Knitting Notes


It occurs to me that I hadn’t gotten a very recently picture of the hexipuff pile, so here that is.    It’s definitely getting bigger, but still not big enough for a blanket.

My scrappy ten stitch worsted/aran blanket is actually big enough that I think I’m going to finish it off shortly.   I have a few more scraps I can put it into it – that’ll go into 2020, but I can finish that in January.     That’ll leave the sport/DK one still going.   So that should be only two long term projects still going after I do a little clean up in January.



2019 Books Read

  1. Mastiff – Tamora Pierce
  2. The Future Falls – Tanya Huff
  3. Lies Sleeping – Ben Aaronovitch
  4. Alanna: The First Adventure – Tamora Pierce
  5. In The Hand of the Goddess – Tamora Pierce
  6. Dark Lands – Tony Wheeler
  7. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man – Tamora Pierce
  8. Lioness Rampant – Tamora Pierce
  9. Periodic Tales – Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  10. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
  11. Fire Touched – Patricia Briggs
  12. Wild Magic – Tamora Pierce
  13. The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
  14. Long May She Reign – Ellen Emerson White
  15. The Reluctant Queen – Sarah Beth Durst
  16. Wolf-Speaker – Tamora Pierce
  17. Emperor-Mage – Tamora Pierce
  18. The Realm of the Gods – Tamora Pierce
  19. Penric and the Shaman – Lois McMaster Bujold
  20. Flowers and Herbs in Early America – Lawrence D. Griffith
  21. Seeing Further – ed. Bill Bryson
  22. The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman
  23. On the Edge – Ilona Andrews
  24. The Confession of Brother Haluin – Ellis Peters
  25. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  26. The Immortals – Jordanna Max Brodsky
  27. Fortune’s Fool – Mercedes Lackey
  28. Beauty and the Werewolf – Mercedes Lackey
  29. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  30. Fire Dance – Ilana C. Myer
  31. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
  32. Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness
  33. The Book of Life – Deborah Harkness
  34. The Library – Stuart Kells
  35. Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
  36. Sweep in Peace – Ilona Andrews
  37. One Fell Sweep – Ilona Andrews
  38. Japanese Fairy Tales – Yei Theodora Ozaki
  39. Silence Fallen – Patricia Briggs
  40. Lingo – Gaston Dorren
  41. Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness
  42. Temperate Garden Plant Families – Peter Goldblatt and John C. Manning
  43. Gunmetal Magic – Ilona Andrews
  44. Once Upon a Kiss – Althea Kontis
  45. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
  46. The Prophecy Con – Patrick Weekes
  47. Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
  48. The Spectral City – Leanna Renee Hieber
  49. Tongues of Serpents – Naomi Novik
  50. The Hills Have Spies – Mercedes Lackey
  51. The Prince of the Pond – Donna Jo Napoli
  52. Wolf Moon – Charles de Lint
  53. Corsets and Codpieces – Karen Bowman
  54. Sweep of the Blade – Ilona Andrews
  55. Penric’s Fox – Lois McMaster Bujold
  56. Magic Breaks – Ilona Andrews
  57. The Owl Service – Alan Garner
  58. Eye Spy – Mercedes Lackey
  59. The Prodigal Tongue – Lynne Murphy
  60. A Scandal in Battersea – Mercedes Lackey
  61. The Iambics of Newfoundland – Robert Finch
  62. Crucible of Gold – Naomi Novik
  63. Paper and Fire – Rachel Caine
  64. The Heretic’s Apprentice – Ellis Peters
  65. Death in the Garden – Michael Brown
  66. White as Milk, Red as Blood – Franz Xaver von Schonwerth
  67. Sabriel – Garth Nix
  68. Lirael – Garth Nix
  69. Abhorsen – Garth Nix
  70. Goldenhand – Garth Nix
  71. The Darkling Bride – Laura Anderson
  72. Moon Called – Patricia Briggs
  73. Shakespeare Wrote for Money – Nick Hornby
  74. Firefight – Brandon Sanderson
  75. Shifting Shadows – Patricia Briggs
  76. Cry Wolf – Patricia Briggs
  77. Ancient Magic – Linsey Hall
  78. Sweep of the Blade – Ilona Andrews
  79. Rivers of London: The Fey and the Furious #1 – Ben Aaronovitch
  80. Lost in a Good Book – Jasper Fforde
  81. Penric’s Mission – Lois McMaster Bujold
  82. The Sharing Knife: Beguilement – Lois McMaster Bujold
  83. The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
  84. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  85. Knight of the Crescent Moon – L.E. Towne
  86. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
  87. Daughter of the Blood – Anne Bishop
  88. Blue Gentian – Casey E. Hamilton
  89. Losing Mars – Cidney Swanson
  90. The Golden Shears – D.S. Murphy
  91. Mirror Mage – Linsey Hall
  92. Soot and Slipper – Kate Stradling
  93. Stolen Magic – Linsey Hall

Soot and Slipper – Kate Stradling

b07q14d878.01._sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_This is a twist on Cinderella. It starts with the step mother asking Eugenie to stay away from the coming masquerade ball – everyone knows that Eugenie is prettier than her two step sisters, and because she will inherit her father’s estate once she comes of age, it’s vitally important that they find themselves good husbands. So as much as Eugenie would like to go, she lets them go without her, because she’s always been kind like that.

I was already sold with this set up, but the author actually manages to take it further – how this ends was amazing! This is probably my favorite Cinderella adaptation (and I don’t give Mercedes Lackey’s The Fairy Godmother a run for its money lightly).

The Golden Shears – D.S. Murphy

b01n48rgxz.01._sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_Following the action of The Scarlet Thread, Kai has managed to escape from the home of the gods lead by Hades – it would seem that their reasons for helping her might not always be pure, and they’ve neglected to tell her that her friends at the old institute, who are like sisters, are now targets. So she and Puriel, one of the fallen angels, are off to save them.

On their own now, they’re trying to figure out what the Fates might have had in mind by giving Kai the ability to see the threads of life. They manage to make their way to Europe, and end up on a Greek Island. There’s a Temple to the Fates there, and it would appear that Kai will be able to get inside.

This definitely seems like a middle story – there’s movement, and the introduction of a few new characters (Zeus and Athena in the flesh), but this definitely feels like a way station to a greater action – good thing I got a cheap trial of Kindle Unlimited, and the next book is included…

Losing Mars – Cidney Swanson

b00c92zrog.01._sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_Jess has returned to Earth, destroying the one ship left that can journey between Earth and Mars in the process. She’s been reunited with her brother Ethan, and Pavel, the boy she’s pretty sure she loves, but who is also the nephew of her (and Mars’) greatest enemy on Earth.

So what’s a girl to do? Reunite the rest of the stranded Mars crew, and get a new ship, and new allies, to try and get them back to Mars.

I need to never again get a six book series on spec through a Kindle deal. For some reason, I’m having a terrible time getting through these books, but because I bought all six, I really feel the need to get through them. I’m not sure what the problem is – the story’s really not bad, and it’s a nice twist on the colonization of Mars and how that impacts things back on Earth. I’m just having the worst time getting into them.

Blue Gentian – Casey E. Hamilton

1980553742.01._sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_Salya is a Traveler, and as she’s approaching adulthood, she’s feeling the pressure to devote herself to the healing trade of her grandmother. It’s a very serious thing among her people –a true vocation. But she’s not quite sure she’s ready for it.

One night, an injured man stumbles upon their camp. Bren is a spy for the neighboring kingdom, desperate to get back to his country with news of an attempt on the life of his queen. Salya ends up leaving with him to get him back to his home safely. Along the way, she sees more of the world than she ever thought possible, and learns more about her family than she’d known before.

This book is ok – the world building is decent, but it seems unfinished somehow. Salya does have a complete journey, but I don’t know – I’ve just read better, more well rounded stories like this. It has potential, but I want a little more.

Knitting Notes


Pattern: Stash Busting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose
Yarn: Quince and Co Owl in the Buru, Cranberry and Straits colorways, and Berry Meadow Heritage Alpaca in Tashi
Needles: Size 8 and 9 circs and size 9 DPNs

Stash busting continues, with a touch of it’s been cold, and I’m still trying to perfect my winter hat game.   I added a pure alpaca lining to this one.   Haven’t tested it outside yet, but it’s instantly warm when tried on.


Knight of the Crescent Moon – L. E. Towne

b07ynp93fb.01._sx142_sy224_sclzzzzzzz_LibraryThing Early Reviewers book

Tam Paradiso is a cop in Philadelphia who also happens to be one of the few people that can see otherworldly creatures, so she has a double job – cop by day, protecting the world from evil by night.

As she’s tracking a particularly nasty creature one night, another creature hunter, who also has the ability to travel through time, follows a creature into Tam’s present. His name is Christopher Marlowe – yes, that Christopher Marlow. His time traveling ability isn’t anything that he can control, so they need to find this creature before he’s whisked back to his own timeline.

I like Tam – she’s had to become tough because if her abilities, but she’s still built up a circle of friends that she lets in as close as she dares. Marlowe is immediately something special in that circle, because he already knows all of her secrets, and she’s never had anyone she can share that much with before. Him having to acclimate to the present day is also fun. I enjoyed this book – it’s a solid adventure.

Knitting Notes


Pattern: Cowl based on eyeballing the Bryce Canyon cowl by Courtney Mussatt
Yarn: Lichen and Lace Matte Sock in the Pressed Flower Colorway
Needles: Size 5 DPNs

The cowl is done.    Still love the yarn, and I really like this colorway.   I wasn’t much into the speckled colorways that have been popular in recent memory, but it turns out if you frame it botanically, I can get behind the idea.

Here’s the last of the two Lichen and Lace yarns as hexipuffs.    I sure went through two thirds of that purchase quickly.

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

3798d43ff5e2f1059306d4e5967434f414f4141I can’t say this book is reinventing the YA star-crossed teenage love story trope, but it has a few things I like that are a bit different. We have Ethan, who’s lived a small South Carolina town all his life, and has wanted to leave for ages. His high school is full of people who don’t want to leave, and while he fits in because his family has lived in Gatlin forever, he doesn’t really feel like he belongs.

Into this comes Lena, the niece of Macon Ravenwood, who lives in the old plantation at the edge of town, who no one ever sees. She drives his hearse to school. And it turns out she’s the girl in the dreams Ethan’s been having, where they’re together, and he’s unable to rescue her from some terrible fate. You can totally see where this is going – the cheerleaders hate her, and when Ethan and Lena get together, things get interesting. Oh, plus she’s a Caster. And when she turns 16, she’s going to either go for the light side, or the dark side, and she has no control over which way she goes.

I like that Ethan is the narrator here – it’s nice to see it from the boy’s point of view. And I’m really glad that while Lena does have powers, she’s still a teenager, so you don’t get an icky Twilight vibe from their relationship. It’s intense, but in a normal teenage way.

I’ll be interested to see where the story goes from here – I’m leaving out a ton of extra detail that will clearly be explored further in the future books of this series.