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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Winter Olympics: Let the games begin!

Ravellenic Games 2014 

Team Canada

Team Canada

Events

For my Green Entries

Some sorting is necessary as I can only use a each project once in green events :0(

  1. Alpine Abode Enhancement ( coffee Cup sweater)
  2. Free Dance (Drip Stopper) 
  3. Hat Halfpipe (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!)
  4. Mitten Moguls (O Canada Mittens
  5. Short-Track Shawls (?)
  6. 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
  3. Lace Luge (Buttermere Shawl, Woodland Sprite Bonnet )
  4. Nordic Colorwork Combined (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, O Canada Mittens, coffee Cup sweater
  5. Single-Skein Speed Skate (Another Pair of Mittens)
  6. Stash Skeleton (Buttermere Shawl and A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, coffee Cup sweater ,Drip Stopper)

Lined up and ready

Couple of parcels have more than 1 project.

Couple of parcels have more than 1 project.

Pattern list: 7 in 17 days

First up!

coffee Cup sweater

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Then

Woodland Sprite Bonnet 

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 and

Another Pair of Mittens 

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I am using strategy here. All these patterns are multiple events. They are quick and easy :0)

Blog visiting:

Treehugger did a lovely post ” Don’t stop knitting! It keeps you healthy”.

The WIP’s List will be back after the Olympics :0)

Ravellenic 2014 wips = 7

FO’s 2014 =  7

WIPS 2014 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 24

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 3

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)

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

WIP Weds: It’s my Blogaversary today!

Who would have thought back on January 22, 2011, I would have posted so much cool stuff!

For my 3rd Blogaversary, the 1st, 3 people to leave their message here at willow4, get their choice of a pattern from my Ravelry shop !

To continue :0)

Ok, I have discovered a flaw in the plan. As 4 things have dropped off the WIP list, I now have shawl knitting 4 days in a row, and scarves 2 days in a row. 

   Rose Harbour Shawl, Fanflower Fling, Buttermere, Shoulder Shawl 

So I have been concentrating on my Carry along Kal for Jan –

Lovely & Thick Rose Boot Cuffs – Done!

Boot Cuffs to dress up my old tired ankle boots!

Boot Cuffs to dress up my old tired ankle boots!

When these are done I will get back to The Plan and knock a few more off :0)

Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

Edge #2 - 12" of  36"

Edge #2 – 12″ of 36″

Currently reading:

Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C Allyn Pierson sc. Another continuation of  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Georgiana is having her come out, and presentation at St James. How does a shy heiress find the right man, especially after such a scandalous error with Mr. Wickham? Pg 115 and totally enjoying it so far :0)

WIP List = 10

  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 – finished Jan 20/14
  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. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  10. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  11. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2014 = 4 + 1 = 5

WIPS 2014 = 11 – 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 19 + 1 = 20

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 2

Thanks again cya 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 and on Ravelry.com 

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 

WIP Weds: Progress on “The Plan”

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Hello again, so nice to see you :0)

I am almost over my cold and am getting stronger by the day. Lots of progress on The Plan. Two UFO’s done and a few more to go.

Friday: Lovely & Thick Roses Socks (Jan/Kal)

Planning to make these as Boot Cuffs rather than socks. I don't think they would fit in my boots.

Planning to make these as Boot Cuffs rather than socks. I don’t think they would fit in my boots.

Saturday: Foots First Sox

Almost at the cuff. Thinking he only needs one of these boring socks. Yet I soldier on.

Almost at the cuff. Thinking he only needs one of these boring socks. Yet I soldier on.

Sunday: SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater

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Monday: Top Down Swing Pullover – Done!

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I will never be doing another boring, shapeless sweater like this again!

Tuesday: Sea of Dreams Blanket

Only 2" more to start the border.

Only 2″ more to start the border.

By the way if you are a Jane Austen fan, check out my last post Austentatious!

Currently reading: (I usually read 5 or 6 at once, these are the top 2)

Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski (see post above)

and on ebook Storm Front by Jim Butcher 1st Dresden Files

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. Top Down Swing Pullover  started Jan 1/13 – Jan 12/14
  9. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  10. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  11. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  12. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  13. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2014 = 2 + 1 = 3

WIPS 2014 = 13 – 1 = 12

 Stash Used 2014 = 10 + 6 = 16

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 =  1

Thanks again 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 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: January Knitting pic month!

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Good Morning all.

January is Knitting picture month. I am collecting my favourites to share with you.

The first FO for 2014!

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Northman Mittens 

Front and back

Front and back

and here is the soft lining :0)

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The Plan begins, a WIP a day!

 Sunday: Buttermere 

Almost ready for the lace edge, woohoo!

Almost ready for the lace edge, woohoo!

of 207 of 247 to reach beginning of lace pattern (20 more rows)

Monday: Shoulder Shawl – Hoping to finish this the next time round

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Tuesday: My Favourite Scarf Ever 

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First book of the year!

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Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins, gift from DH for Christmas. I am really enjoying it.

I have posted all FO’s for 2013 here

WIP List = 14 – 1 = 13

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec/13
  2. Shoulder Shawl  v2 started Nov 14/13
  3. Northman Mittens  Started  Dec 2/13 – finished Jan 4/14
  4. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Iced Cardigan  Started Oct 1/13
  7. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  8.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  11. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  14. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2014 =  1

WIPS 2014 =  14 – 1 = 13

 Stash Used 2014 = 3

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 =  1

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  

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