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Things I Have Got Myself Into, part MMXV - Diary of a Necromancer
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Things I Have Got Myself Into, part MMXV
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The "knit a blanket in a year or die trying" project has begun. Specs are as follows:
  • source: a 366-swatch perpetual desk-calendar.
  • yarn: Lion Brand 'fishermans wool', currently 4x400yds on-hand. I'll need a bit of some contrasting colour for a couple of the swatches, I'll rummage through my scraps-bin when I get to those.
  • needles: US#4/3.5mm, which is a bit tight for this yarn but I'm thinking ahead to the cumulative size of this many swatches...
  • swatch size: having looked through the entire calendar, the biggest swatches will need a 30-stitch and/or 30-row format, so I'm making them all that 30x30 size; this results in a swatch that's about 4" wide by 3" high on these needles.
  • layout:...and then doing more maths, the best way to arrange the resulting mountain of knitting will be to knit the swatches in strips of 28 (because although I am quite clearly mad, I'm not mad enough to set myself up for that much sewing-together) and then seam these strips together; 28 times 3"-high by 13 times 4"-wide should come out to about 4 feet by 7 feet, with two swatches left over in case of whatever contingency may arise (IE encounters with purple soda, or general un-knit-ability).


So. Um. Wish me luck? I hope to be blogging my progress, not daily to be sure because that's godawful dull for those of you who are having to sit through this, but the occasional proof-of-life shot as above may be turning up at intervals...

And speaking of maths, 2014's Media Consumption worked out to 108 books and 55 films. Onward to year ten:


January: 8 books, 7 films

BOOKS:

  • Symbiont, Mira Grant
  • Taste What You're Missing: The Passionate Eater's Guide to Getting More From Every Bite, Barb Stuckey
  • Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, Margaret Powell
  • Municipal Bondage, Henry Alford
  • The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science -- and Reality, Chris Mooney
  • Titanic: Icon of An Age [an Illustrated Chronicle From Design to Disaster], Michael McCaughan
  • Aspects of War: Trench Warfare, Stephen Bull
  • Somme, Lyn Macdonald


FILMS:

  • Divergent
  • Man of Steel
  • Calvary
  • Mirror Mirror
  • The Graduate
  • Saving Mr Banks
  • Lucy


February: 13 books, no films

BOOKS:

  • The Annotated Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
  • Independent Study, Joelle Charbonneau
  • Backstairs With "Upstairs, Downstairs", Patty Lou Floyd
  • Anne of Avonlea, L. M. Montgomery
  • the Rhesus Chart, Charles Stross
  • Anne of the Island, L. M. Montgomery
  • Mary Poppins, P L Travers
  • Graduation Day, Joelle Charbonneau
  • Anne's House of Dreams, L. M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Windy Poplars, L. M. Montgomery
  • Rainbow Valley, L. M. Montgomery

  • re-read: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


FILMS:



March: 11 books, 8 films

BOOKS:

  • Rilla of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery
  • Carsick: John Waters hitchhikes across America, John Waters
  • Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage, Molly Wizenberg
  • The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, Libby Haight O'Connell
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
  • The Art of Asking, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, Amanda Palmer
  • A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps, Christopher West
  • Prince Lestat, Anne Rice
  • Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
  • Myth-Fortunes, Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye

  • re-read: Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett


FILMS:

  • Death At A Funeral (2010)
  • Grabbers
  • the Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • My Old Lady
  • Big Hero 6
  • Land of the Lost
  • Birdman (or, the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


April: 14 books, 6 films

BOOKS:

  • Finn Fancy Necromancy, Randy Henderson
  • Robert Asprin's Myth-quoted, Jody Lynn Nye
  • The Last Changeling, Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
  • How to Grow Berries & Currants, Richard Bird
  • Hero, Alethea Kontis
  • MYTH-Chief, Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
  • The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched A Revolution, Jonathan Eig
  • A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab
  • Dearest, Alethea Kontis
  • The Magician's Land, Lev Grossman
  • How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, Anne Berest et al.
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson
  • A Wicked Thing, Rhiannon Thomas


FILMS:

  • the Imitation Game
  • the Man From Earth
  • the Theory of Everything
  • Into the Woods
  • A View To A Kill
  • Edge Of Tomorrow


May: 18 books, 2 films

BOOKS:

  • Why did the chicken cross the world? : the epic saga of the bird that powers civilization, Andrew Lawler
  • You Bet your Garden Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes: How to Grow Great-tasting Tomatoes in Any Backyard, Garden, or Container, Mike McGrath
  • Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter, David Buchanan
  • Growing A Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land, Kurt Timmermeister
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, E. K. Johnston
  • Perfect Ruin, Lauren DeStefano
  • Wide Awake, David Levithan
  • Burning Kingdoms, Lauren DeStefano
  • Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow
  • Lock In, John Scalzi
  • The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross
  • M Is For Magic, Neil Gaiman
  • The Carbon Diaries 2015, Saci Lloyd
  • Prairie Fire, E. K. Johnston
  • the Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross
  • Wise Words From Across Space and Time: The Official Quotable Doctor Who, Cavan Scott
  • The Compleat Ankh-Morpork, Terry Pratchett


FILMS:

  • Jubilee (1977)
  • Mr Turner


June: 8 books, 10 films

BOOKS:

  • Tracker, CJ Cherryh
  • the Jennifer Morgue, Charles Stross
  • Ashley's War: The Untold Story of A Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • The Mechanical, Ian Tregillis
  • Saturn's Children, Charles Stross
  • A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction, Terry Pratchett
  • Running With the Pack
  • Neptune's Brood, Charles Stross


FILMS:

  • City of Ember
  • City of Lost Children
  • Annie (2014)
  • Pretty Baby
  • the Cosmic Monsters
  • Chappie
  • Big Eyes
  • the Hobbit: the Cutscene Battle of the Five Armies
  • Virtuosity
  • the Maze Runner


July: 16 books, 5 films

BOOKS:

  • Halting State, Charles Stross
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  • The Carbon Diaries 2017, Saci Lloyd
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War, Jacqueline Winspear
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
  • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  • Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America, Michael McCarthy
  • Mortimer's Cross, Joan Aiken
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, Bee Wilson
  • Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes That Shaped A City, David Cowan
  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of A Husband, Father, and Son, Michael Chabon
  • I Regret Nothing, Jen Lancaster
  • The Annihilation Score, Charles Stross
  • Mortimer Says Nothing, Joan Aiken
  • Dragon Princess, S. Andrew Swann
  • Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay


FILMS:

  • Europa Report
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • St Vincent
  • A Home At The End Of The World
  • The Terminal


August: 13 books, 4 films

BOOKS:

  • Arabel And Mortimer, Joan Aiken
  • The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, Rick Perlstein
  • Impossible Odds, Dave Duncan
  • The Jaguar Knights, Dave Duncan
  • When to Rob A Bank: And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-intended Rants, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Dragon Thief, S. Andrew Swann
  • Cold Iron, Stina Lecht
  • Uglies: Shay's Story, Scott Westerfeld
  • When the Balls Drop: How I Learned to Get Real and Embrace Life's Second Half, Brad Garrett
  • Half-off Ragnarok, Seanan McGuire
  • Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth, Ian Lendler
  • The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Twelve Classic Episodes and the Movies They Lampoon, Chris Morgan
  • Pocket Apocalypse, Seanan McGuire


FILMS:

  • Woman In Gold
  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • Kingsman: the Secret Service
  • Mr and Mrs Smith


September: 17 books, 1 film

BOOKS:

  • Armada, Ernest Cline
  • Linesman, S K Dunstall
  • Paragon Lost, Dave Duncan
  • The Shakespeare Book
  • Bear-ology: Fascinating Bear Facts, Tales & Trivia, Sylvia Dolson
  • Crucible of Gold, Naomi Novik
  • The Family Trade, Charles Stross
  • The Hidden Family, Charles Stross
  • The Clan Corporate, Charles Stross
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle And Other Tales, Terry Pratchett
  • Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for A Better Future
  • Alcoholica Esoterica: A Collection of Useful and Useless Information as It Relates to the History and Consumption of All Manner of Booze, Ian Lendler
  • The Merchants' War, Charles Stross
  • The Revolution Business, Charles Stross
  • The Trade of Queens, Charles Stross
  • Maus I, A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman

  • re-read: the Princess Bride, William Goldman


FILMS:

  • Finding Vivian Meier


October: 12 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Fatal Flaws: How A Misfolded Protein Baffled Scientists and Changed the Way We Look at the Brain, Jay Ingram
  • Trade Me, Courtney Milan
  • Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe, Erik Loomis
  • The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes A Century Ago, Jacky Hyams
  • Maus II, And Here My Troubles Began : A Survivor's Tale, Art Spiegelman
  • The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, Philip Hensher
  • Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, Ken Jennings
  • Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill your Life, Kee Malesky
  • The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts, Jessie Oleson
  • Schott's Quintessential Miscellany, Ben Schott
  • The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
  • Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong With Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix It, Robert B. Reich


FILMS:

  • Love Actually
  • About A Boy
  • Cinderella (2015)


November: 11 books, 7 films

BOOKS:

  • The End Of All Things, John Scalzi
  • The Rough Guide to the Royals
  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, Robert B. Reich
  • Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson
  • Iron Sunrise, Charles Stross
  • Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, Stephenie Meyer
  • Saving Capitalism: for the many, not the few, Robert Reich
  • Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman
  • Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of A Master Swindler Who Seduced A City and Captivated the Nation, Dean Jobb
  • Scenes of Childhood, Sylvia Townsend Warner


FILMS:

  • Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Ex Machina
  • Dancing at Lughnasadh
  • Mr Holmes
  • Free Birds
  • Terminator Genisys


December: 5 books, 4 films

BOOKS:

  • Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make your House Work for You, Sherry and John Petersik
  • The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted, Mike Lofgren
  • Always Pack A Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From A (half) Life in Fashion, Amanda Brooks
  • Harvest: Field Notes From A Far-flung Pursuit of Real Food, Max Watman
  • French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banished Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters, Karen Le Billon


FILMS:

  • Inside Out
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Predestination
  • Z For Zacariah

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feeling: ambitious

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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 3rd, 2015 01:15 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Wow! I half want to run screaming and half want to knit along with you.

Well, not in wool. But.
owensheart From: owensheart Date: January 3rd, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Good luck with this progect.
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