dolfen art (including Tolkien-related art)
Jherek Bischoff music
Knitty knitting magazine
Monica Byrne writing
The Prancing Pony Tolkien-related podcast

Knitting and baking from the last week or so:

Baby hat!

Baby blanket! This one is in progress. I need to find a flannel backing for it.

The first time I have made this kind of cake. I haven't separated eggs in a long time. It came out perfectly! If anyone wants, I can share the recipe in English.

I made ice cream! I cup milk, some chopped up chocolate, and a spoonful of sugar (I used maple syrup sugar) in a bag; put this bag in another bag with ice and half a cup of salt, and shake until it becomes soft serve! There was a slight incident with a leaking bag, but otherwise, it was yummy!

Baby hat No. 2 (about the tenth I've made recently) (and yes, that's a new release by Joel Dicker! I stayed up way too late last night to finish it...)

Have you started or finished any projects recently?
What's your favourite flavour of ice cream?

Friday, May 22, 2020

Hodge Podge No. 9: Moose and Eagles, Tolkien, ROW80, WRiTE Club, Baking and Knitting

Hodge Podge again!

First, the webcams, which are so interesting and soothing:

The moose migration in Sweden!
It's over for this year, but happens annually.

The eagles in Decorah!
Now in its tenth year!

The Tolkien Society has been hosting weekly quizzes, which are like mini-cryptic crosswords. Here's the latest one:
A bit tricky...

ROW80: I've changed up my goals a bit, as I'm not getting any editing or research done on captive of the Sea. Instead, I'm writing a piece in the style of National Geographic for school, and completing the 500-word short story exercise at!

WRiTE Club is on! Drop by DL Hammons' blog to vote in the bouts!

"How about a little WRiTE CLUB history? The virtual contest started off as a modest competition loosely derived from the movie FIGHT CLUB, and from there it has grown into a writing community sensation. There are other versions (usually LIVE face-to-face events), but they are nothing like how we do it here. What sets it apart is the reader participation and the anonymous submissions. The contest embodies simple, good-natured competition, with lots and lots of fun sprinkled on top.
And how are the winners of each bout determined? By you and other WRiTE CLUB readers! Anyone who visits my blog during the contest can vote for the writing sample that resonates with them the most in a bout. All I ask is that you leave a brief critique of each piece to help the contestants improve their craft."

Baking and Knitting: I haven't been keeping track of all my baking as I have with my knitting. I've made lots of different cookies, cakes, cupcakes, scones, and brownies, plus mantı and etli ekmek

Two different cookies at once!

Cheese scones, with apricot jam homemade by a friend!

And the latest knitting:
A gift of leg warmers (not mailed yet!)

Starting a baby blanket (a surprise gift!)

Here is the Twitter-sized version of the recipe I use for cocoa cookies: 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter; 1 cup flour + 1/2tsp each baking soda, powder, sea salt; 1/3 cup + 2 tbsps cocoa; 1/2 cup choc chips: 350° 12 minutes!

Have you been baking?
Please share recipes!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Jean Little RiP and Knitting


I've been doing a lot of this...

Mini-projects, so I get the satisfaction of seeing something completed!

A hackey sack I made for use in a homeschooling assignment!

Hat 1...

All the scrap wool left in the house...

Lots of baking going on, too...

A new-to-me pattern!

Also trying to advance my crochet skills a little...

My first-ever square!

Hat 3

Hat 4

All six hats!

Hat 7. On I go...

The incomparable Jean Little has passed away.

This was the moment I found out

I've blogged about Jean Little and her books often in passing. She and her stories have meant so much to me over the years. Currently, I'm very excited to be reading the Ramona Quimby and Mary Poppins books with my daughter (my nth rereads and her first time!). I really can't wait till she's old enough to read Jean Little, though.

A to Z Challenge 2012 Favourite Books
Fifteen books that always stick with me

Middle Grade and Young Adult Scavenger Hunt

Books I love that no one else has read

Canadian book challenge part 1
Canadian book challenge part 2
Dear Canada

Favourite childhood authors
Favourite childhood books

Characters I'd like to be friends with
Literary BFFs

Fictional feasts

Authors who've influenced me

Middle grade contest
Writing young adult fiction
Writing stories

As for my ROW80 goals, I've managed to input all the edited files of Captive of the Sea into Scrivener, and I'm very slowly moving ahead on clearing up the square brackets and necessary research.

But! I've started my last class for my MSc! It's hard to believe I only have one 10-week course to go, if all goes well. Wish me luck!

What kinds of mini-projects are you working on?