Podcast 5 and 6 – Two BookTube Videos

Social Media Book Tag

(I did MySpace twice – the first was supposed to have been tumblr instead)

Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


Podcast 4 – Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

My apologies for the horrible light. I don’t know what happened there.

On the Needles:
Terra Linda by Romi Hill
Sleeves by Martina Behm
Puzzle Pieces by Megan Ellinger
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang

Off the needles
Vanilla Socks
Tiny Minion by Kelly Vu

Between the Pages
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Podcast 3: Christmas in July

On the Needles:
– Elfe by Astrid Schramm. Knit with Fiber Optics Yarn in the Dusty Plum to Olive colourway on size 4.0mm needles.
– Braided Swirl Socks by Emily Wood (testknit). Knit with Lana Grossa Meilenweit on size 2.25mm needles.
– Terra Linda Cardigan by Romi Hill. Knit with Drops Merino Extra Fine (in this case talking about quality and not weight!) on size 6.0mm needles.

Off the Needles:
– Wombat blanket by Paula Berman. Knit with Marks and Kattens Nissegarn on size 8.0mm needles.
– Monkey Socks by Cookie A. – the No Purl version as recommended by CraftyPancakes and with a Fish-Lips-Kiss heel. Knit with Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply on size 2.5mm needles.
– 4 ornaments for the Christmas in July craft-along. Two were Christmas Baubles by Mona Smith. The other two were made up by myself. Knit with Lammy Yarns Lurex on size 3.0mm needles.

Coming Up
– Sleeves by Martina Behm.
– More ornaments

Between the Pages:
– Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
– Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
– Witches on Parole by Debora Geary

Just Finished:
– Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

I participate in the Christmas in July CAL hosted by the Just One More Row podcast and the Year of Projects challenge on Ravelry.

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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


Podcast 2 – Start-itis

In which I have startitis and want to knit all the things.

Glenn Cooper’s “The Keepers of the LIbrary” has also been published as “The Librarians”

And it’s called NaKniSweMo! Perhaps one of these days I’ll remember!

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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


Podcast 1 – Read-a-thon

Welcome to my very first video podcast! I had lots of fun making this, so hope you’ll enjoy watching it.

Made a few mistakes in filming… the sweater for NaKniSweaMo (or NaSweaKniMo) should be 50,000 stitches of course – not just 5,000.
Also the savoury fingering is 400yards per 100grams… not 100 meters.

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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Uncategorized


Managing your Kindle Collections

I love my Kindle. I do not love its way of handling collections. It’s a hassle to organize books into collections, and I like having my books organized, so just having all of them in the “root” of my Kindle wasn’t going to work for me. On previous ereaders it was possible to create folders while having the ereader connected to my computer, and organize the files that way. The Kindle didn’t work that way. Besides, collections are more like tags than folders, as each book can be assigned to more than one collection.

Fortunately there are various programs out there that help you manage your Kindle collections. I’ve tried out three of them and will give a brief (or not so brief 😉 ) review of each.

Kindle Collection Manager
This was the first one I found. It’s free and does the job it was made for. It’s main disadvantage is that it doesn’t visually show which books have been added to collections, so if you’re looking at the main overview (“all books”), you have to remember how far you’ve come and which books you’ve already sorted.

Kindle collection for Calibre
I thought this would be perfect! A plugin for Calibre to keep my books organized, what could go wrong? Quite a bit unfortunately, and this turned out to be the least useful manager of the lot. In fact, it ended up undoing quite a lot of the sorting I’d done.

The problem arises if you have books on your Kindle that aren’t in Calibre (which I do) and want both types of books to be in the same collections (which I did). Calibre overwrites the collections on your Kindle, so rather than just adding extra books, it deleted the original collection and added only books from Calibre to the new collection – leaving me with hundreds of books no longer sorted :-/

As an additional hassle, the plugin doesn’t seem to be able to handle books in multiple collections. Instead it creates a new collection that is a concatenation of the two original ones (e.g. “Currently reading, fantasy”). I quickly stopped using that one.

Last, but definitely not least. Kindlean is so far without a doubt the best collection manager I’ve found. It’s free for the first 100 books, if you have more than that (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) it costs US$19.95. I’ve found it to be well worth the price though!

Kindlean offers a nice-looking interface that allows you to edit the meta data on books as well as adding the books to one or multiple collections (either by drag-and-drop or by editing the meta data). So far I’ve encountered a few books where I couldn’t edit the meta data (I got either an “UNKNOWN” error or the ever popular “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” error which all programmers know to hate), but out of 475 books I think I encountered 5 of those, so I’m assuming corrupt books rather than an actual bug in the program (appart from usability issues anyway 😉 )

Of the three, I would recommend Kindlean as the best program, but the two others do have the advantage of being free, and can be equally helpful once you’re aware of their limitations.

If you know of any other collection managers, I’d love to hear of them 🙂

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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Reading


If You Liked… Try…

I love giving out book recommendations, and fortunately people seem to enjoy asking me for them 🙂 This seemed like as good a reason as any to add a new feature to this blog.

If You Liked [book] try [book].

I do, of course, take requests 🙂

All links go to GoodReads.

If you liked The Maze Runner by James Dashner: try Singularity or House of Stairs by William Sleator.

If you liked Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: try Erec Rex by Kaza Kingsley or Companions Quartet by Julia Golding.

If you liked Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder: try The Year of Plenty by Rebecca LeeAnne Brammer.

If you liked Divergent by Veronica Roth: try The Giver by Lois Lowry or Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

If you liked The Host by Stephenie Meyer: try Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (and vice versa).

If you liked Room by Emma Donoghue: try Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.

If you liked The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: try The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

If you liked 11/22/63 by Stephen King: try Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis.

If you liked Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs: try Divas Don’t Knit by Gil McNeil.

If you liked The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis: try by Lev Grossman


Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Reading, Recommendations