Monday, October 26, 2015

Memory Monday: October 26, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a pretty fun weekend. Jordan had a friend over and on Saturday we went to our local flea market, then ran around town for a while. Saturday night, Jordan and I went to Petsmart and got to hold a guinea pig (me) and a bearded dragon (Jordan). We picked up a toy for the cats that you fill up with treats and they have to play with it to get the treats out. 
Yesterday, we just hung out at the house and played video games.We had a great weekend.
This week should be a great week!


I'm currently listening to Alohomora!: A Globel Reread of Harry Potter. You should check it out!

"There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it."
-Gustave Flaubert

Happy Crafting!

Sam<3

Friday, October 23, 2015

FO Friday: October 23, 2015

I have a small FO for this week!


Toe-Up Baby Socks, er, well now it's only a sock. It's also now a Christmas tree ornament. I knitted it out of some unknown stash yarn and on US 2s  Clover DPNs. I had ran out of yarn when I was binding off the second sock, so I just decided to add an I-cord to the first one.
The only other modification I did to the pattern is that I did a 2x2 rib instead of the 1x1 rib that was in the pattern. Even though I didn't get this done as a gift knit, I'm very glad to have this as a new addition to our Christmas tree this year. :)

Have you finished anything this week?
Share it with me here.

Sam<3

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Review and Discussion: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
(Summery from Goodreads.com)

Picture from Goodreads.com

Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends. but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect -- until the night someone takes things too far.
Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.

When I first read this book, I was in seventh grade, in English class. Ever since then I loved the book, enough to buy my own copy and to keep re-reading it for years to come. We also watched the movie in that class as well after we finished the book. (That is review for a different time, but it was a great movie.) This is the kind of book that makes you think about where you are on the social ladder and how you react to people who are the complete opposite from you. Are they really as different from you as you think? Just because someone looks and acts different then you do, doesn't mean that they so different from you. Theses are the questions that go through my mind when I read this book each time. I love this book, no matter how many times I read this book, I never get tired of it.
Below are a few discussion questions that are in the back of the Platinum Edition of The Outsiders. I decided to answer them and share a few of my answers with you. 
One of the primary themes in The Outsiders is the struggle between the Greasers and the Socs (pronounced SOSH-es). Describe each group. What is the main source of tension between the two groups? Are the two groups really so different?
The Greasers are a gang of low-class boys, who live in run down neighborhoods and houses. They use hair grease to slick back their long hair. For fun they rob stores and vandalize properties, and most of them are high school drop-outs and spent some time in jail.
The Socs are high/middle-class boys, who drive sport cars and live in nice houses. They party and get drunk for fun, and will jump peoplr because they can get away with it. They dress in nice, button-up shirts and jackets, they look like the typical jock.
I think the main source of tension is the fact that they are from two different worlds. One comes from money, the other doesn't.
They really aren't different, they just think they are.

What other works have you read that adopt a similar thematic structure?Gosh, I'm not sure. Well, Harry Potter is the first one to come to mind. With the whole Pure Blood versus Muggle-born thing.

Have you ever felt like an outsider? Why did you feel that way, and how did it make you feel?Yes, I've always been the quiet girl. The one that keeps to herself, and growing up people thought I was strange. Just because I didn't talk to many people they thought I was slow and talked down to me. It made me feel...I don't know...alone, I guess. But I powered through it.

Do you think that different groups of people are treated differently? If so, how? If not, why not?
I think so, it seems like people who come from a family with money take life for granted, when there a those people who barely make through each month. But there are people who think that just because someone comes from money, they have an easier life. It's not always the case.

Imagine that you were a character in a book. Would you be associated with the Greasers or the Socs? Why?
I don't think I would be associated with either of them. I'm not tough looking at all and I liked studying. I'm also not into doing any sports and I don't like to party. So I really don't fall into either of them.

Discuss the various attitudes toward fighting found in The Outsiders. Which attitudes do you agree with? Which attitudes do you disagree with? Do you feel that violence can ever be justified?
Some  fight for self-defense, for the thrill, and/or because that's just how it goes for them. The fighting for self-defense is the only attitude I agree with, because I will do whatever I need to do to survive. I disagree with the fighting for the thrill attitude, there are other ways to get a thrill without hurting yourself or anyone else. Do I feel that violence can ever be justified? Only if it's self-defense, that's just everyone is. They will do anything to stay alive.

I hope me answering some of these made you think about picking up this book and enjoy it for yourself.

Happy Reading!
Sam<3
   




Monday, October 19, 2015

Memory Monday: October 19, 2015

After a three-day weekend for me, it's time to get back to work. I hope this week goes smoothly for everyone!


Home's where you go when you run out of homes.
- John le Carre

Friday, October 16, 2015

Episode 20: "Rambling"

Here's this week's episode for you to enjoy!

Books

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Picture from Goodreads.com

(Summery is from Goodsread.com)
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then. on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. SO began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.


Love Is Hell by Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gabrielle Zevin, and Laurie Faria Stolarz

Picture from Goodreads.com

In these supernatural stories by five of today's hottest writers - Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Scott Westerfeld (Specials), Justine Larbalestier (Magic or Madness), Gabrille Zevin (Elsewhere), and Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares)- love may be twisted and turned around, but it's more potent than ever on its quest to conquer all.
From two students who let the power of attraction guide them to break the hard-and-fast rules of their world to the girl who falls hard for a good-looking ghost with a score to settle, the clever, quirky characters in this exciting collection will break your heart, then leave you believing in love more than ever.


Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli

Picture from Goodreads.com

THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS WERE JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY...
During the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who would remember what it was like when the Harry Potter saga was still unfinished. What it was like to seek out friends, families, online forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get a fix between novels. When the potential death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the unfolding story of a boy wizard changed the way books are read for all time.
And a webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron, one of the most popular Harry Potter sites on the Internet, Melissa Anelli had a front row sear to it all. Whether it was helping Scholastic stop leaks and track down counterfeiters, hosting live PotterCasts at bookstores across the country, touring with the wizard rock bands Harry and the Potters, or traveling to Edinburgh to interview J.K. Rowling personally, Melissa was at the center of the Harry Potter tornado, and nothing about her life would ever be the same.
The Harry Potter books are a triumph of the imagination that did far more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world's sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. Now the series has ended, but the story is not over. With remembrances from J.K. Rowling's editors, agents, publicists, fans and Rowling herself, Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon--from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live the dream.


Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer


The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton


FOs:





WIPs:


Light-weight Patchwork blanket

Harry Potter blanket


Happy Knitting!
Sam<3






Thursday, October 15, 2015

Slow down and Breathe

I had briefly mentioned a couple days ago, I've had a tough week emotionally. Everyone in my life is fine. No one is hurt or sick. I've just been dealing with some...I'm not sure what to call it...I guess some tough thoughts.
I've always been the type of person that deals with things internally. If I feel like the ceiling is about to fall in one me, I just snap. I get angry/upset easily, I'm quick to cry and it feels like nothing can make me feel better. But I'm trying to sort my thoughts by talking to Jordan and writing them down. If I can get the thoughts and feelings out of my head onto paper or out in the air, I'm sure I'll start feeling much better.
I have so many great thoughts/ideas that I just want to share (and some though things that I need to get out as well), so I hope to be able to share my journey to the new less stressed out me with all of you. I know many people go through the same things like me and I'm hoping that this gives them to courage to share their stories or just to feel like they are not alone.
Happy Crafting and I hope you have some happy thoughts!
Sam<3

P.S Come join the Ravelry group and say hi! If you're going through something like what I'm going through and would like someone to talk to, you can find me there. :) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday: October 14, 2015

I've gotten some progress done on my Flax sweater. It's gotten some attention during a couple of movies. (Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas.) It's a little slow going but I'm enjoying it.
Sorry for the super tired looking picture, it's almost time for my bedtime. :D I'm knitting it out of Caron Simply Soft in the Charcoal Heather colorway and on size US 7 needles. I'm actually enjoying knitting this out of this yarn, I didn't think I would but I do. Sometimes this kind of yarn turns out to be the best for this kind of project. 
Do you have a WIP that you would like to share? You can find me on the blog and podcast group here.
Happy Knitting!
Sam<3

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Year of Handmade: Prompt 19

How do you get over lack of motivation?

I really never paid too much attention or thought about what I do when I'm not motivated to work on my projects. I guess I just try to focus on me. Like if I'm going through a tough time emotionally (like this post week), I just try to work on myself and make myself stronger. I find that when I lose motivation in my crafts it means I just need a break and something in my life needs more attention . Once I get past that and start looking at more things online that inspire me, then I want to pick up my project(s) again.

I realize that I forgot to post a Memory Monday post yesterday, so here's a memory for you today. :) 


Happy Crafting!

Sam<3
 

Friday, October 9, 2015

FO Friday: October 9, 2015

I have an FO that isn't a block for a blanket!


I finished my Easy Ombre Slouch Hat on Tuesday and I'm super happy with it.
I used some unknown stash yarn and US 5 dpns.
I love it!

What have you finish this week? Share it with me in the group

Happy Knitting!
Sam<3.

Monday, October 5, 2015