my opinion of pop music

Don’t get me wrong, I love music. Our relationship has been going on for years now with no end in sight. I’m open to listening to almost any genre within reason of course. I’m not fond of rap music as a general rule.

Some country music I like, but you have to dig through the muck of booze, trucks, and scantily clad girls to find the real gems. I like foreign music, some K-pop or Vocaloids and a few Swedish songs by Caramel. Theme songs are always good, as are movie soundtracks. Alternative is where I find most of my music. (I’ll have to do a post about my favorite artists sometime.)

It’s pop music that gets me.

Where I work, the radio station that plays is the pop station in our area. I don’t mind some pop music. There are several songs I quite enjoy (Fight Song-Rachel Platten, See You Again-Wiz Khalifa, Coming Home-Skylar Gray for example). I do take exception to songs that degrade women, have cursing in them, or are just foul in general.

I wouldn’t have such a problem if the radio station would learn about this marvelous theory called “Variety”. Ever hear of it? Yeah, because playing the same songs over and over with no change gets really old, really fast. At the end of the work day, I’m more than ready to yank my hair out by the roots if I have to hear ‘Uma Thurman’ by Fall Out Boy one. more. time. *insert screaming*

So please, play something new. Or better yet, change the radio station, novel idea that may be.

For the sake of my sanity and peace of mind.

Thank you.

a day full of fibery goodness

It has been a day of fibery goodness.

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{Before: all curly and full of vegetable matter.}

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{After: So fluffy!}

I sat down and pulled out my hand carders to see if I could figure all that out. With my wheel, I got 4oz of white Ice Leicester Lamb (I don’t know what that actually means other than the breed). I could feel the lanolin in the wool, which was different. It worked pretty well and I’m starting to get the hang of the carders and making rolags.

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{The other two bobbins have some spun fiber that aggravated me, and the yellow is some commercial yarn I used to get a feel for my wheel, not handspun!}

…That led to trying out woolen style spinning. I have another, much older wheel and I spin worsted style on that, so woolen was different. I liked how it works, but my wheel was giving me fits again, so I took a break from that. I’ve learned in all my years of crafting that when I start getting frustrated, it’s best to take a step back and walk away for a little while. Otherwise, I start making mistakes, which upsets me even more, which causes me to make more mistakes… It’s an unpleasant cycle.

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{Drop spindle! Please ignore my messy bed.}

I’ve really gotten better at spinning on a spindle! I love it so much! Hopefully, I can get enough out of the fiber to make a small shawl, so maybe 300 yards or so? I’m not planning on plying it, so it will just be a single ply. I don’t know what the fiber content is, the bag wasn’t labeled, but it feels like wool, possibly merino? No clue.

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And my sock. I got the heel flap knit and the heel turned, so now I just have to pick up the stitches for the gusset, which is my least favorite part of sock knitting. I will put it off for days so I don’t have to pick up stitches. Gag me with a spoon!

So yeah, a day full of fiber. 🙂 It was very lovely.

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Reading: The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meyer. It’s about Mary, queen of Scots, one of my favorite historical characters! I’ve read a few books by her before and so far it’s pretty good. I have a biography of Mary and it’s nice to see a slightly different perspective.

Knitting: a pair of worsted weight socks in a pretty green wool. I’m using this pattern for them. I worked ten rounds of 2×2 ribbing and a five inch cuff. I’m really hoping I don’t run out of yarn before I finish them, since I don’t have more! I really like the color. I got the yarn from the thrift store, so I’m not sure what brand it is, since there was no ball band.

And I’ve learned to use a drop spindle! I cleared out the entire spinning/dyeing section of my library and I’ve been working my way through the books. I recently bought a gently used Louet spinning wheel and it came with a huge trash bag full of fiber, a pair of hand carders, and two drop spindles, one a top whorl, one a bottom whorl. The wheel has been giving me fits, so I decided to take a break from that and try the spindles. I’m really enjoying learning something new! 🙂

Listening: {Songs that played while writing this post} Because of You-Kelly Clarkson, Fight Song-Rachel Platten (if you have never heard this song, go listen to it. I hear it all the time at work, but oh, it never gets old. It is just so good!), Aki Love-Juliet (it’s in Japanese or Korean, I’m not sure. I think it’s Japanese.),

Watching: nothing right now.

Linking up with Ginny for YarnAlong!

plotting. plotting like i’m planning world domination.

I’m a planner. A list maker. And a maker of many things. I also dislike darkness and lack of color. Winter is coming. Plans must be made for things to create. Yarn and fabric must come out. Bright colors must be found. And it’s going to be cold. I heartily dislike being cold, so warm woolies must be made to keep my delicate self warm.

It’s not just for the physical warmth I’m making plans, it’s also for mental warmth. I had a hard time last winter with what I now think was at least a little mild depression. I really don’t want to go through that again, so this winter I’m going to try and keep as busy as the weather will allow, and I’m going to make bright things.

Which is why I have made a list of my winter knitting plans. And if I’m being honest, I’ve already started some of these projects. I’m trying to get some of my darker projects out of the way before the light starts diminishing.

So, my list of winter projects! I don’t know how many of them I will actually get done, but I like having a plan. 🙂 Some of them are for the winter, most of them will be made during the winter.

Erebor fingerless gloves in gray.
Swallowtail Shawl in red.
The Lonely Tree Shawl in orange.
Campside Shawl in coral.
The Sea Speaks to Me in purple (already on the needles)
Erebor hat (already on the needles)
Shalom cardigan in red.
Lionberry in yellow.
Bowties are Cool in yellow.
Persuasion in green.
Echo Flower Shawl in blue.
Half Circle Chapel Veil in white handspun.
Saroyan in purple.
Various socks, including a few worsted weight ones.

As for sewing projects, the only one I really have planned right now is my Halloween costume, an Alice in Wonderland dress made from bright blue flannel. 🙂

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I don’t know how many of these will be made, and I may be getting WAY in over my head, but even if I get a few things made and stay sane during the winter, I’ll count it as a victory.

Do y’all have any winter/fall knitting plans? Please share with me! 🙂 

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Reading: The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. So far, I’m enjoying it. The cover is gorgeous! And no, I didn’t pay that much for it. I got it for 50 cents at the library sale. I’ve started another one of her books, The Secret of Pembroke Park, but that was a couple of months ago.

Knitting: a pair of wristwarmers to match a hat I finished yesterday. This is the second of the pair. I’ll write more about them when I do a FO (finished objects) post in a couple days.

Listening: (song(s) playing while writing this post) Soldiers by Otherwise. Such a good song! Also Stay by the Gardiner Sisters, a song I haven’t heard in awhile but I really like. 🙂 Monster by Runaground is an amazing cover of the Imagine Dragons song. I actually prefer the cover to the original.

Watching: the first season of Monk. So far, I’m really enjoying it. Monk is such a nut and I love him. He’s like a different version of Sherlock, but much nicer and much less dark.

I’m finally rejoining Ginny for YarnAlong!

people of earth, i have an announcement

Hello, people. Seeing as it has been over a month and half since I last posted, I think this is as a good a time as any to say this.

I’ve decided to change the focus of this blog from just books to a bit more variety. I love books, don’t get me wrong. I love them to pieces, but I’ve found that I can only write about books for so long before I begin to repeat myself. 😛 So now I’m going to write more about my knitting, sewing, thrifting, and other things as well as books. The URL and site name will stay the same, but the focus will be different. I hope y’all will still follow me and I will try to blog more often.

Love y’all bunches,
Alice