Gilsland Farm – Falmouth, ME

So, we get the earliest possible day in November that Thanksgiving can possibly be on, and what does Mother Nature decide to do?   Give us two snow storms before Thanksgiving, and record cold on the day itself.     She’s funny.   Real funny.     Have I mentioned it’s raining today, and this will likely melt?    And it’s still November.

 

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Knitting Notes

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Here’s the last of the Tess’s Twinkle Toes in Underwater Grotto – a swirl hat, a sweater ornament, and still managed two hexipuffs.

 

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Since then, I’ve cast on Flora, by Margaux Hufnagel, using some of the Quince and Co. Lark leftover from my 40th birthday sweater.   (Maple and Petal, to be specific).    Pretty easy knit so far, though I think it might be a little big, so I may recast it on with smaller needles.    We’ll see.

Garden Notes

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The kale is looking amazing.   It’s all I have left now in the community garden.

Because we’re finally getting the leaves to come down, I was able to go over there today and dump two leaf bags’ worth on the bed for winter mulch.    I’m done now for the season, other than pulling the kale out when it’s either done, or we’re about to get real snow.

Knitting Notes

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Pattern: Twisted Flower Socks by Cookie A
Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns Twinkle Toes in Underwater Grotto
Needles: Size 1.5 DPNs

The Twisted Flower socks for K are done!   I’m surprised I took as long on these as I did – it’s an enjoyable pattern that’s just challenging enough, and the yarn is lovely to work with.

Between Two Thorns – Emma Newman

0a017993d1236bc59712f686d41434f414f4141Cathy has fled her abusive family, but there’s a twist- her family lives in the Nether –between the regular world and the world of the Fae, and the families there serve the Fae. Cathy would rather live in the real world, where she won’t have an arranged marriage, and can live her own life. Unfortunately, her family’s patron has tracked her down, and it’s back to the Nether she goes, and finds herself surrounded by intrigue.

I feel like I wanted a little more back story here. I’m not really sure what the Nether families are about, and it makes what goes on in this book a bit confusing. We’re supposed to care about Cathy being forced to go back there, and there are a few hints that we should, but not quite enough for real concern. I can only hope things get a little better in the rest of the series, but I’m also not sure I’m in a hurry to seek those out.

The Black Swan – Mercedes Lackey

f23723c3a8551e75976436a6567434f414f4141This is technically a reread, but it’s been so long since I first read it, I really couldn’t remember what was going to happen next, other than the bare bones from the Swan Lake ballet this is based on.

Swan Lake the ballet is mostly about Princess Odette, who is cursed by an evil sorcerer (with a number of other maidens) to be a swan during the day, and a woman at night. Prince Siegfried happens upon the lake where the maidens live, and swears to help her break the curse. The evil sorcerer tries to intervene by charming his daughter Odile to look exactly like Odette, so Siegfried will marry her, and therefore not break the curse.

In this book, Lackey fills in quite a few details. It’s not as much Odette’s story – instead it’s Odile’s story – where she is a sorceress in her own right, and at the beginning firmly believes in what her father is doing. He curses the maidens because they have betrayed men in their lives. And he sees the greatest betrayer in Prince Siegfried’s mother, Queen Clothilde. She has ruled as regent for her son, and now that he is of age, is scheming to keep the throne from him. The swans become part of that scheme.

This is a really satisfying expansion to the story, although I think she goes a little too far setting up Siegfried’s need to reform his life at the beginning of things. But it is nice to have some motivation for the sorcerer, and Odile’s journey is a satisfying one.

Knitting Notes

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Here’s another go at trying to use the Fibre Co Knightsbridge yarn I’d frogged from a February Lady sweater ages ago.   Sadly, it’s discontinued (this was the version before the company was sold to Kelbourne), so I have no way of getting more.    I recovered most of it, so I just can’t understand how I got it into a February Lady sweater, but can’t seem to get it into another sweater.

I’m trying Salal, by Andi Satterlund.   That’s at least a cropped sweater, meant to be worn over dresses, so hopefully, I can make this work.   (The yardage seems like it should work, but I’ve been wrong there before.)

Jane and the Genius of the Place – Stephanie Barron

6d766dcc6677d645939536e5a77434f414f4141In this book, Jane is staying at her brother Edward’s estate in Kent (which he has because he was adopted by a wealthy, childless couple – this is real life detail). While there, they go to the races, where the wife of one of the other local landowners is found dead. Mrs. Grey had not been well liked in the neighborhood – she was French, and Napoleon was poised just across the Channel, making plans to invade. Still, Edward is the local magistrate, and is obligated to the investigate. And as we all know from the previous three books in this series, Jane is not a bad investigator herself, so naturally helps.

This ends up being a really interesting commentary on womens’ lives in Regency England, mixed up with the politics of the war, and with a bit of landscape gardening thrown in for good measure. How the murder ends up working into that ends up being very interesting – I will admit I hadn’t figured it out before the reveal.

These books are definitely anachronistic, but fun enough that I don’t mind.