Posts Tagged ‘CAL’

Subsuming the Centre

Sunday, 16 March 2008

I’m still trying to get my scanner do a camera’s job, and so this picture shows the new stitches around the edge of my game piece well enough, while scrunching the middle rather badly.

As you can see, I haven’t really learnt to do bullion stitches well. I need to practise those to get them even.

72. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Wow. This did not turn out quite as I had come to expect it to, from osmosis of the story through the general culture, or even from the earlier chapters. The Creature is both greyer and more black and white morally than I had anticipated, and while Victor Frankenstein remains emotionally immature he does display slight glimmerings of empathy near the end. Unfortunately far too late, when harsher emotions have taken sway of him, but they are there.

I’ll admit to not anticipating that Mary Wollstonecraft‘s daughter would write all her female protagonists as sacrificial angels, but then she was a very young writer of her time.

I’ve been listening to this on Craftlit for the last few months, and I’m really pleased to have ‘read’ it this way, as I might not have got to it in print for another few years. In fact I’m reasonably likely to so far sooner now than I would have been otherwise. I don’t want to get into the arguments over whether listening to a book is the same as physically reading it. Suffice it to say that I believe this rather depends on the concentration one puts in. It is harder, but quite possible, to read a book without taking it in, just as one can allow an audiobook to just wash over one’s head. In any case, Heather’s commentary and extra information really helps my concentration on the audio files she plays.

If you haven’t come across Craftlit before, I heartily recommend it. Now is a good time to start, as having just finished Frankenstein, she is about to begin Little Women, although the older files are all available, and it is well worth finding the time to go back and listen to Pride and Prejudice, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Turn of the Screw, A Tale of Two Cities, Tristan and Isolde and the various shorter stories and pieces she podcasts between the longer novels. The audio files actually come from Librivox, so you can get them alone directly, but Heather‘s introductions and discussions really help me get more out of the experience (she was obviously a brilliant English Literature teacher), and her craft talk is interesting too. She also rerecords the occasional chapter that got through Librivox’ quality control undeservedly.

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Pages and Pages

Thursday, 6 March 2008

I’ve added another blog page giving the recipe (rather than a proper pattern) for the baby blanket I made last year. This was done now as a tutorial for the latest instruction on the NatCroMo CAL page.

And I went through more books at work today. I enjoyed poring over all of them, although none of them are overly wordy!

63. Amigurumi by Annie Obaachan

There, a crochet book I actually read! (And I fully intend using some of its patterns in the near future as well.) There is a nice (concise and colourful) introduction explaining amigurumi as a very Japanese phenomenon, instructions on basic crochet stitches, Japanese charting, and designing one’s own little animals, and then come the patterns, which are lots of fun and appear to be very clear, although I haven’t actually tried using them yet.

64. Beadwork by Robin Bellingham, Hana Glover & Jema Hewitt

Clear, well laid out instructions and photographs mean this book’s inspirational qualities may actually work on me and all those beads in my room that just sit around looking pretty (when they aren’t all over the floor or hidden away in a box). It’ll have to wait until after NatCroMo and Pesach, though.

65. Bikes of Burden by Hans Kemp

I really feel like I get a sense of the daily speed and ingenuity of Vietnam’s streets through this book. The impression given may or may not be correct in everyone’s eyes, but it’s definitely vivid, and makes for impressive photography. This isn’t one for an on-duty food safety officer, however!

Project Progress sans Pics

Sunday, 2 March 2008

The FrouFrou is coming along really well – I finished the first front today, and have just started a second ball of yarn on the second, and my housemate tried it on and the sizing seems just right. The sleeves are purposefully a little short just now, so the the edging won’t make them too long. I think the overlap at the front won’t be as great as it is in the book pictures, but that seems to be the same for several of those other people on Ravelry have made, so I amn’t too worried.

The NatCroMo Game CAL piece is coming along fine too. There’s very little catching up to do for those still have to join in yet! 😉

I was going to borrow a camera again to show both off, as I still haven’t managed to take mine in for repair, but I’m too tired. Hopefully tomorrow. There’s a good bit of progress on my Seraphina to show too, if not from today.

National Crochet Month

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Or for me, that should be International, I think! Anyway, it comes from the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) and over on Ravelry the CLF has spawned an offshoot NatCroMo group for the month of March 2008. I’ve taken on giving out instructions for a daily game/CAL, and I’ll be putting them on a page here on my blog (which is where the Ravelry pattern page should lead to) as well as on the Ravelry thread, so please do join in, whether you have got your invite for Ravelry yet or not. (And if you haven’t signed up for Rav yet as a current or beginning crocheter or knitter, whyever not?)