Thursday, July 24, 2008

2 months 1 week and 3 days... how long there between yarn sales at my LYS and the number of days I can go without buying yarn. However, it seems that I am a sucker for 30% off yarn. Or I should say any % off yarn but 30% and more just makes my day.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Good Books

This was stolen from Needlefingers :
Apparently, the National Endowment for the Arts believes that the average American has read only 6 of the books on the list below
.1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE (mine would be in red)
4) Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (Yes, the whole thing front to back. It's very long and very shocking)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (perhaps the worst book ever)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (are you kidding? He wrote 35 plays. I have read 19 and his sonnets and I am so counting it)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (I wrote a most awesome 10 page paper about the color of underpants, and my only A+ ever)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (The funniest book I have ever "read" love books on tape, I'm still counting it)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (I read it in french, the second worst book I had to read for scool. Go look at the top for the first)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So, I have read 39. I think that proves I'm over educated. Many I read for school in The Novel, American Lit, The Short Story, Shakespeare 350, Lit For Adolescence, and Modern Utopian Lit(the best class ever, I mean ever). I graduated before I ever got to Medieval and Renaissance, Great Books, Fable and Fantasy, Women and Science Fiction and missing those classes still makes me sad 8 years later. So why did I take all those classes? Because Art classes are hard. Very very hard. Lit classes are easy and fun. I took one lit class a semester to keep my brain from exploding. You, genteel reader, can tell from my blog that I did not take any writing classes.

But while I no longer get to explore book thoroughly in a class room setting. I read the book strait through the day it was assigned, I read it chapter by chapter with the class for discussion, and then I read it again before the test. Yes, I have to read it 3 times to get it since my LD gets in the way. Yes, reading 5 to 10 books a semester 3 times each is still easer than art classes.

Anyway, while I no longer get to know books that well I still read and I still read a book at least twice to know what happened. But best of all I have discovered books on tape. I can knit and listen. Also while listening I retain it better so I don't need a do over. And I knit. That can't be stressed enough. Knitting. While. Listening. Knitting. mmmmm Knitting and books.

PS. it chaps my hide that Mark Twain isn't on the list.

PPS. After all that talk about reading them for school I went and counted. I read 26 of them for my own pleasure.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A Dirty Bathroom Mirror and Some Sweater Love

Shutter bug

Next time I should clean the mirror...

And crop the photos better...

But my oh my, look at that sweater...

It was a about a year ago I counted up my sweaters and realized I was unhappy with my success rate. That hard look about overlooking things that were just sort of good enough has made a huge difference in my knitting. Since then I have knitted my best sweaters and this is one of them.

Stripes Go Round from IK summer 2004, size small.

Knit in SWTC bamboo, no that yarn won't knit to the pattern gauge but that's ok I did the math.

Size 3 needles for the body and size 2 for the yoke to tighten the row gauge.
Knit the pattern as written but kept going at the yoke for a few more inches and added 2 more decreas rows to raise the neck.

I love everything about the yarn. I love the waxy feeling, the crisp hand, the drape, and how it softens with washing.

I love everything about the sweater. I love the 4 inches of negative ease, the way the stripes curve around my neck, the way the body hangs.

I wash it as soon as I take it off just so I can wear it again.