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It’s been another rather busy week. I’ve been beavering away finishing a few things, and starting my next Kal.

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

3 pattern repeats

3 pattern repeats

 One pair of Yoga Socks done and handed in 

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Published 2 new Patterns on Ravelry.com this last week.

Be Simply Different scarf – a freebee 

Be Simply Different

Be Simply Different

and The Herman Hat 

Made for our friend Herman

Made for our friend Herman

I came across 2 interesting Articals:

A Quick Guide to Stitch Markers and 

Make your own Stitch Markers

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WIP List = 13

  1. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  2. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  3. Untangled #4
  4. Without Moonlight #2 
  5. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  6. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  7. Zuzu’s Petals
  8. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  9. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  10. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  11. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  12. My Fair Cardi 
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done
  14. Be Simply Different Scarf  
  15. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  16. 6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages (2)

WIPS 2015 = 16 – 3 = 13

FO’s 2015 = 19 + 4 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 6 + 1 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Wonder Weds: Harley is on the road again!

Harley my electric Geobike :0)

Harley my electric Geobike :0)

What a delightful surprise, I came home to find that DH had fixed up “Harley” my ebike. He needed a little attention and minor repairs. I don’t drive anymore so it’s wonderful to be able to get around on my own. I see more trips to the LYS ;0)

Spring is time for yarn Adoption!

Two balls of interesting sock yarn and two relatively neutral colours for my Not so "Leftover Cowl" Project

Two balls of interesting sock yarn and two relatively neutral colours for my Not so “Leftover Cowl” Project

A Sun Hat #3  

size 0-3m

size 0-3m

Foots First Sox 

Almost to the heel

Almost to the heel

What I’m reading: The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

A good read, it's interesting to see Mary Bennet's view of things.

A good read, it’s interesting to see Mary Bennet’s view of things.

WIP List = 10

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  10. A Sun Hat #3  started Apr 11/14

FO’s 2014 = 19

WIPS 2014 = 9 + 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 40

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 6 + 3 = 9

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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Review: Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise

I enjoyed it for the same reasons and with the same reservations. I think it’s all covered in this review. I don’t think I would reread it but I enjoyed reading it once….

Diary of an Eccentric

Darcy looked down, feeling somewhat embarrassed.  “Now you know very well, Georgiana, that I have never really taken a strong liking to any particular woman.  Usually the association was out of duty or obligation or some familial obligation.  There may have been a few whose company I enjoyed, but none I would have sought as my wife.”

“Oh, but there were certainly many who wanted you to take a liking to them and who would have, without the slightest hesitation, consented to being your wife!”

“Yes, and I can remember all your comments after I would introduce one of those women to you.”

Georgiana looked down, displaying a childlike pout for her brother.  “I was not that bad, was I, Fitzwilliam?”

Darcy laughed.  “I quickly discovered, Georgiana, that the quieter you were around the lady, the more vocal you would be to me after she left!”

(from Darcy’s Voyage

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FO Friday: A Busy Week

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It has been a rather nice week. “The Plan” is chugging along, things are dropping off the WIP list. The weather has been getting fractionally warmer. Still wearing the wooliez, but the sun is out. Been out twice for supper with friends.

Went to the Theatre to see “An Affair to Remember” (starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) on the big screen. I love old movies, what a treat!

The Plan Progress

Wednesday: Mile a minute afghan – Done!

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Having finished this I completed the first

Lovely & Thick Roses Socks (Jan/Kal)

Having decided that these heavy socks would not fit in my ankle boots, I am making boot cuffs instead.

Having decided that these heavy socks would not fit in my ankle boots, I am making boot cuffs instead.

Thursday:

Book: Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski

(A continuation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Finished reading this delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. You may have to acquire it in eformat, as this book was purchased from the last copy shelf. Unfortunately I was so absorbed that my knitting ended up getting ignored.

WIP List = 12

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec/13
  2. Shoulder Shawl  v2 started Nov 14/13
  3. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  5. Lovely & Thick Rose Socks Started Jan 9/14
  6. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  7.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. Mile a minute afghan – crochet  started Apr 24/13 finished Jan 14/14 
  10. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  11. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  12. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2014 = 3 + 1 = 4

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 =  16 + 3 = 19

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 =  1 + 1 = 2

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)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket and on Ravelry.com 

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: Andy’s Cap and Willowspocket

tami_wipNot much to say this week, waiting for a date for some medical tests. Doing a lot of knitting, and reading.

Andy’s Cap my design

I tried another pattern and didn't like the Tam part of the cap, So invented my own.

I tried another pattern and didn’t like the Tam part of the cap, So invented my own.

Busy getting ready for Christmas in WillowsPocket on Etsy

Made a bunch of Knitters Chatelaines

I made one for myself and decided to make a few more for the shop. I ended up making 5 different types.

I made one for myself and decided to make a few more for the shop. I ended up making 5 different types.

I’m reading through the Argeneau Family series by Linsay Sands again.

Makes me laugh everytime. Currently on “Tall Dark and Hungry” Book 4.

I posed a question to my readers:

 Is anyone interested in a Sports Bra, Ladies Underwear, or Unisex Boxer Shorts Tutorial? I am thinking of making some and will record the process. Please list which you are interested in. So far there has been one vote for a Sports Bra. Anyone else want to weigh in? I will probably be doing an example of each. So I am going to try a poll to determine which to plan first.

The polls are still open till the end of the month, vote here!

Current WIP List (7 + 2)

 FO’s 2013 = 95

WIPS 2013 = 7 (+ 2)

 Stash Used 2013 = 82

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 34

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket 

Psst! Only 10 more Saturdays till Christmas!

and on Ravelry.com  

WIP Weds: The KW Knitters Fair Adventure

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First things first, if you missed it on Friday Basic Bra Making Part 1 is up, part 2 will be up on Friday.

 Kitchener Waterloo Knitters fair (sorry tried to put logo here, but no go :0(

There is only one event in the knitters year that my DH & DS are happy to take me to.  The Kitchener Waterloo Knitters fair. We got up bright and early, well I did, and after some poking and prodding were on our way. A bunch of local knitting friends carpooled, we bumped into them at the Tim Hortons coffee shop on our way. Kitchener, Ontario Canada, is about 2 hours from where we live. The drive across the north part of Toronto on Hwy 401 was uneventful. Like a guided missile the little echo found it’s way without the usual detours my guys are so fond of. They knew I meant business.

Just one of the aisles of fun! Lots and lots of venders, and bunches of good stuff!

Just one of the aisles of fun! Lots and lots of venders, and bunches of good stuff!

Unfortunately the only way I can do these events is in my wheelchair, with my two motors (DH & DS). We toured the rows and rows of venders.  My guys disappear to pick up a Christmas present or two for me, they stuff them in the wheelchair backpack and think I don’t know ;0)

I caught glimpses of friends among the amazing array of knitting stuff, I saw several old friends who brought me up to date on other old friends. Some good news and some sadly not so good news.

This picture is fuzzy because of yarn fumes!

This picture is fuzzy because of yarn fumes!

My DH bought me this button and gave it to me with a wink.

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I am proud to say I did absolutely no stash enhancement. Most of what they had I can get at my Soper Creek Yarns, my LYS has just about everything. They do mail order if you are interested…

Treasures!

Treasures!

Can you have to many needle gauges and stitch markers?

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And these are just what I need for my circs

I bought Patterns (linked the ones that are on Ravelry)

Lavender Fields shawl by Natalie Servant and Mieka sweater by Perl Grey (which is far nicer than in the pattern pic)

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Hooded Scarf with Pockets by Cathy Payson (DS got all excited when he saw this, He says “Any man that wears this fears no one! Please make this for me” what could I say?

Think I'll make this out of vintage.

Think I’ll make this out of vintage.

Opal Sock Bunny – I love stuffed Bunnies! and Sea Silk Wrap by Glenys Little

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

Bought this at Soper Creek yarns on Tuesday, thinking Brown Bunny for DH.

More shades of brown than shown in photo.

More shades of brown than shown in photo.

I wasn’t supposed to know about this purchase at the fair. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman. The book has since disappeared. ????????????????

I wanted this book but hadn’t got around to buying it.

So we finished up getting high on fibre fumes.  The real reason that the guys like to go to this event… A&W for lunch afterward. We got on the road and headed home. The traffic was beyond bad, bumper, to bumper for almost 2 hours (which made it a 4 hour trip), with 3 very tired people. We finally got to home to B-ville. Pulled up at Walmart for some supper supplies. I headed for the washroom on autopilot, I walked into it and suddenly stopped thinking I had walked into it not sure where I was. I must have given the woman at the sink a funny look, because the smiled and said “Yes, you are in the Ladies room” and smiled. Hahaha!

Then I thought caffeine might help, so I headed for the coffee place. I must have looked so dazed, the lady in front of me in line bought me a coffee.

All in all a delightful day!

Well between recovering from the weekend, working on The Basic Bra Tutorial and The Plan, things remain busy around here.

FYI Update on Titanium clavicle:  DS took a follow-up trip back to the fracture clinic. He is officially out of a sling! He’s healing nicely. The Surgeon recommends no professional football for 6 weeks till be gets the all clear. Being a specialist book worm and computer geek, no problem. He has declared that the scares are the result of fighting with ninjas, he winks, says it’ll impress the girlz. Great news, he can ride “Harley” again. He’s one very happy camper!

FO’s 2013 = 90  

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 28 + 21 = 30

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

Some new items in my Etsy shop this week.

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