Thursday, May 15, 2008

Book thing the girls are doing

Here is a meme of books you've read my BFFs are passing around.
The ones I read are in bold.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel

Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Miserables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Monday, May 12, 2008

Too much pressure

Spring as sprung, and I succumbed to the cast on monster. On top of that, my 4 spindles are full, and both wheels are too. No wonder it doesn't seem I get anything done.

First on the list is an unmentioned project for my Mom's birthday. It just needs to be finished at this point. Which is a good thing, because she visits this weekend. If you want to see it, it's over in Ravelry.

Second is an enormous crochet shawl, the Interweave Crochet Infinity wrap.

When the yarn in question came up last month in the Webs sale, I grabbed some. I also just happened to pick the same color called for by mistake (urgh). I'm addicted with the little infinity motifs, and only have one more to go before joining them now.

I didn't have any lace to work on, so a new yarn purchase of yummy mini maiden made me cast on the Lace ribbon scarf.

I then have second item syndrome on a pair of mittens and a pair of socks. This is what happens when I abandon my 'do both at a the same time' rule.

Today I found myself wanting to cast on something else! Oi! Out demons, out!

Monday, May 05, 2008

sheepie wool

I hardly ran into ANYONE I was hoping to see.I went to the Ravelry meetup, just after the buttons ran out. I fully suspect people where actually hiding from me. I guess everyone went early and took off. I saw ArtsyGal, but she didn't even recognize me from the Philly Meetup. *sniff sniff*

Anyway, I was exceptionally controlled this year.


* A large roving by Dudleyspinner that may have every color under the sun in it
* 2 skeins of Colinette Banyan cotton
* A Bosworth featherweight canary wood spindle
* A shiny Loop spinning batt with sequins (!)
* A skein of Paca-peds sock yarn that has contrasting heel-toe yarn included
* A skein of Fleece Artist merino sock yarn

But you see, the 'was good' entered that past tense while I was still at the festival.


This is the Meriln Tree Hitchhiker, a spinning wheel that weighs 9 pounds and is bicycle portable. I blame Queerjoe for suggesting to me on Ravelry that my spinning would speed up if I perhaps was not restrained by one wheel. With that evil seed planted, I figured if I could take my wheel to various knitting circles or even used it on my lunch break, my productivity would go up dramatically.

Oh well, time to start saving coins again for next May!

In the meantime, check out Mindy's slideshow.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sack of Money

It's May Day! While for some that hails in Spring, maypole dances and longer days of sunlight, For me it means this:

The annual pre-Maryland sheep and wool coins to cash day!

I know I'm not the only knitter who spends a night emptying out jars and digging through sofas, then schleps 50 pounds of change to the free Citizen's bank coinstar counter.

The whole time I'm thinking, is there enough change for fancy sock yarn? A sweater's worth of worsted? A spinning wheel? The sweet, sweet jingle of coins rattle with possibility. Even if you already have been saving all year for Wool Gluttony Weekend and your GW Bush Bribery bonus is in your pocket, how can you resist what more or less amounts to found yarn money?

TOTAL THIS YEAR: $166.59 - wooot!