Audio Bliss

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I just finished Witness in Death by J.D. Robb last night. That one might be one of my favorites in this series so far. I liked the moral dilemma Eve faces in this one and well I can’t say much on the whys but it really touched me. Also the emotional development of Eve’s and Roarke’s relationship was wonderful to see and Peabody finally gets more time for her story. And as always the narration was extraordinary. *g* I’m so hooked on this series.

After that cuz I was riled up and couldn’t sleep I started Tricked by Kevin Hearne and I so missed Atticus. He’s hilarious and made me snort and giggle in bed. I even woke bf once and he was so rolling his eyes at me. Well he actually is only jealous- I’m sure. Not far in on that one yet but I’m pretty sure it will rock.


I started way too many audiobooks at the same time once again LOL I only JUST started Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb (yes Susi infected me with the In Death syndrome). The narrator is AWESOME!!! I was despairing over ever being able to read this (huge-ass) series and Audiobooks made it happen! But I stopped listening so I could start Tricked!!! Squeeeeeeeeeee! I miss Atticus and Oberon. I’m super excited. The narrator is so good I can’t have enough of his voice. I can’t stop laughing at his Oberon voice. I’m not listening much these days so it’ll take me some time to finish both. =P

I also have 2 other audiobooks started...Virgin River by Robyn Carr and Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones. So as you see be it books, audiobooks, or knitting projects...I always start too many at a time. This is eye opening lol

What are you listening to right now?
Have you read or listened to any of these books?


DIY Yarn Swift & Ballwinder

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Last week I finally succumbed and ordered some Malabrigo Lace yarn. I just had to get some of their pretty colors. But why did I never do that before? They aren't really more expensive than other yarns but well they aren't balled yet. *gasp* Yes, I know I'm lazy but it's not only that. Last year the wonderful Caro gave me some Malabrigo Sock yarn in Tiziano Red and I tried to make my own ball. That's the result:

Bf holding the ruined yarn.
As you can see I suck at that. It took us hours to unravel that- okay actually 2 days speant in front of tv unraveling  instead of knitting. Meh for that.

So after that fiasco I asked Caro how she makes her pretty balls. And she told me about her ball winder and how great that is. So I googled and discovered that a ball winder is freakish expensive (at least for me: 30-40€ that's like 6 books or enough yarn to make at least 3 shawls). So I asked bf if we could just build one ourselves. After googleing at work on how to build your own ballwinder we discovered that we should also build a yarn swift (I'm such a newbie at stuff like this). So that was our plan.

We build both out of stuff we had at hand so it actually cost us nothing. Here's the yarn swift:
Self made yarn swift
The under-construction is a turn table originally bought for a tv. The white thingies are an old and unused curtain rail.. In the middle we cut some of the plastic out so we could cross it. We measured the distance the  pencils should have and drilled some holes in it.  Here is it with some pretty Vermillion on it:
Malabrigo Lace Vermillion 
The ball winder was actually even easier. We found some online instructions that told us to use and electric drill which I found rather scary. But luckily we found some antique thingie in our cellar- a really OLD hand powered drill. So I added some foam distance holders ,which are actually used under chair legs,  to a pencil  and we were ready to go:
Self made ball winder (and yes we're watching Star Trek - The Animated Series at the  moment)
So the winding started and 21minutes later we have a ball of wonderful yarn:

I actually don't pull the pencils out cuz I'm a scaredy cat. But well it's better than my first attempt at making my own  ball.

After accomplishing this I have to say yet again it rocks to live in an engineering household.

What's the best thing you ever build yourself? 
Do you have a ballwinder or can you actually make real balls without it?


We're back

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hey everyone,
we know long time no see but life was chaotic here. We both were busy and when we had a free moment or two we spent those on Book Lovers Inc or on our newest hobby... knitting.

But well we both do love this blog and so we thought we might just start posting again. But how to get that lost blogging mojo back? Our solution: changing the rules.

We will from now on post about what we want to share be it book related or not. We hope you will bear with us until we will find our own way back.

And be warned- we both love to knit so there will be posts about stuff like that. Pretty pictures and all.

We also discovered audiobooks so we plan on talking about those too and well everything else that happens around here.  

Caro's PS: I take full responsibility for infecting Susi with the Knitting virus. We both thought it would just be a phase, a few months and we'd go back to our normal selves. But we have to admit defeat and recognize that we're beyond hopes of recovery. ;) 



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