Posts Tagged ‘Getting Loopy’

Still on last year’s books…

Friday, 5 February 2010

Of course, by this date in 2008 I was nearly up to this number already, and here in February 2010 that’s the book number from 2009 I’m up to discussing. Just to confuse things nicely…

58. Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot by Mary Beth Temple

I’d wanted to get this book since Mary Beth started talking about it on Getting Loopy, and especially since I started hearing good things about it from other crocheters online. I didn’t see my way to getting it until mid-August however, when I came across it in a bookshop while on honeymoon. It was perfect for the short attention spans of honeymoon travelling, as the essays and anecdotes are short, funny, and very true (as a crocheter). It’s a nice quality paperback, too, of a good size for fitting in to hand luggage. Not that that’s among my usual book criteria, but it helped at the time! I read it cover to cover at the time, and likely will again, but it’s also fun to dip into.

59. Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning

This was an alternative end to the Fuzzies trilogy (which I read in total before this one), when it was still thought H. Beam Piper’s original third novel would never be found after his death. It takes quite a different tack from Piper’s, introducing several new characters with outside views of the Fuzzies and what should happen to them from Piper’s Zarathustra humans. Tuning admits far more of the seedier side of life (one of the new characters is introduced in the very first line as a “whore”, although while no-one denies what that means, it isn’t explicitly gone into either) than Piper does, as well as extending his one book over a year or more, where for Piper the whole trilogy takes place over 3-6 months. It definitely works, but I do prefer Piper’s own book.

A Quick Promo

Monday, 23 February 2009

The Crochet Liberation Front are inviting you to vote for your favourite crochet designers, books, podcasts and more of 2008. There’s a blog post with all the contenders, and then the survey itself. I’ve voted, but I amn’t going to tell you how you should, just that I suggest you do, if you’ve enjoyed crochet at all over the past year.

Even if somehow your only exposure to crochet was through this blog, well I’ve referred to the Getting Loopy podcast a couple of times (mostly when I won stuff, admittedly), and that’s a contender. And of course my Freeform Game from last year’s (Inter)National Crochet Month is in the CLF First Ever Book, and that’s in the running too, so you do know about some of the competitors. Ravelry members can see far more.

So go vote!

PS Yes, I will be doing a second edition of the Freeform Game this March. Coming soon!

A teddy’s Sukkos

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Since Guliver Beal arrived, we’ve had Yom Kippur and the first days of Sukkos, and mostly Guliver Beal and the hug have been watching us, and enjoying the meals we’ve had at home. Lily is less worried about everyone else’s state of clothing since I improvised a nice silky boa for her, which she considers very stylish indeed.
Lily in silky boa

Today is the first day of Chol Hamoed, however, so we went out into London. We didn’t take any photos on the tube, but we got one on the bus.
Guliver made lots of friends out and about today, from a dragon:
Guliver with a London dragon.
to the cashier in Accessorise when I bought a couple of shawl pins
Shawl pin on Seraphina's shawl. He also expressed great interest in the Kindertransport memorial.
Kindertransport memorial at Liverpool Street Station

It was such a lovely day that we came home to let Guliver sit in my little sukka:
Guliver in the sukkaclose-up of Guliver in the sukka

Now that Guliver’s fame has been justly acknowledged, nay encouraged, it’s time for my own: I’ve somehow been mentioned twice in three weeks on Getting Loopy, so obviously you should all go listen! Actually, if you’re a crocheter it’s a great listen, with nothing to do with me. It’s actually an online radio show (A warning: this link automatically starts playing the show out loud.), but I get the podcast, seeing as it’s on Monday evenings at a time that’s the middle of the night for me. I heartily recommend entering the contests (really a draw) in each episode – I’ve just won my second prize, and will be showing it off once it arrives!

Hmmmm… No, just join the hundreds (thousands?) of listeners, and leave the prizes for the roughly thirty of us who enter every week! 😉