Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Winter in Switzerland Photos

Winter!

I had all sorts of things planned for today's blog post (and I'm also falling behind in commenting -- I visit you all but haven't had a chance to comment!), but all the ideas and snippets are saved in my Yahoo mail, and for some reason Yahoo is having server problems today...

It's still cold and grey outside for the most part, and work is quite busy -- the perfect time to share some winter photos!

(Please excuse those that are upside down. They show up as upside down on the computer. I fix them in the Microsoft Photo Editor. But every time I pull them into Blogger, Google turns them upside down again. It's driving me crazy!)

The village of Founex:

Ice created by the bise wind that comes down from the Alps:

The town of Nyon:

Views from outside of St Cergue, on the Swiss side of the Jura mountains:

The villages of Rolle and St Prex in snow:


Views of the United Nations grounds:

Vineyards!:

Back next week with the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books, Insecure Writer's Support Group Day, and updates of my editing progress (Druid's Moon is out with betas! Just need an epilogue... I've started the first reread of The Charm of Time).

How are you enjoying the winter?
Or summer, if you're down south?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Year-end Knitting and Other Hobbies Review

Knitting!

And other hobbies...

My goals in 2015 were to:

1. Finish knitting three more cowls
2. Think about buying expensive wool to make, slowly, methodically, and properly, a gorgeous design by Kate Davies
3. Organise all our photos and print a few, especially for our grandparents
4. Bake more!

These didn't change much over 2016. Instead of cowls, I got heavily into baby blanket knitting:









Photos of the fourth, a purple-y blanket, are here.

In the same post I talked about a secret group project and shared photos of my contribution. Still can't reveal the details yet, but as soon as we've given the gift to its intended recipient, I'll share!

Besides the four blankets and the secret project, I knit:

Three hats (here's one hat)

One shawl, as a gift



One fox scarf:

One pair of mittens


The Azel Pullover




This one didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, as the needles I used were a couple of sizes too large given the wool I'd selected, and I also made the pullover too short. But now that I have a feel for the pattern, I'd like to try knitting a child's version of the same item. An excuse to buy wool!


I only seem to have shared one post on my ongoing knitting in the wild series. I like collecting photos of knitting back in the day or in unusual spots or of people you wouldn't expect knew how to knit...

As for that list at the top, I do have some lovely Kate Davies patterns, but haven't attempted one yet. I've actually kept on top of photo organizing and even made a few printed albums, and shared some photos!

I haven't baked as regularly as I'd like. Tried an apple crumble that was a bit of a gooey mess, made cookies often, and attempted a recipe from Outlander Kitchen!:



It tasted good, even if it looked nothing like it was supposed to.

I also have fun supporting artists on Patreon and entering authors' contests every once in a while. Sometimes it leads to fun things arriving in the mail:


Sloth mail, through Amanda Palmer's Patreon


This year, I wonder if I'll get back to finishing those cowls? Or the sweater I started for myself long ago? I'm trying hard not to have too much extra wool and yarn lying around, and to use what I have before I buy more. That said, one of my first goals is to knit some wee hats and booties to go with the baby blankets.

With all this wool lying around, I read this fun book the other day:

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen


What hobbies are you exploring this year?

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • beta read! (JB)
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html