Monday, January 30, 2012

The Scarf Part One

There are few people who know me who wouldn't agree that when I enjoy doing something I am almost obsessive about it.  And as my immense yarn stash can attest to crochet is no exception.  I taught myself from a kids book.
While I was home on maternity leave with Catherine.  It quickly progressed to being one of my favorite things to do if I needed to relax and unwind.  Plus I can make pretty stuff. 

Now the particular scarf in question came onto my project list just before Christmas, I was making up these adorable Ruffle scarves for a few friends and another friend asked me to make him a scarf.  As it happens, I have no real idea what it is that guys like when it comes to crochet scarves so I said yeah, okay pick some yarn and I will make you one.

It didn't come up again and it half floated in the back of my mind for a while as I went about other things and as I, like most other craft addicts, collected patterns for things to "one day" make.  I looked for a scarf.  Then I found I found it, and not just any scarf, the perfect scarf.  One that would be symbolic of our friendship.

See, all relationships have a starting point and I believe our friendship may have began with him asking my opinion on a certain show.  So when I came across a site converting the knitting pattern for the 4th Doctor's infamous scarf to crochet I couldn't not make. 

So far it is a work in progress.  Knit it is said to be an 80 hour project.  I am doing it in single crochet, on a 3.75mm hook.  It is approximately 12 inches wide. 


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Things People Read On The Bus

I take public transit to work and these days, with a no end in sight strike going on, it is a very long commute, much of it spent standing.  I take a great deal of interest in what other people are doing to pass the time when I am standing because I, like every other human being on the planet, am nosy.

I especially love to know what other people are reading, I devour books with a great passion and am always on the lookout for something new to read.  So, it naturally catches my eye when someone on the bus is deeply engrossed in a book.  Last week I happened to be standing over someone who was reading very intently and I was a a good angle, so I read along for a a page or so (terribly rude I know).  I enjoyed the style of writing so I interrupted and asked about the book.   

The book was "Circus of the Damned" and in his opinion worth reading if you liked vampire novels.   As I am a fan (and had nothing to read) I looked it up when I got to work.  Sadly, he did not mention the "Circus of the Damned" is the third book of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K.  Hamilton so I do not yet know if it is worth reading.  I have however made it through the first book. 

I have to say, at first I didn't know if I would, there were a few moments at the start where I couldn't quite fall into it.  But when I did I fell hard, it went very quickly.  I almost felt sad when the book was over.

The characters are easy to identify with, there is just enough violence to satisfy those that enjoy that sort of thing.  Most importantly, the defining characteristic of the first novel a long series at the end of the book I really did want to know what happen to Anita next.  The major plot line for this book is wrapped up bu the there are enough underlying stories that continue and are interesting to make you want to keep reading.

So, my opinion?  If you are a BtVS type vampire fan, like zombies and a not too heavy read give the book a try. 

I'm already a few chapters into the second one myself.  :D

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rated "R" For Random

I have a lot of ideas for things to blog about; craft tutorials, random parenting rants, recipes, writing, poetry etc.  But one thing I could never settle on was how to go about introducing myself to my audience (assuming anyone ever reads it).  It's something I struggle with a great deal as a writer, I can tell a very complex story, with wonderfully formed characters but the beginning is agonizing for me.

No time like the present however to take the plunge and put it out there I have decided.  The ideas, the photos, they are all piling up and really...if everyone else can do it why can't I.  Even if nobody reads it at least I will feel the accomplishment of having done it.

As for the actually introducing myself part: Hi, my name is Melissa.  I am an avid writer, reader, sewer, crocheter, sometimes knitter, occasional any other craft you can think of er.  I am a mom to two cute and mischievous children.  Cat, 2.5 and Ace, who will be 7 in about an hour and a half.

So welcome, the next few posts will be up over the weekend and include a craft tutorial,  a look at my current crochet project and well...we'll call it a book review of sorts.