Saturday, May 31, 2008

Meme of Reading

I haven't given up knitting. I've got some things going, namely, 2 different pairs of stretchy socks and a sparkly string bag. I don't have anything to report, but maybe you'll enjoy the list of books below. Perhaps it will remind you of some of the ones you may have been meaning to read.

The top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, make red the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Italicize AND make red the ones you started for school and didn't finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude (1 of my all-time faves)
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
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace (I got pretty far before I lost the thread.)
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
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 Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince (A chapter or two.)
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things (Own it.)
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present (Own it.)
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

Friday, May 23, 2008

Hat #1 for Bev of Knitter's Journey's birthday. It's the big 5-0. She wants to give 50 hats and pairs of mittens to charity. The yarns are a combination of Monarch Knit Paint Series - color Amethyst & Coral Jewels purchased from and KnitPicks Palette in a heathered greenHat #2 is a combination of the same yarns as above plus purple Brown Sheep Nature Spun sport from early stash. Hat #3 (not pictured) is actually a fuzzy pink headband with one cable that I began to demonstrate cabling to my knitting students. It is in progress. We have until December to complete the 50. At last count she had 12 and it didn't include my hat #2.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Handdyed, Handspun, Handknit Handy Socks

With Kitties! Teddy insisted I shoot him though a pair of nylons and from a certain side. I can't say that he doesn't know art photography. Musette just wanted to know when I was planning to refill the dish. I can't really fault her because there was an iota of dish bottom peeking out from beneath several layers of crunchies.

I knit these for my cyber fiber buddy, Sue, aka Seiding. There's a link to her blog over on the right. I'm not going to link it here in the body of the post because she is a naughty, naughty, terrible, no good, very bad blogger. She's so recalcitrant that I had to change her blog's name to "The Overly Reluctant Blogger."

I am naming these socks, which is something of which I don't often do, but it's too hard to describe them otherwise with any grace at all. Thus they are the Handy Socks owing to the fact that they are Handknit, Handspun, and Handdyed. Together, Sue and I dyed the merino roving at the Hot Rainbow Dye class at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in 2006. Sue spun the wool and I knit the socks. See below some of the other yarn we dyed and Sue spun.

The top yarn is half used up in a pair of wristwarmers. I've earmarked the purply stuff as socks for me. Writing this -----OH MY GOSH! A guy on American Idol is singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and it's really good, although truncated. Too bad that guy got voted off. C'est la vie. Whew!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Alpacas & Friends

Sue and I

Elizabeth and Sue

I failed to get his/her name.

Ring around the Rosie

I wish I could fit in there!