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Character Faces! For Every Story

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I've compiled some of these a few times before:

Full set of character faces

Character faces

This new post is the full, proper set, arranged by story (although there are still lots of extra images on my pinterest board).


haracter faces!

These are the main images, the ones that chapture the character's personality best, no matter how anachronistic the surroundings may be or how inappropriate the items they're holding. Other variations are on my pinterest board.

The Face of A Lion Austin Alan Cunnick: photo taken from Real Simple magazine As an adult, he looks like Paul Newman (and there's also an image in there of Sam Heughan looking like him)

There's also Lucas Till...
Kedi Venti Pipire of Camulodunum: Kedi was our cat Frodo [I forgot that the storify website is defunct now, and the various photo stories I've shared, especially of Sam and Frodo, are now useless until I go back and reupload the photos onto the blog itself. Sigh.] Captive of the Sea Magdalena (Mawdlen): tak…

RiP Christopher Tolkien and Others, New Project, Robert Burns, and A New Look

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Well, I've done it again. I was trying to figure out how to get Blogger to show more than three posts per page, and in the midst of all that, have chosen a new template.

It's a bit easier on the eyes, but I'd like to tweak some of the colours, the next time I have time.

It does sort of put paid to my continuous use of drop caps though. I've been using Daily Drop Cap for years, but this new theme doesn't showcase the letters as well as the former ones did.

Some sad news: in the past couple of weeks, actor Derek Fowlds, Neil Peart of Rush, and Christopher Tolkien have passed away.

I first found out through Dr Dimitra Fimi
The statement from the Tolkien Society came later

The first news was from his local Var Marin newspaper
John D Rateliff shared his first thoughts
John Garth shared a clip of Christopher Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings and later wrote the obituary for The Guardian
I tweeted about the History of Middle-Earth books...

...and Neil Gaiman

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Year-End Knitting Review

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ear-end knitting review!

Throughout the year, I didn't have time to knit much, or focus on other hobbies, but I did manage a few projects, including some baking...

There was the week I baked bread from scratch and made Oreo cheesecake!

I signed up for both Bold Beginner Knits and Knitting Season by Kate Davies -- someday I hope to have time to knit some of these beautiful patterns!

Knitting Season also includes the collected essays Wheesht, which are very thought-provoking and insightful.

My year-end knitting review for 2018 featured the quilt made for me by a special group of friends. The first four months of baby-on-a-quilt photos are in that post.

Here are the next five months:


5 months
6 months

7 months


8 months

9 months

Near the end of the year, I knit some cute mittens and an unsuccessful hat.

Since then, I've been experimenting with a pair of leggings for a friend. Trying to get the right combination of pattern, needle size, and her chosen yarn!


For this year my goal remain…