SBCC Tonic 2

I wanted to try this pattern for a while since the fit is quite similar to the long sleeved t-shirts I wear in winter, and I didn’t want the Renfrew top cuff and waist bands (yes, I could remove them but I felt lazy and the Tonic tee is a free pattern). I saw it mentioned again on Diario de Naii the other day and that gave me the final push.

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I used a 100% merino that I bought from NZ Merino Fabrics at the end of last year. It’s quite thin and soft, and the top feels very comfortable to wear. At first I though of making a Lady Skater with it, but since I don’t wear dresses in winter, this is a much better use of the fabric. This year I want to make things that I wear.

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The only issue I see with it are some wrinkles in the underarm, not sure if it’s due to my fabric (it has no lycra) or if I may need to alter the amscye.

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As you can see I’m surrounded by birds. It’s true that some times they are by themselves breaking things exploring but most of the time I can’t shake them off.

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Here you can see how it looks untucked. At first I thought it was too long, in fact longer than my usual tops, but now seeing this pictures, I don’t think it’s so much. I will wear it tucked in my pants all the time anyway.

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These are the first pictures taken at the new apartment. They were taken in my sewing room and I’m quite pleased with them. As soon as I have everything set and tidy I’ll show you the rest of the room. The top was finished a couple of weeks ago, but after the move I had issues finding back my tripod, so this top was waiting unworn.

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Hey, Colin, what are we going to break today?

 

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Book Review: Defects

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I have received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

In the quiet area of Austin Valley a high class society called the Dream Travelers lives comfortably. They are gifted with various abilities, being dream traveling the basic and common one. When reaching puberty new abilities show in each person, except for the defects, who feel left behind by the gods and suffer every day painful injections hoping to receive their gifts one day.

Em is one of this defects, and the main character of this story. She will soon discover the truth behind the injections she daily receives, and what defects really are, and together with her friends they will try to make the accommodated society of Austin Valley tumble.

I did not expect anything before reading this book since I think I have not ready anything similar. From the start I got caught in the story thanks to the well depicted characters and the beautiful descriptions. One could almost feel being a part of that little group of friends, suffered whenever they did and rejoiced when thing went as expected. The book is narrated in first person, and we discover new aspects of the truth along with Em. The autor does an excellent job in keeping us hooked to the story, and revealing things slowly to keep us interested until the very end.

The narration was also done beautifully. I tend to prefer male narrators, but Elizabeth Klett’s voice and tone was perfect for the story. She changed her tone to perform male voices without sounding annoying like other female narrators. The sound edition was also correct, and I did not notice any changes or breaks like it sometimes happens with some audiobooks.

I would definitely recommend this book to any person who likes fantasy and enjoys a well written book.

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Book Review: Hopebreaker

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I have received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Demons are conquering the world of Altadas by replacing the unborn babies. They are called the Regime, and their reign symbolizes the destruction and the power of the iron. The Resistance is trying to fight back by attempting to destroy a factory of Hope, a drug that demons need to survive. And in the middle of this, Jacob, a smuggler of contraconceptive amulets, is caught up and needs to decide if he is willing to help.

I really loved the concept, I had not read a steampunk novel for a while and I welcome this one with open arms. At first Jacob reminded me a lot of Mal Reynolds from Fireflight, and the mix of characters was quite interesting. They had a lot of potential, but remained quite two-dimensional, which kept me from really connecting to any of them, and caused their relationships not to be very interesting. I am a very curious person, and even though I don’t really need a prolog explaining everything, I wanted to know more about the demons. Who are they? Where are they coming from? Do they also have human appearance in their own world? The concept remained too vague for me and I would have appreciated more development on it. Maybe they author is reserving it for future books.

Something else that I missed were detailed descriptions. It seemed we got some details here and there but the author did not go too deep. At the same time I got confused on the action parts, not knowing very well what was happening and where everybody was. I thought this was my fault, since I listened to the audiobook and I may have gotten distracted, but I read about this too in other reviews. I also felt strange about this lack of description mixed with very poetical language and the use of many metaphors, too many sometimes, which made me roll my eyes from time to time.

The story was very good though, well planned but not very well executed. The middle of the book felt disjointed compared to the beginning and the end, and the fact that I could not connect to the characters made difficult to fully enjoy it.

The narrator did a very good job changing accents to identify characters but I do not know why German accent was used for the Regime.

All in all it was an interesting read, and I would recommend it to any steampunk aficionado.

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Book Review: School of Deaths

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I was offered the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a GOOD BOOK.

13 year old Suzie is thinning without an apparent reason. Family and doctors think she is anorexic. Suddenly one day a man with a black rob shows up at her home to take her to the School of Deaths, where she discovers that she is the only girl and the rest of Deaths are not friendly just because of that. She will need to discover exactly why this is.

I like fantasy, but I am quite picky, and I am sometimes disappointed. But not with this book. It could remind us of Harry Potter but it is a totally different concept, it’s fresh, the characters are alive and it definitely leaves us wanting to know what happens next.

The narrator does a wonderful job, changing his tone depending on the character.

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Book Review: Memphis Falls

I was offered the audiobook version in exchange for an honest review.

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Roy O’Connor moves into his parent’s house in Memphis with his wife and two children after having an affair and being fired at work. Things seem to be improving until a series of earthquakes attack Memphis.

I really wanted to like this book, the story was compelling, and the characters were well presented, but I desisted when I found out that the story lead nowhere. I expect an evolution in the characters, something to keep after reading it, but it just built up to nothing. The earthquakes created chaos and allowed the worst in everybody to show up. I know the dangers of the mob, but I always hate when stories try to show the dark side of people after such events. I am aware of the dangers of the mob and the possession of arms, but I find necessary to have a ray of hope in the middle of all devastation. I was not searching for a happy ending, don’t get me wrong, I just wanted to be able to get something that was not completely despair. I waited for a new twist that never arrived.

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