Sunday, February 28, 2010

Myrtle Leaf Shawl


I'm so excited to have finally finished this beautiful shawl. It took almost a year of on and off knitting but here she is in all of her lacy glory! TaDa!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Val's Commercial Last Minute Shopping

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Val's Commercial High Def TV

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Val's Commercial Gift Goodness

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Val's Commercial Family Joy

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Val's Commercials

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July - December

The last 6 months of '09 have been busy and wonderful. On the knitting front I finished 3 blanket squares - unfortunately not photographed, I am 80% finished with Myrtle, and made a squishy pair of socks with Collinette Jitterbug in Zebra for Val. I read 57 books, which is a big reason for the slow down in the knitting progress:

January

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore: Funny, dark, ironic. Crazy story!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: excellent storytelling!
I Am Charlotte Simmons Finished - required reading for anyone sending a kid to college…maybe not - ignorance is bliss!
Time Traveler’s Wife- I loved the love story, I’m still thinking about the logic of the time travel…

February:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - beautiful and inspirational, bittersweet.
The Shack - I didn’t expect to like this book, but was very touched by it’s message of forgiveness and healing. Beautiful imagery.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button short story; interesting..
The Reader Bernhard Schlink - intense and heartbreaking.

March:

Eventide - Kent Haruf - Gorgeous
Gossip Girls - trash
Knitting in the Old Way - terrific resource
The Six Wives of Henry The VIII - Allison Weir - excellent companion to the Tudors

April:

The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri - LOVED!
Paddy Clarke HaHaHa Roddy Doyle - Blech

May:

The Help - Kathryn Stockett - absolutely fell in love with this - wonderful!
King of the Screwups - K.L. Going - YA - wonderful, wonderful story about father/son relationships, gender identity, self acceptance.
Unaccustomed Earth - Lahiri - OK, a little choppy, not as good as Namesake
Winter Girls - Laurie Halse Anderson -YA - fabulous, terrifying- the protagonist is a knitter!
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell - fun, some interesting bits of info, a bit disjointed, short.
A Movable Feast - Ernest Hemmingway - fascinating glimpse into an idyllic time.
Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson - YA- Unbelievable storytelling except for the BS set-up for a sequel ending!!! I had no idea! She better hurry up and write the next one!!!
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to a Nation the Pox Party - YA-MT Anderson - Excellent story, this book has everything mystery, creepiness, intrigue, horror, tenderness, despair.
Octavian Nothing II - good but got a bit boring for me - war stuff was hard for me to stay interested.

June

Olive Kitteridge Kathryn Stockett - Love! Will definitely read again this summer.
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough - Still love it. Fee and Meggie are knitters!
Lady Chatterly’s Lover - DH Lawrence - excellent.

July

Pinocchio - Collodi - Wonderful!
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - hilarious- I am surprised by my reaction to this book. Sci-fi is not my thing but this is ironic, sardonic, silly, and smart.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling - no commentary necessary

August

Many Lives Many Masters - Brian Weiss
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate Dicamillo- Exceptionally moving story, lovely.
Time Traveler’s Wife (again)
Why Kids Hate School
The Help ( again)

September

The Thing About Georgie - Children’s - Fabulous
The Savage - David Almond- unbelievable little powerful story
What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know - Sonya Sones - YA - Wonderful, spot on book from the boys point of view sequel to What My Mother Doesn’t Know.
Touch Magic - Jane Yolen - wonderful essays on fantasy, folk literature.
Thirteen Clocks - James Thurber
David and The Phoenix- Edward Ormondroyd - beautiful story.
The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - ok, a bit weird, but ok
The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown - good - a bit predictable.



October

The Mysterious Benedict Society - Fabulous story. Very clever. (#45)
The Mysterious Benedict Society book 2 Perilous Journey.
Silas Marner - George Elliot
Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood - HATED this book.

November - December

Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence- W-O-R-S-T book ever.
Fountainhead - Ayn Rand - she is awesome!
Half Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls - incredible memior/true novel.
The Uses of Enchantment - Bruno Bettleheim - deep, exploration into the mind of the child and the fairytale.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks (53)
Glass Castles - Jeannette Walls - fabulous, heartbreaking, and triumphant.
The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry - Parody of children's books where the parents die, and in this book you want them to die! Silly, kids will like it.
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neal Hurston
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

I'm not going to attempt to read this much in'10. I want to spend more time knitting up a seriously large stash.

I made a big change on the job-front and it was a good decision. I have three healthy, happy, and employed children and a loving husband. I thoroughly enjoyed my daughter's foray into acting and it was so much fun watching her on TV. I'm grateful for my family and my friends that are my family. I'm looking forward to '10!