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Aug. 17th, 2017 09:02 pm
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 70 x The Book of Life
58 x Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

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in a house like this

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:05 pm
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*dashes in to c&p*
Ann Shayne, Bowling Avenue: A Novel (2012): extended reflection by single thirty-something protagonist upon recently deceased married, separated, and possibly adulterous older sister in Tennessee, with random anomie. So boring. The tickle of a romance arc goes exactly as expected, as does the community re-engagement of the protag.

Let's try that again. Shayne is half of the knit-blog duo behind Mason and Dixon (the other half, Kay Gardiner, lives in New York City), and their blog is a fine blog, yay. At some point I found Bowling Ave used for a dollar, a discard from King County's library system; when I visited King County for business, I took it along. And then---I assume that Shayne herself would have had little argument---I knitted during the plane-ride home instead of reading further.

Meanwhile, my airplane seat mate was reading (text-only, on her phone) a novel featuring the Voynich MS and Ashmole 782 which stars an investigator named Diana. Ah, the internet provides---part of a trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Diana is a witch, and some guy is a 1500yo vampire. Since they're het and Destined for reasons I didn't bother to look up, I guess it's better that the boy be the vampire, though only because that one character and that other character are relatively recent, whereas there are hundreds, probably thousands of years of evil lamia stories....

Anyone want a novel set in a sanitized version of pre-current-crush Nashville? (Between 2012 and a year or two ago, a bunch of artistic folk decided to move there or set up shop there. Now it's home to Fringe Association, Elizabeth Suzann, and so on and so forth.) I'll ship it for the cost of US postage. I doubt you'd want overseas postage, since as an ex-library copy it has a weighty plastic cover.

what i'm watching in August

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:10 pm
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I've barely had tie to more than speed skim any social media the last few weeks. Too tired from work to give it or reading the time and energy I used to. Hopefully that changes soon.

charcoal and pine

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:09 pm
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Helie Lee, Still Life with Rice (1997): fictional memoir---that is, after a preface of her own (troped) self-discovery, Lee writes what she knows and has filled in of her grandmother's life in the first person. This is formally a novel. Baek Hongyong, b. 1912, grew up near P'yongyang in a post-yangban household with two younger sisters. The narrative carries us through their respective marriages, the removal of her immediate household to Manchuria towards the end of the peninsular occupation, their return to the peninsula after WWII's end, their sudden deprivation by the nascent communist government north of the 38th parallel, and Baek's eldest daughter's removal to the US with small Helie (late 1960s).
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No, I've absolutely no clue why I read this and The Plum Tree simultaneously. Happenstance re: when I heard of each, but layering them into a hairshirt-like blanket may've been a bit much. The next readings are lighter.

July media log

Aug. 9th, 2017 07:54 pm

fiber monday

Aug. 6th, 2017 07:50 pm
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* The Rendezvous shawl, which is indeed very lovely, has been rrrrrripped. *shuffles feet* After using a quarter of the yarn and wondering whether I'd have enough, I looked again at Rav projects and found that someone who'd knit a twelve-repeat version had produced a 60"-wide shawl. Mine was an eleven-repeat version. Off the needles, it's clear that mine would've been about 66" across---it's made from widest to narrowest---yet we've learned with the ghost shawl that I'd prefer a 72+" wingspan to avoid having to tie a knot or have the thing slide off me perpetually.

I regret nothing Better to regroup now than to knit yet another shawl too small for my oxlike axle. Reason doesn't need so many, my mother doesn't like shawls, etc. etc. I don't know, I'm not that wide at the shoulder. Some of it must be shoulder slope.

Replacement pattern: Aguo, which grabs attention less but, being knitted sideways, ought to be possible to widen easily. I like its border. If the border becomes too much, Smoked Pearls (lengthened) or Hanami (which I botched nine years ago and could handle now) would make a reasonable fallback.

* I've been pondering the gap between (a) the general advice that wide-shouldered women should avoid boat-neck tops and (b) the fact that if you draw a slight curve upwards from the armpit on such a person---the curve that a raglan sleeve properly fitted would follow, in the dip near the ball of the shoulder joint---you end at a point that would make a boat-neck shape. (Does that make sense? I could supply a poor sketch.) So then---conceal your wide-shoulderedness? Sew your own crew necks, since those rarely fit well against the shoulder either? A crew-neck tee that sits properly on me is boat-neck wide anyway, a fingerwidth or two in from the bony rise at collarbone's end, i.e. acromial process; otherwise, there are what people call drag lines. *shrugs* Drag as in towing, but when I go for the unisex event-celebratory tee because it suits my shape better than the babydoll tee option (unlike most women in or adjacent to tech, it seems), drag as in whatever you like.

("just forget the words and sing along")

* You know what makes wide shoulders look wider? A shawl draped across the back and tied in the middle front.

icons: Killjoys

Aug. 6th, 2017 04:00 pm
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183 x Killjoys

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