Thursday, 26 July 2012

Book Review - AA by Nicholas Marsh

A Novel of the Twenty-Forth Century

Earlier this year I read AA by Nicholas Marsh, it was given to me for my birthday by one of his family members and as such is signed by the author. (Always nice to have a signed copy.)

This book is set in the 24th Century and is based around the idea that from the age of five humans are psycho-analysed by machines, in turn their emotions are controlled by sessions at the AA and everyone is happy. There is of course no choice but to go to the machines. 

The story follows Simon, who questions whether or not he should let the machines control his emotions and begins to wonder if it is better to feel emotion no matter how painful. 

Whilst I like watching Sci-Fi, I don't tend to read it that often - so I wouldn't have read this had it not been given to me and that would have been a shame. It is one of those books that makes you think. It made me think about emotion on a personal level but also the affect of emotions on a global level; after all if we were all in control of our emotions would there be war and conflict?

So if you like a bit of Sci Fi and emotional turmoil then I can thoroughly recommend this "Twenty-Forth Century Novel!"

Monday, 23 July 2012

WIP Report 15

How many WIPs? 3
Soliloquy Sox, Barney Owl, Minty Cables

How many WIPs frogged since last report? 1
Minty Squares

How many WIPs revamped since last report? 1
Pink and Crystal Necklace

How many WIPs completed since last report? 2
Sandstorm and Metallica

How many WIPs started since last report? 2
Barney Owl and Minty Cables

Photo Gallery

Current WIPS

Minty Cables

I shall probably adapt the pattern slightly by not casting off for the armholes. 

Barney Owl

This is supposed to be a rattle toy for a baby in the guise of an owl - watch this space. 
Soliloquy Sox - still not much progress. 

Finished WIPs

Sandstorm (left) for my cousin and Metallica (right) for me. 

Revamped WIPs

The original Pink and Crystal necklace - it was very light. 

The revamped version - this photo doesn't do it justice - but I much prefer it.

Frogged WIPs

Minty Squares are now no more. I frogged it because when I finished the back I realised it was too batwingy. I frogged down to the rib and then picked up for Minty Cables. 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Garden Diary - 20th July 2012

All the wet weather is fabulous for the plants - so every cloud has a silver lining!

In Bloom


Rose Campion



Dahlia and Astrantia


Blue Bulbs - have forgotten the name!

Preparing to Bloom




Penstemons and Hollyhocks

The Hot Bed

Knifophia, Carnations, Penstemons and Lobelia


The Wendy House


Chillies and Radishes


Friday, 6 July 2012

WIP Report 14

How many WIPs? 2
Minty Squares and Soliloquy Sox

How many WIPs started since last report? 4
Orange Swirl, Sanibel Sand, Summer Leaves, Denim 

How many WIPs completed since last report? 5
Summer Bag, Orange Swirl, Sanibel Sand, Summer Leaves, Denim

Completed WIPS

Summer Bag

For more details see Part One here Part Two here and Part Three here

Orange Swirl - made for a colleague's retirement.

Sanibel Sand - this is a necklace I bought on Sanibel Island, Florida a few years ago. It had become tatty, so I re-threaded it with glass beads. 

This the necklace before it was re-threaded - it had plastic tubes that had become dirty. 

Summer Leaves - I'm not sure about this - but I have skirt which is a similar colour to the leaves. 

Denim - to wear with jeans!


Minty Squares

Almost an 80s batwing:)

Soliloquy Sox 

No progress.

Mystery WIP revealed

Recently I couldn't reveal a project because it was for a swap - well here it is.

Knitting Knotes - Bremen Reyna

This wrap is so called because I bought the yarn in Bremen. I began making a pair of socks but wasn't feeling it, then I decided t...