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Archive for April, 2013

Orange Baby Afghan for Gavin

It was years ago now that I knit a cotton baby afghan for Gavin (he is now in school). I found a recycled cotton yarn and only bought a enough for the blanket. His Mom, Cathy, loved the blanket and used it constantly for both him and his sister. It has worn extremely well for such a favourite. But of course the yarn is discontinued, and I still have not found a cotton that I like the feel of as well as that one.

Recently, a mutual friend, Sheena, wanted the pattern for Gavin’s blanket. I got some Bernat baby coordinates and started another one for my Etsy shop. I do write all my patterns down, but sometimes forget key notes so wanted to work through it before I gave her the pattern. I used some Bernat Baby Coordinates that I found in orange (who knew that orange was tough to find in baby yarn). It will not probably wear as well as the original cotton, but seems to be knitting up fine.

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Baby Afghan for Gavin is a great pattern for those evenings when I need to knit but do not want to think.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A new take on the Cinderella… well if Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing. There is the classic stepmother, Adri, and two stepsisters, Pearl and Peony. But, in this story, Cinder likes Peony. Cinder is a second class citizen as a cyborg, and really does not know much about her past. Her stepfather, who knew where she came from, is dead.

Cinder is a gifted mechanic, as such, Prince Kai seeks her out to fix his outdated childhood android. Iko, Cinder’s fantasy prone ancient android, is so excited to see the prince. (Iko is one of my favourite characters). Shortly after the prince leaves, the market is shut down due to a live case of plague, so Cinder heads home. Since she is home early, Adri expects Cinder to fix the hover right away. While, her stepsisters get fitted for their custom made dresses, leaving no money for Cinder to get a dress or go to the ball.

Meyer‘s take on the classic story is engaging, and suspenseful, especially when you add the drama of a potential lunar invasion. The characters were well developed, and the plot moved well, with added twists. I was so excited to read the next book that I had to buy the hardcover. cinder