Singular Stitches: Now, what have I been up to?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Now, what have I been up to?

Not much, really. It's sad, I can't even remember what my last post was about. I've hardly cross stitched, either. Not intentional, that's just how it worked out. I do have to finish up Vash's RR and get that off to her, too!

I've been pleasure reading. I used to read a lot, but kind of got away from it in college. On The Knitting Doctor's blog, I saw a link to the 2007 "To Be Read" Challenge, where each participant selects 12 books to read over the course of 2007. (Audio books count, too) If you're interested, they're still taking members until the end of January.

Here's my list: (In no particular order…)

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
2. The Eyre Affair – Jasper FForde
3. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Anne Radcliffe
4. Thunderstruck – Erik Larson
5. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
6. Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris
7. Belladonna – Anne Bishop
8. Od Magic – Patricia McKillip
9. Natural Magick – Miria Liguana
10. The Spirited Walker – Carolyn Kortge
11. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife – Linda Berdoll
12. Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence

I just finished #8 last night, Od Magic, which was *very* good. A great fantasy book with kings and wizards and travelling magicians.

I also started up a very simple, mindless knitting project, probably to counter all that lace knitting I did this fall. It's a lap throw for the family room. I'm using up some Homespun stash, in the Tudor colorway (cream, violet, turquoise, mauve and country blue), and really goes nicely with my chair. When complete, it wll probably be around 3'X5'. (And the cats might acutally let me use it once in a while...)

The majority of my Christmas gifts were handmade this past holiday. After finishing up the knitted gifts, I went to start on my sewn gifts. This was maybe four days before Christmas, but it's quick sewing, so I had plenty of time. *sigh* To make life so much more...interesting, my sewing machine decided to be sick. So, I tearfully called my parents and told my Dad that he would get his Christmas gifts after the holidays after I took my sewing machine to the dealer. (He totally understood)

I've had my machine for about 13 years now, and even though it picked a very inopportune moment to not work, it's the first time I ever had any problems with it. The repair bill damage wasn't bad, and now it has it's lovely purr back.

And here he is with his (relatively new) brother, my serger:

I want to sew more. I've done a little utilitarian sewing, and made some running pants for my Dad, but not regularly for myself like I used to. I've found some great sewing blogs (it all started with Isabelle's) that have been motivating me to pick it up again.

Oh, yeah, I just realized that back on December 18th, it was my one year Blogaversary. My, how time flies when you're having fun!! :o)


Blogger Von said...

Glad to hear your good friend is back home ready for another 13 years' service! Mine is sure running sweetly after it's recent professional cleaning. :D

I've been doing a little more reading lately too - it's good to switch things up sometimes.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see you're still alive. I love that lap blanket you're knitting, it's beautiful.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Oh I LOVE your elna sewing machine!! Glad its back from the *spa*. It just needed some tlc.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I've been trying to get back into reading too. I'll have to check out some of the books you've got on your list - they sound good. Glad you got your sewing machine fixed - that is always a frustration (take it from someone who's machine is always breaking). Your throw looks beautiful - great colors!

Friday, January 19, 2007 1:15:00 PM  
Blogger Redwitch said...

Love your throw, the colours are beautiful. Glad your machine is feeling better. I've started listing what I read too - mainly cos I have such a bad memory! LOL

Friday, January 19, 2007 1:44:00 PM  
Blogger SewChic said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog.

Listen, where do you find good audio books? I love listening to books on my ipod while knitting...just finished Right Ho, Jeeves and Pride&Prejudice...I'm at a loss what to do next. I'd like to find free downloads with human voices (versus computer-generated voices).

Btw, I love your knitting projects. The lace is beautiful!

Friday, January 19, 2007 2:31:00 PM  
Blogger Carto said...

Happy Blogaversary my Sweet! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Sorry I've been away so long, but things went a bit 'pear-shaped' a few weeks ago, but all holding up ok now.

What a great reading list. I've read 'Mr Darcy takes a Wife' and throughly enjoyed it. You'll have to tell me what you think when you get to read it - I'm not going to give anything away. If ever you're down this way (which would be awesome!), you'll have to visit the DH Lawrence Visitor Centre here in Nottingham. I've been twice, because when I went the first time, I couldn't get it all in so I had to go again! Lady Chattterly is very highly recommended. If you need anything translating when you read it (as there's a hefty amount of East Midlands dialect in there), just let me know! Big hugs xxx

Sunday, January 21, 2007 4:21:00 PM  
Blogger TwistedCandles said...

Udolpho is wonderful! If you don't have it already, Dover Publications has a very affordable paperback. Finding it in a regular bookstore can be a real challenge, lol.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 4:18:00 PM  

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