Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005. . .in yarn.

Here's what I accomplished in 2005 with some needles and yarn(and I am so close to finishing my Jaywalker socks I have turned the heel but there is no way I'll be done by midnight--too much to do today--I guess it will be my first finish of 2006!). The finish line:

**Aran Baby Blanket--Encore yarn--from Knit Baby Blankets
**Counting Sheep Blanket--Stylecraft yarn--from Vogue Knitting On the Go, Baby Blankets 2
**Hearts and Stars Baby Blanket--LB Pound of Love--from Adorable Knits for Tots
**Baby Roll Brim Hat--Artful Yarns Candy--from the yarn label
**Baby Roll Brim Hat--LB Pound of Love-from Candy label
**Child's sock--Lorna's Laces--from Classic Beginnings, Socks for the Family
**Stashbuster Spiral sock--sock yarn leftovers--from Six Sox Knitalong
**Chutes & Ladders sock--Knit Picks merino--from Six Sox Knitalong
**Adult sock--Socketta(I think, can't find the label)--from Classic Beginnings, Socks for the Family
**Log Cabin socks--Cascade 220--from handknit Holidays
**Rogue--Patons Classic Wool(don't use it--too pilly)--from Girl from Auntie
**Child's Tank Top--Artful Yarns Candy--my own design
**Hat--Dale Heilo--from Dale of Norway Thunder Bay
**Hat--Some Random Superwash Merino--from RJConklin Designs
**Bookmark--Lorna's Laces--from Knit the Classics
**Bookscarf--DMC perle cotton--from Knitting with Laura
**Branching Out--filati 100% cotton yarn--from Knitty
**Memorial Quilt square--LB Wool Ease--from 440 Knitting Stitches and Patterns
**4 Preemie Pumpkin Hat and Bootie sets--LB Microspun--random PreemieProject Patterns
**Shoebox Doll--LB Wool Ease--Pattern from Patternworks
**Shoebox Doll(Sirius Black)--LB Wool Ease--Pattern from Patternworks
**2 pairs of mittens--Dreambaby DK and Encore Worsted--pattern from Ann Budd's pattern book
**Christmas Rose Gift Bag--KnitPicks Palette--from Handknit Holidays

Happy knitting,
aloha :)

Friday, December 30, 2005


hanne and Chris 2: I need blogs from you in order to sign you up--there are none in your profiles.

Everyone already signed up: Happy shopping tomorrow--if you are so inclined. I will probably be posting progress reports on Tuesdays--so if you have anything you would like to report you can leave me a comment OR I'll figure something out as I do a weekly blog patrol :)

Anyone wanting to sign up: Sign ups will close at 5pm Mountain time on January 1.

Happy early New Year!
aloha :)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Countdown Begins and SBQ

Stashalongers--first off--WOW! I am blown away by all the people that already signed up--thanks :) I know how hard it is to "not" buy yarn--especially when you are making an effort not to--hee hee. I figure that I'll be strong through January, February I'll start to waver, and March will be downright difficult. Enjoy tomorrow and Saturday--finish any last minute ordering and stocking up :)

A few thoughts on some comments:
Andrea: No pressure to finish too many things(maybe finish something you have on the needles--like, I don't know, Rogue for example)--no pressure though LOL) I don't think some things are finishable(is that even a word?) in three months.

Wanda: Buying yarn you had on hold--not a problem--I mean you "have" to buy some yarn with that first paycheck, right?

Kate: My husband is beyond thrilled that I'm on a yarn diet--of course, he's not thinking ahead--shouldn't tax refunds be here by the end of March ;)

Joanne: No problem getting stuff for your classes and designing--especially if there is something you're designing that we can all knit on come April! I think that if we did go another 3 months we would have to add the ability to take one or two days off for "stash enhancement"--I just want to get through the first three months and see where I am at after that LOL :)

Michelle: You are a braver soul than I--a whole year!!--there is no way I'll make it that long :)

Ruth: It's one of my resolutions too--that's why I wanted to do this. I need to broadcast it to keep myself accountable :)

Valerie: You need a bigger apartment OR you could use your stash creatively--as furniture perhaps?

Ronda: I'm worried if 3 months is enough to make a dent too--that's why I'm keeping to door open to add another 3.

Shara: It wouldn't be so bad if you were sleeping on cashmere or alpaca :)

Margene: Since there is no way for me to actually police everyone--barring a glaring post to the effect of "Look at all this fabulous yarn I just bought" I trust you and the gift certificate is perfect because you got it before the 1st--so technically it's already purchased stash, right?

Hanne and the second Chris: I need your blog address so I can add you to the knitalong--thanks.

aloha :)

This week's SBQ was suggested by Nancy ( ) and is:

How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations such as work, household chores, etc.?

Not very well if the truth be known. Stitching, for me, requires a lot of concentration which usually means I can't do it well if I'm tired. I have a 5 and 3 year old so daytime stitching is out--sometimes if the 5 year old is at school and the 3 year old is sleeping I get some stitching done but 3 year old nap days are getting fewer and farther between. Stitching at night is usually a problem too, because I can't concentrate if I'm tired. Usually when I really want to do a good block of stitching I do it at night until my eyes and/or mind can't take it anymore. Basically, I fit it in when I can--even if other things have to take a backseat.

A post-holiday meme lifted from Knitting, with Dogs
Four jobs you've had in your life: Middle/High School English/Reading Teacher, Adult GED instructor, Retail store clerk, Salad Bar attendant

Four movies you could watch over and over: The Extended Versions of Lord of the Rings, The Harry Potter Movies, Kevin Smith's movies(esp. Clerks and Dogma), Finding Nemo

Four places you've lived: New York, Texas, Hawaii, Utah

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Office, Real Time with Bill Maher, Six Feet Under(even though it's over now), Lost

Four places you've been on vacation: Disney World, Disneyland, Maui, Las Vegas

Four websites you visit daily: Bloglines, HAED Bulletin Board, mine(because there are links there to other places I like), Barnes and Noble

Four of your favorite foods: sushi, red velvet cake, calamari, popcorn

Four places you'd rather be: Hawaii, Disney World, Needlepoint Joint, On a tropical beach

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holiday Booty :)

My Christmas stuff(which is actually for family who read this, but you're welcome to peruse if you like):

(1) 30mg iPod(which you all knew about as I got it in November)and two iTunes certificates

iPod how I love thee :)
(2) Sirius Black's wand(Teri you were so right--separated at birth, I say!)

Useless(yet cool) HP item
(3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Special Edition(straight from the UK)
(4) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Special Edition(also from the UK)
(6) Random knitting goodies(mini Kacha-Kacha, orange chibi(with awesome needles), and Koigu)

stash fodder
(7) 5 HAED charts(QS Tomboy, QS Storykeeper, QS Motherhood, Faery Tales, and Forest Light-the last was a very pleasant surprise)and some Piecemaker needles
(8) Pittsburgh Penguins Uniform for Merino the Lamb(seen here hanging with Tolkien the Bear who belongs to Little Rage).

Merino and Tolkien

I think I had a some type of regression this year all I wanted were toys :) Special thank you goes to Andrea for turning me on to the Special Edition Harry Potter books. It will take me a while to collect them all, but it will be done :) You may be wondering why I bought HP1 and HP3 instead of getting them in order; I'll tell you why--I don't really like HP2(Lockhart grates on my nerves) and Azkaban is my absolute favorite of the six. These will be my "you can look but not touch books"; I'm interested to find out how much of the text is changed from the UK and US editions--they say there really aren't many changes but I'm sure there are a few.

Hope you and yours had a very Happy Holiday!!
aloha :)

Now here's a very simple meme. Just post the bunny. The Bunny is making appearances in numerous blogs, so let him come visit yours.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Stashalong--Sign ups end Jan.1

Sign ups have ended.

EDIT: Sign ups end January 1 at 5pm Mountain time.

Anyone interested in using some of your stash in order to make room for some new spring stuff? Join me in a very informal knitalong. Here are the rules:

(1) Must start and try to finish something from your stash yarn(I say "try" to finish because if you pick something huge like an afghan or sweater finishing in three months may not be realistic).

(2) You have 3 months and during that time you cannot add to your stash in any way(things ordered before January 1 but not yet delivered do not count--hence the early warning--get it out of your systems, ladies). Of course realistically there is no way to police this, so the honor system is in place.

(3) I am beginning on January 1, 2006 and ending March 31, 2006(if there is interest, I'd be glad to start another one after that).

(4) Keep me posted on your progress and I will post it once a week--probably Mondays or Tuesdays.

I've never attempted to start a knitalong before but if you're interested leave me a comment and I'd be glad to add you to the list.

Some clarification is in order:

(1) If you are buying yarn in order to finish a charitable project(to be completed within the Stashalong time frame), it's okay.
(2) If you have to get a ball of yarn to finish a project already on the needles because you ran out of said yarn and you intend to finish said project by the end of Stashalong, that's okay.
(3) If you have to buy yarn for a Secret Pal or gift(for someone else), that's okay.
(4) If you receive yarn as a gift(from a Secret Pal or other), it's okay.
(5) If you are buying yarn for yourself and it doesn't qualify in any of the above, it's NOT okay.

Laura graciously made us two buttons--therefore even though she is not participating in the Stashalong, she is still an honorary member--thank you, thank you, thank you. And miracle of all miracles I actually got the .gif images to post without major problems--this is a HUGE milestone for me--hee hee :)

Deena also gave us a great button to use--thanks so much!!!!

**if you would like the button, please save it to your own server first. If you don't like it feel free to make your own as I have very remedial talent with it :)**

Saturday, December 24, 2005

A Year in Review

Now … Year in Review meme

The drill: Go back through your blog and post the first sentence of the first entry in every month.

January and February: No blog.

March: Well, I'm not exactly sure how one starts a blog.

April: As promised April will be the month I attempt to start Albertville(Dale of Norway Olympic Sweater Pattern).

May: Yes, it's true.

June: I finished my daughter's socks today--normally I am pretty good at knitting socks, BUT I had to unravel the toe decreases on both of these socks TWICE because I kept getting the length wrong.

July: Happy 4th and Happy Belated Canada Day to all who celebrate those things :)

August: During my morning bloglutions, I find Margene's post about her knitalongs and in that post I find a link to Eris.

September: Firstly, hooray SBQ was suggested by me this week :)

October: Arwen and Aragorn have made an appearance this week.

November: I finished these last night but waited until today to post so I could get a daylight picture.

December: Sorry I've been MIA most of the week.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Friday WIP(2 days late)

I held off on this post because I was hoping to have one finished sock to show off and now I do :)

Jaywalker 1

There are things on the hobby agenda this weekend:
(1) stitch on Storykeeper
(2) finish 1st Jaywalker sock--done

Will both of those things get done? I'm not really sure. I have to get my Christmas cards done. I used to be so on the ball with that; I used to have them done by December 1st. That hasn't happened in the last two years. My goal for the last two years was to have them out before New Year's--pretty lame, huh?

I also need to find time this weekend to start the XMAS '05 wrapfest. You know next year I am sorely tempted to get everything online and have it wrapped--wouldn't that be awesome! On the plus side I am almost done with shopping. The kiddos are done--well, except for an outfit for Little Rage(but what little kid actually likes getting clothes for a gift--that's why I am not too stressed about it).

The kiddos aren't the only ones getting toys this year. I used some of the cash my mom sent me to order a completely useless toy for me. I won't tell you what it is until I have a picture to post, but I will say it's Harry Potter related. I'm debating right now on what else to order with my "money from mom"(which is the best gift because I have to promise to use it on stuff for me and me only--a rarity with kids).

I also need to make Christmas cookies. This is actually fun--once you get the cut outs done. Little Diva LOVES to decorate cut outs; I'm not sure anyone outside of our family would eat them considering they are usually full of finger prints and I can't vouch for the fact that they haven't been touched with fingers used to lick icing, but she is so proud of her creations. She takes extra special care of the cookies designated for the "Cookies for Santa" plate.

Happy knitting and stitching--and Happy Holidays!
aloha :)

In 1969 (the year you were born)

Richard Nixon becomes president of the US

Senator Edward Kennedy escapes injury when the car he is driving veers off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island

US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to set foot on the moon while commanding the Apollo 11 mission

Breathtaking pictures of Mars are transmitted to earth from NASA's Mariner 7 as it passes within 2,200 miles of the Red Planet

Woodstock music festival begins in upstate NY, featuring performances by Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and many more artists

250,000 Vietnam War protestors gather in Washington for the largest anti-war rally in US history

The first draft lottery since WWII is held in New York City

The Beatles' performance in public for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records

The Stonewall riots mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the US

Marilyn Manson, Jennifer Aniston, René„ Zellweger, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, and Linus Torvalds are born

New York Mets win the World Series

New York Jets win Superbowl III

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Sesame Street premieres

Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for best picture

David Bowie's debut single, "Space Oddity", becomes a huge hit - in part to the US landing on the moon

Sharon Tate & the LaBiancas are found murdered by Charles Manson & "family"

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

More cool things for your blog at

Thursday, December 15, 2005

SBQ & Booking Through Thursday

Today's SBQ isn't about stitching: It is about blogging and was suggested by AngelSan ( ).

Take a minute to reflect on your blog reading habits and preferences. What do you prefer to read in stitching blogs? (Progress, tips, family life, experiences, etc.) How much do you think you are influenced by other stitching bloggers?

Great question this week! I actually read more knitting blogs than stitching ones; I'm always searching for really interesting stitching blogs. I love Big A** Projects and blogs that cover that are my primary stitching blog interests. I think that works in progress are what primarily draws me to any blog, but it's also fun to read someone with a sense of humor(which you usually see in stitching mishaps or family stuff). Most blog stuff with me has to do with a connection I feel with the writer: similar interests, similar family issues, similar choices in projects, interesting writing style.

Booking Through Thursday

What with Christmas coming and all...

  1. Do you read Christmas-themed (or Hanukkah, or?) stories this time of year? If so, what kind? Yes, Christmas

  2. Do you have any stories you traditionally read this time every year? If so, what? How did your tradition start? We read the story of Jesus every Christmas Eve. We also read The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, and The Wild Christmas Reindeer. A few of the stories my mother read to me when I was a child and the others I learned about in grad school(reading specialist).

Friday, December 09, 2005

WIP Friday and Booking Through Thursday

I finished the Christmas Rose Bag from Handknit Holidays. I did it in lilac and hyacinth Palette yarn from KnitPicks. I only did one repeat of the pattern because I needed a small gift bag for a small gift :) I'm using ribbon for the ties because, frankly, I didn't feel like doing the i-cord. It was fun to knit and great practice for two color knitting. I think this would be a great bag to do in Lamb's Pride Bulky--it would be pretty large.

Mini Christmas Rose Bag

I started my Jaywalker socks, but I'm a little nervous considering all the problems people have been having with size. I'm a tight sock knitter anyway--I can usually get 10 stitches per inch without trying too hard, so with that in mind I'm knitting this with the help of: size two needles, the largest size cast on, and a bottle of Captain Morgan's(to be mixed with diet Coke or diet Pepsi, of course)--the Captain will help me relax so that I'm not hitting the 10 stitches/inch mark; at least that's what I'm telling myself :)

Jaywalker Socks

WIP Friday--on deck for this weekend:

(1) Debbie Bliss sweater for Little Rage--Still haven't worked on it; but I'm getting very close to the neck decreases.
(2) Jaywalker socks

What I need to start/continue:

(1) Little Diva's sweater
(2) Rogue Revisited

Happy Weekend,
aloha :)

Booking Through Thursday

Jeanne thought that it might be nice to have something a little simpler for a change, and I have to agree. Thanks for your suggestions, Jeanne!

  1. What's on your book/reading wish list? It's not a book; it's the complete Lord of the Rings on CD and also in a perfect world I'd like the complete Harry Potter for my iPod--my wishlist consists mostly of books on CD right now so that I can knit and "read" at the same time.

  2. What books are you giving this year? For the first year ever, I think, I'm not giving anyone books. Well, that's not entirely true, I'm sending my mother a bunch of books, but they are not presents she just wants to borrow them for something to read.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Big Reveal

I just received the most fabulous gift from my Secret Pal who I now know as Valerie. Pop by and check out her cool blog--very mod indeed. She's also going to be a published author; so send congrats her way!

Thanks again, you were an awesome pal!!
In this package I received: Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road(very cool book by an author from my old stomping grounds), 2 skeins of Opal sock yarn(which will be placed on a pedestal and worshipped daily, until they are made into socks), a disposable camera, a little photo album, Christmas soap, bath confetti(in a cute Christmas bulb no less), lip balm(which is especially cool since the picture on it is very HAED oriented--reminds me of my cross stitch stuff), and last--but definitely not least--stitch markers(which I love, love, love--seriously you need to come here and give me lessons, they are absolutely beautiful!!) EDIT: Forgot to add the bottle of Eucalan woolwash--which I have been dying to try--I think I'll give Rogue a bath!)

I truly can't thank you enough for making this an awesome experience for me. I only hope that my Pal, Jaqueline, enjoyed my gifts as much as I enjoyed all the wonderful things I got from you. Thanks so much, Valerie, you've made it an awesome autumn for me!!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Three Years Ago Today. . .

I was in St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City waiting to give birth to my Little Rage. It was a pretty uneventful induction; except for a few heartrate problems near the end. At 8:16pm, Little Rage popped out; all 8lbs. 5oz. of him. I think the best line from the delivery was from DH; when the head came out he said he was thinking(even though he felt bad saying it)that it was a pretty homely girl--although honestly who would look stunning in that particular position. Imagine our surprise when a boy showed up :) We both started tearing up when we saw him. We didn't find out what we were having with either kiddo and I was wrong both times--so much for a mother's intuition. Happy Birthday Little Rage--may the terrible twos be a thing of the past :)

We went out yesterday to see Goblet of Fire; DH and Little Diva wanted to see it and I wanted to see it again. Any of you who have know that 2.5 hours is a long movie for an adult, with a 5 and nearly 3 year old it was a crap shoot as to what would happen. Little Diva was enthralled from the previews and Little Rage kept hitting me and saying, "It sure is dark in here", then he would point at the ceiling to illustrate the point. Being the cunning mother I am, I planned movie time to coincide with Rage's nap. The dark theater, noise and all, knocked him out about 20 minutes in and he didn't wake up until Lord Voldemort made his appearance--hurray!! I actually got to watch the whole movie. Of course when he did wake up he announced, rather loudly as it was a quiet part, "Momma, it sure is dark in here." All's well that ends well I say :)

I got some stitching in this weekend on my Nano celebration piece, Storykeeper. Here's the 1,000 stitches I got done:

Storykeeper 12/5
I'm loving the blues in the background; this is much more relaxing to stitch than Arwen and Aragorn, but I love them both. This piece is about 100,000 stitches smaller than Arwen and Aragorn so it gives me hope that I will actually finish it before I'm senile and blind.

Happy Monday!
I'm off to wrap presents and get a cake :)
aloha :)

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The Introspective Meme :)

TEN random things you might not know about me.
1: I can't stand tardiness.
2: I love red velvet cake.
3: I can't stand apple pie.
4: I really can't stand barbecue sauce.
5: I can't eat pineapple without tasting Vodka(college drinking issue).
6: I taught aerobics/step for almost 3 years.
7: I am prone to road rage issues.
8: I don't like it when adults act like children.
9: I played the clarinet from 5th-12th grade but I've always wanted to learn cello.
10: I am really picky in my music/reading choices

NINE places I've visited
1: Toronto
2: Montreal
3: Las Vegas
4: Los Angeles
5: Disney World
6: Disney Land
7: Nashville(if you know my taste in music you'll get why that was a slice of hell)
8: Maui
9: USS Missouri and Pearl Harbor

EIGHT ways to win my heart
1: bring cake(not chocolate though)
2: bring yarn
3: bring stitching stuff
4: bring addis
5: iPODs(wait dear husband got that one)
6: be funny
7: be intelligent
8: be supportive

SEVEN things I want to do before I die
1: learn to ride a horse
2: play cello
3: submit a piece of writing for publication
4: run for 30 minutes, consistently(this is turning out to be a tough one)
5: drive across the United States
6: have a greyhound
7: hold my grandchildren(which is a long, long, long, long way off)

SIX things I'm afraid of
1: tornados
2: lightning
3: thunderstorms(see 1 & 2)
4: spiders
5: heights
6: cancer

FIVE things I don't like
1: narrow minded people
2: tardiness
3: elderly drivers(for the most part)
4: snow
5: Halloween

FOUR ways to turn me off
1: crude language
2: watching sports 24/7--just because it's on doesn't mean you have to watch.
3: act superior
4: be over 18 and act like my 3 year old--you'd be surprised how often that happens

THREE Things I do everyday
1: clean
2: change diapers--hopefully that job is on the way out.
3: spend time with my kiddos--because you know in a few years I'll be too lame to hang out with :)

TWO things that make me happy
1: my kiddos, husband, friends, and family(I know that's more than two)
2: my hobbies

ONE thing on my mind right now
1: going back to work next year.

TAG: you want it, you take it :)

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday WIP List :)

I finished Little Diva's mittens, which she has worn to school daily since their completion.

Finished object:

Little Diva's Mittens

WIP Friday--on deck for this weekend:

(1) Knitted Gift Bag from Handknit Holidays--I'm using some of the Knit Picks Palette yarn--I chose lilac and hyacinth.
(2) Debbie Bliss sweater for Little Rage--Still haven't worked on it; but I'm getting very close to the neck decreases.

What I need to start:

(1) Jaywalker socks--I already have yarn picked out; I just need to start them.
(2) Little Diva's sweater

Nano postscript: I was taking a final look around the Nano site yesterday and I noticed that there were 59,703 authors registered and only 9765 actually had verified novels. Just a stat for me--for posterity :)

Have a great weekend. I'm off to stitch, knit, grocery shop, Christmas shop, read, parent, and all the other required things :)

aloha :)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

SBQ and Booking Through Thursday

Sorry I've been MIA most of the week. My eyes and brain needed a break from the monitor after the month long Nano madness. Back to the regularly scheduled programming :)

I started another project from Handknit Holidays today. It's the Christmas Rose gift bag. I thought it was going well then I had to rip it out and start over. Stranded knitting and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it but I hate that I'm not very good at it which is a catch 22 because the only way to get better is to do it more. I'm knitting on sz. 3 dpns which is kind of a problem because I've never stranded around the joins--does that make sense? Anyway there are some tension issues there.

This weekend I'm starting to stitch on Storykeeper--which I am really looking forward to. AND that's not all, I actually get to start reading a book this weekend. Earth shattering I know, but I put myself on a reading diet last month because I didn't want it messing up my novel. I think I may start the Belgariad. Little Diva and I are reading the Chronicles of Narnia out loud at night before bed and I just love the way those books are written; as sad as it seems I have never read them. They are perfect "read aloud" books, the prose just rolls off the tongue; really there aren't many books that are a pleasure to read out loud, but this is definitely one of them.

aloha :)

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by AngelSan ( ) and is:

Do you have rules in the way you stitch? (i.e., Do you start in the middle? Do you determine which blocks to stitch first? Do you always start from the top or the bottom? Do you have special paths to prevent wasting thread?)

I do when I'm stitching most things. I always try and start in the middle and I try to work my way out from there. Usually I work my way to the bottom then finish the top. I try to leave faces, if there are any, until the end. The light colors used in most faces are more apt to get dirty if you stitch them too soon and since that's usually the focal point of the piece I try and keep them as pristine as possible. I'm not sure if I have special paths to save thread, I try not to jump all over the place. I look at the pattern and usually try and decided the best way to proceed from there. Each pattern is unique.

Now as far as HAED designs are concerned, I threw all my old habits out the window. I start in the upper left and work in either 10x10 or 20x20 blocks down the page. These are also the only patterns I park in. And I won't even go into what I disaster the backs of these are.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Have you ever read a book in a language other than your native language?In high school I had to read childrens books in French and Latin. In college I took a semester of Old and Middle English and even though it's my native language it bears little resemblance to the English we speak today. So I kind of consider it another language.

  2. If so, how would you describe your experience?It tries your patience but once you get the hang of it, it's empowering to read something as it was originally written. I remember most specifically reading Beowulf and a story I want to say was called Dream of the Rune--I remember Rune in the title because I was required to explain every possible definition of rune as it was used each time through the entire piece--it was infuriating and rewarding at the same time.

  3. Have you ever read a book translated from another language into your native language?I'm sure I have but for the life of me I can't think of a title off the top of my head.

  4. Why or why not?College assignment I'm sure.

  5. If so, how would you describe your experience?Some translations are very good, but some, if they are not done by someone skilled in both languages, lose a lot of the original meaning.