Thursday, June 29, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge--week 5

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Lord of the Rings
The Belgariad
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Danse Macabre
Sword of Darkness(thanks to a recommendation from Guernseygal)
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading HP4-6
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished
Dark Side of the Moon: finished

I'm still plugging along with The Belgariad--I'm about halfway through the second book. This weekend I'll be reading Danse Macabre though--it's one of the author's I read that I can't put down until I'm done :)

Booking Through Thursday

This week's questions were suggested by Marie.

  1. Do you ever reread your books? Oh yes all the time.

  2. If so, which ones? If not, why not? I reread all my series books so I can look for clues/details I may have missed on initial readings. Rereading a book is like visiting old friends--there is something comforting in that.

  3. Do you read the books the whole way through or pick through for favorite scenes? The whole way through--although I do find myself skimming sometimes.

  4. What qualifies a book for the reread pile? If I really like it and it's part of an ongoing series.

Amazing Lace Challenge #3

Beginner's Triangle
It means blue, green, ethereal
It is the number 130
It is like ocean water
It is a warm breeze on a tropical shore
It is the memory of beach vacations with my grandmother
Who taught me love and perseverance
When she first taught me to cherish something created by hand
My name is Kim, knitter of Beginner's Triangle
It means learning to take the time to enjoy the simpler things in life.

Ocean Bliss

Friday, June 23, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge--Week 4

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Lord of the Rings
The Belgariad
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Danse Macabre
Sword of Darkness(thanks to a recommendation from Guernseygal)
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading HP4-6
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished
Dark Side of the Moon: finished

This week I finished the first book in the Belgariad(Pawn of the Prophecy). It's a very good introduction. The characters I like the most so far are Wolf and Silk--that could change though. Garion should get more interesting as he grows up.

Booking Through Thursday

This week's questions were suggested by Mary.

Which book character(s) would you...

  1. Like to have dinner with? Acheron Parthenopaeus(Dark Hunter Novels), Richard Zeeman(Anita Blake), Sirius Black(Harry Potter)--not at the same time though ;)

  2. Believe would be the best to help you out in a crisis? I think it depends on what the crisis is.

  3. Like to ask for an autograph? Acheron(Dark Hunter), Jean Claude(Anita Blake).

  4. Most identify with personally? That is difficult--Severus Snape(Harry Potter)

Booking Through Thursday

We haven't talked about abridged stories for a while. These questions were suggested by Xine.

  1. Are abridgements a good introduction to long, boring classics, or a blight on literature? I think that they have their place.

  2. If abridgements have their place, what is it? It's a good way to get a taste of a piece or genre, but I would still have the read the unabridged version because I would be afraid I would miss something.

  3. Have you read any abridgements, or will you read any? Why or why not? I read a lot of them in college; some I read because I didn't feel like reading the full work--some stuff you have to read in college just stinks and it's nice to shorten the agony. Personally, at this point in my life, I'd prefer to read the unabridged version of anything.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Recent Stash Enhancement

Stash Enhancement(Utah and Estes)

Here's what I got during my recent trips. I was using last Thursday as my Free Day for June in the Stashalong but I knew I would be in trouble if I went to Estes Saturday(which I did and the lace weight is proof). But who, I ask you, could resist that yarn--it's almost too pretty to knit with :)

Here's another shot, just because:

Mountain Colors(3 skeins in Rosehips) and Lace Weight

The red is destined to be a Clapotis and the maroon/purple doesn't have a purpose yet but I'm sure there is something in A Gathering of Lace or at the Heirloom Knitting site that would work :)

Oh, before I forget, I know you won't believe this but I may actually finish something next week(scary I know). I also finished one of my Trekking socks. Stay tuned for all the excitement ;)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Monday, June 19, 2006

Somewhere in the Wilds of Utah(A Mini Trek)

The beauty of traveling with Diva and Rage is that every trip(even one as close as the grocery store) is chucked full of stops to "use the facilities". We were not far from our destination on Wednesday when we had to stop for one such break. While my DH took them; Trekking sock and I had a "mini trek".

We had to brave at least 50 of these vicious beasts to reach our final destination. These things were everywhere--they looked too small to be prairie dogs. They were really cute and REALLY unafraid of anyone.

After surviving the beasties, we reached this view. WOW! This is one of the reasons I love Utah. You can see red rocks like this and a few miles later see the green mountains(see my Prehistoric Lace post for those).

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Amazing Lace Challenge #2

Prehistoric Extreme Knitting

Back in Time

The Beginning of the Trek

As you may remember from our introduction, Beginner's Triangle is a very elitist project and she was none too pleased to have to share the spotlight with Trekking sock. With Little Diva and Little Rage in tow, we headed into the prehistoric era for some knitting and playing.

Some of the parks inhabitants thought these were treats brought for snacking. He showed his teeth and Beginner's Triangle showed her needles and coerced trekking into doing the same--it was a stalemate.

Beginner's Triangle was very impressed by this display and looked for pointers she could use in fending off other projects. Trekking sock was not impressed.

Momma bird wanted to knit but couldn't find a babysitter(or hands). Our day in the park was fun for Trekking sock, Diva, Rage, and I. Beginner's Triangle was nursing a couple of skewers from Trekking and made it clear she was not cut out for prehistoric outings :)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Get Out There and Knit :)

Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day. Last year the most public place I could get was my front yard(we were in the process of getting ready to move at the time). This year I'm hoping to get to a park or the mall; maybe while Little Diva is at a birthday party--we shall see.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Bring Me That Horizon. . .


The Knitter and the Progeny


The Equipment

The Sock(#110)


The Walk

The Long Road (East)

The Long Road(West)--see the black bump on the horizon--it's a mountain. I was under the impression when I moved to Denver it was near the mountains; after living in Utah I can say that it's not--who knew?

There are nearly 70 miles of trails here--do you think that's enough to keep us busy all summer?

Summer Reading Challenge--Week 2

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Lord of the Rings
The Belgariad
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Danse Macabre
Sword of Darkness(thanks to a recommendation from Guernseygal)
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading HP4-6
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished
Dark Side of the Moon: finished

June 3: I finished Dark Side of the Moon today. It did not disappoint at all(someone even knits in it--but I'm not telling who). I couldn't put it down. The Dark Hunter series are quick reads but there is a lot going on in these stories. Each book has built upon the last drawing you even deeper into the lives of the characters(especially those that are recurring characters). I don't want to give anything away as I know some of you are just starting the series, but the times they are a changing for the beloved Dark Hunters. I'm REALLY looking forward to the book that comes out in January(it's about the Dream Hunters--which I have been completely intrigued with since I first read about them on SK's website). If you are already reading the series or the least bit interested, you should spend a little time checking out the site--there are some interesting things there.

June 9: I am starting the Cherek section of the Belgariad today. This is really starting to get good.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Stitchin' Thursdays

Magic Witch(goal for the month 13340 stitches total):

Magic Witch 10(12940 stitches)

Storykeeper(goal for the month 3600 stitches total):

Storykeeper(2400 stitches)
This is one of my June Project Spectrum pieces(as well as the Beginner's Triangle and my hooded T); there is so much blue in Storykeeper it's so relaxing to work on. Blue is such a calming color.

Over the past couple of weeks I received two SBQ suggestions that
request pictures so I decided to put them together for an SBQ picture
day. Feel free to post pictures concerning either or both requests. :)

The first request comes from Vash
who is requesting pictures of
the back of your stitching… are you brave enough to give this one a shot?

The Back(shown reluctantly) of Magic Witch--my backs do NOT normally look like this.

The second request comes from Singular Stitches, and she is asking for "a
pictorial tour of [the] special place that you go to create your
wonderful stitched creations."

My Stitching Space

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Multiple Hobbies

So here's the problem when you have multiple hobbies. Your stash increases exponentially. Knitting comes with the yarn, pattern, book, and gadget addiction(hence my Stashalong).

What I really need to do(but won't because I'm not ready to admit I have a problem) is to quit buying cross stitch charts. My yarn addiction pales in comparison to my cross stitch chart hoarding ability. The problem with charts is that I am never sure when(or if) I will see them again so I tend to buy them as soon as I see one I like. Heaven and Earth Designs(HAED) is my current cross stitch addiction. The sidebar has my current WIPs plus I have acquired many more charts than I will ever be able to stitch in this lifetime(that's why Little Diva has got to learn to stitch, someone must soldier on in my place)--no, I won't tell you how many; suffice it to say it's more than enough. The problem is that more charts keep coming out, for example, HAED charts many artists some of my favorites are Selina Fenech, Ian Daniels, Sara Butcher, Jessica Galbreth, and Josephine Wall.

This week our HAED fearless leader has come out with a bumper crop of good stuff. Like this and this by Ian Daniels and this and this(which I already bought by the way--I'm weak, WEAK I tell you!!) by Josephine Wall.

There is no way I'll ever finish them all, so I'm trying to justify buying actual prints in their place(yet another hobby--buying art). It never ends I tell you! I really need to win the lottery and take a time machine back about 20 years to have more time to stitch, knit, and whatever else comes my way :)

Friday, June 02, 2006

Summer Reading Challenge(Week 1)/Booking Through Thursday

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Lord of the Rings
The Belgariad
The Black Jewels Trilogy
Dark Side of the Moon
Danse Macabre
Sword of Darkness(thanks to a recommendation from Guernseygal)
Knit the Classics(1 summer book)
rereading HP4-6
rereading Dark Hunter series: finished the reread--not a big accomplishment as they are easy reads and I only had two left. But now I'm ready to start Dark Side of the Moon(as soon as it arrives).

Book 1 for the Summer Reading Challenge

I'll also be reading Dark Side of the Moon which should be arriving today!!


Booking Through Thursday

Jeanne came across this list of previous years' best sellers, and thought it might be fun to base some of our questions on them.

  1. In 1956, these were the top ten best sellers for the year. Have you read any of them?

    1. Don't Go Near the Water, William Brinkley
    2. The Last Hurrah, Edwin O'Connor
    3. Peyton Place, Grace Metalious
    4. Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis
    5. Eloise, Kay Thompson
    6. Andersonville, MacKinlay Kantor
    7. A Certain Smile, Fran├žoise Sagan
    8. The Tribe That Lost Its Head, Nicholas Monsarrat
    9. The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir
    10. Boon Island, Kenneth Roberts

    No, I haven't read any of them.

  2. Which ones have you read? Did you like them?None.

  3. If you're like me and haven't read a single one, which ones have you heard of? 1, 3, 4, and 7

  4. Will you be putting any of these books in your reading list?Possibly in the future, but I'm booked up for summer(as you can see above)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Trek Along with Me--Week 1

Drum roll please. . .
I have chosen #110, the orange colorway, (I really want to see what it looks like knitted up). I will be knitting Stitch-n-Snitch's Nancy Drew Socks and if I have yarn left I will knit some socks for Little Diva or Little Rage or both if there is enough :)

Ready. . .Set. . .Go!

Magic Witch and SBQ

40% done today :) Progress on this will slow down a bit as I will only be working on it once a week in order to make time for my Project Spectrum(for June will include Storykeeper, my hooded T, and my Beginner's Triangle), Amazing Lace(Beginner's Triangle), and Trekking KALs(color 110).

Magic Witch (Week 9)

Today's SBQ was suggested by Carol
and is:

Do you collect charts by one particular designer, yet have never
stitched anything by that designer? If so, which designer and why do
you collect the charts but have not yet stitched any of them?

I was going to say no but then I thought about HAED charts which are by one designer but different artists. I have some artists that I have been collecting but have not yet started stitching--Ian Daniels, Jessica Galbreth, Tracy Butler--just to name a few off the top of my head. The reason I have not yet started them is that if I start everything I want to do I'll get nothing done--I'd be too overwhelmed!

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