Shownotes episode 5: Kid in a Candy Store
today’s segments include: citations, a new segment (my writing version of shout outs), drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, lit review (another new segment), and noteworthy (my new name for exciting news and announcements, a little more writing oriented version) combined with five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
About the research segment, I’ve gotten some ideas for things to include. I’m also going to start a thread for your suggestions about anything you’d like me to cover. There is no research segment this week just because I’ve got a ton to cover because of SSK.
Thank you to SeashoreSharon, Sharon, who brought me some bugga minis for my beekeepers quilt!
Irish Coffee sweater sweater by babycocktails, knit in Dream in Color Classy colorway November Muse, on size 8 signature circulars.
Piper’s Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle, knit in squoosh fiberarts merino cashmere sport colorway Blue Agate, on size 6 4.00mm signature circ. Cast on at SSK!
Orange Pekoe socks by Cookie A, knit in the club colorway Oh my Darling, June 2011, on size 1 2.25mm signature dpns. I only use dpns when the stitches are divided into a multiple of 3.
Vanilla socks in Vesper Witchy Woman. Top down with an afterthought heel.
Ballband dishcloth in Cotlin colorways Linen & Cashew on a size 7 signature circ. Knit in 3 hours to submit to another Nerd Wars challenge. I missed a chunk of the directions so my dishcloth has all the slipped stitches lined up.
Hexipuffs! Knit in Bugga colorways
Submitted for 2 Nerd Wars challenges. I designed a hexipuff to be a 3D representation of the transit of Venus.
Next set of hexipuffs in blue and orange.
lit review: the Magicians
When I heard there was a book that was a more adult version of Harry Potter, I knew I wanted to read it. The Magicians did not disappoint the this reader of children’s fantasy books with it’s overt references to Harry Potter and creation of the world of Fillery, which is a reference to Narnia. Quentin, the main character of the book, is not the most likeable character to say the least. He doesn’t like his family much, he’s jealous of his friends, and he makes several questionable judgement calls that lead to dire consequences throughout the book. For a magician, he is an incredibly flawed human. Unlike Harry Potter, the boundaries between good and evil are not clear. Ultimately, this is what makes the story intriguing.
The story is dark, much darker than Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. The characters are adults finding out they are Magicians at the time they enter college, which is a tentative time for most people as they make the transition between childhood and adulthood, often living without their parents for the first time. As a college professor who teaches freshman writing, I see people in this transition of their lives all of the time. I remember being a freshman, wanting to be different than my parents, wanting to be unique and make a difference. The characters in the book struggle with all of these things: their first sexual relationships, drugs & alcohol, etc. all made more intense by their abilities to manipulate magic.
I found the plot the most intriguing part of the book, with many twists and turns and surprises. I won’t reveal spoilers, but if you love a dark fantasy book, the Magicians is probably for you.
five favorite things, dedicate to my five favorite things about SSK
1. Podcasting Panel.
2. Amazing dinners with my new friends, especially Rotier’s and Noshville.
3. Knitting in the Great Room.
4. Classes and amazing teachers.
5. Vendor market: here are the highlights of things that I bought.
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!