January 14th, 2007

The Librarian

Accomplished: some stash-busting

Just as sewers have fabric stashes, knitters have yarn stashes. Since I practice both ... well, y'know. I exacerbate mine by always, when purchasing materials for a specific knitting project, buying one more skein than required ... just in case (I do the same with fabric, buying an extra half to full metre of the fabric). Even for supposed one-skein scarves (well ya never know ... with the toothpicks used as models these days, it's possible the things might not be long enough to go around a "normal" person's neck). So, when a friend mentioned that she was trying to accumulate 50 purple gifts for her sister-in-law's 50th birthday, I was able to volunteer that I had a leftover skein of purple "fur" yarn and could whip up a mini-scarf. Doing so, I unearthed another forgotten extra skein of novelty yarn, and decided to make that up too ... on my new theory that if I make ENOUGH scarves I might start remembering to wear 'em once in a while. :p

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From the Cataloguer's Desktop

I've just finished entering a new booklist over at catdesk ... I'm pretty sure this is the biggest one so far! So much good stuff to read that you'll have to ice your library card to keep it from bursting into flames. ;-)

Additional reading: Baen Books is at it again! We've noticed at work that a couple of recent Baen hardcovers have included CD-ROMs which contain multiple complete novels in talking book form (well that's what it says on the CD, anyway). There are likely others, but the two books with this feature that we saw were This scepter'd isle by Mercedes Lackey, and Windrider's oath, by David Weber. (NOTE: I've confirmed the free CD thing via Wikipedia ... scroll down to "Promotional CDs" near the bottom of the entry).