Wednesday, February 24, 2021


It came up in my knitting group last week that someone had used and loved a yarn that was now discontinued, and that she highly recommended it if one could find it left anywhere,

My kind of challenge! Of course I found some. (They have a few skeins of different colors left, if I tempt you enough.)

The yarn is from The Fibre Company, and is their Road to China Lace (as opposed to Road to China [aran] or Road to China Light [fingering]. It is ... are you ready? ... 65% Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Camel, and 10% Cashmere goat.

It is ridiculously soft. And is this my color, or what? It's called Blue Opal.

No, I don't know what it will be yet. I'm happy to have it until that becomes clear.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Book Teaser: Winter's Orbit

I don't remember where I heard about Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell, but given that the cover has a blurb by Martha Wells, that recommendation was probably what brought it to my attention, though it might also have been from the Tor blog via the newsletter. 

What is it? It's a new book, it's sci-fi, and it's the author's first. It sounded good (read an excerpt here), so I requested it from the library, and it came in last week. 

I love it. LOVE it. Will-have-to-buy-my-own-copy love it. Already-bought-the-audio love it. I started reading it a second time the day after I finished it (the now that I know what happened, oh that guy is lying read), but I also keep hopping around re-reading certain scenes. I keep thinking about it, even when I'm not reading it.

The two main characters, Kiem and Jainan, are so different, I love them both, and I was fascinated by how well she shows, not just how each of them thinks of himself, but how each of them is seen by the other (spoiler alert: very different!)

The world-building is very complex, and given that there are seven planets in the Empire, it's a lot to get hold of, places and people and relationships. I think the audio will help me a lot there; I often find that to be the case with sci-fi and fantasy, especially with naming styles that I can't parse easily. But I love it just the same.

Author's website, which does have a content warning for domestic abuse, FYI. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Strangeness of GMail

I've used GMail for my email for many years, and have mostly been pleased with it, or perhaps satisfied is a better word. It works. But once in a while, it does something odd and inexplicable.

I frequently will 'star' messages in my inbox so that they don't get lost in the shuffle: bills that need to be paid, other things to follow up on, and links that I want quick access to. Several of these are for my regular Zoom-knitting meetups, which is why I want them there.


One of these messages, which does appear as starred in the inbox on the computer, does not come up that way on my phone or the iPad. If I search for the message, I can find it, and it shows the star and says Inbox, but if I go to the starred section, it ain't there. 

At this moment, I have 8 starred messages when I look on the computer, but 7 if I look on either device.

I am baffled.

One possibly related bit of additional weirdness: I usually have the computer inbox set to show the top 5 of these messages, and when it's set that way, it says I have 7 (which does not and should not include the message in question, as that is older). But if I tell it to display 10, then it says I have 8.

Even so. Baffled.

Any ideas? Because I am stumped.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Weather or No

The weather across much of the country is so terrible right now (and in so many places that are not prepared for it [Texas especially]). I just feel awful for them. Look at this from Monday:

Meanwhile, not to downplay that, but this made me laugh:

It is a big state, but still! That's quite the spread. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Flock of Minor Irritants

  • I had my annual skin check yesterday and the doctor wanted to remove one mole that she thought was questionable. Probably nothing, she said, and I'm trying not to worry preemptively, but still. 
  • Plus, it's on the underside of my breast, so that's awkward; it never occurred to me to wish that the first time I needed a mole taken off, I would have a preference as to its location, but I say again, awkward.
  • And no pool for the week until I get the stitch removed.
  • Though I wouldn't have gone today anyway, as I got my period again. Sigh.
I guess that's not a flock, but it's enough. However, Maggie some great news for you: she got a new box!

"Hmmm. This might do. Let me check it out and I'll get back to you."

Monday, February 08, 2021

An Oddly Compelling Six Minutes

I ran across this video today, by an Englishman who, it turns out, records videos on various transit- or architectural-related things in London (I think just London, don't quote me on that), and I found this one, which is of him walking through a tunnel that is technically open to pedestrians, but maybe shouldn't be, to be oddly compelling. 

What do you think?

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Maggie's Week







She leads a rough life. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Today, the Florida Way

While the northeast digs out from a whopper of a snowstorm, I'm down here like this:

Or, if you prefer: 

Monday, February 01, 2021

Knitting On

I have been knitting away on the Top Notes poncho, and making good progress. 

I look forward to finishing it; onward!