Knitting in the Audio Blooms

Now that you are aware of my recent obsession with Audible (and by association, audiobooks), I thought it time to mention some of the lovely stories I have been enjoying while knitting my a$$ off.

1) “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Universe” by Douglas Adams.  Hitchiker   I heard about this book from Laura and LaLa.  If any one asks, the answer is 42.   😉 It’s read by Stephen Fry, which made me even happier to read it.  He’s one of the best English comedians.  He even had a show with Hugh Laurie (House) at one time.  I’ve loved him ever since I found that out and started watching some of his other works.

2) The “Cafferty and Quinn” Series by Heather Graham.  These books tell the tale of a couple who deal with crazy Supernatural objects that have weird powers.  It’s funny how fast I listened to them.  The characters are dynamic and the inanimate objects Graham chooses are pretty awesome.  Sometimes the power of the object is only in the antagonist’s mind, but that makes the stories that much better!  So far, there are three books in this series.  I can’t wait for more!

          A) “Let the Dead Sleep”   sleep

          B) “Waking the Dead”   waking

         C) “The Dead Play On”   play

3) “Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics” by John Tamny.    econ   This one is actually a Business studies-related get, actually.  This book is pretty awesome.  The author introduces Pop Culture and relates it to the world of Economics.  It sounds dry, but it isn’t.

4) “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler.  yes   You know, the funny lady from SNL…  🙂  She’s even funny when writing about herself and her experiences.

5) Are two books written by Ellen DeGeneres.  She’s just funny as all get-out.  I absolutely love her show, so getting her books on audio was a must!

         A) “Seriously…I’m Kidding”   kidding

         B) “The Funny Thing Is…”   funny

6) “The Blossom Street” Series by Debbie Macomber.  I’m currently in the process of reading through this series.  If you see random updates, it will be this section that you will need to come to first.  Just so you know…  I’ll probably just update the series as I go.  The whole series revolves around the women (and some men) living on Blossom Street in Seattle, WA.  The author has her own yarn shop and does a lot of pattern creating to go around these books!  I don’t know she can run that, write often on a blog, and write books with such vivid characters that one can’t help loving and wanting to get to know better.  If you want to know the author better, here is her website.  The following are the books in that series, and a brief synopsis of each:

A) “The Shop on Blossom Street”  1is about Lydia, who is the shop owner.  We learn about her knitting shop, and her relationships with three other women who come into the shop for knitting lessons.  Friendships start to form and each of Macomber’s characters are introduced and show off their full potentials for love.

B) In “A Good Yarn,”  2we learn more about Lydia and her relationship with her sister and her sister’s family.  Lydia faces some heartache in love and life.  Her second knitting class also become her friends and confidantes.

This is definitely a good YARN of a tale…    😉     (Sorry, I had to do it…)

C) “Susannah’s Garden”   3  tells the tale of Susannah, who learns many secrets of her past while dealing with her mother’s illness.  There is a lot of drama when her daughter comes to visit, but that’s what makes this story so special.  We see the story of a woman who is recently part of the ‘sandwich’ generation.  She must care for a daughter who is just into her college years, as well as her Mother who started showing signs of Alzheimer’s upon the death of her husband.  We see the decisions she must make, even when they are not the most popular of decision for any of the parties involved.  I have to admit, I cried a few times.  Trust me, that’s a testament to how wonderfully this book is written!

D) “Back on Blossom Street”  4   tells the tale of Susannah’s employee Colette who recently finds herself pregnant by her ex-boss.  We see the trials and tribulations she must deal with.  We are also brought on the whirlwind journey that is created by the wedding by one of our first group of characters (Alix).  A shawl knitting class creates another group of friends for Lydia, shop owner.

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E) “Twenty Wishes”  5   premiers a group of widows who got together for a party.  This party resulted in wine drinking, bubble popping, and the women making a list of 20 things that they want to get out of their lives.  There are stories of each of these widows finding a little something in their daily lives that they find exciting or that will bring them back to life.  This includes a young girl needing a new mother, and new loves of a mother-daughter team of widows.

F) “Summer on Blossom Street” 6   is the story of 3 individuals who “Knit to Quit” in another of Lydia’s classes.  We see the first couple of male knitters, which shows the world that men DO knit as well.  There is Candyman Hutch, Phoebe, and Alix is back for her 3rd class.  Not to give much else away, here we see another adoption, new love interest, and another new baby…

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G) “Hannah’s List” 7   is the story of a widower (Michael who receives a letter from his wife Hannah, one year posthumous.  She insists that he start dating again, and even gave him a list of 3 names to try out (Winter Adams – her cousin, Leanne Lancaster – Her Oncology nurse, and Macy Roth – A model and free spirit Hannah had met and liked).  Although he believed it too soon to date after her death, he does his best to honor Hannah’s last request.  This book centers on the relationships he forms with all three on the way to a more romantic one with Macy.  As long as you’re not a robot, you will find yourself going “Aww!”  MANY times through the course of this book.  If you get in to the characters and story as much as I do, I suggest a handful of tissues to be placed near you.  A good read!  I highly recommend it!

H) “A Turn in the Road” 8   is the story of 3 women who head out on a road trip together.  Bethanne, Ruth, and Annie Hamlin leave Seattle driving cross-country to Ruth’s 50 year Reunion in Florida.  They do get in a bit of trouble with their car, in Vegas, and a few other places.  They meet Max, Rooster, and a few other Bikers along the way.  Max and Bethanne end up falling in love, to her ex-husband, and ex-mother-in-law’s belief to the contrary.  Ruth re-unites with a high school sweetheart, which is pretty cool!  I’m all about being in love with your High School sweetheart, even years later.  I mean, come on.  EE is my high school sweetheart!

I) “Starting Now” 9   is the story of Libby Morgan’s journey from lawyer without a home life, to a woman who can balance both a home life and her career.  She meets a wonderful Doctor who works his way into her heart, and shows her that her career cannot be the end-all that it was at the beginning of her story.  We groan when she gets kicked down at the beginning of the story and had to re-adjust her life.  We smile when she starts to fall in love.  We cheer when she finally gets the job she wants, and cry when that job almost causes her the love of her life.  It’s a rollercoaster of a novel, that I enjoyed riding!  I think you will too!  🙂

Edited: 8/17

J) “Blossom Street Brides”  10   is the story of Lauren and John “Rooster” Wayne, and their loving journey.  In this book, we are re-acquainted with many of the characters we have met over the course of this series.  We learn more about Bethanne and Max’s relationship, as they deal with more of her ex’s shenanigans.  We learn about the depth of Lydia and Brad’s love for their son and daughter as they deal with their adopted daughter’s nightmares.  There is also a mysterious person leaving baskets of yarn, needles, and a message for people to “knit me.”  The kicker?  That the yarn had come from Lydia’s shop, and Lydia has no idea who was doing it!  🙂  I do, but you’ll have to read the book to find out who done it…

Others: “Christmas Letters” 2.5   is technically part of this series, yet most lists do not have it on it.  I’ll include it here, where it belongs!  🙂  I’ll tell you more once I finish reading through it!  🙂

Edited: 8/27

This book included many of the characters from Blossom Street, but I believe it was meant to standalone.  But I’m not sure I’m really the best judge of what is and what isn’t constituted as part of a series.  We’ll just go with it…  Either way, this book tells us the story of a young lady who finds love with a man she starts off despising.  The best relationships seem to start that way, huh?

 

Hope I gave you some ideas!  Till I come back, Happy Knitting, and Happy Reading!  -Silver-

Now You’re Just Talking CRAZY PANTS! – Maybe not… 5K it is!

Hello everyone!  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve had an update here.  Suffice to say, I’ve been busy.  I have to apologize to those that want to see the progress on the Tetris Blanket.  I have none other than a few more pieces sewn together.  That’s fine, for RIGHT NOW…  I have plans for you yet, blanket.  Believe you, me!

If you aren’t a member of The KnitGirllls Army, why aren’t you?  Since I’ve started to watch those ladies, I find myself wanting to try more and more new things.  I’ve tried lace weights, extra-sparkly yarns, lace designs, and many many more firsts for me with my knitting.

Starting today (May 22nd, as of 12:01AM EDT) and going until 11:59PM on August 14th, yours truly will be participating in my first KnitGirllls Stash Dash.  I have a goal of 5K.  When I was making my plans last night, I kept thinking that I was talking crazy.  My plans allow for up to 8,091 meters of yarn to be knit in that time frame.  I hope to get every one of those meters done, but I know myself.  There will be times where I don’t hit my goals with this thing…   If I get 5K, I’ll be happy.  If you want to follow my progress, I’ll be posting updates and pictures here.  I’ll also be using #stashdash2015 on Twitter and Instagram.  The good news, is as long as you complete or bind off the project during this time frame, the yardage counts.  This makes it a bit easier for me, as I have a few new blankets to make for a few clients.  If I counted everything I’m REALLY want to finish, then I WILL be talking “CRAZY PANTS.”

Here are my goals:

1) Purple Hogwarts Express Shawl – 570 yards

Done: As of 8PM 5/22.

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2) Tetris Blanket – 3,094 yards

3) Yellow Brick Road Shawl – 510 yards

Done: As of 3:25 AM 6/3

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4) Basketweave Baby Blanket For Baby Girl – 1,275 yards

Done: As of 3:34AM EDT 7/6.

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5) Basketweave Baby Blanket For Baby Boy – 1,275 yards

Done: As of 10:45PM EDT 7/20.

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6) Stripy Scarf – 364 yards

Done: 3AM EDT 7/24.

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7) Crayon Baby Blanket – 1,199 yards

Done: 7/29 11:00PM EDT.

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8) Blue Blanket (for a friend) – 1,622.5 yards

 

Items I didn’t plan for, but am counting toward Stash Dash, either way:

1) A headband in TNT Purple

Done: Started and Finished by 5:30PM EDT 6/4

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2) A Fall-colored Hat for my site.

Done: Started before Stashdash sometime.  Finished 6/9.  REALLY early, while I was working on my paper for a class.

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3) Baby Pink Swirl Hat

Done: 7/6 9:16PM.  112 Yards.

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4) Baby Pink Hat

Done: 7/7 1AM.  112 Yards.

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5) Baby Purple Hat

Done: 7/7 1:15PM.  120 yards.

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6) Baby Rib in Purple

Done: 7/8 1AM.  120 yards.

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7) My second attempt @ the TNT Headbands.  112 sts.

Done: 7/10.  60 yards.

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8) Baby Blue Swirl Hat

Done: 7/21.   2:50PM.  112 yards.

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9) Baby Green Swirl Hat

Done: 7/22.   1:20AM.  112 yards.

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10) Baby Green Hat

Done: 7/22.  2PM.  12 yards.

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11) Baby Blue Hat

Done: 7/23.  1:10 AM.  120 yards

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12) My Last version of the headbands for #TeamTim #IronmanCanada2015!  Pictures will follow, once I get them from the Recipient.  Like a dunce, I forgot to take my own photos.  (update:  I got them!  🙂 )

Done: 7/21.  60 yards.

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13) The Creamsicle Yellow Brick Road that I made for myself.  It’s right that the shawl I make for myself comes up to a 765 yards.  Forgive the shadows…  Our chandelier gets in our way every time I try to take decent pictures…

Done: 10PM EDT 7/28

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New note, 7/20:  I had hoped to have a total of 8,949.50 total yards (or 8183.42 meters), before any hats that I would make in this timeframe as well.  Currently, I’m shy 1,094.1 off my 5K.  🙂  Getting there…

Note 7/22:  Strike through for my planning session was something I changed today, based on the fact that I have more than enough yardage for my 5K without them, besides the fact that I realize I will NEVER get them done before the end of #stashdash2015.

Note 728: With this last 765 yards, I have completed my 5K!  YAY!  Now to keep finishing things, because I have THAT MUCH on the needles right now…

Post StashDash2015 goal Items:  I have a few, just because I’ve been in a “Finish It” kind of mood…

Here are the items I finished that won’t really be counting toward my StashDash2015 totals (as I only set the goal at 5K…), but I still finished during that time:

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker's baby basket.  In Purple, to match the Mother's décor for her new daughter...

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker’s baby basket. In Purple, to match the Mother’s décor for her new daughter…

Purple and pink washcloths for a baby girl!  Pink cause it's traditional, and purple to match the mother's décor for her baby... 4 in all.

Purple and pink washcloths for a baby girl! Pink cause it’s traditional, and purple to match the mother’s décor for her baby… 4 in all.

Had do get you a close up of the outside border.  It's SOOOO fancy!  ;)  This is the purple one, if you can't see it...

Had do get you a close up of the outside border. It’s SOOOO fancy! 😉 This is the purple one, if you can’t see it…

Had do get you a close up of the outside border.  It's SOOOO fancy!  ;)  This is the blue one, if you can't see the color right...

Had do get you a close up of the outside border. It’s SOOOO fancy! 😉 This is the blue one, if you can’t see the color right…

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker's baby basket.  Blue, to match the mother's décor for her new baby boy...

A oversized washcloth that is meant to be a matching towel to go in the rest of the washcloths in my co-worker’s baby basket. Blue, to match the mother’s décor for her new baby boy…

Green and Blue washcloths for a baby boy!  Blue cause it's traditional, and green as a coordinated color... 4 in all.

Green and Blue washcloths for a baby boy! Blue cause it’s traditional, and green as a coordinated color… 4 in all.

Okay!  Uncle!  I’m calling it.  I may have until Friday, but I think I’ve gone enough over my goal for one year.  I’ll have to up it to 10K, as I think I knit enough…  LOL…

Here is my final totals for StashDash2015 everyone!  Hope all my fellow knitters had as much fun with it as I did!  Happy Knitting All!

– Silver –

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Here is where you’ll see my #stashdash2015 totals!