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Cloudy Sunday….

July 25, 2010

The clouds are playing with us.   It was pretty bright and sunny earlier today.   But now the clouds are moving in and teasing with the possibility of rain.   We need it…..oops…..I’ll jinx it if I say too much so I’ll stop here.  

I have a finished object!!   The Firefly Fringed Scarf that I showed a few weeks ago.   I finished knitting two weeks ago but did not have time to block until today. 

It was a bit tedious to block.   The 7 stitches that drop to form fringe were loops.   I threaded the blocking wire through the loops until taut and then pinned.   I was a bit surprised to find the scarf was nearly dry in spots as I was still looping the other side of fringe onto a blocking wire.   lol  Anyway, you can find this project on my Ravelry page.  I will warn you that this is a very poorly written pattern.   I wonder if the editors were running out of space and left some instruction out?   But overall, I love the end product and I will knit another one which should be much easier the second time around.  🙂   Oh, almost forgot, knitted out of Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy.   LOVE this yarn.  

I love to listen to books on CD.   I will get them most often from the library and then listen while in the car.   I picked up several books on CD last week.   The one I am listening to now is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.   I do not want to get out of the car.   This book is so very good.   If you only read physical books it is definitely a page turner.   It is set back in the early 60’s in Jackson, Mississippi.   Civil Rights is around the corner.   It’s about two maids who work for families in Jackson and one newly graduated 23 year old aspiring journalist who wants to write their stories.   I won’t say anymore than that.   But I would highly recommend this book.   I wonder if there is a movie in the works?  

Eleven years ago today this is who woke me up meowing her little head off until I went outside and found her:

It was on a Sunday and as you can see I picked her up and brought her inside.   Lexi and I have been a package deal ever since!  

Hope you are staying cool and doing lots of knitting!

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A Book Meme

February 12, 2008

Emily tagged me for this.

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Find page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.

Then on holy days, when people come from all over the country to hear the services in the cathedral, we gather farthings galore.

It seems to me we might man the bridge on holy days only. and give you a fire out of the proceeds, said Philip.

Paul looked anxious.

I’ll tag:

Michelle

Carolyn

Linda

Katie

Rebecca 

The Second Book……

June 14, 2007

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I finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns tonight.  I did not find this book as good as I did The Kite Runner.  It could be the subject matter was very upsetting to me as the main two characters are women who were born in Afghanistan.  I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone can believe it is acceptable to treat women or anyone in this fashion.  I also felt the author did an OK job of writing about this subject but I can’t help but wonder if a female author from Afghanistan would have written a better description.

On a side note, I recently contacted a friend of mine (thanks Linda) who is working a contract job in Kabul.  I started reading this book last week, made contact with him this weekend, and have seen pictures he’s sent of scenes and people in Kabul.  It’s not surprising I dreamed about Afghanistan a few nights ago.

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He’s offered to send me some pashmina yarn.  I’m very curious but I’m also concerned about odors.  lol  He’s told me some stories about the odors and smells there.  lol

Please keep him in  your prayers as he is in danger when he travels to work to help teach their military how to be officers.

Reading

June 7, 2007

Long before I discovered the internet, I used to be an avid reader.  I went thru the historical romance “bodice ripper” stage.  Thank God I got over that!!  lol  I’ve also read alot of what I call “fluff” novels thru the years.  Sometimes I just need an easy read to distract my mind from life’s everyday stress.  And sometimes I will find a book that makes a huge impression on me.  That’s what this post is about today.  And the book that I’m posting about is this:

Just a little side story here.  My sister wasn’t the student when we were growing up.  I was.  She did what she had to in order to get by.  I was the near-straight A student, the one who made the honor role and I was the reader of the two.  So fast forward to a few years ago and my sister (who did go on to graduate from OSU and become a very good art teacher) told me about her book club and this wonderful book they had read.  It was called The Kite Runner.  I knew if it caught her attention it had to be damned good.  So I got the book and started to read.  It grabbed me from page 1.  I’m not going to analyze the book.  But let me just say that I’ve never read a book that made me feel so many emotions.   Not only is this an interesting story that taught me about kite flying and how seriously it is taken in Asia, but it also teaches a life lesson.  I couldn’t put this book down and remember when I came to a certain part of the story how upset I was that I was reading it.  I felt the tragedy, the sorrow and the disappointment along with knowing the guilt that would follow the character for the rest of his life.  With that said, I strongly recommend this book.  And yes, get ready, this knitting blog may have several book recommendations coming up in the future!!

PS:  Lexi loves it when I read because that means my lap is hers!!!  No knitting to take up any space!  lol