lilyofshalott: (Eowyn/Lady Elaine (angelfish_icons))

Yes, there's the old adage "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but when I'm shelving, that's what catches my attention (as well as the title). And I have occasional "I'm such a geek" moments when I'll be shelving things, see a book, and think, "Ooh! The title's in Hannibal Lecter!" (they used this for the PotO movie titles). Anyway, I was shelving in the YA section last month when the spine of Lisa Ann Sandell's Song of the Sparrow caught my eye (the spine has a smaller version of the cover picture). When I read the inside of the jacket, I knew I had to check the book out--it's about Elaine of Ascolat (which, as many of you know, is my favourite Arthurian legend)! I finally read it last week (I was in the middle of several books) and quite enjoyed it. The book is written as verse, but it reads more like prose: sentences with no set rhyme scheme or meter and very lyrical. It's lovely, really.

As for Dalek progress, this is where I've been for more than a week (I've been trying to figure out how to secure the colourwork in the shoulders). I took the pictures to-day and thought I should probably post them as I've been promising a progress post for a while.

Pictures under the cut! )



I had book club last night, which is always an enjoyable time. One of the things we talked about was journaling. No, this had nothing to do with the book--the book is generally talked about for maybe half an hour and then we talk about life in general, &c. Back to the journaling--I need to start doing that again (in a pen-and-paper journal, I mean). I kept a journal (actually, I suppose it was technically a diary) throughout high school and into freshman year at SU; then I stopped. I tried to pick it up again when I went to NCUR and on my England trip, but I haven't done much since then.

And I think that's enough for today.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Molecular impossibility (by nentaricons))

Happy Pi Day!

To-day's Savage Chickens cartoon is suitably festive. ^_^

In other news, I finished the bobble rows on my knit Dalek. Hurrah! \o/ I won't have to bobble again until the "eye" bobbles (the bumpy things at the top of a Dalek that blink when it talks--what are they called?). I'll definitely be posting pictures in the next few days. I also picked up my tea cosy last night after neglecting it for quite a while--it's amazing how easy the decreases seem since I've been working on the Dalek (the Dalek pattern calls for multiple decreases nearly every other row). ^_^

Speaking of things for the Good vs Evil KAL of Awesome, I may have found a possible Charley scarf! ^_^ It's called "Misty Garden" from the Scarf Style book by Pam Allen. A sample picture can be found here (if you type in "Misty Garden scarf" into your favourite search engine on "images" there are many more pictures in different colourways). It's lovely, but it appears to be lace--one more knitting skill to add, I suppose! I'll probably be posting to who_knits, zagreuswaits, and halfhumandoctor for colourway suggestions.

I'm thinking of making Rose's Doomsday mitts using KnitPicks Swish DK in Bordeaux--it looks like the perfect colour (I also love the "Cornflower" colour--though I've always thought it was "cornflower blue," not lavender). To learn cables, though, I think I might try Fetching in Swish Worsted Clematis Heather. (I love heathers and tweeds!)

And I'm off to continue the practice texture swatch for my cuddly TARDIS.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (knitting Dalek (lazulisong))

I started my Dalek for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil Knitalong last Thursday (using [livejournal.com profile] penwiper337's Extermaknit pattern. I've not gotten very far yet. For one, I'm a slow knitter to begin with. Secondly, bobbles of DOOM! The bobble rows are taking forever to knit. Also, I don't think they look very even. Anyway, on to the pictures!

bobbles of DOOM )

lilyofshalott: (Tea and book)

I really need to do better with this journaling thing. (And don't get me started on my pen-and-paper journal. ::pats it::) As it is, the most exciting thing recently is that I sent my application in for Simmons College on Friday--I'm applying for their library science programme. ::crosses fingers::

In knitting news (since that seems to be most of what I write about in here lately), I've mostly finished my mitteny mitts! I finished the first one a few weeks ago and finished knitting the second last week (I still have about five ends to weave in for the second one yet). After I finished mitt the first I took a few pictures--I didn't put them on Ravelry because I don't really like how they came out (it's a bit awkward to take pictures of a longish mitt while you're wearing it--especially when I don't have anything in the way of a tripod). I thought I'd still show them to you so you can see how pretty this yarn is (and I rather like how the mitts themselves came out). When the ends for mitt the second are woven in, I'll post more pictures. ^_^

Mitteny mitt! )



I haven't been able to start my Extermaknit for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil KAL of Awesome yet due to my woefully small needle inventory. I've ordered the circ I need from Jo-Ann and it'll be here by Thursday at the earliest. ::curses lack of LYS:: (yet again) I've also decided I want to make an Eight-inspired scarf--and/or a Charley one. I'm thinking Charley's might be a more spring-y scarf--she seems to be a spring-ish person to me (and I don't have any late winter/spring/early fall scarves yet). Any ideas for stitch patterns/colours/yarns/&c. to use?

And I'm off to watch the Academy Awards.

~Michelle

lilyofshalott: (Potterpuffs Remus)

I've been toying with the idea lately of changing my journal layout a bit, namely switching from having a repeating wallpaper-style graphic to a fixed banner at the top of the page. Actually, that's not quite right. I suppose what I'm really pondering is whether to have a top banner and have the rest of the layout be "clean" (i.e. with a solid background, similar to [livejournal.com profile] nentari's layout) or to keep my wallpaper graphic, but no longer have invisible text boxes--or whatever they're called--similar to [livejournal.com profile] gentle_blessing's layout. I'd probably be doing this to my icon journal first as the variety of shades in the wallpaper graphic has made it rather hard for me to choose text colours that actually show up across the page. Of course I would also need to peruse the [livejournal.com profile] howto comms to find the proper coding and suchlike. Thoughts? Ideas?

Oh, and a quiz! I know I've taken this before, but I don't think I've ever actually posted it.

Which Mix of the Hogwarts Houses are You? )



In knitting news, I'm nearly halfway through mitteny-mitt the second! Yay! (I shall post pictures of the pair when both are done.) Once I finish it I'll be able to start on Extermaknit! (same needles) for the [livejournal.com profile] who_knits Good vs Evil Knit-along. Since Daleks count for Evil, I'll have to join Team Evil. ::laughs:: I plan on switching sides as soon as I finish the knitted Dalek of Awesome, however, and making Rose's Doomsday mitts (must.learn.cabling.), finishing my cuddly TARDIS, possibly making a jelly baby or two (no, seriously), and possibly a scarf.

Which brings me to my next question (I already brought this up on [livejournal.com profile] who_knits, but I figured since many of you lovely people on my flist are Who fans, knitters, or both . . .): The Fourth Doctor's scarf is quite iconic and suchlike, but what scarves would the other Doctors wear? How about Companion-y scarves? Ten's already covered, actually--[livejournal.com profile] chili_dance posted a WIP picture of a fantastic Tenth Doctor scarf.

And I think it's quite safe to say this post got away from me. Just a bit (hee). Well, I'm off to get ready for bed and do a bit of reading--we're doing Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale for book club this month and I'm rather enjoying it so far. ^_^

~Michelle

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