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FO Friday

Just a couple of projects done recently.

The first one is an itty bitty thing.


It’s a pot scrubber.   The pattern is ‘two tone tawashi’ by Maryann Walsh, and it’s my first time playing with Red Heart Scrubby.  The yarn isn’t bad to work with, not as harsh on the hands as I’d thought it might be (but it’s not exactly ‘like butter’ to work with).  I think I might work up a section of a cotton dishcloth with it in the future.

The next one is the Sweet Pea Cardigan by Samantha MainSweet Pea

No, no grandkids coming yet, but Abby’s boyfriend’s sister is expecting, so I may as well get in practice.   I’d forgotten how fast and fun baby clothes are!  Gotta love the ducky buttons.

That’s it for now.   I’ve got a pair of socks on the needles, but I don’t expect them to be done in a week, so it might be a bit before the next post.


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Daughter of the Sun

Full disclosure: I received free kindle copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review on Amazon and Goodreads (other places were requested but not required).  I am reviewing the Kindle version of the book, which can be purchased on Amazon.


The story centers on Trinity, an English orphan who was raised by nuns. She is found by her family, and slowly all the weird things about her begin to become clear. Trinity, it turns out, is not a simple orphan after all. She is the last of a long line of women descended from ancient Egyptian priestesses and she is the heir to a vast fortune, and the possessor of mysterious powers. She has also, it seems, inherited powerful enemies..

It’s a good premise, and Trinity is a good character. She’s a good, strong, character, but not too good to be true. She has (and occasionally recognizes) weaknesses of character, she’s impulsive and prone to do things which she might (or might not) regret. In short, she’s a believable and reasonably likeable teenager.

The weakest part of the story might spring from a desire to adhere to classics in the genre. The heroine is a blonde haired green eyed Englishwoman, with a good strong Christian background, thrown into a pagan world. The contrast does generate some internal tension, but I can’t help but think that it would have been more interesting (and weighted with fewer unfortunate implications) if she had looked more the part of the Egyptian priestess, and perhaps been raised with a strong Muslim background instead. Definitely an opportunity missed there, it would have seemed so natural to have a protagonist of color from a minority religion. It would have seemed very natural, too.

Other than that, it’s a good read, with lots of action and not too much thought (though there is certainly some). There are a couple of plot ‘twists’ which are set up well ahead of time, and it’s fairly satisfying when they are revealed. This is the first book in a trilogy, and although it does end, it doesn’t read like a stand alone story. Look for book two to take up right where this one leaves off.

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Today’s blog post is to publish a poll.  I’ve designed a ‘how do you use my blog?’ poll on Survey Monkey.  It’s pretty quick and easy, so if you’re up for providing some feedback on this blog, please visit Surveymonkey.

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Z is for…

Z is for Zombie

I know, zombies are everywhere these days.  They are the cool supernatural creature, giving serious competition to vampires in the pop culture world.

I’m talking about Romero zombies here, which I think are technically ghouls.  ‘Classical’ zombies are people enslaved by a combination of drugs and psychological conditioning.  Romero style zombies are brain eating undead creatures.

There have been lots of models for making zombies science fiction creatures rather than beings of supernatural horror.  There are often analogues cited in the animal world, viral, parasitic and fungal  infections which can have strange effects, causing the infected to behave in programmed, bizarre, and gory ways.  All of these make for wonderful horror fiction fodder.

I must admit, to some extent I have been infected.

I’m not too much of a fan of the primary media sources.  I’ve only seen Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead once each.  I don’t particularly avoid zombie flicks, but I don’t seek them out either.  I’ve never actually watched Walking Dead.  I do, however, watch iZombie, the series about a zombie intern medical examiner and the the rookie homicide cop (they fight crime!)  It’s light and silly and I really enjoy it.

Bohemia ZombieThat’s it, of course.  It’s the ‘lighter’ zombie fare which gets me.  It started out with Plants vs Zombies.  What could be better than planting flowers to protect your vulnerable skull?  There are a number of other silly zombie games out there, including a remake of Lemmings with a zombie theme.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Bohemia Fibers puts out a line of yarn where each skein has a unique color scheme characterized by “blood spatter”.   It comes complete with toe- tag.  A brief search on Ravelry gives over 200 zombie patterns.

Don’t be surprised if some of them pass through this blog some day…


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V is for…

V is for Vexillology

This is a follow-up to the M is for Maryland post, but it should be clear enough even if you don’t read that one first.

Vexillology is the study of flags.  My husband is an amateur vexillologist*.  He is a member of NAVA (the North American Vexillological Association) and a former list master of the FoTW (Flags of the World) mailing list.  As of this writing he ranks third in the QuizUp “flag” category in Maryland.

One thing I’ve learned, living with a vexillologist, is that it’s always worth while to look up.  This is not only a good habit to get into for spotting flags, it’s also a good life lesson in general.

Vexing Socks

Yes, I did start the test knit for the Maryland Flag socks.  I have four wonderful knitters working on it, and now that we’re a week into it I’ve had to make two revisions.  Both involving mistaken numbers.  I’m glad it’s underway at last.

*In case you are wondering, there are professional vexillologists.  At least two currently living, and one deceased.

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D is for…

D iDs for Doormat

Last month,  this package arrived on my doormat:


Now my doormat looks like this:

Neil Footprint

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About April’s Alphabet
This is my first post in the A-to-Z challenge, and I thought I’d take a little bit of space to talk about what it’s about, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it but know me, and about how I’m going to address it, for those of you who are familiar with it but don’t know me.

What it’s about

1,758 bloggers around the world have signed up to all ‘blog the alphabet’ this month. A post a day, in alphabetical order, excluding Sundays. So a post for “A” on the 1st, “B” on the 2nd, etc. Details are left up to each blogger. We are then encouraged to read each others blogs (5/day suggested). Comment. Respond. Subscribe to those that work, and so on.  Eye of the Beholder is currently blog #1159, but that could change as blogs sometimes drop out.

What Eye Behold is about

Everyone knows  that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Many people also know that the beholder is a monster from old school Dungeons and Dragons (book 4, Greyhawk).  It’s a floating eyeball and mouth, with multiple tentacles growing from it, each of which ends in an eyeball.  The only way this creature can interact with the world is by observing it, but, because it’s a highly magical creature it changes whatever it observes.  Heisenberg would have been appalled.

When Gary Gygax invented the creature, he saw it as a monster to be slain – no thought to biology, ecosystem, or society, because that’s the way he approached the game.   Because I was a teen aged girl when I found D&D, and put together a D&D group made entirely of teen-aged girls who liked to explore other ways to interact with the world than slay it, I once had a beholder as a player character.  Gygax would have been appalled.

So there you have most of this blog.  It’s mostly where I brag about my perception of beauty and creative outlets (typically knitting and crochet).  Sometimes I draw connections between tangentially related things, or rant at the unfairness of the world, or geek out about science, or literature, or gaming, or whatever the ‘shiny’ of the moment is.  I am a very geeky person.  This month will have less yarn talk than usual, but there will still be plenty.

I don’t usually provide too many details about my personal life, but since this is as good a place as any I’ll give a brief intro to the newcomers.  I’m a middle aged, married, mother.  I have two daughters in college.  I am very proud, and they are extraordinary, but I want to respect their privacy so I don’t give a lot of details about their lives.  I will be mentioning a few things about them over the course of the month, though.    I really should get myself a ‘real job’ (part time retail work at the moment).   We are fortunate to live close to most of my family and to my husbands family as well.

We also have two cats.  Unfortunately, neither one is named Schrodinger.

Note that I don’t actually know all that much about quantum mechanics.  My background is in molecular genetics, but those puns just weren’t coming today.

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