“The Paper Magician” by Charlie N Holmberg is some good creative stuff. Ceony Twill is a student magician being placed in an apprenticeship to Paper Magician Emery Thane. This means being magically bonded to paper and being unable to do any other kind of magic, when she wanted very much to be bonded with metal. Then Bad Stuff happens to Thane, and Ceony recklessly plunges off to adventure in order to save him. It’s the first book of a series, too.
- How did you first learn your craft? My mom taught me crochet when I was young to keep me occupied.
- How old were you when you first learned to craft? Shoot, I don’t remember exactly. 10?
- What was the first project you completed? Really ugly potholder.
- What would you like to make next? Cardigans.
- Do you use stitch markers? Sometimes, especially when I’m working in the round.
- Do you watch or listen to anything while you craft? I watch TV I don’t mind missing some bits of. I can’t watch my anime because I’m not good enough to follow Japanese without reading subtitles.
- What aspect of your craft is the most challenging to you? I like learning new stitches, but what I should start paying to is how the fabric I make works, like drape and weight and shit. Also fit, for things I want to try like cardigans. Also color coordination.
- Which of your past projects are you the most proud of? An afghan with nice autumnal colors in a shell stitch pattern. I utilized the colors nicely.
I really like the look of this blanket. I really hate all the ends the color-changing is forcing me to deal with.
It’s a lot easier to hide ends as you go (HAYGO?) with crochet than knitting. Also joining all the motifs in single crochet gives me ample opportunity to hide any leftover loose ends without unleashing my inner Gollum.
This feels like Not a Real Review because “Blood Song” is a short prequel to Robert Mullin’s series that starts properly with “Bid the Gods Arise.” Why didn’t I do that instead? “Blood Song” was free for Kindle as a promotion that I only found out about because we have some internet acquaintances in common.
I didn’t actually get very much into either of these, but I made it through one season of Railgun while only just a couple episodes of Index. Why?
Whatshisface from Magical Index is just some bland motherfucker. Yeah he’s supposed to be the Everyday Guy, but what the hell is his actual personality? He’s nice sometimes, in a vague way? A little stubborn? What’s his motivation? He’s nice sometimes, in a vague way? A little stubborn? He spends way too much damn time whining, then. And there’s something just off-putting about a harem building around this Nice-ish Guy.
I shouldn’t be offended by this show, because it’s something for parents to keep their horse-crazy little girls occupied with, but this show OFFENDS me on a bitch-eating-crackers level. Probably because I can see so easily how it could be so much better.
This is from a pattern book that I impulse-bought while on heavy markdown. I liked a lot of ideas in it, and I felt free to adapt and change as I pleased, which is half the fun of crafting.
It’s supposed to be a knitting pattern, but I changed it to Tunisian crochet, which meant the stitch counts were pretty useless. I had to do some reverse engineering to figure out the measurements to use.