Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

SRC Coming to an End Well folks summer has once again flown by. This is the last Sunday for the Summer Reading Challenge. So lets all get together and talk once more about our summer reading. I set my personal goal at 28 books and it looks like I will come up 16 books short of my goal, but you know what I had fun and I read some good books this summer. The last book I read was Folk Tales by Calvino and I have to say it was my favorite this summer. Coming up as second favorite was A Passage to India by Forster which I read for KTC. The worst book I read this summer was Sea Glass by Shreve. I thought the characters were watered down and the story line moved way to slow. So with the summer wrapping up this Sunday’s questions are… Did you set any summer reading goals and if so did you meet them? What was the best book you read this summer? The worst? Previous Sunday Book Talks   

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Crochet Checker Socks

Checker Socks Project: Crochet Checker Socks Yarn: 2 balls of Checkers from Knit Picks Tools: US F hook Size: 6 shoe Pattern: single, half double, double combo Start Date: August 21, 2006 Finish Date: August 24, 2006 For: Me Related Alongs: None Comments: I received this yarn from Karen and I really like it. Machine washable, soft and self stripping who could ask for more. It has not been out of the 60s here lately so I have gotten back on the sock wagon. I need to warm up my feet!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino

Yesterday hubby and I were in the city and we went to my favorite used bookstore and I found a wonderful book…. Italian Folktales Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino (SRC #12) If you are familiar with my recommendations list you will know that I have had Italo Calvino’s “If on a Winter’s Night a traveler” on it since 1998. I love the book and I had not read anything else by Calvino before until yesterday when I picked this one up. The back of the book states that it is the Italian equivalent to Grimm’s Fairy Tales, personally I think it is much better. Many of the tales are short , and ironic. I plan on using at least one in the class I am teaching this Fall. It is called Animal Talk and it about a boy named Bobo who can understand animal talk. He travels around listening to the animals and warning people when the animals tell him that they are in danger. One day he is walking along and he runs into two other men. They tell him that they are going to the center of town because a new pope will be picked when the dove lands on his head. Two crows flying overhead tell Bobo that one of the three will be picked pope. In the center of town the dove is let free and it lands on Bobo’s head, he is the new pope. Many of the tales are like this, simple yet elegant language and right to the point of the story. The book is about 600 pages and I have already read at least half of the tales. This is a neat little collection and I highly recommend it. SRC Count: Books Currently Read: 12 Books Left to Read: 16 Places you might find this book… Fast & Free Delivery

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

Changes in Reading Habits For many of us school is just around the corner or some have already started. Personally school starts on August 28th, and with the start of school I have a major change in how much and what I read. During the school year I usually only have time to read for classes and not too much “fun” reading. I do try to make time to participate in KTC reading but often times that does not happen. I do find on the whole that I read a heck of a lot more during school and I seem to read at a faster speed. So this Sunday I would like to know if there are any events in your life that change your reading habits. Do you read at different paces or read different genres according to the season? What are your habits and how do they change? Previous Sunday Book Talks

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ruffle Blue Hat

Blue Ruffled hat Project: Ruffle Blue Hat Yarn: Country Blue and Cotton Candy Tools: US 10 and US 13 needles Size: adult Pattern: flat hat Start Date: August 15, 2006 Finish Date: August 16, 2006 For: Warm the World Related Alongs: none Comments: I forgot how quick and fun making hats is! I used the garter ruffle technique (two sets of needles switch to the bigger pair to make the ruffled effect).

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

Reading Spots Now there are readers who need to have just the right atmosphere to read in and there are those who could read anywhere. I am a little particular about where I read. Let's explore my reading spots.... Reading Spot #1 DVC04028 A semi-comfy couch with a fury arm rest. Reading Spot #2 DVC03947 A comfy swinging bench in the shade. Reading Spot #3 DVC03843 A rocker on the porch. Reading Spot #4 DVC04029 At my home desk. In addition to having my favorite spots I also some times require complete quiet or other times I like to listen to classical or sound scape music when reading. So this Sunday's questions are... Do you have favorite reading spots? If so and you have a blog take some pics and leave us a link. Do you have any particular requirements of a good reading spot? By the way here are the results of the Sunday Book Talk Poll: My Reviews~15.79% General Bookish Talk~10.53% Featured book blogs/sites~0% All of the above ~63.16% No more Sunday Book Talk~ 10.53% Other (please post a comment)~0 % Total Votes: 19 So it looks like people would like to see My Reviews, General Bookish Talk, Featured book blogs and sites. Previous Sunday Book Talks: August 6, 2006: The Ultimate Book List July 30, 2006: Book Reviews July 23, 2006: Book Clubs July 16, 2006: Markings July 9, 2006: Anthologies

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Special Crafting

Well it is that time of year again when the knitters like to plan ahead for holiday gifts(well maybe some of the really good ones have already begun their projects). Trying to be the good planning crafter that I wish I was I am beginning today by adding a button and list to my sidebar. So here is the run down on three major special crafting events that I will embark on... holiday crafting button Special Crafting Event: Holiday Crafting What is needed: 5 blankets for various people Start Date: August 12, 2006 Finish Date: December 1, 2006 Special Crafting Event: KTC Fall Blanket What is needed: strips (at least 5 from me) for the KTC blanket project Start Date: August 12, 2006 Finish Date: October 31, 2006 Special Crafting Event: Warm the World Projects What is needed: 2 blankets, 12 children sized hats Start Date: August 12, 2006 Finish Date: November 1, 2006 Are you embarking on any special crafting?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Your Input Wanted

I have set up a poll which you will find at the top of my sidebar about Sunday Book Talk. I have been having so much fun with Sunday Book Talk that I thought I might try to keep it going every Sunday. So in order to get a good idea of what is fun for you also I thought I might seek out your input. Please head on over to my sidebar and vote. If you choose other please leave a comment on this post. Thanks! Previous Sunday Book Talks: August 6, 2006: The Ultimate Book List July 30, 2006: Book Reviews July 23, 2006: Book Clubs July 16, 2006: Markings July 9, 2006: Anthologies

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


We found a bush on our property between some pine trees and the berries growing on it look a lot like raspberries. Neither hubby nor I are very savvy when it comes to plants so my question to the knowledgeable people out there is.... Raspberries?Up close Raspberries Are these raspberries and are they edible?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Garden Goodies

There have been some good things happening in my garden since my last pictures. Some of my plants are actually producing! Well actually only two plants are almost ready to eat. I started off with the hopes of having tomatoes, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, blueberries, strawberries and cucumbers. What I will soon have are.... DVC03992 Strawberries: Look at that! They are almost ready to eat, exciting isn't it. DVC03991 Green Bell Peppers: Watching green bell peppers grow is the neatest thing. We have two for sure and there are 4 more blooms that are keeping us hopeful of 4 more peppers. DVC03994 Zen Garden: We found the statute at Target recently on clearance for $20 so my husband built a neat planter at the front of the house. The greenhouse was too hot for the blueberry bushes so we moved them out to the planter. Next year I plan on having it full of wildflowers. and DVC03996 Peaches: Okay so it is not a garden goody but I had to share about this neat little guy we picked up from the city recently. This little bird will sing sitting on the dock of the bay, tell jokes and mimic what you say as well as dance and spin on his perch. He can be turned on manually or turned to sensor. We originally thought we could put him out on the porch to scare off our newest bear visitor (that's right the bears are back) but he is just too much fun so we made room for him on the books of the moment shelf.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sunday Book Talk

The Ultimate Book List So many times I have gone to a great reading blog and read a review on a book that I thought "Wow, that sounds great I should add that to my list!" Well folks there is no list. I always tell myself write that title and author down, and I do except on a notecard or a post-it note neither of which can ever be found again after they have been written on. So this Sunday I call all the bookish people out there and ask them to post one book that they would recommend and a little something as to why it is being recommended, then we will have the ultimate book recommendations list. Here is the one I would recommend to get us started.... Title: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Author: Italo Calvino Why Read it: An adventure for readers, about reading and grabs you from the very first lines so you too can be the protagonist.... "You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler . Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade." So the reader begins reading this fantastic book that is missing the last half. Wanting to read the last half of this fantastic novel the reader begins an adventure. While trying to locate the book the reader is looking for he runs into a number of great pieces of other novels. The brillance of this novel, you are doing the same thing! This book comes highly recommended from me. It has graced my favorites list since 1998. So what do you recommend? Previous Sunday Book Talks: July 30, 2006: Book Reviews July 23, 2006: Book Club Reading July 16, 2006: Markings July 9 2006: Anthologies

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Yoga Mat Bag

Yoga mat bag opening of bag Closer to the fabric
Project: Yoga Mat Bag Tools: Fabric, needle, draw string material and my hands Size: 28 inches long by 18 inches wide Pattern: of my own invention Start Date: August 2, 2006 Finish Date: August 5, 2006 For: Me Related Alongs: none Comments: I am very pleased with the way my bag turned out. Although the picture makes it hard to tell the exact color the chinese brocade is a lovely wine color. There is so much detail in this fabric it is a pleasure to look at. It is very delicate (frays like there is no tomorrow each time it is cut...thanks to Marji for the tip of fray check). I have to say I think by far this is the best thing I have sewn. The cost of the bag is approximately $7. The silk fabric was from Wal-mart and I paid $6 for one yard, the bag liner is a white polyester blend that mimics the silkiness of the silk fabric on the outside and cost a $1 a yard. The drawstring is made from an old (unused ) rope my husband had in his workshop and the little black device to close the drawstring (no idea what those are called) was taken from an old fanny pack that was no longer used by anyone (I also salvaged some zippers and clips). I just have to brag about the cost because if you google silk yoga mat bag there are some that are upwards of $55. I love this bag!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

WIP Wednesday

Would you believe that I only have one WIP! As some of you may know I have had a ton of exciting things happen to me recently and time is sparse. In an effort to be able to do everything (crafting, reading, teaching, classes, etc etc etc....) I have tried something new... 1 project and 1 book at a time. I know it is such a crazy thing (especially for me the crazy multi-tasker) but I have found this summer that I have had so many projects at once and 4-5 books I am reading that I get less done. So my current project is... yoga mat bag material Project: Yoga Mat Bag Tools: Fabric, needle, and my hands Size: still to be determined Pattern: of my own invention Start Date: August 2, 2006 Finish Date: soon thereafter For: Me Related Alongs: none Comments: I have wanted a bag for my mat for a long time and have not gotten around to ever making one. When I found this fabric I feel in love with it and I thought it would make the perfect bag for my purple mat.