This could be my #1 read for 2013. Definitely in the top 5.
This time of year, I love to knit hats, and when it’s 9 degrees out when you wake up before school, they come in handy! I also wanted to practice my new skill with DPNs, so when I heard about this one skein hat pattern on the Yarncraft podcast, I thought I’d give it a try. Also, Michaels had Lion Brand Amazing on sale that week as an added incentive! If I make it again, I’m going to do one more set of knit/purl rows because there was enough yarn, and I’d like it a little slouchier.
Of course, when I went for the photo to prove it actually happened, my camera was dead. However, a very nice student with an iPhone 5 took these photos of my hat made in the Olive Medley colorway.
Yes, this was just before my 11:30 a.m. New Media class - can you tell?
How many friends do you have on FB?
150. I like round numbers; odd numbers are sketchy.
How many would you have if you had to hang out and interact with them regularly?
I know the vast majority in real life although many live far away. If my “friends” were a small town, I’d be happy to run into them on the street or invite them to my home for the holidays.
Who would be the first to go, and why?I
All of them. I find Facebook to be a lot less relevant that it used to be. I doubt my life would change drastically if I deleted my Facebook account, but I would miss the pages and groups I use with my students. Otherwise, being free of Facebook would be a good thing!
My beautiful daughter in the Typha cowl I made for her out of Cascade 220 Fingering yarn.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to interview a local knitting pattern designer, Sarah Punderson on my podcast, who I discovered through Louise Hunt’s Caithness Craft podcast. Took a Scot to introduce 2 Jersey girls! At the time, Louise was knitting Sarah’s Adirondack pattern which was brave because “adirondack” is not easy for a Scot to pronounce! I got to see Sarah’s version of her pattern when we went to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival last October (one week before all things Sandy) and knew I wanted to knit this shawl eventually.
In this post, I review a series billed as “adventure books for boys”.
You read that right: adventure books for boys.
The Time Riders series, of which there are now eight, may target that demographic, but readers of any age who love adventure, adrenalin, and terminators will enjoy these books. The premise is fairly simple: 3 young people are snatched moments before they are scheduled to die by the mysterious Foster, then brought by him to New York circa 2001 and told they are now part of a secret “agency” that patrols time. Foster rescues Irish steward Liam O’Connor from the Titanic in 1912, pulls Saleem Vikram from a burning apartment building in 2026, and saves Madeleine Carter from an airplane moments before a terrorist bomb goes off in 2010.
Take the anger and grit of The Outsiders, the intellectual and geographical dystopia of 1984, and a good dose of satire a lá Harrison Bergeron, and you have these two young adult novels by Veronica Roth. Set in Chicago sometime in a future where everyone is a member of one of five factions, the story begins with the main character, Beatrice Prior, facing her aptitude test that will determine which faction best suits her. Beatrice was born into the Abnegation faction but displays an aptitude for both this and two other factions, Erudite and Dauntless, which makes her Divergent. As the woman administering the test advises, this is a very very bad outcome and the catalyst of this trilogy. Beatrice’s story is set in motion on her Choosing Day, when she leaves her family to join the Dauntless faction, a group of characters straight from an S.E. Hinton casting call costumed with 21st century fashions and infused with a much dimmer outlook than Hinton’s simple boys from the 1970s.