Fair fun!

Well I had a great fair this year! 

We demonstrated Handspinning and Knitting on Sunday.

This is last years pic as I forgot my camera. Gwen was ill and couldn't come and it was nice and warm, so no sweaters. Otherwise everything is the same ;0)

This is last years pic as I forgot my camera. Gwen was ill and couldn’t come and it was nice and warm, so no sweaters. Otherwise everything is just the same ;0)

5 -1st prizes 

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 4 -2nd, 2 -3rd, 1- 4th, 3 honorable mentions 

I didn't include the non-winners in this photo

I didn’t include the non-winners in this photo

1st – Dress socks 

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

1st Hat 

Andy Cap

Andy Cap

1st Mittens 

Front and back

Front and back

1st Boot Cuffs (other knitted)

Really pleased with these!

Really pleased with these!

1st Handspun skein 

Handpainted superwash Lambswool "Mixed Gladioli" from Alchemy Fibre Designs

Handpainted superwash Lambswool “Mixed Gladioli” from Alchemy Fibre Designs

2nd – Glass sweatsuit 

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3rd – Shawl 

Glam shell Shawl

Glam shell Shawl

3rd – Socks work 

Toddler Tootsies

Toddler Tootsies

2nd – Handcrafted jewellry 

Bracelet

Bracelet

2nd – Artical Handspun 

100% wool

100% wool

And I won a $30.00 gift certificate from my LYS, for most points!

All in all lots of fun!

And the Funniest blog post of the week! Lol 

WIP List = 9 (doing a little list trimming)

  1. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  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. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf 

FO’s 2014 = 34

WIPS 2014 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 60

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 23

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0

WIP Weds: Welcome to the finish line!

It’s over, but what great moments!

Congratulations Team Canada!

10 – Golds, 10 – Silvers, 5 – Bronze

Ravellenic Games is also over

Team Canada

Team Canada

Pattern list: 8 in 17 days

 Woodland Sprite Bonnet 

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Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater

I designed this for the Olympics - freebee people. Enjoy :0)

I designed this for the Olympics – freebee people. Enjoy :0)

Drip Stopper 

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A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!

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 Another Pair of Mittens 

This little nesting doll was a gift from my husband many years ago :0)

This little nesting doll was a gift from my husband many years ago :0)

 O Canada Mittens 

This is a double barreled entry. Ravellenic Games and Soper Creek Yarn Challenge :0)

This is a double barreled entry. Ravellenic Games and Soper Creek Yarn Challenge :0)

This one is doubling as my LYS 2014 yarn challenge entry. The yarn we are to use is Red and White too :0) 

The Palms

The Palms

 Worsted Wingspan

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Buttermere Shawl 

Finished preblocking

The WIP’s List will be back on Friday :0)

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

FO’s 2014 =  13 + 1 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 11 – 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 33 + 1 = 34

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 4 + 1 = 5

Thanks again cya at the Finishing line :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

For my Green Entries 

  1. Alpine Abode Enhancement (Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater )
  2. Flying Camel Spin (Alchemy 100% Merino Handspun)
  3. Free Dance (Drip Stopper) 
  4. Hat Halfpipe (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!)
  5. Mitten Moguls (Another Pair of Mittens)
  6. Scarf super G (Worsted Wingspan)
  7. WIPs Dancing (Buttermere Shawl)

For Purple Entries

  1. Charity Curling (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, coffee Cup sweater, Drip Stopper)
  2. Junior Ravellenics (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet)
  3. Beadathon (Buttermere Shawl)
  4. Lace Luge (Buttermere Shawl, Woodland Sprite Bonnet )
  5. Nordic Colorwork Combined (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, O Canada Mittens, coffee Cup sweater, Worsted Wingspan
  6. Single-Skein Speed Skate (Another Pair of Mittens)
  7. Stash Skeleton (Buttermere Shawl and A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater  ,Drip Stopper, Worsted Wingspan

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

List of Projects for 2014

Fred and Ginger, love old movies. Hunting for pics of famous people knitting :0)

Fred and Ginger, love old movies. Hunting for pics of famous people knitting :0)

I have decided to keep up with the list this year, so here goes!

  1. Iced Cardigan (Oct kal)
  2. Top Down Swing Pullover
  3. Mile a Minute Blanket
  4. Lovely & Thick Rose Socks (Boot Cuffs) / Pynteraggen Kal/jan
  5. Snuggly Baby Crofter DK 1257 Sirdar 
  6. Butterflies #1 (my design)
  7. Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater (my design) ravellenic 2014
  8. Woodland Sprite Bonnetravellenic 2014 
  9. Drip Stopper: to catch dribbles – (my design) ravellenic 2014 
  10. A toque fit for a Canuck, eh! – ravellenic 2014  
  11. Another Pair of Mittens – ravellenic 2014   
  12. O Canada Mittens – ravellenic 2014  
  13. Worsted Wingspan #4 – ravellenic 2014  
  14. Buttermere Shawl – ravellenic 2014 Kal/Dec 
  15. Sue’s Hill Walking Socks – (my design)
  16. Merry-go-round scarf – (my design)  Kal/feb
  17. Butterflies Shawl #2 (Bulky) – (my design)
  18. Sun Hat #1

Reading List 2014

I apologize for not posting my reading list for 2013.

I hope to do better this year :0)

Here is another year of reading.

  1. Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins (really enjoyed this) (tpb)
  2. Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski (tpb)
  3. Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson (tpb)
  4. Heat Wave by Richard Castle (BL)
  5. Naked Heat by Richard Castle (BL)
  6. 50 Shades 1 by E.L. James (eb)
  7. Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise (tpb)
  8. The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks (sc)
  9. The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughgart (eb)
  10. Heat Rises by Richard Castle (BL)

Note: hc = Hardcover, tpb = trade paperback, sc = softcover, eb = ebook , BL = Borrowed from public library

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