Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 28

It’s been a relaxing first week of the new year. I hope it continues that way because it was really enjoyable. I did take the first awkward step of recording a new podcast and that went live HERE, during the week.

I had all my projects finished on New Years Eve and I frogged 5 projects that I had lying around in project bags from early last year. They were all shawls and I had no interest in going back to them and finishing them so I thought it best if I reused the yarn and I’m really glad I did. It meant that I was starting the new year with no other projects on the go other than the Northeasterly blanket I’d started on Christmas Eve.

So on New Years Day I wanted to cast on my next garment. With the make nine set out it was easy to just pick one from it and have a little stash dive, as I have a few sweater quantities of yarn for these projects already. I chose the Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, the same designer who designed the Winterfell cardigan I knit late last year. The different colours used in the ribbing gives the chance to add some colour but I opted for a dark charcoal with a natural colour for some ribbing. I’m a little further on than this picture now but not by much.

coloring

I had intended to start a new pair of socks on New Years Day but I got sidetracked by the Coloring and it took me a few days to get those on the needles. But on Friday I was just in the mood for a little relaxing sock knitting so cast it on. I’m using a Mondim yarn again, I really love knitting with this yarn and I’m going to have to pick up some more of it I think. I’m knitting the Rosebud Sock pattern from my Toe-Up Socks for Everybody book, same book that the Bouquet Sock pattern came from last year. I’m already at the start of the increases for the gusset on this first sock.

rosebud socks

And that’s where I am today with my projects. I’ve put in one more colour on my Northeasterly, so not enough really to take a picture of it. Again that’s just a project that’s beside my chair that I pick up and put down as the mood strikes.

I’m back to Slimming World in earnest with the start of the New Year, I relaxed a little with it over Christmas week. I am joining a local beginners walking/jogging group this week so I’m hoping that will help and I have to get over this idea that there is no point in sewing up clothes when I’m loosing weight. I’ve not learnt to alter clothes properly so I think that’s not helping otherwise I could just make my favourite pieces smaller and I need to remember I can always make them again in smaller sizes. Perhaps with the children returning to school this week I will take over the dining table and get to some cutting out and sewing.

So the list has not been updated with my make nine pieces, but some of them are the same, I think only one the painting is not on the make nine list so I’ll change that when I get to it for something that is. But here it is updated to what it is.

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

  • Fintry – started July 7th – finished August 9th
  • Lichen – started August 11th – finished October 10th
  • Bentley – started October 13th – finished December 9th
  • Gingerbread
  • Coloring – started January 1st
  • Painting
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia
  • Mae Cardigan

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1– started August 10th – finished August 26th 
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished September 30th 
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – FROGGED
  • Sock #4 – started November 4th – finished December 6th 
  • Sock #5 – started November 17th – FROGGED
  • Sock #6 – started December 10th – finished December 30th
  • Sock #7 – started January 4th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Book Review · Reading

Theft of Swords – Review

Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords is story #1 and #2  in the Riyria Revelations series. I happened across the first book some time ago, and didn’t start the series until I managed to come across the remaining two books in the series last summer. So with some free time this summer I decided to get stuck in and see how the series started out. All I can say is I’m so glad I waited until I managed to pick up the remaining books as it meant I could move straight on without waiting to find them. I loved Theft of Swords.

This is just a simple straight forward fantasy series with the sole objective of telling a story, and I love a book who’s main purpose is to tell you it’s story.

Theft of Swords has both stories #1 and 2 in the series, both with a conflict and resolution of their own, and yet still telling the story of the series. I like how threads of the story are woven between the two books, and so while separate stories, it still felt like the one whole part of the series.

We begin by being introduced to “Riyria”, a group made up of the rogues Royce Melborn, who is a skilled thief, and his friend and partner Hadrain Blackwater, a mercenary. The Riyria group are the most sought after group of thieves in the Kingdom, if you want a job done, then these are who you want. At the start, they are right in the middle of a job and you get a taste for what these two characters are like and you can’t help but be excited about them. They argue constantly, and don’t share the same outlook on life, or have the same views, and yet as you move through both story #1 and 2 of this series you are left in no doubt of what great friends they are, and that they will always be there for each other just when they are needed most.

Although you start out with them accepting a job that looks like any other job it soon develops into a more complex job, and just as the job grows in complexity so too does the story, and fantasy. Along the way we meet a whole other host of characters, from the Princess of Melangar, Arista, her brother Alric who they later end up working for, Myron a monk, Magnus the dwarf and Esrahaddon the wizard to name but just a few. I liked the supporting characters each doing their job within the story, making you love them just because, like Myron or where you start out disliking them and then changing your mind and liking them as we move on through story #2, like with Magnus. Esrahaddon is another great character of the book and you are always left guessing just on which side of the story he is on, good or bad? Has he his own agenda or is he on some great mission that fits in with the series? Even the “baddie” characters you dislike, some being underhand and sly like Saldur and others just downright cruel like Luis Guy.

Story #1 had a good pace and I liked the twists and turns the story took. While you were let in on some things happening within the story, it still managed to keep you guessing until the end, and yet you still finished book one with questions, and a general sense of wanting to know more. I liked the conclusion to book #1 and moved straight on into story #2 which takes place a few years later. The story had moved on and you quickly got a sense of what had happened in those intervening years, and if didn’t feel like you’d missed out on anything. It felt more like you’d just picked up from where you’d left off. As we move through story #2 we discover a bit more about our two main characters, Royce and Hadrian and you can’t help but like them even more. Again they take on what is a seemingly ordinary job and yet turns into something a whole lot more. While some characters have remained we meet a whole host of other new characters as they tell their parts as the story weaves it’s way to the end. Story #2, set a faster pace than story #1 but as we had some of the details of story already it needed to. As I said some of the threads were woven from story #1 into story #2, and overall we learn more about the ultimate story, and end again with a resolution, but again wanting to know more.

All in all I would definitely recommend Theft of Swords, and like I said, I’m glad I waited to find the entire collection as I was able to satisfy the urge to move on, and find out more in the second book, Rise of Empire, which again holds two stories, #3 and #4.

Ruth.

Knitting · Midweek Check-In · Reading

Midweek Check-In

Checking in with what my reading and creative time is being spent on so far this week.

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I’m almost half way though the Theft of Swords which is Volume 1 in The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. I can’t put this book down and every chance I get I’m reading it. On most journeys out and about it’s in my bag and it’s what I opt for over my knitting when I am out.

I’ve started the first sleeve for my Fintry and just like with the book, this is the project I want to knit on when I get the chance. The Fintry is worked bottom up and I’m as far as the armholes so the sleeves are next to be worked and like I said, it’s all I want to work on.

Ruth.