14 March 2012

WIP: concerning crochet and knitting

A couple of new things to show you today.

In crochet, I am making my third Dahlia Shawl (see one and two).  This time for the birthday one of my crochet biatches (who I will tell you about another time). 

Great pattern.  I've not completely memorised it, but the bulk of it is the same, with different bits in the middle and at the ends.  I've made myself a little cheat sheet chart so I can easily refer to where I am, so I don't need to think very much.  My first time using 2ply wool, so I am looking forward to seeing this block up.



Finally found a pattern that inspired me enough to crack open the Zauberball I acquired a while back.  I do love me a bit of garter.  Gartergartergarter.  I made some good progress with this hithhiker at first, but progress has slowed when the rows got longer and other projects were beckoning.  But it's pretty eh?


If you're an avid reader of my blog (and I'm sure you are) you might remember the great CITY WATCH AUDIO BOOK CHALLENGE!  The last time I checked in at Yarn Along I was onto book 3 of 8.  I've now read 7/8, and have decided to save number 8 a little while longer, seeing as I just read it a little while ago

Super short reviews:
  • Feet of Clay  - Loved it the second time around.  I found it wasn't particularly memorable, but there were some good Vetinary and Vimes exchanges which made me laugh.
  • Jingo - Very humourous (and poss topical atm) look at racism. Vimes gets his big promotion in Jingo - one of the things I love about Vimes is his utter disdain at being part of this aristocracy. 
  • The Fifth Elephant - Another great story, I love it when Vimes gets caught up in politics.
  • Night Watch - Quite excellent.  Vimes transported back in time to become mentor to a young version of himself.  Wonderful. Almost love this one as much as Guards Guards.  Almost.
  • Thud! - So great, I especially loved Vimes' sentiment around being a father, and his evaluation of what's important.  I also read Where's My Cow.  Also love the "Gooseberry".
In between, for a little break, I read Going Postal and Making Money.  Both are really fantastic books, fast paced and very funny.  I'm becoming a bigger Vetinari fan too.  And Moist is super likeable.  I picked up the screen adaptation of Going Postal which I think is the best representation of Pratchett on screen yet.  Ankh Morpork was portrayed perfectly! 

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Although I've already read all the Discworld books, I just cant get enough of Pratchett right now, so I'm going to re-read all of them by listening to all of the Pratchett audiobooks.  I've now started the Death books.  Mort is brilliant so far (duh), really love it!  Death going fly-fishing, fiction doesn't get better than that!
So, yeah,  WIPs at Tami's Amis and Yarn Along with Ginny!

23 comments:

  1. I love your Hitchhiker :so wonderfully springy. Well done with the reading!

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  2. Your hithhiker is beautiful! I love a bit of garter stitch too!

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  3. Wow - that Hitchhiker is looking gorgeous! Having made my first a few weeks ago I am already wondering which colourway to make next - they are such a great size for Spring!

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  4. wow your hitchhiker is gorgeous, i love the colour - it's so pretty for the spring. the dahlia is cute too, i'm excited to see it finished.

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  5. I was just looking at Hitchhiker on Ravely and now I see yours, it's beautiful!
    Happy yarn along.

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  6. Both are so lovely, but I am also loving the colors in the hitchhiker - so cheerful and pretty!

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  7. Everything looks great! I love the colors of your Hitchhiker.

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  8. Your Hitchhiker is going to be beautiful, such a fun colour(s)

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  9. Such beautiful colors! Glad you are getting reading time..not so much over here. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Love your shawls, the colours are great. I'm a pratchett fan too and have read them all except the new one, snuff. Will get that once its in paper back!

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  11. This Hitchhiker pattern pops up everywhere, love your colors. I think I will resist this lovely pattern, too many wips haha.

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  12. The way those colours from your Zauerball are spreading out is amazing! But I can totally understand how the garter rows would become tedious. I guess that's where the audio books come in!

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  13. Oh that hitchiker is stunning!
    Mort was always one of my favourite TP books... but I think my most favourite is Lords and Ladies. It has my favourite quote too :) "In the beginning, there was nothing... which exploded" lol. I laughed out loud in the LIBRARY the first time I ever read it ;)

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  14. Loving the Hitchhiker! What bright and fun colors!

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  15. I keep seeing the hitchhiker knitted up and it always looks lovely, yours is beautiful!!

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  16. I love the way the slow color changes look on your hitchhiker, I can't wait to see it finished!

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  17. Haha great quote Rachel. One of my faves (can't remember which book it was!) involves a description of the discworld, then the line "now we zoom in, pay attention because the special effects were very expensive".

    Great to find another TP fan!!

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  18. Boy, you are an avid reader, and knitter and crocheter...amazing!

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  19. Your Hitchhiker is gorgeous! I love that colorway!

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  20. I love the yarn you're using on the Hitchhiker scarf.

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  21. Your crochet biatch will love the shawl!!!

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  22. OK, so now I have Zauberball envy, I need to get my sister to knit some socks in this colourway just because the Mandala (ahem, doily) would be so stunning!

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