Assimilation2

Assimilation2 [Squared]

Assimilation2 is something of a fangirls dream – especially when it’s two of your favourite fandoms squished together in a somewhat believable way and then have them face two of *the* biggest threats in both fandoms. What are they?

Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who.

I should say something important before I begin: I don’t read comics. I am not a comic book reader, for no other reason than I don’t pick them up [usually because I don’t where to begin with any series]. I read the occasional manga [Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura], so as such I wasn’t sure what to expect from Assimilate2 – more so as it was crossing over two incredibly popular fandoms and therein is a danger to rip off the entire experience for both lots of fans. Although, being honest the people that are reading this are going to be fans of both.

I enjoyed this crossover journey. We join the Doctor in his 11th incarnation [Matt Smith], alongside Amy and Rory as they are hurtled across the space/time dimension and into the Enterprise’s Holodeck. We also introduced to the Borg/Cybermen alliance and the terror that they are rampaging across the galaxy. It’s now up to the Doctor and the crew of the Enterprise to fight the impending doom… but the question is can they succeed against two universes ultimate foes?

The Borg were the natural enemy to include in a crossover of this nature I think, but I am wondering whether the Cybermen could have been replaced with the Daleks? Cybermen make the better enemy because of their nature to upgrade/assimilate and how that could be more dangerous with the Borg, but the Dalek’s could also have worked well, and to be honest would have wrecked even more destruction I would imagine.

The artwork was amazing. The rendering was beautiful, and the characters well represented, and certainly in character. I loved that Guinan was included [having recently seen a Next Gen episode where her ability to perceive time is explored], and that all of the senior crew were included in some way.

The whole storyline was over eight volumes, which isn’t all that much so the ending did feel a little on the rushed side, but this was a good laugh at a crossover between two of my favourite sci-fi shows. It wasn’t perfect – Amy and Rory’s characters could easily have been excluded and it wouldn’t have taken anything from story. My boyfriend is the next in line to read this, so it will be interesting to know what he will make of it.

Lupin’s Command Red Scarf

I finished the “Lupin Scarf” today, which is to be a present for Mr. Hogwarts – although I do still need to get some buttons or toggles as the ones that I got at Hobbycraft at the weekend aren’t quite what I wanted, as I have turned this into a cowl rather than a scarf as I would have run out of yarn otherwise.

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Overall I am happy with how this turned out, the pattern is easy enough to remember, which also makes it boring [perfect television knitting - let’s not acknowledge the mistakes]. Aside from the fact that Mr. Hogwarts requested either red or purple, we have a minor clash of fandoms here, which is perfect as it describes the relationship between us perfectly; Harry Potter – Lupin’s Scarf – and it is in Command Red – after Star Trek: Next Generation as we frequently share our Star Trek watching time together through the awesomeness of iMessage.

I hope that this will fit nicely, I haven’t actually made a cowl, especially in this manner before. Button holes were created using simple YO, and then k2tog on the next row as I didn’t want to confuse myself with the ribbing.

Hopefully I will be able Mr. Hogwarts before winter sets in [*hint*], however, he is currently laid up on hospital so it may be some time yet – which would be perfect at giving me time to make him the feast I promised him the last time he was there.

My next project is already lined up, and I have everything I need for it at home [except beads, as it is a skill I have yet to develop], so will probably start that in the next few days.

My friend Erin and I have sort of started a knitting circle. At the weekend I successfully taught Erin how to knit, and begun a Hitchhiker scarf – it’s more interesting than a normal first timer scarf, and you can definitely see the progress. I am already looking forward to the next one in a couple of weeks time.

I am now off work for a couple of weeks so there will be plenty of time for crafting, reading and some writing as well, so I am sure that I will be updating a little more.

That’s all for now,

Kialtho

Evenstar Gloves

Today I bring you a set of gloves [or mitts or what ever you call those things that keep your hands/arms warm when the cold of winter starts to seep into your bones…] that I started/finished making in the course of the last week.

These are the “Evenstar Gloves”, pattern can be found on Ravelry, here, and they are just amazing. This is a pattern that I have regularly queued and then deleted when reviewing the queue list as I wasn’t sure I would have the skill to make them as they just looked so complex and insanely hard to make – which was silly of me to think in the first place as one; I can knit gloves in the round, two; I can do cabling, and three; I can read a pattern. But they did look complex and I did put off making them.
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Recently I have discovered some hidden confidence with my knitting work, and feel as though I have made that transition from “beginner” to “intermediate” maybe even erring on to “advanced”. There are still things that I would like to develop better – like my ability to sew up/seam knitted pieces together [a reason why I love knitting in the round to be perfectly honest]. This hidden confidence have definitely emerged this year, perhaps it was with the Heliopath Vest, perhaps earlier I can’t quite tell. I can certainly tell the difference in the patterns that I am now looking at on Ravelry and thinking that I can do them, that they are within my remit for sure.

I love how these gloves have turned out. Yes, there were mistakes – mistakes that I didn’t even realise until I was knitting the second glove [on the right hand glove I was C4B instead of where I should have been doing C4F] – in fact that was my biggest mistake, but it doesn’t take away from the finish item at all. I am seriously in love with these gloves, and can’t it just be winter now so that I can wear them?

The other mistake that I made was when transferring the stitches to waste yarn on the left glove. I swear I transferred eight stitches, but when it came to picking them up there was only 6 on each row, and I have carefully inspected and can’t see any dropped stitches anywhere. This hasn’t made a noticeable difference how they fit on the hand/thumb though so it’s all good, and doesn’t look like the circulation is going to be cut off. Although, for these gloves loss of limb would be acceptable. [Alright, maybe not, but you know…]

This pattern also taught me a new technique for creating a thumb hole. The previous gloves that I have made have all been created using the gusset method. In this pattern where the thumb would be, the stitches are knit onto scrap yarn, and then reworked with the working yarn, and then picked up once the body of work is completed. It was one of those things where I wasn’t sure I would do it right, and excluding the bit where I didn’t put enough stitches on hold it worked perfectly, and it doesn’t feel any different from making a glove with a gusset.

I used Debbie Bliss Andes from my stash, in burgundy and it’s just perfect. It’s a blend of alpaca and silk, and does look a little fuzzy when you look at them, but it’s just beautiful. The picture of them makes them look quite skinny, but they fit well when worn, although they are little tight I think if I had gone up a needle size they would have been too loose – I have ridiculously skinny wrists. Seriously, I can buy children’s watches have have them fit!IMG_0478

The pattern is also so well written. It’s one of those that I would have been genuinely happy to pay for – it’s clearly written and the instructions are so easy to follow. I will have to check out the author’s other stuff – if it’s as good as this one pattern then I’m on to a winner for sure. I am surprised that there aren’t more people who have made this – perhaps this blog could inspire a few [nudgenudge, winkwink]. I changed from working on DPN’s to Magic Loop though as I can’t stand using the DPN’s that I have, and just find the ML loop much easier. And, actually, no ladders in this one either which makes me happy as well!

I plan to give the knitting some rest for a few weeks and get onto the Crochet magazine that I mentioned in my last post. Here’s hoping that I can branch out my skills a bit. And maybe get into the book I’m reading as well.

Have you made this pattern? Would you?

Take it easy folks,

Kialtho

The Traitor Queen – Trudi Canavan

The Traitor Queen – Trudi Canavan

This is the third book in the “Traitor Spy” trilogy, and the seventh set in the world that Canavan has created [The others being the Black Magician” trilogy, and then “The Magician’s Apprentice”].

As always, beware spoilers if you haven’t read this book/series yet.

This book picks up fairly quickly after the second one ended:

Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians – or make Lorkin an outcast forever.

[From GoodReads]

I felt that with this book there was a potential for so much more, and that it just wasn’t delivered. For the first time in 20 years [as we are regularly reminded] Sonea leaves Imardin to find her son, who at first is a prisoner, then not, then a Guild Magician, then not… Before she left, as a “feared” Black Magician, she took power from other Magicians [with their permission] to build up her stores of magic for what is built up to be a confrontation between Sonea and the Sachakan people… that just doesn’t happen. At all. She’s just swept aside and that’s that really.

Another part of the plot was the tying up of the situation in the city itself, with the Thief Skellen and his mother. Again, we spend much of the book with the characters involved, Cery, Gol, Lillia, building up to what should have been a big confrontation with magical battles around for it to go out in a whisper of magic. Lillia used her [immature] Black Magician skills on a trained magician and his mother and solved the whole thing in an instant? I know it’s fantasy, but considering Lillia has been one of the most useless characters from the start it just didn’t seem all that realistic how her storyline came around.

I disliked that Cery constantly moped about his age, the aching in his bones, and the constant clinging onto the past as well.

The best bits that happened were in Sachaka, but it was still lacking. I felt that this book, which was the concluding book of the trilogy, despite not reading like it, was mediocre at best. The very last chapter introduced an interesting concept that could have made the whole series something much, much more interesting… the people who don’t have magical powers had developed a gun like mechanism. That is interesting. But I was always taught in school that the conclusion shouldn’t introduce something new! Which just makes this a frustrating read from beginning to end.

It was far to slow to begin with, and then rushed towards an extremely anti-climatic ending.

Have you read this series? What did you think?

The Inbweeners Movie 2

The Inbetweeners Movie 2

When the Inbetweeners announced the first movie I didn’t think the creators would be able to translate a half hour show to a full movie [how many films have done that and actually passed it off?] However when I went to see it it worked very, very well. That was a good couple of years ago now [I believe] and this week the second movie was released, and has become the best performing British film this year, and best release for a British comedy as well.

The second movie does just as well as the first – the misfits that we had from the TV series through to their exploits in the last film… it was great to catch up with these characters once more, knowing that they were still friends, that they still hadn’t found their place in society and that Jay is still making up ridiculous out of this world lies about his sexual adventures…. or lack thereof.

When I went to the cinema to see this there was a queue that wound out of the doors. It’s a pretty big cinema as well, with the maze style queuing system. Even when big films like “The Avengers” came out I haven’t seen a queue that long.

If you have an immature sense of humour, liked the TV show, or generally want a laugh go and see this film. You don’t need much foreknowledge of the previous film, and it’s not hard to grasp the notion that these are a bunch of misfits… and if you like poo jokes, this is the film for you. Because the poo joke is so, ridiculously, tear inducing funny… and sickening at the same time. You won’t look at water slides in quite the same way again.

The only thing that I thought was a bit of a downer on this film was the rather abrupt ending. But everything was tied up into a neat bow, allowing for the franchise to bow out of the market respectfully, and in a funny manner. The one thing that can be said with this is that it was a great series, and certainly, the creators and producers allowed it to finish without becoming old, stale or awkward.

I was disappointed to not see this in the film though:

Have you seen this film? What did you think? How do you think it compares with the first?

Kialtho

Penguin!

I finished another knitting project today. It wasn’t a particularly intense knit at all, and didn’t take long to complete. I cast on last Sunday and finished this afternoon, but I didn’t spend all that time knitting, in fact I think I only spent about three evenings on this. One evening was dedicated to feet and the beak!

So, without further ado, I introduce to you Mr. Penguin:

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I’m pleased with how this has turned out. My sewing up skills are slowly improving, and I think that is evident here, even though I chickened out of embroidering the eyes and used buttons instead. This was from the Sarah Keen book “Knitted Wild Animals”, and is the third or fourth animal I have now made, and I think it was the easiest toy to come to together.

I did run out of stuffing for this little guy though, but there was just enough there for the project. I used scraps of yarn for the feet and beak instead.
I have already got my next project chosen, and the yarn wound into balls for it, just need to cast on.

I have also bought a magazine I found in WHSmiths on the beginners to crochet as it’s a skill that I would really like to understand/be able to do. I think the language used puts me off as well, and this looks like a really good magazine, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called.

There isn’t much else to add to this particular blog today, but watch out over the coming days for blogs about Russell Howard, The Inbetweeners 2, The Traitor Queen [Trudi Canavan], and much more! It’s going to be a busy few days on the blog.

Take it easy and happy crafting!

Kialtho

Knitting

Over the last couple of weeks I have a managed to finish a couple of projects that I wanted to share with you:
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I finished knitting my second “HitchHiker”, this time in the “Animal” colour way from GnomeAcres, and then I finished a slouchy hat, the patterned called “Shroom” – this one I made a little too loose, but nothing that a little elastic shouldn’t fix around the ribbing section. I am currently unable to share the picture with you though as my phone and iCloud haven’t sync’d over with each other to allow me to load the photo. Technology, eh? Who’d have it?

Sorry for the short posting today, normal blogging should resume fairly shortly as I have some interesting things coming up and want to share with you all.

Thanks,

Kialtho