Review: Half Life

I recently devoured Half Life: A Novel by Shelley Jackson. I’ve been soooo slow at finishing everything lately. But I tore through Half Life in no time at all. I loved it!

The premise seems a bit gimmicky. Conjoined twins and the concept of self and autonomy. But it really works. The ties between Nora and Blanche are fascinating. The story really is about Nora and Blanche, but the other characters are odd and wacky in a manner that I find quite charming.

Published in: on February 5, 2008 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sweater Sadness

blair’s sweater

Originally uploaded by my spare time

Yesterday I was determined to get things done! I was optimistic that I would finish at least one project. So I picked up Blair’s sweater and picked up the stitches for the neckband. I worked about an inch of knit 1 purl 1 ribbing on size 5 needles. I bound off. I got Blair to try it on. And it was crooked! So sad.

This is the first time I’ve knit a V neck sweater, so I guess it was a bit too optimistic to think all would go well. I just hope the crookedness is because of the number of stitches I picked up, rather than wonkiness with the neckline or raglan shaping. I really don’t want to rip the entire yoke.

Did I mention I started this sweater about two years ago? I think if I was to rip it and start over again, I would approach this sweater in an entirely different manner. I think I’d knit it from the top down so that Blair could try it on every few inches or so (which I’m sure he’d love). And I’d probably knit it with a crew neck. With maybe some patterning on the yoke. Maybe garter stitch. Hmmm, maybe ripping it and starting over isn’t such a bad idea.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 1:21 pm  Comments (2)  

Busy weekend

My partner’s sister and nephews are in town for the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping for a weekend filled with fun with the boys. The oldest is about three and a half and the youngest is just six months. I can’t believe how much the kids have changed since we saw them over the summer.

I’m hoping to post about a couple of finished projects over the weekend. I’m just waiting for some good light to take some photos. I’ve finished a pair of socks that have been sitting in my project basket since last winter. And a pair of mittens for myself. I’m still procrastinating on finishing up Daisy. She’s pretty much done, I just have to graft the hood and sew a few seams. I haven’t tried grafting yet, so I’m a bit intimidated by the task. I’m hoping to tackle that this evening.

Today I’m just about to head out the door for a tour of Half Pints Brewing Co.

Published in: on November 10, 2007 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Not off to a good start

I’m not off to such a good start with the blogging. But I am working on the sweater that I started recently! The fall TV season seems to have sucked up a fair amount of my spare time these days. I’m actually thinking of limiting myself to one hour of TV a night. These shows just suck me in and before you know it, a 4 hour evening has been wasted. Yikes!

I am planning on posting pictures of some of the projects I’m working on. But the sun has been hiding lately. And the one day that was sunny on the weekend, I spent outside doing yard work. But pictures will be posted soon.

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 11:54 pm  Leave a Comment