Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

A book post!

I recently read through Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I went through a Crichton phase at the end of high school where I just read Crichton books until my brain couldn't deal with it anymore, but Jurassic Park didn't end up on my list. I have no idea why. There were definitely copies of it in the library, but I skipped over them.

This is a great book. I think my experience reading it was affected by being familiar with the movies and, I will admit, that I ended up rewatching the first two movies in the middle of this book because I kept getting the theme stuck in my head. While I do enjoy the movies, I really liked this book by the time I finished it. I was impatient with the set up when I first started it, but I think this ends up being a better story by the end.

A lot more of the island is explored during the book and I really enjoyed the behavioral observations and experiences with the dinosaurs. There was some especially interesting observations of the T-Rex, which made parts of the movie actually make more sense to me. Also, the luxury of time with books explains the mutation and adaptation of the dinosaurs in a much more comprehensive way. The socio-political climate in the book, which wasn't really explored in the movies, added another interesting layer to the whole thing.

I really liked this book. It expanded the whole world of Jurassic Park, but it didn't ruin the movies for me, which was really nice. Sometimes it's hard to really like the book and the movies at the same time, but that isn't the case with this one for me.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Red Kissy Face Ornaments

Red Kissy Face Ornaments

Red Kissy Face Ornaments Red Kissy Face Ornaments

I now have red kissy face ornaments finished up for the 2014 Christmas season. I have one more group of white with green trim to get through, but I'm starting to slow down on these. The enthusiasm is waning and I'm looking forward to doing other things. I aim to do 1 square (each is made with 3 squares) each day, but I need to work on my discipline with these again so I can finally have all four variations done.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Thermal Textured Socks

Thermal Socks

Pattern: Thermal Textured Socks by Kelly Patla

Needle: US 4 - 3.5 mm

Yarn: Patons Stretch Socks Yarn - Olive

Started a new sock! A better view of the new sock.

Knitting WIPs 9/4/13 WIP

These socks took me forever. Ultimately, I'm pleased with them and I'm glad I pushed myself through, but I don't think I liked using this yarn. It's a stretchy yarn, which made keeping tension even-ish difficult. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photos, but one of the socks is a size smaller than the other and didn't really even out to something closer until I washed them both a couple of times. Also, I think the elastic muted the colors and they didn't turn out quite the way I expected them to once they were all knit up.

I really like this pattern, though. It's a pretty simple repeat, but it looks a lot more complicated. I want to try it again in a yarn with less color variation so that the texture really pops out.