What I’ve been reading – version 13.02.2012

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, but in the interests of tradition and vaguely regular blog posts, here’s a look at some of the things that have passed in front of my eyeballs over the last week or three:


The Samurai Knitter – fabulous craft blog, though probably best read away from the children, as the author does not tone down her language when annoyed with something.  Famous for its posts analysing Vogue Knitting magazine patterns (example here – do not read if you are sensitive to bad language).

Princess Farhana’s blog on all things belly dancing, with loads of stage craft added in.

Tempest’s Teapot – another great belly dancing and performing blog

Aligned and Well blog – if you have a body, read this blog.  No, really, READ THIS BLOG.  The author is a specialist in body mechanics, and is also a clear and funny communicator.  You will learn lots and move more comfortably, so read this blog!

Gothic Charm School – I am living proof that you don’t have to be a Goth to read and enjoy this blog. Written by the Lady of the Manners, this blog is full of sensible advice and fascinating links. It is truly indispensable inspiration for those who want to live their own lives with grace, humour and good manners.

And a range of web comics, including (but not limited to): Girl Genius, Gunnerkrigg Court, Two Kinds, Code Name Hunter, Exterminatus Now (definitely NSFW), A Girl and her Fed and the strangely addictive Station v3.
A word of warning: all of these benefit from reading the archives, as most of them have long story arcs that are hard to follow otherwise.  Unless you have high-speed broadband, heaps of time and no appointments that day, don’t try to read all of them all at once…


Hadley Freeman The meaning of sunglassesan alphabetically organised and intelligent commentary on fashion. A lot of fun, and actually quite sensible, too.

Fuse magazine – current issues and all the back issues. I subscribe to this fabulous mag on the weird and wonderful world of tribal and fusion bellydance.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in modern bellydance.

Sally Melville The Purl Stitch – a great introduction to knitting focusing on the purl stitch (what else?!).  Her technique sections are a fantastic resource, especially for beginners.  Her patterns are mostly not too my taste, as they tend towards the boxy or oversized – but she has some interesting ideas, and her basic sock pattern is truly excellent.

Oh, and several regency romance novels I’m not willing to admit the titles of 🙂 (though the authors Julia Quinn and Johanna Lindsay did feature amongst them…)


Author: verdant1

belly dancer, mother, student, public servant, shaman, knitter, sister, feminist, gardener and a lot more...

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