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March
2008


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Anticipating a yen to knit actual socks I have spent some time winding skeins into about-equal cakes of yarn. They’ll be a placeholder for this week–something to look at while blogging is intermittent, as we are in Banff for spring vacation.

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STR Fire on the Mountain.

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STR Lunasea.

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Mystery yarn.

13th
March
2008


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I am currently attempting to winnow out my reading choices for traveling this week. It will be 10 days travel, and I know I will read at least 4 books. I have 10 selected, but I will be in Canada, and I think the chance that I’ll visit a book store, and buy books, is high. So which to take, which to leave? How many is too many?

I have solved the yarn problem by packing the blanket. Most of the colors will be in checked luggage, just 10 small bits for the plane–and I’ll pack spare circulars in the checked as well, in case I have to give up my needles at the gate. It’s unlikely I’ll finish in this lifetime on this trip, so for once I am traveling with only one project.

Meanwhile, I have been reading.

T is for Trespass is a classic Kinsey Millhone mystery, and raises some interesting cautions.

And God Created the Au Pair had me laughing out loud on the train. Written as a series of emails among friends, (and a sister in Canada and one in London) it was challenging to read at first. The tone is dry and humorous though, and I loved it.

I enjoyed The Saudi Connection. It’s the kind of book I like to read on planes–gripping adventure, international intrigue etc. etc. 

The Magician’s Assistant is an Ann Patchett novel. I loved Bel Canto, and I think I tried to read this one some time ago but couldn’t get into it. This time I could, and I enjoyed it all the way through.

Currently, I am working my way through a series of detective novels set in Toronto during the 1800s (I think that’s the time frame). These are straightforward mysteries, and the characters and settings are well described. So far I’ve read Except the Dying, Under the Dragon’s Tail, and Poor Tom is Cold.

Not sure what’s up next–depends how much I can carry I guess!

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March
2008


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Happily for my future sock knitting, I had some other great finds in the bins. Above, there are two Socks That Rock mid-weight skeins (The top is Sunstone, not sure about the middle.). The bottom one is Fleece Artist.

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This one may be STR as well, but it could also be Great Adirondack Yarn Co. 

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Two more STR on the right. I have already wound the Fire on the Mountain (right)into two equal-weight balls. In case I decide to knit socks again. Ever. Meanwhile I’m just looking at them fondly.

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March
2008


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(See yesterday’s post–enough for the blanket, is what I mean.)

I found all this in the stash. Not all of it is sock yarn, but most of it is close enough. And most of it is blue or at least purple. I can breathe out now.

I will be mostly winding this weekend!

Recent entries

Friday, March 14th, 2008 | Sock yarns–all wound up

Anticipating a yen to knit actual socks I have spent some time winding skeins into about-equal cakes of yarn. They’ll be a placeholder for this week–something to look at while blogging is intermittent, as we are in Banff for spring vacation. STR Fire on the Mountain. STR Lunasea. Mystery yarn.

Thursday, March 13th, 2008 | This week’s books

I am currently attempting to winnow out my reading choices for traveling this week. It will be 10 days travel, and I know I will read at least 4 books. I have 10 selected, but I will be in Canada, and I think the chance that I’ll visit a book store, and buy books, is high. [...]

Friday, March 7th, 2008 | Deep stash finds

Happily for my future sock knitting, I had some other great finds in the bins. Above, there are two Socks That Rock mid-weight skeins (The top is Sunstone, not sure about the middle.). The bottom one is Fleece Artist. This one may be STR as well, but it could also be Great Adirondack Yarn Co.  Two more STR [...]

Thursday, March 6th, 2008 | It’s going to be a long project

This blanket is going quickly, square by square, depsite some little bumps in the road–um–seams. I frogged to the bump and reworked:   It is lots of fun to choose which color goes next to which others, and see the resulting mix. I have only frogged two squares based on color ‘mismatches’ so far.   [...]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 | Recent Reads

Just a quick post today–gotta get back to my squares– Resistance is an excellent novel about what could have happened at the end of the second World War. Set in Wales, it is a sweet look at country living during dire times, but also addresses the cold, hard reality of war. It is beautifully written. Books like [...]

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 | Long Island weekend

This weekend we went out to visit old friends in Long Island, and they took us to walk on the beach (at Fire Island I think). It was a fabulous day for it–clear and clean, with a dramatic sky, as you can see. There was a beautiful, very sad and moving memorial to the victims of [...]

Monday, March 3rd, 2008 | Author chat event

Friday night I was lucky enough to get a ticket to this event.    One of my favorite authors of all time was speaking, and I had never had the chance to hear her live before. That would be Anne Lamott. When I was pregnant for the first time, my husband’s friend gave me her book [...]

Friday, February 29th, 2008 | Reading while knitting

While generating squares, I have also been reading a great set of books.   The first was recommended via LibraryThing, and was the book for the Toronto Public Libraries BookBuzz chat this month. Consolation is the story of a young man arriving in Toronto just as it was beginning to become a city, and a [...]

Thursday, February 28th, 2008 | My mitered-square sock-yarn afghan

  I have found the ideal project for my current state of mind (and life). I am generating squares at a brisk pace (I can make one each way on the train and more than one during a movie or hockey game). I have made 19 so far, and I’m one my way to making a whole [...]

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