Episode 8 – “Oy With The Poodles Already!”

 

Introduction:

A Poll:

 

Stash Dash 2016:

My Total Yardage: 11,858 Yards

How Many Meterage does this equal?: 10,843 Meters

 

Click here for the full list of all my Completed Projects

 

FOs:

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    Mad As A Progressive Hare

    Mad As A Progressive Hare

  2. Mary's Blanket

    Mary’s Blanket

  3. Green Steam

    Green Steam

  4. Redemption Mother's Day Shawl

    Redemption Mother’s Day Shawl

  5. Washcloths For Mary

    Washcloths For Mary

  6. Milo #2. Never got a FO picture. But Sandy (not the mom-to-be, BTWs) loved the larger one so much, she agreed to hold it up for me at the Party!

    Milo #2. Never got a FO picture. But Sandy (not the mom-to-be, BTWs) loved the larger one so much, she agreed to hold it up for me at the Party!

  7. Weighing Drunken Watermelons

    Weighing Drunken Watermelons

  8. Steam Run Amok!

    Steam Run Amok!

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    Socks For Marc N'

    Socks For Marc N’

  10. All Dolled Up In Teal

    All Dolled Up In Teal

  11. Crazy Is As Crazy Does

    Crazy Is As Crazy Does

 

New Section: Silver’s WIP Down 2016

August 1st through December 31st. At least 5 prizes. First will be drawn Sept 5th, a pattern of your choosing from Ravelry $10 or under. So, get those FO pictures in ASAP!🙂

The Only Rules:

  1. You must be a member of the group on Ravelry.
  2. You must post FO pictures in the KAL Thread.
  3. Remember: Hats/Washcloths/Smaller items may count. However, any small item must be part of a set of 4 or more for it to count for prizes.
  4. Projects cast on after October 1st will not count for the sake of this KAL. However, you will have up until October 1st to cast on as many projects as you think you can handle for the rest of the KAL.

 

WIP Parade:

New Since Last Time

    1. Frozen Bowties Are Cooler

      Frozen Bowties Are Cooler

    2. Pink Weave

      Pink Weave❤

    3. This Space Be Poppin!

      This Space Be Poppin’

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      This Is Halloween! -Well, the ribbing, so far…

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      Gingy Rules!

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      Brainy Dance

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      Love The Night’s Watch

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      Zombie Moons

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      It’s All Over The Place!

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      Orange Swirl

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      The Doctor Inspires Me

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      1. Gilmore Girls KAL: It runs from the first of August through the 30th of September, for those that want to participate. You can do any new project cast-on in that time, and can be anything that you can convince the moderators relates to Gilmore Girls. Use #GilmoreGGKTKB on the projects you may do, so they can follow your progress.
      2. FO’s Need to be entered here. Make sure you become a member of the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast and The Knitting Broomstick groups  while you’re there! That way you can get credit for your entry!

 

Those You’ve Seen

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      My Progressive Progression Shawl

      1. Miss Babs Shawl KAL. This will be from July 1st until October 15th
      2. If you want to participate, click here for more details!
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      Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Socks Para Mi

    3. DSC08247Benilla Latte Socks
    4. DSC08621All This Red is Knitting Up Like Butta

 

Other WIPs.

  • Tetris Blanket: Just click here if you’re on Ravelry. This Is my project page with a TON of pictures.
  • DSC08207Dreaming In Georgia
  • DSC08215A Winter’s Snow
  • DSC08111Zelda For A Zelda?😉 – A double-knit scarf🙂
  • DSC08425It’s A Flaming Winged Axel!🙂
  • DSC08466Tri-ed And True
  • DSC08353T’s Couch Blanket 2.0
  • DSC08459Mermaid Tail In A Half-Shell
  • DSC08617 DSC08605Watermelon Socks
  • DSC08393Lintilla The Hun

 

Frog Pond

 

Hibernating

 

Needle Adjacent:

 

Enabling:

  1. Non-Yarn
  2. Yarn
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      “Frozen,” Siren Sock by Supernatural Yarns

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      “Lumpy Space,” Betty Base, Lucky Violet Color Company

Whatcha Watching, Silver?:

  1. Podcasts
    1. The KnitGirllls
    2. Inasknit
    3. Theknitmoregirls
    4. Round The Twist With Carin
    5. Cultivate & Create
    6. The Knitting Broomstick
    7. Grocery Girls
    8. Geeky Girls Knit
    9. The Turbo Knitter
  2. TV
  3. Movies

 

Whatcha Reading, Silver?:

  1. I Finished a few books!
    1. Blogged About each one.  The links can be found below.
      1. Love At Stake
      2. Non-Serial Books
      3. An Awesome Opportunity!
  2. I’m Currently Reading 

 

My Favorite Things

  1. The Gilmore Girls Re-boot! November 25th on Netflix!
  2. Coffee!!!
  3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube.
  4. Organizing My Life
  5. Project #400 on Ravelry! #400 DSC08597 DSC08665

 

Did A Bit Of Writing This Week:

 

Social:

Ravelry: Silverluna2112

Silver’s DreamLand is on Facebook!

Instagram: SilversTreats & SilversDreamland.

Twitter: @SilversKnitting. 

E-mail:silversdreamland@gmail.com.

 

Stash Dash 2.0

Start Date: 5/27 (Really, just after 1AM Eastern)

End Date: 8/21 (Really, almost 1AM Eastern the 22nd)

Here is a video TheKnitGirllls put together with this year’s rules, if you would like to view it! 🙂

 

For Your Ease Getting Around the Large NUMBER of projects I’m planning to do, I will include shortcuts to the different categories of items I will be doing:

  1. Shawls
  2. Socks
  3. Blankets
  4. Scarves
  5. Other  

FINAL Update 8/22:  It’s been a whirlwind Summer with all the projects I’ve been able to finish.  I haven’t made my 15K goal, but there’s always next year, right???  I have a total of 11, 858 Yards that I’ve completed this year, which is more than I did last year, so I can pretty much call this IMPROVED!🙂

There was a bit of surprise Cast-On-Itus this summer, and a lack of finishing to blame for this failure, but I’m already looking forward to next year… As usual, you can click the links above to jump to each section! Hope you enjoy the pictures of each, as much as I enjoyed knitting on each item!

It’s been Real!  PEACE! -Silver-


 

Shawls: (a Total of 6,360 yards Predicted before the beginning of S.D.)  – Finished 13 Total.

My “Rainbow” Hitchhiker: Pattern is “Hitchhiker” by Martina Behm.  I  mean to do a ‘proper’ Hitchhiker with 42 points.  42 is the answer to all, according to the denizens of “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.”  ;)  I’m using the “Dear Diary” Color on Chroma from KnitPicks.

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Predicting 572 yards.

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Pre-StashDash marker: 41 points.

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Done. Total: 495 yards / 452.60 Meters

 

 

 

Started: 2/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 41 Points: 4/10

Completed: 5/27 @ 1:40.  The time matters, as it was the start of S.D. only 39 minutes before…  lol…  Don’t want to be accused of cheating…

 

The Doctor Is In! 🙂 : Pattern is “Yowza Weigh It Shawl 2” by Susan B. Anderson in MissBabs – YozaWhattaSkein!  It’s going to be huge!  I don’t think I’ve even done 1/4 of the skein of yarn yet.  It’s all scrunched up on the needles.  Sorry, but it does look better in person!🙂

Colorway: Tardish

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Predicting 560 Yards.

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End before S.D. 2.10 OZ left.

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Done. Total: 560 Yards / 512.06 Meters

Started: 3/14

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 2 ounces of yarn left: 5/23

Completed: 5/27 @4:07 AM.  Time is again important, due to when the start of Stash Dash was…

 

 

 

 

Doctor Bella: Pattern is “Bella” by Jumper CablesMissBabs – YozaWhattaSkein!  I’m in love with the color, and the odd shape of the pattern makes it worth the roll-y stockinette parts. 😉

Colorway: Tardish

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Predicting 560 Yards.

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Shawl at it’s stopping point before StashDash Begins.

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Done. Total: 500 Yards / 457.20 Meters

Started: 3/13

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 12 rotations of the pattern, then 3 rows of the edging: 3/28

Completed: 5/28

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Silver Ringing: Pattern is “Color Affection” by Veera Välimäki.  This is my first time using 3 different colors of MissBabs’ Yummy 2-Ply (Fingering weight) yarn.  First time doing short rows as well, so we’ll see how it goes! 🙂

Colors: 1) Deep Thoughts,  2) Oxidized Silver, and 3)  You Rang?

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1,200 Yards Predicted

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At the stopping point. Just the last one-color section left to go!😉

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Done. Total: 645 Yards / 589.79 Meters

Started: 3/13

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Beginning of the edging.  Also known as “the third color by itself.” : 3/30

Completed: 5/30

 

 

 

 

My Magrathea: Pattern is “Magrathea” by Martina Behm.  Haven’t done to much yet, as I was waiting for my longer ChiaoGoo needles to come in the mail.  They’re here now, so I should get more rotations on this done soon-ish.  It’s also my first experience knitting right from a chart, so it will also be a bit slow-going.  Sometimes I may not be in the headspace for it, even though I’m still having fun with the pattern!  :)  I’ve been using “Ol’ Blue Eyes” (a gradient set) from Leading Men Fiber Arts, their  Soliloquy base.  I LOVE how it’s working up right now and can’t wait to get back to it! 🙂

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650 Yards Predicted

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Right at the cusp of the Edging Charts. Perfect place to end before StashDash!😉

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Done. Total: 657 Yards / 600.76 Meters

 

 

 

Started: 2/29

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = The beginning of the Edging Charts: 4/12

Completed: 6/2

 

 

Singing, 22point5 Times: Pattern is “22.5 Degrees” by Martina Behm.  I’ve obviously found a designer that speaks to my weird style.  This one gets it’s name from the angle of the triangle that is formed from the pattern.  I’ve never had so much with Geometry in my life, thanks to Martina!  :)  I’m in LOVE with how the colors are working up with this pattern!

Colorway: Sing N’ The Blues Stripes by Kroy Socks

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Predicting 570 Yards

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Stopping Point! Sorry about the bunciness of the shawl. It’s scrunched up on the needles, as it’s out-grown the 40inch cable I have it on.

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Done. Total: 498 Yards / 455.37 Meters

Started: 3/20

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 48 Rotations of the Pattern: 4/25

Completed: 6/13

 

 

 

 

 

My BFF <3: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin).  Yarn is Yowza by Miss Babs.  I started this with the intention of keeping it for myself.  When I found out a work friend lost her father, I wanted to make this for her instead.  I really hope she likes it!  It’s more than my wingspan, so it should hug her pretty well…

Colorway: BFF

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I absolutely LOVE the drape that is happening right now with this shawl!😉 560 Yards For S.D.

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Started: 6/16

Completed: 6/21

 

Mad As A Progressive Hare: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin).  Since I was giving the first to my friend, I wanted to keep one for myself.  LOVE this pattern! Using Miss Babs Yowza.

Colorway: Mad Hatter

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A Total of 560 Yards!

A Total of 560 Yards!

Started: 6/21

Completed: 7/19

 

 

Crazy Is As Crazy Does: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin).  Using Miss Babs Yowza.

Colorway: Bat S**T Crazy

560 Yards Total!

560 Yards Total!

Started: 7/19

Completed: 8/15

 

Weighing Drunken Watermelons: Pattern is “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl” By Susan B. Anderson.

Colorway: Drunken Watermelon

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560 Total Yards!

560 Total Yards!

Started: 5/29

Completed: 8/4

 

Redemption Mother’s Day KAL: Pattern is  “Mother’s Day KAL” by J. L. Fleckenstein.  I’m using the Betty base by Lucky Violet Color Company.

Colors: Maleficient

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Got back to Chart 1.

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Started: 6/16

Completed: 7/25

 

Green Steam: Pattern is “Age of Brass & Steam” By Orange Flower Yarn. I used Madelintosh, Tosh DK.

Colorway: “Taurus”

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225 Total Yards. Obviously my cat Mario isn’t as impressed with this yardage count. See? He’s just sleeping…😉

Started: 7/25

Completed: 7/27

 

Steam Run Amok!: Pattern is “Age of Brass & Steam” By Orange Flower Yarn. I used Magickal Miscellany’s DK base.

Colorway: “Amok! Amok! Amok!”

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350 Yards

Started: 6/16

Completed: 7/25

 

Socks: (a Total of 1,710 Yards Predicted before S.D) – 5 Total Finished.  I’ll say I finished 6, ’cause those black socks, man…

Girl of The 80s: The Pattern is “Afterthought Heel” By LaLa of TheKnitGirllls.  As if I needed a further reminder that I’m a girl born in the 80’s, this is it.  LOL.  The yarn is on the Thursday Base by Friday Studios.  I love the stripy nature of this yarn! 🙂

Colorway: “80s”

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Predicting 464 Yards

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Heels are waiting for the start of StashDash!🙂

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Done. Totals: 348.6 Yards / 318.76 Meters.

 

 

 

 

Started: 10/13/15

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Both socks, minus heels: 4/1

Completed: 6/1

 

Carrie Loves The Blues: Pattern is “Blurred Lines” By Megan (of the Stockinette Zombies).  Yarn is Lollipop Yarns, Beefcake Base.

Colorway: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”

Blurred Lines Sock #1

Blurred Lines Sock #1

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2nd Toe as it stands now…

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Started: 5/22

Completed: 7/7

 

 

Lia Loves The Rainbow: Pattern is “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” By Wendy D. Johnson. Yarn is Lollipop Yarns, Beefcake Base.

Colorway: “Raise The Roof”

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Aren’t They Pretty? First sock done, second with the heel.

Started: 6/9

Completed: 6/22

 

Salan Loves All of The Patterning: Pattern is “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” By Wendy D. Johnson. Yarn is Patons Kroy.

Colorway: “Sunset Stripes”

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Just a Toe, for now…

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Started: 6/21

Completed: 6/8

 

Socks For Marc N’ (The Hubby): The Pattern is “Afterthought Heel” By LaLa of TheKnitGirllls.  His uh… Yule present that I haven’t finished yet.  He understands, I think… ;(  They’re knitting up almost black, so I can’t do much with it in one go before I get bored (and perhaps, I go a bit crazy).  Kroy socks.

Color: Gentry Grey

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Predicting 332 Yards

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To the Stopping Point.🙂 FINALLY!

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Started: 9/16/15

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Both socks, minus heels: 5/11

Completed: 8/8

 

Blankets: (a Total of 11,360 Yards Predicted before S.D.)

Nothing completed.

Scarves: (a Total of 1,850 Yards Predicted before S.D.)

Nothing completed here either! I’m such a failure…  But, there’s always next year, right?

Other:

Dolled Up In Teal: The pattern is “Hush Hush” By Libby Baker.  I wanted to make something special for first garment.  It’s looking good so far! :)  Using Red Heart, Comfort Sport.

Color: Turquoise

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Predicting 1,716 Yards

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Started: 1/4

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Up to the straps: NA.  Didn’t make any change since I first premiered this project.  So mad at myself, but there it is…  5/25, I’m calling it good until I get it back in the rotation during S.D.

Completed: 8/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanket For Mary: Pattern is “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.” Am making this 144 sts wide for a Co-worker.

Colorway: “Baby Ombre”

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About Half-way into the decreases, I can finally spread out the stitches on the needles. 400 Total Yards.  Unfortunately, I never got a finished photo… Deadlines…

Started: 5/26

Completed: 7/20

 

Washcloths For Mary: Pattern is “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.” Am making two for a Co-worker.

Colorway: “Baby Ombre”

2 Totaling 120 Yards. Never got a FO picture of this one either...

2 Totaling 120 Yards. Never got a FO picture of this one either…

Started: 7/20

Completed: 7/29

 

Milo For Older: Pattern is “Milo” By Georgie Nicolson.  Yarn is Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls. This is for the same Co-worker’s eldest daughter, so she can match the new baby.

Colorway: “Baby Pink”

300 Yards. Never got a FO picture. But Sandy (not the mom-to-be, BTWs) loved the larger one so much, she agreed to hold it up for me at the Party!

300 Yards. Never got a FO picture. But Sandy (not the mom-to-be, BTWs) loved the larger one so much, she agreed to hold it up for me at the Party!

Started: 7/20

Completed: 7/31

 

Milo For Baby: Pattern is “Milo” By Georgie Nicolson.  Yarn is Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls. This is for the same Co-worker.

Colorway: “Baby Pink”

185 Yards

185 Yards

Started: 6/23

Completed: 6/28

 

 

Previous Updates Notes:

Update 7/8:  Since last time, I’ve finished a few Socks.  Worked on a few Other things as well.  I have also updated the Shawls section with a few other plans for WIPs.  They’re quick knits, so they may also get done while S.D. is going on….  As of Today, I have 5,441 Yards / 4,975.25 Meters already finished.

Update 6/22:  Since last time, I’ve finished a few Socks, and a few Shawls.  I have decided to condense the blog entry to the categories you see above, and I will let you know which sections I’ve updated every week or so….  I’ve re-organized everything by date of completion/how much I have left to finish.  I’ve also added any other projects I’m thinking of finishing before the end of the Summer.  The Other section has grown a bit as well.  As of Today, I have 4,264 Yards / 3,899.002 Meters already finished.

Update 5/30:  Since last time, I’ve finished a pair of Socks, and a few Shawls, so you know which sections to go to….  Today, I have 3,206 Yards / 2,931.566 Meters already finished.

Update 5/30: I’ve started casting things off, so that’s the biggest news of this update.  Shawls got finished the most, but I’m sure the other categories will be updated soon-ly…  I’ve also included a 6th section.  Stuff that I didn’t allow for when I was making my crazy plans for Stash Dash originally, but I’m still planning on including in my meterage.  I’ve also gotten rid of the link to my knitmeter.  Reason?  The dumb link wasn’t updating like it should.  So, when I do my updates up top here, I’ll just tell you what I’m up to in total yards/meters.  And yes, I’ll give both as a record.  Today, I have 1,555 Yards / 1,421.86 Meters already finished.

Update 5/25: The last few days before Stash Dash begins.  I’ve decided that the pre-S.D. points will end tonight.  I’m updating everything with pictures so you can see how far I’ve gotten.  Wish me luck on the rest of my crazy journey! 🙂

Update 5/17: Another quick update today.  I’ve been working on a few things since the last time I posted.  Two have been updated under the Shawls section.  The Socks section has been updated as well.  I’m adding the Mother’s Day KAL shawl that I started to this list.  I have another repeat of the pattern to go before I’m done.  I’ve also added a blanket (the Blanket section) that I’ve started for a Client, who wants it by the start of June.  May not finish it by the beginning of Stash Dash, but I’ll update it as I go along.

Update 4/25: Just finished another stopping point in my “Shawls” Section.  Wanted to tell you about it almost immediately, but as I finished that point at about 3AM after a long work weekend, I wanted sleep more.  Sorry…  Hopefully, I’ll have another stopping point finished by Wednesday.  We’ll see how that goes…

I also have a Mother’s Day KAL I need to start the 29th, and a sock KAL I need to finish before then too, so we’ll see which pretty wins out…

With this update, I’m adding the date I got to the stopping point on each of my projects so that you know what parts I’m up to.  So if you check out the other sections, if you want to know.  If you don’t, I’m not going to be mad… ;)  I’m also including new pictures for all the project changes I’ve been making, as well as updates that I’ve been wanting to make for a bit.  IE: project names after receiving new yarn colors, etc…

I also found out that the Tetris blanket won’t count if I’m just seaming the pieces together.  I think I can make it work.  Wasn’t really thrilled with the boarder as I had written in the pattern, anyway.  So I’m going to do a border, kind of 10-stitch style and put that into the pattern for those that want to try this second way. (more detail about that once it’s complete…)

Update 4/11: Just finished another stopping point in my “Shawls” Section.  I also did a bit of changing in the “Blankets” section.  Just click on the links above, and you’ll be able to see the changes for yourself! 🙂

Update 4/4: Just a quick update under my “Shawls” section.  I finally got the yarn I needed for the remaining shawls for Stashdash.  SOO… This means that I was able to get them started!  :)  I also got to a few more of my “stopping points” before Stashdash starts.  One is under my “Socks” section.  Click the link above, if you just want to jump to them!

Update 3/29: Just added the colors I’m using in each project, a few updated pictures (as I got to the stopping point on a few), as well as a new shawl.  What can I say?  I’m addicted to them! 🙂

Update 3/21:  Hello Fans!  I think I have the plan in place.  It will seem like a lot, but it is what it is….  A challenge to myself.  I’m challenging myself to do 21,366 yards during StashDash this year.  If you were wondering, that translates to 18.96K of yarn.  To do this, however, I need to do a bit of prep-work.  To this end, I have already cast on all but 2 of the shawls I’m planning on doing.  Hell, all of the projects I’m planning on challenging myself with have been recently started in anticipation of the goal I’ve set myself, or have been sitting on the needles for a longer time than I originally planned on them being.  So, what you see following will be the list of what I’m planning on challenging myself with as well as in-progress photos (or finished dates when StashDash comes about).  Wish me luck!

Hello to my awesome readers!  I have decided to participate in Stash Dash with TheKnitGirllls again this year.  Stash dash will start 5/27 this year and end 8/15.   I’m planning on 15K, but we’ll see how it goes.  I’m still in the planning stages.  I’ll update you here when I know exactly what my game-plan is official.  I have some time to plot and plan, after all…  – Silver, 3/14 –

Sparking The Love of A Vampire

Here I have another Series to review.  This time, I will be reviewing the “Love At Stake” series by Kerrilyn Sparks.  I’ve read a few of these books already, and I’ve always meant to read them all.  Since I’ve been bit by the reviewing bug, I’ve decided to do this series as well.  I hope you like these books as much as I do!  So, sit back and craft while I type!  Thank you again for joining me!

I’ll be linking (as usual) to each book as I read through them.  Here they all are:

  1. How to Marry A Millionaire Vampire
  2. Vamps and the City
  3. A Very Vampy Christmas
  4. Be Still My Vampire Heart
  5. The Undead Next Door
  6. All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
  7. Secret Life of a Vampire
  8. Forbidden Nights With A Vampire
  9. The Vampire and The Virgin
  10. Eat Prey Love
  11. Vampire Mine
  12. Sexiest Vampire Alive
  13. Wanted: Undead or Alive
  14. Wild About You
  15. Vampires Gone Wild
  16. The Vampire With The Dragon Tatoo
  17. How to Seduce A Vampire (Without Really Trying)
  18. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire

 

 


Book 1: How to Marry A Millionaire Vampire

July 18th->19th: I still can’t believe I finished this book within the course of 14 hours.  But I got sucked in to the romance of Roman and Shanna. Basically, he looses a fang and goes to Shanna, who happens to be a Dentist who happens to be afraid of blood and is in trouble with the Russian Mofia (because her dad pissed them off). When Roman realizes this, he strives to protect her from the Mofia, as well as a Russian Vampire, who happens to be Roman’s Mortal Enemy (or Immortal Enemy, if you will).

I’ve actually read a few books later on, and always wondered about these two characters and how they met.  They are mentioned quite a few times in the next stories in this series and their current dramas, but not how they first got together!  I loved how Ms. Sparks dealt with their individual issues, and how she got them to work better together than apart.  Well Done!  Couldn’t wait to get to the rest of the series!

 


Book 2: Vamps and the City

July 19th->21st: This is the story of Mortal Austin and Vampiress Darcy. Essentially, she is a vampire who hates that Connor made her a vampire as she lay dying. He is a CIA agent in league with Shanna’s Dad Sean at the start.  A member of the Stake-Out team, and with a high level of metaphysical power to control objects and read minds. Sean sends Austin and another Stake-Out Agent undercover as contestants on a show that turns out to be the Vampire version of the Bachelor. Darcy is the one who comes up with the idea for and directs the newly coined “Sexiest Man on Earth” for the only all-owned Vampire TV station (DVN: Digital Vampire Network).  There’s a lot of comedy and romance that ensues. He starts to realize that his boss is a butthead, and ends up joining forces with Roman and the other bottle-fed Vampires hunting the Malcontent Vampires (those that still hunt and kill mortals to drink their blood).  As for Darcy, she gets another chance at a mortal life.  How, do you ask?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I bought this book on the newsstand when it first came out in 2006.  My copy is very well-loved, some pages are dog-eared (you know, folded over…I’ve stopped doing this since I bought this book, but the signs are there that I’ve been reading it awhile), and the pages  are actually turning yellow, but it still doesn’t keep me coming back to this lovely story. The true test of a good book, is if it has staying power.  This one REALLY does for me.  It’s survived two moves and several book purging sessions to our local library, if that’s any tell.  Well Done Ms. Sparks!

 


Book 2.5: A Very Vampy Christmas

July 21st->22nd: This was another quick read for me.  It’s the first read-through, and I can’t believe it took me this long to finally read it.  It’s meant to be a short story between the “main” books in the series. However, I believe Ms. Sparks would never truly think of it that way.  She took the story of Maggie & Don Orlando to a whole other level.  We learn that Don Orlando (the cheesy, piggish Vampire who is the star of DVN’s most popular soap opera) may not be Don Orlando.  Maggie suspects this from the first time she saw him on TV, but finally gets a chance to help him figure out who he really is while they work side-by-side on the soap opera. He finds his family is not what they seem like on the outside, and she finds a new step-daughter and a family with a wonderfully interesting secret.  You’ll have to read the book to find out what, though.  You’ll love the twist! I promise!

 


Book 3: Be Still My Vampire Heart

July 22nd->26th: This is another in the series that I picked up at the newsstand as soon it came out in 2007. However, I haven’t read it through as much as I would have liked, but it has survived at least one move! :)  I’m still in love with the storyline! 🙂

This is the story of Vampire Angus & Stake-Out team member Emma. I’m only 100 pages in so far, but there’s been a full moon, banter, and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor I’ve come to love from the author!  Can’t wait to dive back into it! 🙂

26th 2PM: In fact, I started reading and managed to finish just after noon today!  I’m in LOVE with the story! 🙂

 


Book 4: The Undead Next Door

Started this one just before 12:00PM today!  Might read more later, and I can’t wait! 🙂

Update 8/17: I read this one between July 26th and 27th. It is the story of Jean-Luc and Heather.  I had heard about their possible relationship when I had picked up a later novel up  from the newsstand a few years ago, and had always meant to go back and read about them.  I can say I have now! Sometimes I found myself cringing about how long it took Heather to figure out who Jean Luc was, but that’s okay. Sometimes a little innocence can make the love story that much sweeter! I love how he gets to adopt her daughter and these two appear later in the series.  But,  you didn’t hear that from me…

 


Book 5: All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire

July 27th->July 29th: This is another book that I picked up at the newsstand when it first came out.  At first, I didn’t realize that it was part of a series, and I’ve been meaning to read the previous books, so here I am!  My paperback copy of this book isn’t as well-loved as the others, but I’ve ALWAYS enjoyed this story, and my want to read the series in the correct order now is just the perfect excuse to return to it! This book centers around the love story of Ian

 


Book 6: Secret Life of a Vampire

July 29th->Aug 1. It’s funny to me that Jack and Lara (an cop, now retired) meet as she’s busting up Ian’s Bachelor Party, which he is in charge of as the Best Man!  From there, it’s just pretty awesome! I don’t want to give up too much more of the story, but it’s a great story! 🙂

 


Book 7: Forbidden Nights With A Vampire

Aug 2nd->3rd: This is the story of Vanda and Phil. Vampire and werewolf, respectably. It starts with her being sentenced to Anger Management, Phil being her sponsor, and many other awesome storyline pieces.  You’ll just have to read this one for yourself.  It was a quick, but enjoyable read! 🙂

 


Book 8: The Vampire and The Virgin

Aug 3rd->4th: This time, it’s Olivia and Robby’s story. Carlos makes an appearance, but just as a matchmaker. Olivia can read emotions, and Robby is on a forced vacation after he was captured.  You know, they heal each other and fall in love. This is a great story, and I couldn’t put it down!🙂

 


Book 9: Eat Prey Love

Aug 4th->5th: This is Carlos and Caitlyn’s story. Caitlyn learns about who her father really is, who her brother-in-law is, and who Shanna has chosen for a family. Carlos finally gets his mate, and dies a few times.  But, Cats have 9 lives, so… In Were-Cat’s cases, that means they get more power each time they die… It’s an interesting thought…

A Spoiler Alert was marked on my Goodreads page for this one…  Apparently I fat-fingered the “:)” as I was entering my review on my Kindle. LOL…

 


Book 10: Vampire Mine

Aug 5th->8th: Finally!  The Cranky Vampire of the clan gets his chance at love! That’s all I’m going to say… (the rest has a bit of spoilers, so don’t read it, if you haven’t read the book yet…)

Or, that’s what I thought originally.  We learn that Connor has the whole host of heaven playing matchmaker for Connor.  Marielle is an angel of death, who is just like him. A born leader, who tends not to react well to others’ orders… They end up healing each other, and the reader is left celebrating when an important battle happens! I would tell you what each got from such a healing, but then I would REALLY be giving away something pretty awesome.  You’ll have to read the book to know why I have a smile on my face as I write this.  Heck, I feel like the cat that ate the Canary…

This was such a good book, I was sad that I had gobbled it up as fast as I did.

 


Book 11: Sexiest Vampire Alive

Aug 8th->10th: Welp. Gregory can blame Connor for the mess he finds himself having to deal with.  The Vampire secret is out! Good news, though? He gets to meet Abby (the President’s VERY smart daughter) while trying to smooth over the video damage that has been done in the previous book. But, I don’t think Gregory is TOO mad at Connor after meeting his mate.  So, it’s all good.  Right? …LOL

 


Book 12: Wanted: Undead or Alive

Aug 10->11th: Phineas (Vamp) and Bryn (A Wolf Princess) get thrown together enough that their attraction sticks!  Howard comes to help Phineas and Phil (Bryn’s Brother) get Bryn back after she is kidnapped by her father and an evil Werewolf. Here, Howard learns that the bad werewolf apparently has multiple lives as well. But you’ll have to read this book and the next to learn all of the drama behind why this little tidbit is important!  I couldn’t put this book down, and that little bit of foreshadowing helped lure me right into the beginning of the next book!🙂

Oh, city boy Phineas being afraid of horses.  That is all…

 


Book 13: Wild About You

Aug. 11th-16th: This is the story of Elsa and Howard. Together they learn more about their heritages. Elsa learns she’s a Guardian of the Forrest, and Howard learns more about the history of his people.  He learns more about how inter-connected the evil werewolf has been in both their pasts and in their current.  But He’s a Pooh Bear with an affinity for eating Bear Claw donuts…  Well, now we know more about him, and I kinda liked learning more about who he is, at the same time Elsa learns to trust her instincts.  Yay for that! I love that she has no idea who she really was until she met Howard. And that Tino ratted Howard out about a secret stash of “adult videos” that turn out to be tapes of the show that Elsa’s on.  Oh man!  I love that little tyke!

On to the next! 🙂

 


Book 13.5: Vampires Gone Wild

8/16->Current: I started this one right before 11PM last night. Read like one page before I realized HOW far behind my reviews were here versus how fast I had been reading them, and here I am…

 


Book 14: The Vampire With The Dragon Tatoo


Book 15: How to Seduce A Vampire (Without Really Trying)


Book 16: Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire

 

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I hope you enjoyed my analysis of this series as much as I did writing and reading them.  Until later!  -Silver-

Non-Serial Reader (Almost)

I’ve been doing some reviews for series this year, but I wanted to let you know my thoughts on the Non-Serial books I’ve been reading over the course of this year.  Here they are by Month.  Hope you enjoy my thoughts as much as I enjoyed writing them down.

I’m including a “Jump-To” Hyperlink system here.  That way every month, you can just check back what has changed.  If you’ve been living under a rock, if you click the Months below, you will be brought to that month’s list of books I’ve read…

  1. January ’16
  2. February ’16
  3. March ’16
  4. April ’16
  5. May ’16
  6. June ’16
  7. July ’16
  8. August ’16
  9. September ’16
  10. October ’16
  11. November ’16
  12. December ’16

 

 


January:

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride – Abridged version that was eventually made into the movie.  I squeed when I realized HOW much was put in there.  Also, William Goldman did an awesome job of explaining EXACTLY what he took out of S. Morgenstern’s original version and why.  What you see in the movie is pretty much how the abridging story came about.  I’ll recommend that fans of the movie also read the book too.  But, movie first.  It makes the descriptions of the abridging parts easier to swallow.

 

The Librarian Principle

The Librarian Principle – Just some fluff reading I found on Audible.  I needed a break from the FBI series I’ve been listening to on Audible, so I found some fluff.  I honestly found myself blushing for how much fun the reader seemed to be having with the book at times….  That’s all I have to say about that….

 

As You Wish

As You Wish!

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride I have to say… very well done. I laughed, I cried, and I geeked out quite a bit at the recollection of their memories. Loved every moment and never wanted to put it down. A must-read for all fans of the book and movie!!!!!!!🙂 And as I did, you’ll “have fun storming the castle!”

 

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation – This book gave me a further look into the world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I’ve always loved the movies and book.  Didn’t know there was so much history behind the scenes, so to speak.  I recommend it to everyone who’s a fan of the book!

 

Switch A Wish

Switch A Wish – I found this book on Goodreads, as the author was one of their Best New Authors.  It was a welcome change from the more serious books I’ve been reading so far.  It reminds me of Freaky Friday, in that people switch bodies for awhile.   M.B. Earnheardt  does an awesome job of bring the concept to life.  She introduces an interesting way for a married couple to get couple’s therapy without having to go.  It was a pretty interesting read and made me think of all the stuff I had bottled up, that could have hurt my relationships if I had let it go on…  Wow!  Well done Ms. Earnheardt!

 

Update: 2/3:  Just had a fan girl moment!  The author just reached out to me herself and followed me!  Squee!  Thank you again M.B.  Let me know when you’ll be coming out with your next.  I’ll be there to read it first thing!

 

Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – Let’s just put it this way.  It’s a mix of two of my favorite things.  The Legend of Zelda series of videogames, and comic books.  Here we get a glimpse into the videogame’s creator as he looks back at what he intended for the series, and gives us a glimpse into the upcoming games.  It’s basically a history of The Legend of Zelda, so it made my heart squee when I saw it on sale on Amazon as a new book.  Glad I purchased it!

 

My Knitting Book

My Knitting Book By Ms. Lambert – I had the knitting pattern book bug for awhile in 2015.  This is the last one.  Glad I waited to read it.  Needed a change of pace, as it gave me a glimpse into the minds of knitters who came before me.  It gave me a few ideas for patterns to try down the road as well! 😉

 

Plan as You Go

The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan – I had the urge to study a bit on how to make my business grow.  I got a few ideas for how to make things more solid in my business-life.

 

Business Planning

Business Planning For Dummies – Not really a Dummy, but I will admit that there are some things I need help with.  This book helped learn some of my weak points.

 

EtymologiconThe Etymologicon – I love learning about the Etymology of words, don’t get me wrong, but this book was pretty boring.  The reader did his best to make it entertaining, but yeah..  I got through about a half hour->40 minutes of listening before I skipped to the end to see if I was to expect more of the same.  Yup…  The author took one word and defined it, and gave it’s roots.  Used the last word in that rant and did the same.  I think the concept was to bridge a gap between Etymology and Icon, which would have been an interesting concept, but the author’s way about going about it was just….  annoying.  I dunno.  You may like it, but I surely didn’t…

 

Strange CandyStrange Candy – Laurell K. Hamilton MUST be commended on her ability to adapt to different supernatural beings and make us want to read about them.  This collection of stories gave me more of an understanding of how her genius mind works.  Not only Anita Blake and vampires, but Fairies, Shifters, and many, many more.  I LOVED this short story collection!  Well Done! 🙂

 

The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of The Opera – Any fan of the Movies and Broadway Play MUST read the story in it’s entirety.  I also recommend listening to this audible version I found.  The reader (Ralph Cosham) does a great job of keeping your attention and bringing the story to life!  I’ll probably come back and listen again once I finish the list I have planned for this year, I loved it THAT much!  Well Done!  The Angel of Music was always my favorite part of this book. I’m so glad I finally got a chance to read this book in it’s original form! Reader was pretty good too!🙂

 


February:

Dracula

Dracula – 2/15: My first impression of the novel, according to my review on goodreads.  “OMG! The readers on this audio version are doing a good job bringing the story to life. I read this once when I was younger, and don’t remember liking the book this much! Can’t wait to listen to more! :)”  That summed up my experience with the book, to a T!  I loved it! 🙂

Harry Potter Series – I’m calling this series as non-serial, only because they’re so few of them, based on the rest of the book series’ I’m planning on reading soon-ly.

HP Stone

15th->17th: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone: From Goodreads:”There’s something so satisfying about listening to Tim Dale read through one of my favorite books. Some of the voices were so close to the actors in the films that I thought I would squee so loud people would think I was crazy when listening to this book in public. Well done!🙂 ”

HP Secrets

17th->19th: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets: No review on Goodreads, but I really sucked this book up.  I love that the reader knows the book so well, and tries to give a good voice to each character! 🙂

HP Prisoner

19th->22nd: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban: From Goodreads:  “:) I’m in love with the books all over again! Well Done Tim Dale, for making them shiny and new! :) ”

HP Goblet

22nd->24th: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire: From Goodreads:  “This was 21 hours of pure entertainment! As with the last 3, Jim Dale does an awesome job reading one of my favorite Series. I have to say, though… Sometimes he confuses male/female voices, which makes it all the more entertaining to me! ;) ”

 


March:

HP Phoenix

February 24th->March 2nd: Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix: From Goodreads: “See, when you haven’t read the series in awhile, you find new parts to love about it. The first couple of read-throughs years ago were great, but reading it again when you’re older just make it that much better. Still, in most cases, the book is better than the movie when it comes to expressing this wonderful story.  Having it read to you by someone with a pretty good sense of J.K. Rowling’s characters makes it all the better! Well done! :) ”

 

HP Prince

2nd->6th: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince: From Goodreads: “Just :):):)  .”  To continue in this vein, there were a lot of tears, laughter, and “oh, I didn’t remember that part” going on as I listened to Tim Dale read this one!  I think I loved listening to it as much as I loved reading it the first few times I read it.  I have to say, the movies really DON’T do this book a service.  All the small nuances I loved never made an appearance in the movies, for some odd reason…

 

Wrapped In Comfort

Wrapped In Comfort – 3/7.  From Goodreads: “VERY pretty shawls. I love getting ideas out of books/magazines! :)”  I can’t wait to try some of these shawls!!!

 

HP Hallows

6th->10th: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Already about 9% in.  Had to take a break.  It’s about 21 hours long.  After a few hours, I needed to do something else…  But I’ll be back to it soon-ly I think.  I’m already pretty hooked!  :)  From Goodreads: “You know me. I laughed, I cried. I even geeked out at the parts I haven’t read about in forever!🙂 Too bad this was the last one. May have to read it again soon-ly…

 

Closely Knit

7th->27th:  Closely Knit: I loved reading this book about a wonderful bunch of knitters.  Heard about the book from TheKnitGirllls.  It got me thinking that I’ve been anti-social of late, and I need that to stop.  LOVED this book!  Almost wish there was more of it…  🙂

 


April:

Update 4/25: I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE about not reading anything other than books that are part of a longer established series.  I’ll try to be better about that in May.  But for now, I’m calling this month good, on that front.

I maybe got 1% read in Outlander, so I think I may count this one this month…

Outlander

From Goodreads on March 10th: “I read a bit, then I decided I wanted to listen to another book. If I could, I’d take back “beginning” this book for another time. As I can’t, I’m putting this into hibernation… ”  I think I still agree with these sentiments.  I’ll try again in May when other books aren’t calling my attention…

 


May:

Update 5/17: Alright.  I’ve been a bit better over the past few weeks with my reading.  Pretty much a mission, if I’m going to be honest…  But here goes! 🙂

Mischief

4/25->5/2: Mischief: This was an audiobook.  It featured a wonderfully creative female lead, who just happens to fall in love with a creative bad boy.  First impressions of one another lead to a story that becomes a comedy of errors, and one of growing love.  From Goodreads: “I started this one slowly, but then I got into the wonderful story.  A Wonderful story made even better by a wonderful reader. 🙂 ”

 

Rock Chick

5/2->5/6: Rock Chick: This is actually the first book of a short series.  I may actually read the rest of the series.  Heck, I already downloaded the next few books.  Just a matter of when, as I’m in the middle of another series that I’m listening to right now…  This first book, is the story of Indy and Lee, who have known each other since they were younger.  The children of two cops who are also friends.  Indy is obsessed with being her wonderfully different self.  Also, with Lee since she was younger.  As both grew up, Lee became more and more dangerous and started to dissuade Indy from her obsession of him.  After 10 years of her trying to ignore her feelings, she gets into a spot of trouble and needs Lee to get her out of it.  Comedy ensues, as well as a wonderful love story.  The reader was pretty good too.  I’m hoping the second book in the series  is just a s good, and can’t wait to find out.

 

The Gunslinger

5/7->5/8: The Gunslinger: This is the first of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  This is not the first, nor the second time I’ve read through this series.  I’m obsessed.  Saw this on Audible, and decided to give it a try.  Let someone read the story to me for once…  From Goodreads: “I’ve forgotten how AWESOME this book was. I read it a few years ago, and for some reason…. I just got it through my head again. This time, the wonderful story is being read TO me by a wonderful reader. It’s the PERFECT combo! Well Done!”

 

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5/9->5/10: Big Rock: This was just a bit of fluff between the first and second of the new series I’ve been reading through.  Sometimes, you need something light…  At first the main character is a pretty big asshole, who only cares to get his rocks off.  Then he needs to impress one of his Diamond Business Tycoon Father’s Investors, and begs help from a woman to pay his fiancé.  They end up falling in love, and he changes.  It’s an interesting story told in the male POV.  I couldn’t put it down.  :)  I also like the fact that the title has several meanings…

 

The Drawing Of The Three

5/10->5/15: The Drawing of The Three: This is the second of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  Also not the first time I’ve read through this book.  When I made the decision to listen to The Gunslinger, I also downloaded this one.  As you do…😉 My only comment on Goodreads is “:)” Which just about sums up my thoughts about this series… 🙂

 

The Waste Lands

5/15-> Current: The Wastelands: This is the third of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  See my comment from above.  So far, so good.  I’m obsessed with this series so far.  Love the characters and I’m just getting to the part of Blaine the damn pain…

Update 6/5: Finished this one 5/17. It was an awesome story met with an awesome reader who really got you into the story every time you left the book for any length of time.  I didn’t, but if you did, you would be alright.  We learn that even Roland was wandering aimlessly until he finds the path of the beam that will take him to his beloved Tower.  We are joined by Jake (after he has “died/not-died” and a Billybumbler named Oy.  We hear this several times, but “Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth!” They must wake the pain to get out of Dodge, so to speak! 🙂

 


June:

Wizard And Glass

May 17th-> June 5th: Wizard and Glass: I’m really not surprised this one took me as long as it did.  It’s got SOO much happening in it.  We start off with a journey aboard Blaine the pain.  I love how Eddie’s previously dumb jokes save their bacon during the Riddling contest.  It’s then, that Roland sees Eddie’s true worth, and they learn to respect each other better.  We also see a different side of Roland as he tells the story of his True Love Susan.  We see that the hard-as-nails Gunslinger can also be soft as well.  We learn that although he has been hard on his Ka-Tet over the past couple of books, he has also come to love and respect them. A trip through a land like Oz also shows us that he believes HE will be the reason the Ka-Tet breaks, after they learn about his past.  They prove him wrong, and in an awesome way!  You’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about.  My review from Goodreads: ”🙂 OMG!  I’m still in love with this story, and it was even better by the reader!  Well Met!  And “Ka Like the Wind!”🙂 ”

 

The Wind Through The Keyhole

June 5th->Current: The Wind Through The Keyhole: I just started this one.  It’s #4.5 in the series.  It’s new to me, as I never knew that there was a book between the “major” books in the series.  So it’s a first for me.  It’s made even better by the fact that Stephen King is reading the story to me himself!  :)  LOL!

 

Update 7/26: This one took me until the 11th of June to read. Let’s be honest.  The most I remember from this book, is that Roland was telling a story that he had heard from his youth.  So “Yay!  Storytime!”🙂

 

It Itches

June 21st: It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons by Franklin Habit. I absolutely LOVED this book.  I enjoyed every second of his essays and cartoons.  Here’s my review from Goodreads:  “Franklin is an amazing writer & cartoonist… I practically rolled on the floor with laughter from his cartoons. At times, these were only funny to a knitter. Or a Knitter’s Significant other. I honestly would recommend this book to anyone who wouldn’t mind some dry humor!🙂 ”

 

Wolves Of The Calla

June 11th->22nd: Wolves of The Calla by Stephen King. I’ve read this book before, but there’s something about listening to someone else read this wonderful story to me. My Review from Goodreads: “OMG! I loved reading the book, but listening to it was even better! I can’t believe that this wonderful reader won’t be able to do the next one…. ”

 

Song of Susannah

June 22nd->July 4th: Song of Susannah by Stephen King.  Once again, I had read this one before,  but I enjoyed having someone else read Stephen King’s wonderful story. Don’t get me wrong, having Stephen write himself was an interesting twist, but it was a “pretty d-bag move.” I just thought it was an interesting twist, but having read that comment from someone else that reviewed the book, I’ve been thinking about that…  I dunno… It’s neither here, nor there.  It made for good reading, either way…

 


July:

The Dark Tower

July 4th->13th: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I’ve always loved this story! Also, having this story read to me made it even better. The twist at the end makes it even better. Sometimes, readers get mad at writers for having weird twists in their stories, or not resolving it to their satisfaction.  However, as I can attest, sometimes our characters dictate the storyline for us… This seems to be the perfect example of how Roland has been egging King on since he first appeared on the scene.  I had my moments of being mad at King’s killing off of important characters, but I do understand in the end…

 

The Hunger Games

July 13th->17th: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the Games, and the love story that develops. I pretty much ATE up this book, and didn’t want to stop listening to it!🙂

 

Catching Fire

July 17th->19th: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job! I never wanted to put it down!🙂

 

Yarn Harlot

June 22nd->July 20th: Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of A Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This book was simply wonderful! Stephanie is very witty, and had me glad that my stash isn’t as large as I think it is…  I mean, her bit about the yarn in the piano made me roll on the floor laughing… :)  Any knitter needs to read this one, at least once!  It’s simply brilliant! If you’ve been knitting as long as I have, you’ve probably experienced many of the blunders that she mentions.  Well done! 🙂

 

Mockingjay

July 19th->22nd: The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the story!🙂

 

Cinder

July 26th: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story that we all know and love.  My review from Goodreads:

🙂 I couldn’t put it down! Pretty much read it straight through without stopping! I’ll have to download the next when my next audible credit comes through!🙂

 

At Knit's End

July 26th->27th: At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.  I LOVE this lady.  She totally gets me.  My review from Goodreads:

I knit, I laughed. I even cheered some! This book reminded me that you should NEVER be afraid to be who you are. A knitter who doesn’t care what other people think of you, or what you knit with. Well Done!🙂

 

Death By Cashmere

July 27th->August 1: Death By Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum. This was a cute little book.  It’s a part of a series, and I may get back to the series later.  I just needed a mystery between the romance books recently. This was EXACTLY what I needed!

 


August:

Security

Aug. 4th: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf. Loved this book.  As evidenced by my review on Goodreads: “Like, DUDE! It’s a mystery who the narrator of this book is, up until the last %10 of the book. He’s someone who’s witty and a bit different. He literally gets to watch two murderers try to take out his girlfriend and her friends in a “Murder Hotel” all from the ‘comfort’ of his control-room chair. He helps where he can, but he’s literally stuck in one position that makes the reader understand how it ends. I highly recommend this book! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. And if you’re like me and have an Audible credit to burn… I recommend getting the Zach Villa version of the book. He’s a pretty good reader, who gives more character to this wonderful mystery narrator. Well done, all around! :)”

 

Dead Until Dark

Aug 4th->8th: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. This is the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Ever since I started watching True Blood, I’ve been meaning to read the first one in the series. My review from Goodreads: “I absolutely LOVE the TV series, so I was surprised to learn that I hadn’t read this book yet. So, I got it on Audible, and sat down to listen while I knit. I absolutely LOVED this book. The reader made the book even better!🙂 ”

 

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Aug 15th: Cupcakes, Trinkets And Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge. I started this right before midnight, and couldn’t stop listening to it.  My review from Goodreads: “A cute book.. At times, I found myself screaming at the stupidity of the main character, but that’s ok. I still enjoyed it quite a bit.”

 

Burn For Me

Aug 16th->Current: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. Just started it, and I’m only 30 minutes into it.  I’ll let you know a bit more about it when I finish.

 


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Starlet, Star Bright…

Hello everyone!  Hope your week went well!  There have been some VERY exciting things happening in my neck of the world.  I was invited to read a preview of Catherine Coulter’s “Insidious” by the publishers directly!  I’m SOOO glad that I took them up on the offer, let me tell you.  The Book release was on 8/9, and I was supposed to have posted this teaser/review then.  But, you know how I do…  Always late.  But, I promise, there’s a reason for my delay this time.
It officially came out Tuesday, and I’ve already read this book twice.  One as the preview that they sent to me, and the second as an Audiobook.  I loved it THAT much! I mean, just read the Synopsis of the book that they sent me, and I think you’ll understand just WHY I got hooked right away.

 
InsidiousBookJacket“Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.”

 

Riveting, huh? I thought so.  But then, I’m in LOVE with Catherine Coulter’s work.  I mean come on, the woman is a wonderful writer and I always love her work.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of her books, click the links below.  You’ll see a list of her wonderful stories.  You won’t be sorry, I promise! 🙂

 

Catherine Coulter’s Social Links:

 

My Take:
The first read through of this book went so fast, because I was invested in Ms. Coulter’s wonderful story.  I’ve always loved the characters of Savich and Sherlock, but this time we get to know their son Sean a bit too, which is pretty awesome.  We also get to know a bit more about their artistic sides as well as their ability to think through a mystery really quickly.  Once the first readthrough was done, I simply wanted more of this wonderful story.  I decided I wanted to have several mediums to read this book on, so I kept my pre-order of the book on Audible as well. For this book in the series, there was a dual readership going on.  Both Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews did a wonderful job of bringing the voices in this wonderful book to life. Not only could you tell that they enjoyed the story as they were reading, but there were a few accents that were used, to make this rich story even better.

 

My Goodreads Review:
As soon as I finished both versions of this book, I made sure to review it on Goodreads, as well as leaving a comment for Catherine on her blog.  Here’s what I wrote there on Goodreads.
 

I absolutely LOVED this book. It had more mystery elements than I remember of the series, but there was definitely the usual “wow Savich figured it out pretty fast” element right at the end. I listened to this through Audible, and I really liked the dual-readership they had going on! All around, well done!🙂

 

But, sometimes reading is believing.  Read the book, and let me know what you think.Also, you’ll have to read the book for yourself to know…

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Insidious can be found on MANY different Mediums:

 

Hope you enjoyed my review as much as I loved the chance to review this wonderful book!  Till Next Time!  -Silver-

Episode 7 – “Cry-Zilla”

Hello!  Episode 7 is now live on Youtube!  I hope you like it!  Show notes to follow…

 

Current WIPs:

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    “Mad As A Progressive Hare!”

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    My Redemption Mother’s Day KAL

     

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    All This Red is Knitting Up Like Butta

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    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Socks Para Mi

  5. See Enabling!

 

Stash Dash 2016:

Current Total Yardage: 5,441 Yards

How Many Meterage does this equal?: 4,975.25

 

FOs:

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Carrie Loves The Blues

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Salan Loves All The Patterning

 

 

Enabling:

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Zombie Prom – Yowza, by Miss Babs

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Bat S**T Crazy – Yowza, by Miss Babs

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1. Jabbah 2.Shaula 3.Sargas 4.Antares 5.Scorpio 6.Dark Scorpio

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Needle Adjacent:

 

Whatcha Watching, Silver?:

 

Whatcha Reading, Silver?:

 

My Favorite Things

  1. Coffee!
  2. Coloring!
  3. Family
  4. Friends
  5. The Hubster
  6. The 2nd Annual Kirby Drive through Silver’s Knitted Treats. For $25 you can get a Kirby of your choosing, and $20 of that goes to a charity in charge of finding a cure for Bile Duct Cancer, in honor of former CEO/President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata last year. More details can be found here.

Did A Bit Of Writing & DreamingThis Week:

 

Until Next Week! Happy Knitting! -SIlver-

 

Episode 6 – “It’s Finally Edith’s Turn!”

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  Episode 6 is live!

 

Current WIPs:

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    Blurred Lines Socks

     

     

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    Salan’s Socks

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    The Color Affection with 3 more rotations of the 1st stripy section left to go…

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    LOVE these eyelets!🙂

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    Just before the set of 4 close eyelet rows.

     

  5. I dunno, It’s a Mystery! 🙂
  6. Frog Pond Moment – Baby Hoodie for a Co-worker.

 

Stash Dash 2016:

Current Total Yardage: 4,749 Yards

How Many Meterage does this equal?: 4,342.49

 

FOs:

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    Milo #1

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    Aren’t these hearts cute?

     

 

Needle Adjacent:

 

Enabling:

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Whatcha Watching, Silver?:

 

Whatcha Reading, Silver?:

 

My Favorite Things:

  1. “Woah!” Moment

 

Have a great week everyone!

-Silver-