October 2008

Happy Halloween!

Oh my… more spiders, in the form of spidery Cake Wrecks! And then – even more spidery Cake Wrecks!

Janet’s giving away a gorgeous skein of Colinette Jitterbug and a mix cd – simply leave a comment by midnight, October 31 (aka today), for your chance to win.

Author Barbara Bretton is giving away the complete Knitting Daily DVD first season collection or 20 skeins of “muted hot pink” Elann Callista if you send her an email (details in post) by early evening today (aka October 31).

If you’d like to win a copy of Meljean Brook’s forthcoming book Demon Bound, try out your lol captioning skills on a picture of the author herself. Contest closes midnight, November 3.

Yesterday I turned my heat off, as the high temperature was 70F…

I’m a bit behind in my blog reading – usually I read throughout the day at work, while I wait for queries to run and files to process. This week?! I even forgot to eat lunch Wednesday because things were non-stop crazy.

Hmm. I wonder if the broomstick bike will help you hone your quidditch skills?

Happy Halloween, lolcat style.

Hmm… a couple of these shots look like Chaos, don’t they?

The Yellow Stereo has a fun Halloween music mix up today.

Thanks to Limedragon for alerting me to this extremely cool black cat laptop skin!

I thought that this was a particularly fine Halloween decoration (although it definitely should have had more dental kitty treats…):


“What do you mean, it’s cheating to dress up as a black kitty for Halloween?! What else would I bother to be?” -Mayhem

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In which our secret knitting project is revealed

Jeanne and I have been working on a lapghan to keep my neighbor Carol warm as she goes through her chemo treatments. I wove in the last end Tuesday night (yup, this was the source of the 70 ends I was whining about – I’m glad Jeanne took pity on me and wove in some!). Yesterday (after taking a few pictures…) I washed the lapghan and presented it to Carol. I think she liked it. 🙂

Vital stats: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in charcoal, medium blue (horrifically misnamed violet), stone, and azalea (would you guess this is actually a dark pinky red?). The strips are approximately 4″ wide.

“Huh. I don’t remember the floor looking like this. I wonder when this happened?” -Mayhem

“Our new stripey floor is pretty comfy.” -Mayhem

“Do you like the new stripey floor, big kitty?” -Mayhem

“Mmmm… warm toes.” -Chaos

“I can’t believe how shallow you are, big kitty!” -Mayhem

“Mmmmm… warm tummy.” -Chaos

“Hmph.” -Mayhem

“Mmmm… stripes…” -Chaos

They were a bit disgruntled to be shooed off the lapghan so I could wash it!

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Ok, I finally broke down and turned on the heat yesterday

I was trying to see if I could make it to November 1… Maybe next year!

Check out the huge’n’scary’n’black’n’purple spider in Sydney’s neighborhood! Eeek!

Author Kim Harrison is having a Halloween costume contest. You have until November 17 to submit your photo entry for a chance to win assorted goodies, such as a copy of Harrison’s forthcoming Rachel Morgan novel.

Only a few days left to participate in Obsidian Kitten’s contest!

Black kitties. Gotta keep an eye on them is all I’m saying…

Love Natalie Dee’s “Why you should learn how to knit” cartoon. Heh.

Hmm. Definitely a unique take on bookmarks

Reading Update
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kenner. A pretty amazing cast (Simon R. Green, Donna Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, and more) writing stories about werewolves and Christmas.
My Immortal (Seven Deadly Sins, Book 1) by Erin McCarthy. I enjoy McCarthy’s humorous works, such as her tales of the Vegas Vampires, but had a lukewarm reaction to this book about temptation, demons, and lust, set in New Orleans. (It was completely vampire free, however.)
A Curious Affair by Melanie Jackson. Although it’s categorized as paranormal romance, it’s pretty light on the paranormal (the protagonist can talk to cats) and heavy on the mystery and sleuthing. (Also completely vampire free!)
Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I received this as an Early Reviewers copy via LibraryThing, so you get a bit more of a review than usual. 🙂 Free-Range Knitter is a collection of essays, split into seven parts as if it were a knitting project: casting on, knitting two together, yarn overs, left-leaning decreases, making one, continuing to knit even, and casting off. Each part begins with an essay about how a friend or family member knits, which then leads to deeper insights. Pearl-McPhee’s trademark knitting humour is evident throughout the book, and some of the essays will be familiar to regular readers of Pearl-McPhee’s blog, Yarn Harlot, but rest assured that the book includes plenty of extremely readable and thought-provoking new material. I found myself repeatedly setting this book aside, taking short breaks so I could savor it and look forward to the next part. I also kept trying to figure out what blend of essayists I could use to describe the feel of the book – I think Elizabeth Zimmermann meets Aldo Leopold, with a dash of Bill Bryson is probably the best I can do! (Even more vampire free than A Curious Affair!)
Knit Two: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel by Kate Jacobs. I received this as an advance copy from the publisher – according to Amazon.com, it’ll be available November 25. So yes, you get more of a review for this book, too. This is set five years after The Friday Night Knitting Club. I didn’t enjoy the first several chapters, which seemed chaotic, what with reintroducing the characters and updating us on the intervening five years. I had a related complaint about the beginning of Jacobs’ novel Comfort Food and its similar chaotic flurry at the beginning. But, as with Comfort Food, once I got past the somewhat rough start, the story quickly drew me in and immersed me. At times, the narrative style felt choppy and seemed to interfere with the flow. And I found myself annoyed with various characters off and on. I also thought I had the ending all figured out… and I didn’t. If you enjoyed The Friday Night Knitting Club, you’ll definitely want to read the sequel. (No vampires in this one, either!)


For those of you who were curious about what yesterday’s tissue paper snack might’ve been wrapped around, it was a wrist strap from splityarn for my camera.

“Wasn’t that strap thingy wrapped in more tissue paper? No?! Hmph. Too bad – it was tasty stuff.” -Chaos

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In which Chaos loses his mind

My goodness, what could get the Chaos Kitty all worked up like this?! (Please ignore how weird his eyes look – in the original shot, it looked like he had severe cataracts and it was freaking me out.)

*want want want want* -Chaos

May has to see what’s going on, but is easily distracted.

“Oh, look, the bottom of the table.” -Mayhem

*want want want want* -Chaos

Chaos? Not so easily distracted.

*want want want want* -Chaos

*WANT WANT WANT WANT* -Chaos

“At last! I love you, tissue paper.” *nom nom nom* -Chaos

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I might still be hiding under the covers when you read this…

Yesterday I saw the first snow of the season, whipping past my windows on gusts of wind up to 50 miles per hour. Blech. (Even knowing that the snow didn’t stick, I still feel like hibernating until April.)

“What was that?! Outside the window? That tiny fluffy white bird was moving fast!” -Mayhem

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