Monday, July 31, 2006

I won!

Well for the first time ever I won something from online.... Fruitcake prize Isn't it lovely?! It is 880 yards of hand dyed yarn from Missy over at Fruitcake Knits for the favorite road contest. Now what to make out of it....

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

Book Reviews I read them but cannot write them. I often use them to decide if I want to even give a book a try (after all how is one to narrow down the books to read in the ocean of possibilities). Some of my favorite places to read book reviews are... Book Reporter Ready Steady Book NPR Small Spiral Notebook NY Times Books And of course my favorite book blogs that I blogroll I have picked up many books based on the recommendations from the above links, while at the same time I have completely disagreed with books some of the above have declared "fantastic!" Take for instance The 50th Anniversary Edition of On the Road. I am sorry but I think republishing this book in scroll format is funny. I know for sure that I will not be buying one. Anyway this Sunday's questions are... Do you write reviews? Why do you write? Why do you not write? Do you use reviews to determine what you will read next? Where are some of your favorite places to read book reviews? Previous Sunday Book Talks: July 23, 2006: Book Club Reading July 16, 2006: Markings July 9 2006: Anthologies

Friday, July 28, 2006

Horseshoe Passage Shawl

Horseshoe Passage Shawl Horseshow Passage Shawl Upclose Project: Horseshoe Passage Shawl Tools: US 7 circulars Yarn: 6 skeins of Wool of the Andes (Tan) Size: 18" x 62" Pattern: My own design using the Lace Horseshoe stitch Start Date: July 11, 2006 Finish Date: July 28, 2006 For: Me Related Alongs: Knit the Classics: July and Amazing Lace Comments: I decided on the shawl based on a quote from Mrs. Moore and the stitch based on the way it looks like little pathways. I also decided to make this my Amazing Lace Project...Jewels and Candleflame will be put on hold this summer. The Quote: "In England the moon had seemed dead and alien; here she was caught in the shawl of night together with earth and all the other stars. A sudden sense of unity, of kinship with the heavenly bodies, passed into the old woman and out, like water through a tank, leaving a strange freshness behind."

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

Book Club Reading
Book Club Weekend
Pictured: Horseshoe Passage Shawl, Tropic of Strawberry Cold Tea, A Passage to India, Swann's Way and Scoop.

As many of you know there are literally tons of book clubs available online and at many local libraries, not to mention the ones that people put together in their neighborhoods. Heck there are even books written about book clubs, fiction, how-to, specialty journals for your books clubs notes. Let's face it people like to get together when they read books! I am one of those people, perhaps that is the main reason why I am a Lit major. What better book club then a classroom. In case some of you are new here and do not glance every once and a while at my sidebar here is the list of book clubs I like to participate in...

1. Knit the Classics: This gem I started mainly out of curiosity. I thought to myself could people really still be reading classic novels? Or is that something only nerds like me did, plus I was fairly new to knitting so everything had to include the crafty side. Turns out it is a huge success and we have read some fantastic books. Here is the list of books KTC has read since its creation... KTC Books.

2. Reading Matters: This one I am fairly new to. I like Kim's group because she picks books I would have never heard of without her. This time around we are reading Scoop: A Novel About Journalists ~ by Evelyn Waugh, which I just picked up at my city library so I am ready to get reading!

3. Involuntary Memory: This one I just joined this month and am catching up to the group's reading. PROUST! Need I really say more?

4. Crafted Poetry: Sadly although I started this one, I cannot seem to find the time to participate as often as I would like. But it is nice to see poetry getting some net time. So you can see from my small list only how addictive book clubs are. Chances are if you are reading this post you either are in a club right now, have been in the past or will be in the future.

So here are this Sunday's questions... Are you in a book club now or have you ever been? How did you choose the book club(s) you are in? What is the appeal of book clubs? 

Previous Sunday Book Talks: July 16, 2006: Markings July 9 2006: Anthologies

Friday, July 21, 2006

Mountain Sushi

Note: Please do not make the mistake of thinking I like to cook based on this post, because that is just not true, dear hubby does all the cooking. Step by step sushi... #1 Cook the rice and cut the veggies and fish or whatever else you would like in it (since this is not that exciting of a step no pictures were taken). Oh and make sure you are somewhere in the mountains (just not mountain sushi unless it is made at high elevations). #2 Display your ingredients for a lovely picture: (please note that the yucky salmon my hubby likes is missing from this picture...but it does show up later... ) DVC03653 This plate includes green onion, carrots, cucumber and avocado #3 Spread the rice on the seaweed : DVC03660 #4 Put all the other yummy stuff in (watch out the salmon is in there...) DVC03661 #5 Roll it up... DVC03657 #6 Set it up for another lovely display picture (oh and wait for the seaweed to absorb the moisture then cut as desired)... DVC03662 DVC03659 Voila...you know have lunch and dinner for a whole week!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Home for Rent...

DVC03820 Cozy modern home in a great neighborhood available for free rent. About 1/4 of a square foot, perfect for new families. Large deck and big yard. Close to solar power and water. Almost predator free. Treats may sometimes be provided. Woodpeckers need not apply.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Challenge #4 Amazing Lace

What would your lace be if bound off today? Well there are two things that my lace could be... #1 Super Doggie Cape... Doggie Cape With this Horseshoe Passage Shawl Maverick is no ordinary pup...He's Super PUP! Able to eat two treats at once, jump tree stumps in a single bound. #2 Doggie Bonnet... Doggie Bonnet Don't hate him because he is beautiful!

Sunday Book Talk

Markings... markings Do you read with a pen/pencil/highlighter in hand no matter what you are reading? Why yes I do! I could be reading a weekend romance and still have a pencil in hand to mark passages I like, dislike or talk to the text (ex: Oh Come on "So and so" you cannot really believe that). I also use those neat little post-it flags and notes so often times people can just look at my shelves and see which books I have spent the most time with. I am sure there was a point in my life when I did not mark up my books but to be completely honest I cannot remember when that was. I do know that I have gone through marking phases. Way back in undergrad (a whole 6 years ago now) I used highlighters and pens. I would highlight the passage then write in blue pen in the margin comments and reactions to the passage. I look at those books now in horror! Both pen and highlighter bleed through the page and make it hard to read the other side, especially in my prized anthologies! I find myself now replacing those books (and adding in my comments) just so I do not have to look at the messy books (I know more evidence of how weird I am). Today I mark up my books with pencil. I find that when I reread I will often change my comments in the margins so I like to erase the old and stick in the new, but do not worry old annotations are not lost because I write those down in a spiral notebook along with my favorite quotations from the book. Now I know I am not the only one who makes it a hobby to annotate my books, post-it would not sell so many little flags and notes if this were true so my question to all of you is... How do you annotate your books...pens / pencils / highlighter / flags/notes? Why do you mark your books? And do you only mark certain books or everything you read? Or do you think people who mark up books are nuts?

***Edited July 17, 2006 to Add...

I love reading the comments people leave on my book talks, I had no idea marking of books would be such a heated topic! :) Just so no one thinks I am the evil person who is marking up library books I would like to clarify that my marking obsession is limited only to the books I own. The books I trade also are mark free (if I do mark them I erase them to trade or sell). Thanks to everyone who is participating in my Sunday Book Talks!

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Previous Sunday Book Talks: July 9 2006: Anthologies I buy my books from... Barnes & Noble.com

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Involuntary Memory

If you are interested in reading the entire collection of Proust's In Search of Lost Time with others check out Involuntary Memory. I joined today (thank you Carrie for the link!). They are currently about 50 pages into Swann's Way. I was first introduced to Proust last semester and I am completely in love with his work (how many times have you heard me say that) so if you have the time I encourage you to take him on. His books are massive and somewhat intimidating at first but he is worth the time. Happy Reading!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Shopping and Digging

On a recent trip to the city I took a bag of books to trade, and got a whole bunch more... I also got some beautiful fabric on clearance from Wal-mart. I think I might make a bag out of it, not too sure yet. DVC03813 Maverick does not like the city much but he has had a fun week too. One of his favorite games is running around and digging in his favorite hole.... DVC03798 Luck at that happy dirty face...what a nut! DVC03805

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hail and Lace

Well so much for our 12 mile hike today... hail has kept us away... good news though... KTC project July I started my July KTC project. I decided to make a lace shawl using a horseshoe stitch I found in my stitch dictionary. I like the way it looks like little pathways. So far it is going very well, which is more then I can say for candleflame... Amazing Lace Progress This is where I stand as of today with Candleflame, sad is it not? For the record I was all the way to row 6 when I messed up...BIG and had to rip, I thought, well that is not too bad I will just rip this row when....OOPS I messed up the row below and then the one below that. It became so bad I decided to just rip it all and start over. Now I know I can knit lace, I mean look at my horseshoe shawl above, coming out great right?! So I believe I am just a terrible lace weight knitter. Perhaps I will change to a larger yarn for candleflame so I can finish her this summer and keep playing with Jewels until I can get the hang of the itty bitty yarn...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Monday Adventure...

Today we all decided that we would embark on a little adventure just down the road from our house... South St. Vrain Trail This is a moderate trail that is about a mile from our house. We have had a ton of rain lately so we wanted to see how high the river that runs along it had gotten... hiking pup The water was impressive but luckily the trail was still in tact (yes I am wearing yoga pants on a hike). The trail is about 6 miles (one way) but today we only did about 2 miles. It was more then enough to get this pup thirsty and try to steal a drink from a stream running through the trail... Don't Drink the Water! To keep him from getting too much mom went over and leashed him up as we jumped through puddles together... puddle jumper We had time for one last look at one of the waterfalls... Waterfalls Before the storm could get to us... Storm Clouds It was a fun day and tomorrow we think we might do the whole hike (12 miles round trip).

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

I received my copy of Pages this week and unlike last month there are some interesting articles in this issue. The first one that caught my eye was one on "The Anthology Epidemic." This article discussed what is termed the personal essay anthology or what I like to call the self help anthology. I personally have not heard of many of the anthologies they mentioned (apparently the biggest self-help anthology is "The Bitch in the House") but the article as a whole got me thinking how valuable an anthology is to the reader, but what possibly could be the benefit for the writer. I imagine that the pay is substantially lower for a piece in an anthology, why it is almost nonexistent in academic journals. I am not a writer myself, nor have I actually ever sold any of work to a journal nor an anthology (although I have had some creative writing published in campus journals) so not being in the shoes of the writer I may be missing something. The article suggests that the reason many authors will write for anthologies is that they all want to be a part of the "BIG ONE." This I can understand. So my questions to all of you is... Do you think anthologies are valuable? Do you have any yourself, if so what types? If not why not? Personally I own several, mostly literature anthologies, mostly fiction for various time periods. Most were purchased for a class but I have actually bought some just to read. For instance I recently bought "The Longman Anthology of British Literature volumes 2A, 2B, 2C just so I could have a better background in British Literature since both my classes next semester will revolve around Brit Lit. Perhaps I am just a dork, but let me know how you feel about anthologies, I am really curious as to how many people actually like them and how many do not and of course why... I know I do not always like them because of their bulk, but you cannot beat having all that literature at your finger tips (even if some of it is just selections). Equally interesting in this issue were the reviews. There are so many new books out that I would love to sit down with. Take for instance "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee" by Charles J. Shields. This is an attempt at laying out the life of the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird", an attempt because apparently she is very difficult to talk to about her life. I have always wondered about the woman myself, I loved "To Kill a Mockingbird." Is there anything coming out, or that has come out this year that you are excited to read? Happy Sunday Reading... Amanda I buy my books at... Barnes & Noble.com

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pride and Prejudice Bag...

Pride and Prejudice bag inside P&P Project: Pride and Prejudice Bag Tools: Fabric, needle, thread and my handsSize: 13-15 inches wide by 16 inches long Start Date: May 28, 2006 Finish Date: July 7, 2006 For: Me Related Alongs: KTC May Project and Tote Along Comments: Well it did not get finished in enough time for my KTC project but it came out great! It is large enough to fit my file folder for classes, pens pencils and books for the class. Although it was an accident that it sort of has a tapered effect I love the way it came out. The brown flannel fabric that I used for a lining was on clearance at Wal-mart some time ago, I think I got a yard for 70 cents. There are two pockets in inside...one large enough for pens and pencils and one large enough for my walkman.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Brown Diagonal Blanket

Brown Diagonal Blanket Project: Brown Diagonal Blanket Tools: US 10 circulars Size: 52 inch square Pattern: Diagonal knitting until all brown yarn is used Start Date: May 23, 2006 Finish Date: July 4, 2006 For: Hubby Related Alongs: none Comments: I really like the way this blanket came out. It looks so neat with the blacks, grays and browns. It is nice and large for a couch throw and hubby loves how stretchy it is. Not to mention it was a great stash buster!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Project Round Up

Today I was going through my project bags and baskets and I realized I have a lot of projects, either in progress or reading to be in progress so I decided to round up all my projects and see exactly what I have... Project Roundup July 1: Brown Diagonal Blanket~ this blanket is almost done. Projected finish date= July 4 2: Candle Flame Shawl~ still in the infant stages. Projected finish date= July 31 3: 63 squares x 3 ~ 4 down, 185 to go. Projected finish date= November 2006 4: Pride and Prejudice bag~ handle and lining needed. Projected finish date: July 5 5: Yoga mat bag~ infant stage. Projected finish date: July 31 6: Fog two tie sweater: infant stage. Projected finish date: September 1. 7: Homespun Sweater~ infant stage. Projected finish date: September 1. 8: Curtains~ infant stage. Projected finish date July 31 9: Socks Pairs 1-4~ infant stage. Projected finish date: September 1. 10. Socks Pairs 5-8~ infant stage. Projected finish date: December 1. 11. Victorian Shawl~ infant stage. Projected finish date : August 1 12. Notions bag~ infant stage. Projected finish date July 31 13. Needle/hook tote~ infant stage. Projected finish date July 31. 14. Hats & scarves for charity (14) infant stage. Projected finish date: November 30. 15. Squares for KTC November blanket (20) infant stage. Projected finish date November 1. The above are projects I actually have materials for and hope to finish this year. Wow that it quite a list, but spread out over the year I am sure that I will be able to get them done. Now just think of all the projects that I will have to plan and buy materials for! So long and happy crafting from my wet neck of the woods... DVC03707-1

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Snacks Needed...

Hello Blog Persons... This is Maverick, Amanda's fur baby. I am writing to you because I feel that I just do not have enough snacks. See I love treats but momma and daddy never give me enough (they always have to feed me food instead of just treats...parents!) Anyway I want to make my own snack money so I now have my own line of mugs...
mavmug
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Remember all monies made go to my snackiness.