Sunday, December 23, 2007

Literature plans for 2008

I have done it. I signed up to the TBR challenge again for 2008.
After much agonizing about what to plan for...I have choosen.

Main list
1. Eat, Pray , Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
3. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
6. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
7. The Whitehorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
8. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
11. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, by Ken Follett
12. Homeland by John Jakes

1. Sons and Loves by D.H. Lawrence
2. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
3. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
4. Where Nests the Water Hen by Gabrielle Roy
5. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
6. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
7. All that Lives by Melissa Sanders-Self
8. Twice Burned by By Jan Coffey
9. For whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
10. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
11. Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
12. P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Hope I can accomplish this list. Many of these books have been on "the list" for many years.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Quizzes for Christmas fun

You Know a Lot About Christmas

You got 8/10 correct

You know tons about the history and traditions surrounding Christmas.
When you celebrate the holidays, you never forget their true meaning - or all the little fun details.

Random Christmas fact: Most Christmas trees are edible. The needles are a good source of Vitamin C.

What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about emotional connections and bonds. You are happiest being around those you love.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you feel magical. You love all of the decorations and how happy people are. You like to sit back and take it all in.

You think the holidays should be nostalgic and sweet. The holidays bring out your inner child.

Your favorite holiday memories strongly evoke your senses. You are vividly aware of all the tastes, smells, and sounds of the holidays.

You Are Valentine's Day

You are a true romantic who places the ultimate importance on love.
You are warm hearted, and you find it easy to care for people.
Love is what drives you - and you have a love to give.
You enjoy making someone's day. You're full of surprises.

What makes you celebrate: Being with the person you love on a special day

At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The sentimental one

On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: See it as romantic and special

Friday, December 07, 2007

What holiday ornament are you???

You Are a Tree

You love every part of the holidays, down to the candy canes and stockings. And you're goofy enough to put a Christmas tree ornament on your tree!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Thanks Talia

Last Friday I got a notice in the mail that a package was at the office. Giddy with excitement I just knew it had to be my KTS4 package. I was not disappointed!

I ripped open the box and found it swimming with treasures. A beautiful table scarf, candies, tea, scented lotion and yummy wool. The flavors were heaven the colors were right on the much so...the rust Silky wool I already have in my stash waiting to become "Sizzle". LOL Goes to show how much . Talia was able to channel my inner self. Now I have an extra ball to play with.

A public thank you I am adding to the private one I have already sent. The Knitters Tea Swap has been a repeat success for me. I have participated in the last 3 swaps and been blessed each time with great partners.

What could be better??? Meeting new people and combining two of my favorite things....tea and wool ;-)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007


As I repeat this to myself, I hear "Janice" from Friends saying the exact same thing over and over in my head.

What is causing me to repeat these words over and Boo-ty Swap package arrived today.

Now I am sure many of you understand when I say you just never know what might end up in the mail. I have had swaps where I have been disappointed and swaps where I have been spoiled and many variations in between. Today's package was a definite spoiling!

This package was a huge spirit lifter. Best part is my spoiler
Robyn owns her own online yarn shop. Can life get any better? Now I have another Canadian source to use.

Breaking the package down we have halloween socks with candy corn on them, a needle holder, cookie cutters, 2 sets of bamboo DPNS and skull stitch markers.

Next we have a plethera of candy and tea packages. This should keep me happy for some time.

And finally Robyn included her Sock of the month kit. Pattern and yummy yarn included.

Oh I almost forgot..she also included a breast cancer toe ring and "I love yarn" pin.

All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. This day I feel truly blessed!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

You can map your life through your favorite movies,

and no two people's maps will be the same.
Mary Schmich

My life has revolved around watching movies!

One of my earliest memories are of watching movies with my uncle. He was in his last year of high school and he would come home on his break and watch the afternoon movie. Often I couldn't watch the whole movie (because of napping and content), but I did watch bits and pieces before and after my naps.

My first movie in the theatre was Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I remember dressing in my favorite dress and being thrilled to go and do something so grown up. The smell of the popcorn, feeling overwhelmed by the size of the room and being lost in the story that was playing before my eyes are still stored within my memory vault.

I remember crying for Scarlett O'Hara when Rhett left, and for Old Yellar when he had to be put down. I remember cheering for Robin Hood and for Rocky Balboa. I remember screaming at Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween and pulling up my feet at night forever after watching the little people in Are you Afraid of the Dark. No where else can you be swept away in another person's life like in the movies.

Movies are a love I enjoy sharing with my daughter and has become a weekly ritual.

This weekend we saw two movies....

Uncertain about what to expect from this production, I was pleasantly surprized.
The story begins with a young boy trying to copy with his life...puberty, girls, a large family. He feels lost, and out of place - like he can't do anything. As we are swept up the fabric of the show, we find that this boy has special qualities that are challenged by evil. He learns to trust in himself and what he alone can accomplish. The movie had us at the edge of our seats, rooting for the underdog and cheering on good over evil.

And as a special treat we decided to treat ourselves to another feature.

This ended up being a cute, almost predictable romantic comedy. A nice way to spend an afternoon. The characters, setting and challenges may be different, but in the end boy and girl meet, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have a falling out and boy and girl reunite. There are times when the predictable is fine and this movie hit the spot for us yesterday afternoon. It was not a great piece of earth- shattering film but it still a nice entertaining way to view life. It had the "awwww" factor. When you route for love and overcoming obstacles.

I will always enjoy my escapism from my world into someone else's.
What will the months ahead bring?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Another one bites the dust

This year I made myself the promise to read atleast 2 books each month.
However, my choices have sometimes made this a difficult promise to keep.

My latest book was read on the plane rides to and from Knoxsville, Tennessee this past weekend.

Daughters of Eden
By Charlotte Bingham
538 pages

The story is centered around 4 women at the start of World War II. Each is selected by a man named Jack Ward because he recognizes special traits that he believes with help with the cause. The ladies become part of the spying effort of WWII at Eden Park. There is Petunia, the quiet lady who loves her books, married badly and thinks herself a wallflower. Lily, the boy crazy girl who sees herself wilting away stuck with these girls. Kate, the talent girl whose father sees her as a burden and won't let her grow anymore in her education and talent. And then there is Majorie, the girl who had nothing, and no one..who finally had a family, only to have them taken away for unknown reasons.

The flow of these lives is elequant. And you are transported into the fearful and exciting time of Hitler, Chamberlain, and Churchill. There is success and loss.

My only complaint of the whole book is the ending. It happens way too quickly. It feels like everything is rushed and needs to be tied up with a neat little bow. Instead of satisfied and complete, the ending left me wanting more.

Overall, I would recommend this book. Especially if you are a history buff like me.
Nothing better than history and romance rolled up into one book.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Its a Wooly Ghoul Time

With September comes cool/crisp mornings, darker evenings, apples, starting of school and schedules, and holidays. The main holiday of choice next to Christmas is Halloween.
Who doesn't like halloween? A time to scare yourself and others. A time to have fun and be a child for a day. Dressing up. Trick or treating. And of course it is time for the Boo-ty Swap

I stumbled upon this swap by accident last year and had a great time spoiling another Halloween lover like myself. Pleasantly I was extended an invitation to join in the fun again and jumped at the opportunity. Today we were awarded our "secret pals" and mine has requested a wish list of ideas to help with her task.

Telling people what I want has always been a difficult task due to the fact that if I feel I need something I usually go out and get it...LOL
But in trying to fulfull this request I can give a general list of things I like.

I love soft wools and unusual textures or blends.
I love vibrant colors...especially anything fall, red, rust, oranges.
I love novelty wools...the unusual type that have pieces of wool, fabric or beads woven into it.
I love small project that are completed quickly.
I love all crafts of any kind.
I have always wanted to try a project that included beads with knitting.
I love knitting books, cookbooks, or books of any kind to be quite honest.
I love teas...mainly herbal...for the cool nights ahead.
I have started a collection of bamboo needles but also own a couple turbo addis.
I love candles with scents of cinnamon and apple spice.
I collect angels to the point of obsession.

And most of all I am thrilled to have a secret pal be part of my life.
Hope this helps :-)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Christmas Around the World

I am a huge sucker for Christmas. This is the one season that tugs at my heartstrings year round. And its not just the gifts! I love the sentiment of putting others first. I love the smells of cinnamon, evergreen and cloves. I love the sounds of bells chiming and carols being sung. I love the sappy movies that go along with Christmas and brotherly love. Its a Wonderful Life. Miracle on 34th Street. The Santa Clause.

With this in mind I decided to join the Christmas around the World swap. What could be more up my alley...LOL

Here is my questionaire for my swapping partner.

Are you religious? Spiritual more than an organized religion

How long have you been knitting? Would you consider yourself a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? I have been knitting since I was 7 when my grandmother told me all girls needed to know the basics. (35 years) My knitting life since has be both obsessive and non-existant...just depends on the time in my life and the season.

Do you have any other hobbies besides knitting? Almost any handicraft you can think of...cross-stitch, scrapbooking, beading, crocheting, painting and the list goes on

Favorite color(s)? Love vibrant true colors but my favorite is red

Do you collect anything? Angels..especially if they have expressive faces

Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? itchy wools and smoke

Do you have any pets? Yes dog, cats and hamster

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate? Herbal or green tea, flavored coffees

Cookies or Sweets? Like both...its my weakness next to wools

Do you knit socks? Have made 2 pairs. Not an obsession but I enjoy a simple pattern

If not socks then what? (tell us about your favorite knits) I am a sucker for novelty wool. Each September I check out the new types and knit up a few scarves. My collection is endless....LOL

Do you put up a Christmas tree? If not then what do you do? Absolutely. We have our big one in the livingroom and our smaller version in our family room. I am Christmas obsessive.

Favorite holiday treats? Gingerbread tea or coffee, Cinnamon candies, apple cider

Favorite holiday smells? Fresh stuffing being made, turkey baking, cinnamon, cloves, fresh baking

Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional or unconventional way? Please elaborate.
We are a traditional gift christmas eve, stockings in the morning and then gifts followed by crepes and strawberries for breakfast and turkey for dinner. We try to stay home for Christmas eve, christmas and boxing day. Days before and after we share with extended family...often travelling a bit. Family means a lot to me.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Family breakfast after gift opening. Chosing the one new ornament for each family member each year. Re-reading the christmas classics. Listening to music. Putting up the tree with my daughter.

Finish the sentence: “For me Christmas is all about....” family

If you were a Christmas ornament you would be…….? an angel

What was your favorite gift you've ever received? Or given? Given - afghan I made the three grandmothers to keep them warm ( have my grandmother's now that she has passed. Received - an angel necklace my husband got me the christmas after my son passed.

When do you start your Christmas? December 1st because hubby insists nothing should go up sooner...but occassionally I start slipping things out before.

Do you send Christmas cards? Do you make them or buy them? If I remember I send them out...usually comical bought cards. Would be fun to try homemade this year

What is your favorite Christmas dish? My grandmother's homemade sage stuffing

Carolers are at your door. What do you do? Haven't seen carolers in ages. I remember singing carols door to door as a kid and getting cookies or something hot to drink at people's homes

When do you open presents? Christmas eve or Christmas morning? One on Christmas eve and the rest on Christmas morning

Do you celebrate with family or friends or both? Depends from year to year...always family and sometimes friends are included

Can't wait for this swap to begin....Merry Christmas all.

Tea Swap 3

Its difficult to believe that another 3 months has flown by and I haven't been saying a word. Its like I have become a hermit. Stuck in my own whirlwind of activity which leaves little or no time for my blog.

A great way to come out of the silence is with a huge thank you to Emy for the fabulous package she sent to me for our Knitters tea swap 3. I was beyond thrilled to be paired with a lady from Singapore and I was not disappointed.

Firstly she sent me 6 balls of luscious yarn. 4 are tomato red (leaning towards an orange) cotton and 2 are a varigated pink/white bamboo blend. I have never used bamboo blends before and I am very much looking forward to the experience.

Secondly was the teas and sweets. Wow Emy you outdid yourself!
She sent mem - a box of green tea
- 2 packages of Milo nuggets by nestle ( they are a chocolate malted candy...reminds me a lot of my favorite easter treat!
- Eark Grey mix hard candies ( my daughter says YUM!)
- Another bag of hard candies ( my daughter says Double Yum!!)
- a package of Longan Meat
- a package of dried Sweet Prunes
- a package of seedless red dates
- a package of Qi Zi Wolfberries
and lastly a letter with instructions on how to make my own brews of tea with these ingredients.

I am so looking forward to try new teas and enjoying the treats.

Once again thank you so much Emy for making this swap so much fun.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Gratitude Monday

Back from being MIA.
Well I can't believe I disappeared for another month.
Where does the time go.

Weekly affirmation:
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

I am grateful for.....
1. sunny days
2. an understanding supportive husband
3. reconnecting with friends
4. family time
5. reading with my daughter
6. getting comfortable in my own skin
7. realizing me time is important
8. reading quality literature
9. creativeness in the kitchen
10. nature beginning to bloom

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Time stands still for no one

Life has been busy lately. Daughter's school activities, after school activities, homework, housework, covering at old job for employee, family time, husband time and maybe if I am lucky some me time. But somehow me time isn't very much.

This weekend I have been taking stock and I don't like what I have found.
When I put me last it shows.....

This is a virtual model of me at 174 pounds. YIKES!!!
Where did the weight come from? I can tell you. No exercise. Every excuse in the book not to exercise - no time, weather sucks, I would rather being...
Also, a less than good diet. Junk and processed foods are so much easier than the good foods that take an effort to make.

Am I worth the effort? You are darn right I am and things need to change.
Time for a change. Stay tuned for the new me...little by little I will carve her out again.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Everyone needs a mini-me

After the success of knitting my socks I needed a simple and quick project.
Gail had been kind enough to gift me a mini sock blocker key chain with the sock pattern and handpainted wool.

So I rumaged thru the needle drawer, cast on stitches on extremely small needles and knit away.

An hour and a half later I had a mini sock keychain to be proud of.
I am thinking this keychain could be lots of fun....minis to match every pair I successfully make for my feet. Oh the possibilities :-)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Gratitude Monday

Today's affirmation
The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.
- Anonymous

I am grateful for.....
1. Spending down time with my hubby
2. warm chinook winds
3. movies that make me laugh
4. crafting or cooking with my daughter
5. conquering challenges
6. steamy bubble baths
7. books that transport me to other worlds
8. inspirational music
9. helping friends
10. remembering those who have passed over already

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Success is doing!

As I posted earlier my first experience making socks was less than satisfactory.
I ended up with socks that were too big, puckered and a depressed spirit.

It took some gentle encouragement from a fellow knitting buddy from my knitting list. Gail sent me some gorgeous handpainted wool, a pattern and loads of nudging. Taking up the dpns again, I tried because "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!"

And after 5 days of knitting success was found.

They turned out great. They fit and no puckering at the heel. I am in love...LOL

I see many pairs of handmade socks in my future.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

I have always loved history. Learning about how people lived, what they wore, and how they died. Romances, wars, hatred, compassion all are parts of what make up our whole being.

My daughter's recent unit for social studies was China. What a hoot!
The teachers began the with a "flight" to China. The kids were met at the door of the school and had to "purchase" tickets for the flight...using their library cards as identification. Then they proceeded through security and kids with "suspicious items" in their backpack proceeded onto the local police to be questioned. Some understood the game and others where confused. But sooner or later all arrived safely on the "flight" in the library. They went to China, visited the sites and flew back home. It was a fantastic way to spark the curiosity of the students.

Just yesterday we went on a field trip to Chinatown.

We visited the museum and cultural center, ate at a local buffet and visited local shops asking questions and soaking in the culture.

Looking up at the center of the cultural centre we found a gorgeous sight to be seen. Bright colors, symbols, inlaid gold and animal representing the Chinese New Year.

Replicas of the Emperor's chariet and servants amazed the kids.

The grandeur of the emperor's life was shown in many of the artifacts.

Can you guess what this picture is made of?
On close inspection it was discovered that every single detail was created from feathers of types, sizes and colors.

They even taught the students some Tai Chi moves to use everyday.

The kids had a great time. I can't think of anything more fun than experiencing another culture. What better way to remember all than to actually live the experience.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Monday, February 26, 2007

Gratitude Monday

Today's affirmation:
Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.

-Adele Brookman

I am grateful for.....
1. Family time
2. cooking with my daughter
3. a husband who lightens my load
4. fluffy white snow flakes
5. laughter
6. good food
7. good books
8. quiet time
9. the sounds of a quiet night
10. courage to try challenging things

If at first you don't suceed, try, try again!

I have always hated failing. And nothing sends a bigger red flag in my face then telling me "I can't" do something. It always makes me try harder.

Lately I have been attempting to expand my knitting abilitities. Some things are more challenging than others. I have made dish clothes, knit with novelty yarn, and felted and enjoyed each new adventure. However, knitting socks was not so successful.

These were my first attempt. Love the colors but the technique needs a lot to be desired. The heels pull funny, and the socks ended up being way too big in the foot and tight around the calf. I was disheartened.

The socks didn't go to waste...they are now around the house slipper socks. And I told myself I would try again.

Fast forward almost 2 years. One of my knittingparents buddies gifted me with some gorgeous handpainted yarn and a pattern to make socks and loads of encouragement to get started. With a little apprehension I cast on and so far so good.

Looking great actually!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path

My grandmother was an only child of poor farmers. They lived with very little but had lots of love. When she was in her early teens, it was decided to sell the family farm and move. She and her mother went to live with relatives in Kimberly, British Columbia, while her father travelled to around Calgary, Alberta to purchae another farm. That was the last she ever saw or heard from her father!

It was her one great heartache of life - never knowing what happened to this man. This happened at the beginning of the Depression and she was required to quite school and go work as home help just to help her mother make ends meet. To many this may not be much however, my grandmother had a great talent. She could look at a dress and make an exact copy with no pattern but what she saw in her mind. Her plan had been to be a designer but this would never happen.

I was always amazed at how she could make something good out of any bad situation. This was not her last sorrow in life but she never let it get her down.

She generously opened her home to me as an infant and I never went without, even though often she did. Hardships to her always had silver linings and there was always someone worse off than her who could use her help. She always had an extra plate at the table, coat to give or shoulder to help carry the burden.

Grandma Sarah always reminded me that it was my duty to help others. She actually was the first person who ever told me to pay it forward. Whenever she helped someone she never wanted anything in return. Her words were always.."help the next person who needs it. That is all I want."

Those words ring in my ears as true today as they did back when she was saying them.
As I was browsing my weekly blog reading I came across one that told me about Project Compassion

This is a group that was formed to help others in need. The first project for this group was to help 2 members of a family who lost 3 others in a terrible vehicle accident on December 23. It was decided that a blanket was to be created for each of the surviving members.

To know more about this family read

The project sound just like something my grandmother would of supported and encouraged. So I rummaged through my yarn drawer and found a dusty pink just waiting. Why was this the one? It was my grandmother's favorite color - it was just destined to be. I made four squares and shipped them off to be lovingly stitched together with others to wrap this family in the warmth compassion of others.

So if you are looking for something to make your knitting extra special drop by Project Compassion and help out in their next endeavor.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Gratitude Monday

This week's affirmation:

If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten.


I am grateful for.....

1. warmer weather
2. walks with the family
3. giggles from my husband and daughter
4. projects completed
5. comforting foods
6. movies that make me think about life
7. holidays to enjoy with my daughter
8. "The Secret"
9. looking for the positive
10. snuggling by a fire

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Pig

1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do with all their strength. For Boar Year people, there is no left or right and there is no retreat. They have tremendous fortitude and great honesty. They don't make many friends but they make them for life, and anyone having a Boar Year friend is fortunate for they are extremely loyal. They don't talk much but have a great thirst for knowledge. They study a great deal and are generally well informed. Boar people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarreling. They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to be, Boar people try to work them out, honestly if sometimes impulsively. They are most compatible with Rabbits and Sheep.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Gratitude Monday

Today's affirmation:

Wisdom is, and starts with, the humility to accept the fact that you don't have all the right answers, and the courage to learn to ask the right questions.


I am grateful for....
1. For small errands or jobs hubby does without complaint
2. the laughter of my daughter
3. Snow and all the moisture it will provide for the plants in the spring
4. Understanding friends
5. quiet moments
6. family thoughts
7. dreams of tomorrow
8. the crystals formed on the trees from the cold
9. the internet and the circle of people it brings together
10. curiosity

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Beware of the man of one book

The more that you read,the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,the more places you'll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

Books have always been a safe place for me to journey. As far back as I can remember books have been in my life. Other than bible story books, my first book was a collection of nursery rhymes. The book is well loved with its fall out pages and aged look...but it sits proudly among my collection of favorites. I still remember my Grandmother reading me the stories everytime I asked and then me thumbing through the pages and reciting what I had been told moments before.

When I turned seven, my Grandfather grabbed my hand one day and took me for a walk. We sauntered across town to a building nesseled close to the police station. It reminded me of the house you imagine when you read Hansel and Gretal. Inside was a treasure beyond your wildest imagination....inside was a warehouse of books. My Grandfather had decided that I was old enough to have my own library card. This acquisition was the beginning of a love affair. I travelled weekly to that house of books. Inside I journeyed to places only a mind can go. I went on adventures with the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew. I visited the characters created by Enid Blyton, Mark Twain and Barbara Cartland. I caught a glimpse of the lives of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII.

As a young mother I started reading to Sheridan at a young age as well. I surrounded her with brightly colored books and crazy characters. And as I read to her, I just increased my love of literature.

2007 was started with a goal for reading for myself. I was going to read, read, read!!!!
To accomplish that goal I.....
The object of this group is to choose 12 books that you have been meaning to read for atleast 6 months and finish them within the year.

TBR challenge books

1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
3. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
4. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
5. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
6. For one more day by Mitch Albom
7. The Other Boelyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
8. The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
9. The Gods of Newport by John Jakes
10. The Stand by Stephen King
11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
12. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Alternate List

1. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
3. Inside my Heart by Robin McGraw
4. California Gold by John Jakes
5. The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. Streets of Riches by Gabrielle Roy
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
9. Night by Elie Wiesel
10. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
11. Little Women by Louise May Alcott
12. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Also all selections chosen for the Knitting to the Classics
I also joined Knitting the Classics. It is a group that chooses one classic book to read each month and combine with knitting if we should so desire.

With these goals and a love of should be a good year.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The glory of small things

I have started this year with enjoyment of the small thing.
Always one who enjoys crafting, I am finding that quick projects are much more enjoyable than the sweaters that I have on the needles waiting to be finished.

I started the year with these beauties as I said before.
It only led to me wanting to work on my small items.

biscuit blanket was a popular item being made just before Christmas. But alas I had other more pressing projects. I made mine a bit bigger as I didn't like the way it buckled when it was empty. Overall, I am very happy with the way it turned out.

This year I have also decided to make each of the dishclothes in the group I belong to. January's first KAL was a snowflake and I think it turned out quite nicely.

I also have made a cute item...but will have to show you later. Its for my secret once she gets her finally package I will post a picture of it.

Knitting isn't the only small crafting out there....I was generously given a fob kit from

And after about 15 minutes of crafting bliss I had myself a nice piece of bling to decorate my winter purse.

Finally a huge thank you to Gail from my knitting parents. She was awarded my name in our Christmas swap which was to be gifted by December 32nd (a small joke from the group)

She gifted me with two skeins of Claudia handpainted yarns in pinks/oranges/purples/reds, a pattern to make socks and fingerless gloves and a sock blocker keychain. Can't wait to start that project.