more dragons and fibre

More dragons and fibre this week. Goodreads recently added progress status to books. I have no idea why I’m quite as obsessed with progress bars as I am, but this really makes me happy. I hope soon to be able to add to and further tweak my widget on the sidebar. I’m currently focusing on library books which are due sooner than the others and I’m switching into high gear for the paper I need to write for class.

Brisingr (Inheritance - Book 3) Brisingr
by Christopher Paolini

The writing felt rough and enhanced (and not for good)… something I don’t recall from the first too books, but I’ve not reread them recently so I’m not sure. Otherwise? The story was “fun” and it was a nice escape. Four stars for transporting me to another world for a few hours.

Guy Knits: Sweaters & Vests (Best of Knitter's Magazine series) Guy Knits: Sweaters & Vests
by Elaine Rowley

My “guy” looked through this and didn’t believe me that it was published this year. The majority of the patterns feel quite dated to us .. we dress quite conservatively (I’m a plain Jane by-and-large) but these..

I do, however, love how XRX lays out their knitting books and like all the schematics and “meta data” that they provide with each pattern. Additionally the photos are quite impressive. These patterns are just not for us at this time, well perhaps the Cypress Needle Crew, but the seedstitch collar doesn’t do it for me.

You may disagree with me, so I urge you to look and see for yourself.

Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits
by Michele Rose Orne

I was surprised, I didn’t think that this volume would inspire me, but it has: the photos, the drawings, the layout, the short essays. Oh and the knits. They surprised me. It’s rare that I like the majority of a patterns anywhere. I don’t want to knit every pattern but I do want to change and modify and find more time to knit. I was looking for a creative boost and I think this is the type of book to do it time and time again. I hope to one day give it a permanent space on my bookshelf.

The Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration: New Ideas for WritingThe Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration: New Ideas for Writing
by Monica Wood

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave RouteLose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
by Saidiya Hartman