This blog is mostly going to be my little place to talk about the novel I am writing. Which is why I stole a quote from one of my favorite tv shows, as this novel I am writing, I plan to finish, and at times.. it feels like an impossible thing. Also this is to journal my move to the UK, and starting my own business as an Indie Yarn Dyer

Posts tagged “Kathy Reichs


It’s Sweaterday and I do not have photos of my Doomsday to post. That’s alright. Soon hopefully.

I’ve made lotsa progress on it. I’m up to row 47, so I’ve got about 70 rows of the body left to go before I set it aside to do the sleeves.

Drove to Denver today. That was not fun. My back was twinging the entire time, heck it even kept me up throughout the night. So a 3 hour round trip car ride was unpleasant to say the least.

The company was… strained. I was not in a bad mood, but I was hurting, and people were being… well there were dumb drivers on the road, and I had to deal with some people who drive me absolutely batty. (And when I say that, I do not mean Batty in the awesome way.)

Didn’t get any knitting done while at the SnB, because I forgot to bring another skein of yarn, and I was at the end of the current one.

I didn’t get any writing done last night or while at the SnB because last night it was after midnight when I went to bed and I was tired, and today… well it was a chaotic environment which wasn’t good for that.

Tonight when I crawl into bed, I will hopefully get my two pages done.

Reading: I put down “Must love Hellhounds” which has a Charlaine Harris short story.  It was… meh. And it’s due back at the library so it’s been put down. I might read it again after the move, but I’m not rushing out to do so.

Picked up “Dying for Chocolate” by Diana Mott Davidson. But truth be told, I’m really looking forward to the next book in my pile more. “Cross Bones” by Kathy Reichs.

I guess I’m done for the night. The opening ceremonies last night rocked.

Bugs and Hisses!


Elementary, my dear Watson.

Today I have not done much.

I woke up.  I got out of bed.  I got in the car and drove to the gym.

I drove right past my real estate agency where upon I remembered it was the 1st of February.  And I also remembered that I did not have my rent check.  Sigh.  I then also remembered that I did not have my library books, which I was going to take back after gym.  Apparently my mind did not want to function this morning.

I did however have a book with me to read (and more specifically the book I wanted to read) so that my solo biking was not boring.  I’m also up to 3 minutes on the elliptical machine.  Woot!

Turns out my solo biking turned into solo aqua class.  This is now the second class without my gym buddy.  Oh well.  She is apparently sick.  Not to fret, it’s not going to stop me from going myself.

I splurged and bought a new pair of headphones so that I can have workout music.  I like my Skullcandy Lowriders, but they are not good for activities.  As they won’t stay on the head if you do a lot of leaning.  And well… they also feel icky sweaty against your ears after a while.  Gross.

So I have now purchased some Skullcandy CHOPS.  Which are over the ear clips so that they actually stay in place.  I of course bought them on ebay (new in box) at a much discounted price. (Think 12$ w/free shipping instead of 30$ plus shipping)

I received a package in the mail from Luna at Spelled with a W, which consisted of a spell kit for Imbolc.  She was running a give away for either the Imbolc kit, or a Valentines Day Love Kit, and I really didn’t need a Love Kit, as I happened to already snag my beau.  And also that any little kit I might make for a friend… will need to wait until after the move so that I have the proper ingredients.

Today my trickery paid off, and I am now in the Vampire Sock Club 2.  Well, specifically Guy is.  But thats alright, I’m paying for it, and he shall reap the benefits of my yarn habit.  Ironically when I asked him if there were any yarns that he specifically would like me to get (out of my 12 skeins), he picked ones that I either already had (Lucien, and Michael Corvin), or ones that were already on the list that I wanted.  I’ve decided to get some more of Lucien and Michael as I really do love them, and I want to try them in the Merino Cashmere Nylon mix.

The Lucien that I already have, as I’ve already mentioned is set on the Clockwork Lucien project, which I am as also mentioned, thinking about changing the yarn on and either using the 10 skeins for other projects, or selling.  We’ll see.  And my gods that was a long run on sentence. Lol.

I’ve been enjoying the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes, which I grew up on. Jeremy Brett really was a most fantastic Holmes.

I did not make it to the library. That shall be tomorrow. Tonight shall be tucked up under the blanket, with tea and knitting, praying that my back stops tweaking sometime in the near future.  (The back has been tweaking for about 3 days now, aqua class helped this morning, but not enough sadly.)

Time to knit!

Thursday already?!

Today started with me not wanting to get out of bed.

Slept in for nearly an hour even.  Well, I did kick my ass at the gym yesterday.

20 minutes on the sit down bike.

2 minutes on the elliptical machine.

45 minute Aqua class.

5 minutes (??) on the rowing machine.

I will admit I enjoyed the rowing machine, but I am not entirely sure if I was doing it correctly.  I’ll find out soon enough. If I was, I’ll keep doing it.

So all in all, it was quite a busy day at the gym and I was quite sore but sore in the good way.  This meant for really not wanting to get out of bed this morning.

But out of bed I did get.  Dressed and off to Einsteins did we go.  Thanks to facebook, Mother of Mine and I had free shmears.

After that, the grocery store and then the library.. (Which I still managed to forget to pick up a movie… oh well, it’s not like I won’t be there soon enough)

I finished a Super Sekret Projekt today.  Nope, still can’t talk about it yet.  Not till I block it, photograph it, and stick it in the mail to the person it needs to go to.

I also decided that even with it being snowy and cold, I was going to take photos of my new yarn.

Unfortunately my photographer snobbish side was only happy with how one of the yarns photographed. (I’m having such problems with purples and blues right now! New camera please?!)

Now, for some time now… well.. pretty much since I started yarn dyeing people have been asking me if I were going to dye some Harry Potter yarns.

Harry Potter yarns have been done… often. So my response has always been “If I am inspired.”  As I really didn’t want to do what everyone else has done.

So when I do Harry Potter yarns, it is probably not going to be the “main trio” or the very obvious ones.

Bellatrix was a request.  That request was not “I want a yarn inspired by Bellatrix” no… it was “I want yarn dyed in these colors so I can finally do my Bellatrix socks”.  It just turned out that the color I did reminded me of Bellatrix from Harry Potter.

There is still another Bellatrix to be shown as when I imagined her, there was just a bit more to her than what had been requested.  (Her photo shall come soon)

But today I shall speak of Felix.

Felix Felicis.

Liquid Luck for those in the know.

Now, for weeks now I’ve been imagining a hat made out of yarn like this.  Specifically the Snapdragon tam by Ysolda Teague.

I really do not wear yellow. Yellow is pretty much one of my least favorite colors. But I just cannot imagine the Snapdragon in any other color at the moment. Most likely I would make the hat, and then give it to someone who would actually wear the color.

As I finished the Super Sekret Projekt, I need to get back to my Doomsday Cardi… This will require me quite literally getting my mind back in the project, it shall take much concentration on my part till I get back in the rhythm.  But I get to transfer it on to my new Zephyr Needles from Knitpicks. We’ll see how they go.

Finished reading “M is for Magic” by Neil Gaiman last night. It is a collection of short stories and they were quite good. One of them in particular had me bawling like a baby as it was about the cats that have decided to call his house home, and I happened to start reading it the day that he blogged about putting one of his cats (Zoe the blind attic cat) to sleep. This is the 3rd cat he has lost in the last year. Zoe was the youngest at 14. Hermione and Pod were about 18 if my memory serves.  So reading a short story involving his cats just quite literally had me bawling all over again. (This past week it had been posts about Zoe leading up to her final day.)

Tonight I start reading Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs.

On the writing front, I have had a wonderfully productive week thanks to my friend Hatter.  It started with a text message at 11pm at night.  He is one of the few friends that I can text that late and not worry about waking up.  I sent him a text of “Need your help. Need a idea for a ____ from South America.”

I was shocked when I didn’t get a text back from him immediately.

Next day at about 11pm again I get a phone call from him going “Holy crap you texted. I’m sorry.. My phone sucks and didn’t tell me… here’s my thoughts on what you need.”

So thankfully, my fear about him not texting back immediately was simply a mechanical failure on his phones part. Phew.

For the next hour we chit chat back and forth bouncing ideas. He is a writer, but he is also someone who I can trust to bounce ideas off of.  He also understands Steampunk like some of my other idea people don’t.  -He is also someone who I don’t mind squeeing like a fan girl with about certain things… Like Anthony Stewart Head singing… Vampires…  bloody scalpels etc…   Sigh. I’m gonna miss  My Hatter.

Anyway, the hour long convo he and I have totally gives me a direction to go in, something I had been lacking.  Don’t get me wrong, I had the basics started, but I was hesitant.  Now my direction is clear. (Well, at least this section) It allowed me to finish that chapter and start the next. Which, when it’s the first chapter of the book (or chapter equivalent), it is quite important to feel good about finishing that chapter and moving on to the next.  If you are wishy washy about it, then it’s going to haunt you the rest of the book. My characters are making their personalities and presence known, and the world which I am creating is becoming much more apparent to me.

And on that note, I leave you for the night.  Tomorrow is the gym once more, then apparently a busy weekend after that.  The snow is still going on, and I have a feeling that tomorrow morning shall be a “oooh it’s warm in bed, I don’t wanna get up and go out!”

Oh.. last note… according to the scale at the gym on Wednesday… I lost 1/2 a pound from last week.  Which doesn’t necessarily mean a thing since I was on my period last week.  I guess we’ll see next week.