Friday: New Game!

Things are getting a little dull around here.  In an effort to perk things up I am going to start my Friday posts with a teezer, a quote or a picture. The first person to identify where or what it is gets… Drum roll please, a pattern from my Ravelry Shop! Ya, I know cool ah :0)

First lines of which book: “All the children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up and the way Wendy knew was this.”

Hill Walking Socks My design

I hope to have this pattern available soon :0)

I hope to have this pattern available soon :0)

What am I reading? Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

Totally delightful! A ancient China that never was. Number 10 Ox and Master Li, who has a slight flaw in his character set out to save the children of Ku-fu. I read this many years ago, it’s like visiting an old friend.

WIP List = 13

  1. Old Shale Scarf Kal Started Mar 14/14
  2. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  3. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  5. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  6.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  10. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  12. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit
  13. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14
  14. Hill Walking Socks My design Started Jan 20/14 Finished Mar 20/14

FO’s 2014 = 14 + 1 = 15

WIPS 2014 = 14 – 1 = 13

 Stash Used 2014 = 34 + 1 = 35

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

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Austentatious!

Yes, I have a thing for Austen. I didn’t realize how extensive it was till I started digging through my collection.

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It has even snuck into my knitting. On my to due list Darcy Shawlette,

The Dashwood Sisters Shawl and the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette

I have the famous novels… a few copies of each

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Seven Great English Classics (sc)

The Complete Works of Jane Austen (2 ebooks)

Short fiction

Unfinished fiction

and ebook copies too, because you can’t go anywhere without Jane!

All of the above on Kobo Glow, Kobo Arc and Sony ereader.

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Films, Audio tapes, and Ebooks 

Death at Pemberley by PD. James (audio)

Pride and Prejudice (DVD 1995) A&E starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (the best!)

And the more recent Pride and Prejudice (2005)

and an older BBC version.

Bride and Prejudice (2004) Bollywood musical (enjoyed it)

Persuasion (1995) – my fav

Sense and Sensibility (2008 – VHS) Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant (the best)

Emma (1996) Kate Beckinsale (best of the two)

Emma (1996) Gwynth Paltrow (not as good)

I also indulge in continuations of her novels and there are a lot out there.

My favourites are by Linda Berdoll,

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*Mr Darcy takes a Wife and *Darcy and Elizabeth

My comment: Miss Austen, being as single lady of her age and time, probably would have been shocked by this more realistic view of married life. This is the Darcy and Lizzie you imagine as a married couple! I am so fond of these books, originally owned them in trade paperback, I also purchased them in ebook!

Some other  delightful series

 Sharon Lathan has also written a rather good series related to Pride and Prejudice. This series sounds more Austen.

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  1. *Mr & Mrs Fitzwiliam Darcy: Two shall become one
  2. *Loving Mr. Darcy
  3. My Dearest Mr. Darcy
  4. In the Arms of Mr. Darcy (Don’t have)
  5. Miss Darcy falls in Love
  6. The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
  7. The Passions of Mr. Darcy (the story of Darcy’s Uncle George)
  8. A Darcy Christmas (Don’t have)

I have also been collecting the Pemberley Chronicals by Rebecca Ann Collins

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  1. *The Pemberley Chronicles
  2. *The Women of Pemberley
  3. Netherfield Park Revisited
  4. The Ladies of Longbourn
  5. Mr Darcy’s Daughter (don’t have)
  6. My Cousin Caroline
  7. Postscript from Pemberley (don’t have)
  8. Recollections of Rosings (don’t have)
  9. A Woman of Influence
  10. The Legacy of Pemberley (don’t have)

  I like this series but Austen’s voice is missing.

Rebecca Ann Collins has also written Expectations of Happiness a follow-up to Sense and Sensibility

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Found these in ebook format

Georgiana’s Diary by Anna Elliott eb. a free ebook

and Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange eb. preview I am seriously thinking about purchasing this one. Has anyone read it?

Some other recent finds:

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I also have a collection of short stories *Dancing with Mr. Darcy

How about from Darcy’s point of view

*Darcy’s Passion by Regina Jeffers – Don’t let the title through you it isn’t bad

*Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers  sc.- Rather good till just before the end. Spys and nonsence creeps in. 4/5th of the book is worth reading.

How about letters, and Diaries?

Austen began writing in this form then moved to the more conventional novel format. I enjoy epistolary books (letters) and Diaries.

*Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater sc. (rather good)

*Dear Mr Darcy by Amanda Grange tpb (very good)

*Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins tpb (very good)

Looking forward to reading these recent finds :0)

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Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson tpb.

Only Mr. Darcy will do by Kara Louise tpb.

The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani tpb.

and my DH found this in the last copy section of Chapters :0)

*Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski – delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. :0) sc.

Other recent purchases, as yet unread

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The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

The Bad Miss Bennet by Jean Burnett (Lydia)

 There are reference books and biographies as well.

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Jane Austen: A life by Claire Tomlin tbp

A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World’s Favourite Author by Charles Jennings sc.

*The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon hc. (total disappointment, wouldn’t bother with this one)

My family and friends keep me well supplied, and DH & DS but up with my Austen observations.

Just for fun go check out The Republic of Pemberley website for everything Austen. DH found it while surfing the net…awesome!

Note: * = have read, sc.= softcover, tpb. = trade paperback, hc. = hardcover, eb. = ebook

WIP Weds: Flooding in TO, One down!

Toronto is recovering from the worst flooding ever! 126 mm in one hour! More rain than we get in the whole month of July
( 74.4 mm).
 Thank goodness we are high and dry east of Toronto in Cda. I used to take this train everyday.

Canada floods: A Go Train with passengers waiting to be rescued stuck in flood waters

Hurray, finally kicked something off the list, happy dance!

Friday

Mile a Minute Blanket

5 strips to go

5 strips to go

I don’t do a lot of crochet so this is a change of pace.

Saturday

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

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Sunday

Ruffle Scarf – Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13!

This is going to a Craft sale at the church.

This is going to a Craft sale at the church.

Monday 

Sea of Dreams Blanket

Didn't get much done on this after chasing about looking for it.

Didn’t get much done on this after chasing about looking for it.

Spent all morning hunting for this little sucker! I had the pattern, but lost the Wip. Looked in all the usual places. Arrgh! Found it behind DH’s chair under some stash!

Tuesday

SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater

I really like this pattern. Simple and straight forward.

I really like this pattern. Simple and straight forward.

Currently Reading: Shroud for the Archbishop (1995) by Peter Tremayne   (Sister Fidelma, #2)  Ebook 

Another great book from Peter Tremayne.

Current WIP List (13)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 40% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Eileen Dress 85% done started Jun 21/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  30% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (21 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (65 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12
  7. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 40% done started Apr 24/13
  8. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  9. Ruffle Scarf   DONE started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  11. SPROUT – Growing Roots vest 60% done started May 17/12
  12. Top Down Swing Pullover 80% done started Jan 1/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl 85% done started Dec 1/12
  14. Camellia shawlette –  5% done started Mar 13/13

FO’s 2013 =  76 + 1 = 77 

+ 86 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 14 – 1 = 13

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (30 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 60 + 1 = 61

Books 2013 = 21

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

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FO Fri: It’s that time of year again…

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Well today is my birthday. Pardon me if I don’t divulge my age, I can only say that the numbers add up to 8 (ok I’m not 80!) ;0)

My teaser from Friday, a Useful Umbrella Cord

Useful Umbrella Cord PDF Happy Birthday gifty!

Unfortunately no one won the prize this time, watch for the next contest! I still have a nice prize I want to send someone :0)

I have 2 Golf Umbrellas, so I made one for each.

I have 2 Golf Umbrellas, so I made one for each.

I made one for my Burgundy Brolly

Unfortunately I can't leave it on my umbrella, as the furry children can't leave them alone.

Unfortunately I can’t leave it on my umbrella, as the furry children can’t leave them alone.

and this one for the Blue one

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Super easy and useful, freebie

I am also working on Pillowcase Lace edging for wedding presents

(2) 2" x 40" Very happy with these.

(2) 2″ x 40″ Very happy with these.

Finished two of these Flutterby lace edgings, washing the pillowcases before application.

Harley is my electric Geobike, first time out every season is a nail biter for me, till I get used to him again. We made it all the way to knitting nite at the LYS on Wednesday night. We both arrived safe and sound. DS came and picked him up so I wouldn't have to drive home in the dark, with headlights ;0)

Harley and I are finally on the road again. 1st time out each season is always a nail-biter till I get used to him again. We made it all the way to Knitting Nite at the LYS on Wednesday night. About a 20 minute trip. We both arrived safe and sound. DS came and picked him up so I wouldn’t have to drive home in the dark, with headlights. I should add the sun had not set…lol  ;0)

Current Book: Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne

This is the first book in the Sister Fidelma series. Reading it on my Koboglo. Very good so far.

Current WIP List (12)

  1. Useful Umbrella Cord Making 2 of these
  2. Flutterby pillowcase lace edgings (2)
  3. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project 25% done 
  4. Piles of Smiles socks a new pattern I am working on 50% Carry along Kal forum
  5. Camellia shawlette –  5%
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket 60%
  7. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
  8. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
  9. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
  10. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
  11. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%
  12. SPROUT – Growing Roots vest 60%
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl 85%
  14. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 75%

FO’s 2013 = 68 + 4 = 72

+ 77 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 =  14 – 2 = 12

Used of 37 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 56 + 2 = 58

Books 2013 = 18 + 1 = 19

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

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FO Friday: Wedding gift Done!

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Took a hard fall yesterday, so today is not so good. I will probibly be much better after a couple of days. However the wedding shawl is done and a week ahead of time. I would happy dance if I could move :0)

From Dawn Till Dusk shawlette / scarf  

16" x  68"

16″ x 68″

A closer view

It's so soft, the silk and alpaca is awesome!

It’s so soft, the silk and alpaca is awesome!

Even closer

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(2) Quick Knit Baby Shrug (s) For the Craft Sale next Month

Finished 2 this week

Finished 2 this week

Tea Sprout Drip Catchers  These are for the craft sale

My mother is a china artist. I love this pot...No it doesn't actually drip :0)

My mother is a china artist. I love this pot…No it doesn’t actually drip :0)

Found on ravelry: for those with ebooks,

eReader Pillow Prop by Elizabeth Arundel

Another useful tutorial:  Italian cast on by oftroy

Blog visiting: Soper Creek yarns by Tina My LYS is expanding, Yay!

This weeks musical interlude: 

The Night Pat Murphy Died by Great Big Sea Another Cdn band

Current WIP List (13)

    1. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project 25% done  
    2. Sassy Summer Satchel MayKal  Haven’t started yet
    3. Piles of Smiles socks a new pattern I am working on 40%
    4. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    5. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    6. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    7. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    8. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    9. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 42 + 5 = 47

WIPS 2013 =  16 – 3 = 13

Used of 37 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 34 + 5 = 39

Books 2013 =  16 + 1 = 17

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds: The Celebration Continues!

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The festivities continue! My 2nd Blogaversary was yesterday, 

Last Friday’s gift was Toddler Tootsies pdf  so today I have a 2nd present for you :0)

Micah’s Blanky

Great gift for a Baby Shower, or child’s birthday. At 24”x36” it is the perfect size for a crib, stroller, or a car seat.This comfy little blanket is knit from the bottom-up with Garter stitch borders and a flat edge stitch detail. Knit in worsted, so works up quickly. The lace design is worked over 4 rows with only 2 lace rows to remember.

Micah's Blankie

Micah’s Blankie

So on to my Works in Progress, it is Wednesday after all!

DH has been bugging for a new hat since DS pinched his. Truth is they both need a new one! Well I had been thinking about doing The Modjeska Hat that  texaspurlgurl gifted me last month. So here we go!

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I modified the pattern by making a facing rather than ribbed edge. Living in Canada, my fella prefers a double thickness over his ears.

I continue to work on what I have now dubbed my Christmas sweater!

Moved to box as it is getting too large for my bag, and my furry children were getting too interested in it.

Moved to box as it is getting too large for my bag, and my furry children were getting too interested in it.

It may not be done till next Christmas ;0)

I have been Spring cleaning or fresh starting would be more accurate.
In shuffling through my Ravelry pgs.

I realized I have purchased 34 patterns and have only made 6!

New List! I love lists they make me feel so organized!

Current WIP List (9)

    1. Beryl BlanketLong term project
    2. Easy Peazy Shawl – almost done
    3. Kelp Forest Shawlette very close to done
    4. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry
Audiobook I am reading while knitting:
Walden by Henry David Thoreau Read by Gord Mackenzie. I read this years ago, and found in it a call to simplification of life.

Book this week: The Warden by Anthony Trollope (Ebook)
I am so fond of The Barchester Chronicles Series I bought the Complete works of Anthony Trollope for my Kobo (only $2.88) There are books in this collection that are no longer in print, plus other writings and biography! This book is a particular favourite. The main character is such a nice little man and you really feel for him all the way through. Delightful, a classic worth reading!
Music offering: “Great Big Sea” was such a success last week here is
Old Brown’s Daughter beautiful  acapella.

FO’s 2013 = 5

WIPS 2013 = 9

Used of purchased patterns from Rav = 34 – 6 = 28

Stash Used 2013 = 2

Books 2013 = 8

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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WIP Weds: Top and Toes

Hello all! <wave>

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Guess what I’ve been up to! It has been so warm around here, all the snow has melted off the front lawn. So much for living in the Great White North. I’ve decided to Spring clean in January…

I was looking at my Ravelry Queue and was shocked that it had 647 projects in it, so with a little trimming here and there I am down to just the essential 562 :0)

And Knitting!

Pure and Simple Top Down Swing Pullover by Diane Soucy

Working on the left sleeve, still to finish body and right sleeve.

Working on the left sleeve, still to finish body and right sleeve.

Toddler Tootsies (my design)

Toddler Socks for my 2yr blog anniversary :0)

Toddler Socks for my 2yr blog anniversary, gift pattern coming up :0)

Did you see this on Ravelry:   This week Modjeska Hat by Tracey Grzegorczyk  this pattern was on my queue wish list. texaspurlgurl generously gifted it to me last month. She noticed my Scrap Jar on Ravelry Radar and sent me this treat.  Hope to make it for DH soon.

Book of the week: Mr Darcy takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

I have read this many times, a great continuation of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. This is the first of 2 books about Darcy and Elizabeth. I like how Linda Berdoll, depicted their evolving marrried relationship. I enjoyed this book so much, I purchased it for my new Ereader. Well worth it as I reread favourite books every few years. This is one of a few dozen, especially after reading “Pride and Prejudice”. (read recently)

Audiobook of the week: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Music Link: Fields of Gold Sung by Sting

FO’s 2013 =  3

WIPS 2013 = 9 + 1 = 10

Stash Used 2013 =  1

Books 2013 = 4 + 3 = 7

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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