Friday, November 09, 2007
SBQ: Recycling

When you have to frog out stitches, do you reuse that thread or do you start over with a new strand?

It depends what it looks like. Often, the thread gets frayed or broken or knotted. But if it looks fine, I'll keep going with it, particularly if I didn't have to frog the entire thread.

Posted at 11:59 pm by Allura

SBQ: Designing

If you were a cross stitch designer, what would your design style be?

Ooh...That's a good one. I like bright, jewel colors in a traditional style. I like fantasy topics and a lot of the portrait style ones (ala Miarbilia or MLI). I'd probably do some home decor/useful item stuff, too. There's only so much wall space in most homes.

Posted at 04:03 pm by Allura

SBQ: Railroading

Do you railroad?

Nope. I'm not even exactly sure what it is. IIRC, it's a technique where you lay each stitch over a little cynlidrical tool, so the stitches lay perfectly and have even tension. I know folks who say it's just as fast once they get going, but I have enough coordination issues, thanks. :)

Posted at 12:57 pm by Allura

Thursday, November 08, 2007
Grammar Test

I'm always glad when I "pass" these...


Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

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Posted at 10:20 am by Allura

Sunday, October 21, 2007
SBQ: Gift Giving

What proportion of your stitching is for your own personal use versus gifts?

I think the ratio is 8:1 if you count the current projects. Basically, I've never done something just for me, which is why I'm working on The Dreamer. I figured after finishing 7 projects for gifts, it was time. Of course, my travel project is another gift...

Posted at 10:03 pm by Allura

Books: Grave Sight

This novel's a mystery with a twist, which I hadn't realized when I started it. It's one of a pile of books that Kari said, "Here, read these," and I had assumed they were all sci-fi/fantasy. The twist is that the main character, Harper Connelly, can find/sense the dead. No talking to them, just a sense of where they are and what their final moments were. Usually she just finds a body/confirms how someone died and then moves on to the next town. This time, she gets more involved and ends up sticking around and finding out the who, how, and why beyond the what. I had figured out part of the "who" early on, but if there was a clue to the other half I missed it. Also, even now that I've finished the book, I just don't see the motive as a good reason for committing murder, but I guess that's me not understanding the f*ed up mess that passes for logic in nutjobs, real or imaginary.  My other issue is that I felt Harper was a bit of a wuss, although she got better as the book progressed. Then again, she's overwhelmed by the unusual circumstances, so I guess it makes sense. I haven't read a mystery in ages, and I did enjoy this one.

Currently reading:
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1)
By Charlaine Harris

Posted at 05:37 pm by Allura
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Books: Magic Study

This is the sequel to Poison Study. It's "romantic fantasy," which seems to mean that at some point, the character starts mooning over a guy. That's not a bad thing, per se, but it's something to be aware of, esp since I'm not overly fond of the romance genre on it's own. However, I really like the world of this book, and the main character is pretty darn resourceful, a trait I like. This book definitely feels like the middle of a trilogy. It's more about Yelena (the main character)'s growth as she meets her family and learns magic, than about any earth-shattering plot. The story is interesting, but it doesn't seem to be as, well, not epic, but large? as the previous book. Actually, I've been assuming this was a trilogy, but I wonder if it's going to go for four books instead. There's at least two major plotlines that don't seem closely related enough for one book. We'll see. I definitely want to read the next one, Fire Study, when it comes out.

Currently reading:
Magic Study
By Maria V. Snyder

Posted at 04:49 pm by Allura

Books: Ciaphas Cain, Hero of the Imperium

Iirc, DH left this in the bathroom, so I started reading it while in there for an "extended" visit. It's a collection of short stories and novellas set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. I have a general idea of this world, since DH plays the miniatures game set in it. The "40,000" stands for the year, and basically, everyone hates each other and all but one or two races are decaying and don't realize it. Anyway, constant fighting, etc, a perfect excuse for a minis wargame.

The titled character, Ciaphas Cain, is a commissar, the guy in charge of shooting the troops if they don't go forward. He's more interested in staying alive than in being a shining example of the Imperium...and ends up being what he doesn't want, of course. He's actually a lot more likable than I expected, and for once, I found some "sane" characters in the 40K world (I contend they're all nuts..). It ended up being quite an entertaining book.

Oh, bonus (?): there's a few bad puns hidden in the book, as well.

Currently reading:
Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Ciaphas Cain)
By Sandy Mitchell

Posted at 04:04 pm by Allura

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My SIL sent me an IM asking, "Allura, would you take my daughter?" Umm...huh? She's pretty little, how'd she annoy you? :)  What SIL really wanted to know was if DH & I would take my niece if something happened to SIL & BIL. *blink* Of course! Nothing's wrong with BIL & SIL, btw, it's just that when you have a kid, you have to think about these things, unfortunately. Hopefully, the issue will never come up, but I know DH & I would gladly do our best to raise our niece the way her parents would want her to.

Posted at 05:37 pm by Allura

Sunday, October 14, 2007
SBQ: Mastery

What for you means to achieve mastery as a stitcher?

You know, I have no idea. I still think of stitching, at least counted cross stitch, as a craft, not an art. I consider the DESIGNERS to be artists, but as for myself, I'm just following instructions. For me, I'd have to learn a lot more stitches, and maybe get into designing or at least modifying designs more. Particularly, I want to learn to change colors on a large scale. I also want to learn more styles of stitching, particularly blackwork, canvaswork (mixed stitches on mono canvas), and maybe goldwork and some others. I doubt I'll ever consider myself a "master" at any point, though. I just don't think that way.

Posted at 01:47 pm by Allura

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