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Dogs in clothes – bad thing or good thing? Plus, cabling without a cable needle is totally not all that hard.

January 24, 2008

So I don’t generally approve of people clothing their pets.  Yes, some dogs need a little extra warmth, and that’s fine, but putting bulldogs in party dresses a la Tori Spelling is a little much, I think.  But whatever, you know – to each his own.  If your dog doesn’t mind wearing clothes, and you get a kick out of it, then have at it, I say.

And then I saw Cables & Bits by Sarah Wilson in the Winter Knitty (do yourself a favor – click on the link, because the pics are just adorable).  It is sooooo cute – a doggy shrug!  It just makes me want to squee.  Part of it is the little ball of puppy fluff they’ve got modeling it – she just looks so happy!  I have no idea if Ruby would wear clothes or not – but I think we may find out!

Also, I got the new Knitpicks catalog yesterday – I LOVE it when the new catalog comes in – I save it up to linger over it.  This is a really good one, too – no new yarn, but a couple of free projects – including a really cute cabled hat that I am totally going to make, as well as a really excellent tutorial on cabling without a cable needle.  I had been wanting to learn to do this for a while, and had been trying another method that has a whole extra step beyond what is in the Knitpicks tutorial.  Nervous knitters beware – this process does involve just letting stitches hang in the air after pulling them off your needle – this made me pretty jumpy at first, but I’m using a pretty fuzzy wool in this project, and those stitches aren’t going anywhere.  Now that I can do this, I’m totally going back to Koolhaas, which I completely abandoned after one row of picking up that cable needle every other stitch:

…as you can see.

Finally, I read a fabulous book this week – The Sister by Poppy Adams – it doesn’t come out until April (part of the advantage of working in bookstore – pre-pub galleys!), but check it out when it does.  I would describe it as a combination of two books with Castle in the title – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (two books I also highly recommend).  Two sisters, one crumbling Victorian castle, family drama and major creepiness.  I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. to finish it because I could not put it down.  Plus, you will learn more than you thought possible about moths.  Trust me on this one – it’s a gooder, as my husband says.

Three things I am pretty darn excited about

January 10, 2008

1. I just purchased my copy of The Sweet Far Thing today – the third in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. I can’t wait to start it, but I am re-reading the first two books in the trilogy first – I just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty this morning, and am a few chapters into Rebel Angels right now. Seriously, these books are so much fun – I wish they were around when I was a teen to read them. They have it all – romance, magic, mystery – and they are set in Victorian England – really, what more could you ask for? AND – the third one is HUGE – I love big fat juicy books like this – guess what I’ll be doing all day Saturday??

2. I can totally do entrelac. For reals, y’all. I’ll almost done with Quant from the new Knitty – I don’t have a picture yet, though. Slacker, I know – it hasn’t been sunny enough on a day that I’m off to take pictures, and our house isn’t so much with the natural light. But you know what? As it turns out, entrelac is not that hard. Yes, it is fiddly – I won’t lie – there’s lots of turning your work around, but it is so much fun to see those little diamonds pop up! Plus, this pattern is so good – if you have never done entrelac, I highly recommend it – it is very, very clear and straightforward. It doesn’t seem to make sense – you’re all like, “Do what?” – but just do exactly what the pattern says and you will be good to go.

I’m extra excited about this because it was one of my Fearless Knitting goals (as mentioned in Knitting Daily and on Ravelry – if I am successful and not too much of a interwebs moron, there should be a button on that sidebar over there proclaiming my total fearlessness), along with colorwork. If colorwork is this easy and fun, I am golden for knitting goals in 2008!

3. I don’t have to work at all this weekend, including Sunday, when I thought I did, so it is NFL playoffs all weekend for me!!! And yes, I really am excited about this – I love football, and I love to knit and watch football. So for the record, here are my picks (no spread, just winners):

AFC Divisional
Jacksonville/New England – um. Let me think. New England? I don’t think it will be an easy one – Jacksonville is the team that everyone keeps saying no one wants to meet in the playoffs, but I think they are going down. I don’t know if anyone can stop the Patriots.

San Diego/Indianapolis – a little tougher to pick, but I’m going with Indy. I don’t think the Colts will let the Chargers beat them again, and Harrison should be back, so Indy it is.

NFC Divisional
New York Giants/Dallas – Dallas. Manning and co. looked good last week, but Dallas has something to prove after the last couple of weeks. Although if T.O. isn’t healthy, I may eat these words!

Seattle/Green Bay – I refuse to live in a world where the Packers don’t win this game, so I’m picking Green Bay. I love Brett Farve and really, really want him to get back to the Superbowl this year. My team (Denver) was out of playoff contention forever ago, so I’m pulling (almost against my better nature – I’m an AFC gal) for the Pack to go all the way.

We’ll see how I do – I called three out of four last weekend (I really thought Washington was on a roll).

Enjoy the playoffs if you watch ’em – if not, enjoy your weekend!

2007 – A Literary Summary

January 4, 2008

So my husband, for several years now, has kept what he calls a “Reading Log” – basically a list of all the books he reads, along with dates finished. I always thought this was a good idea, but could never seem to get it together to do it myself. Well, at the beginning of 2007, I figured it was finally time. I wrote down every single book I read in a Moleskin notebook, along with the date I completed it.

It makes for an interesting review – how many books were re-reads, how many I thought were really outstanding, and just how many books I actually read. Turns out, quite a lot – I’m a pretty voracious reader. The average for 2007 was about two books a week – which is, I think, a lot by most people’s standards.

So, without further ado – THE LIST ( it seems to call for capital letters, somehow). Oh, and a note – titles in red are re-reads, titles in blue are books that I really enjoyed or found outstanding in some way.

1. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer

2. The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson

3. Don’t I Know You?, Karen Shepherd

4. Bad Monkeys, Matt Ruff

5. The Game, Diana Wynne Jones

6. The Knitting Circle, Ann Hood

7. Screening Party, Dennis Hensley

8. Knitting Rules, Stephanie Pearl McPhee

9. Home Remedies, Angela Pneuman

10. Flower Children, Maxine Swann

11. Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall

12. Down the Rabbit Hole, Peter Abrahams

13. How To Be Lost, Amanda Eyre Ward

14. So Many Books, So Little Time, Sara Nelson

15. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Stephen King

16. The Langoliers, Stephen King

17. Behind the Curtain, Peter Abrahams

18. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King

19. The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands, Stephen King

20. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass, Stephen King

21. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King

22. The Prestige, Christopher Priest

23. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

24. Meet the Austins, Madeleine L’Engle

25. The Moon by Night, Madeleine L’Engle

26. The Young Unicorns, Madeleine L’Engle

27. Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde

28. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde

29. The Titan’s Curse, Rick Riordan

30. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, Stephen King

31. The Stolen Child, Keith Donahue

32. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L’Engle

33. Troubling a Star, Madeleine L’Engle

34. Crooked Little Vein, Warren Ellis

35. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

36. A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L’Engle

37. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L’Engle

38. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver

39. Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman

40. Spanking Shakespeare, Jake Wizner

41. The Used World, Haven Kimmel

42. Katz on Dogs, Jon Katz

43. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler

44. Strangers, Dean Koontz

45. Does My Head Look Big In This?, Randa Abdel-Fattah

46. Not That You Asked, Steve Almond

47. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay

48. Foop, Chris Genoa

49. The Ruby in the Smoke, Philip Pullman

50. The Shadow in the North, Philip Pullman

51. The Tiger in the Well, Philip Pullman

52. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

53. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

54. Austenland, Shannon Hale

55. Into the Dark, Peter Abrahams

56. Evil Genius, Catherine Jinks

57. The Girls, Lori Lansens

58. Last Night at the Lobster, Stewart O’Nan

59. Going Postal, Terry Pratchett

60. Making Money, Terry Pratchett

61. Stardust, Neil Gaiman

62. Sandman Vol. I: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman

63. Sandman Vol. II: The Doll’s House, Neil Gaiman

64. Sandman Vol. III: Dream Country, Neil Gaiman

65. Sandman Vol. IV: Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman

66. Sandman Vol. V: A Game of You, Neil Gaiman

67. Sandman Vol. VI: Fables & Reflections, Neil Gaiman

68. Sandman Vol. VII: Brief Lives, Neil Gaiman

69. Sandman Vol. VIII: Worlds End, Neil Gaiman

70. Sandman Vol. IX: The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman

71. Sandman Vol. X: The Wake, Neil Gaiman

72. Endless Nights, Neil Gaiman

73. Pride, Prejudice, & Jasmin Field, Melissa Nathan

74. Light a Penny Candle, Maeve Binchy

75. The History of Love, Nicola Krauss

76. Little People, Tom Holt

77. The Learning Curve, Melissa Nathan

78. No Talking, Andrew Clements

79. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

80. Only Human, Tom Holt

81. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

82. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

83. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding

84. Heartbreak Hotel, Anne Rivers Siddons

85. The Monsters of Templeton, Lauren Groff

86. The Somnambulist, Jonathan Barnes

87. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

88. Drunk, Divorced, & Covered in Cat Hair, Laurie Perry

89. Pretties, Scott Westerfeld

90. Specials, Scott Westerfeld

91. Julie & Julia, Julie Powell

92. The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs

93. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin

94. Promise Not To Tell, Jennifer McMahon

95. Rock On, Dan Kennedy

96. The Black Book of Secrets, F.E. Higgins

97. The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall

98. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, Jeanne Birdsall

99. The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs

100. Helping Me Help Myself, Beth Lisick

101. Everybody Into the Pool, Beth Lisick

102. A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore

103. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

104. Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery

105. Anne of the Island, L.M. Montgomery

106. Anne of Windy Poplars, L.M. Montgomery

107. Anne’s House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery

108. Anne of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery

109. Rainbow Valley, L.M. Montgomery

110. Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery

111. Here, There, & Everywhere, Chris Roberson

112. Extras, Scott Westerfeld

113. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

114. The Nanny, Melissa Nathan

115. All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, Todd Wodicka

116. Knockemstiff, Donald Ray Pollock

117. The Book of Vice, Peter Sagal

118. Cruciverbalism, Stanley Newman

So, stats:

1. 118 books read – not too bad. I feel like I could actually read more, but given that I can’t knit and read at the same time, I don’t think this is too bad.

2. 51 re-reads – this surprised me a bit at first, but once I thought about it, it didn’t so much anymore. I’ve always been a big reader (I even wrote a blog about it a while back) and some books I re-read pretty much every year, like Neverwhere and the Anne of Green Gables books.

3. 11 books I would consider outstanding – this is amongst new books read. Obviously I wouldn’t re-read books if I didn’t really like them!

And some random notes:

1. You may notice I have listed all of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King except for the very last one. I actually read all of the last one but about the last 200 pages. Why would I invest hundreds if not thousands of pages read and not even finish with the series? Because I didn’t like where it was going. I could tell what was going to happen, and I didn’t want to stick around to find out. So there, Stephen King.

2. I’d have to say I enjoyed almost everything I read except a few books. The two Jane Austen take-offs I read (excluding Bridget Jones’s Diary) I wasn’t totally wild about. I love Jane Austen, so I read a lot of that stuff, and I almost never like it – with a couple of exceptions – Bridget Jones and Pride, Prejudice, & Jasmin Field – I love those and keep hoping to find others like them.

3. I tend to go on a lot of jags – witness the Madeleine L’Engle block (rediscovering those – hadn’t read them since I was a kid) and the Neil Gaiman block, for two.

4. I also tend to re-read previous titles when a sequel comes out – see Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, the Penderwicks, etc. I like to have things fresh in my mind.

5. I read almost exclusively fiction – only 17 non-fiction titles on the list.

6.  There were several books I started and didn’t finish, but I didn’t keep notes on those.

So that’s it – a year of reading.   Can’t wait to see what great books 2008 brings!

 

Already?

August 15, 2007

It’s feast or famine, people. No posts for two weeks, then two in as many days.

As promised, a shot of the Waving Lace sock:

I apologize for the craptacular pic – we don’t have a lot of light in our house, and it’s night, so dark and semi-blurry is what we got. I just finished the heel, next step is to turn it. That’s not my strongest suit at this point, so we will see how it goes. I was hoping to finish at least one of these by tomorrow night for a gift; obviously that is not going to happen. I figured if I got one done, I could wrap it up and let her know the other was on the way!

I like this pattern a lot – it’s lace without being overly complex and it has been a quick knit – I think I started them Sunday night.

I finished a wonderful book this weekend – I have to share. It is The Girls by Lori Lansens – recommended to me by my friend Meredith. She doesn’t usually steer me wrong, and this was no exception. Just a lovely, lovely book. It’s an autobiographical novel of two conjoined twins – and if that sounds odd or exploitative sounding, it is not. The writing is lovely, and the structure of the book is compelling – each sister takes turns telling their story, sometimes with completely different takes on events. One of my favorites so far this year.

Hey, how about a gratuitous adorable dog photo?

And another!

That’s the little terror that ate my knitting. But look at that face – how could I stay mad?

Stay tuned – if I can overcome the embarrassment, I’ll post a photo of my incredibly disorganized stash next time!

Reads and re-reads

August 1, 2007

I’m quite a voracious reader – I always have been. I’ve never really kept track of what I read until this year – my husband has kept a reading log for several years, and I decided to try it myself this year. It’s interesting to track patterns in my reading – and to see how many books I’ve read. I’m averaging about two a week – not bad. Some more, some less, depending on how everything else in my life is going. It certainly helps that I’m a very fast reader – I don’t know how fast as I’ve never timed it, but I can easily read a 400 page book in a day, given the time.

But another thing I’ve always done is re-read favorites. There are some books I’ve probably read 15 or 20 times – re-reading an old favorite, for me, is like the mental equivalent of your favorite p.j.s – soft, familiar, and something you want to slip into after a hard day.

So, in no particular order, some of my habitual re-reads.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird – with #2, tied for my all time favorite book. Every time I read this book, something different strikes me. The book has changed over the course of my life – when I first read it at about 12, it was all about Scout – to me, it was a book about a little girl. Later, in college, it was all about the social injustice. Now that I’m older and thinking about having kids of my own, it’s about family – how our biological and adopted families can impact our own lives and the lives of those around us. And in another ten years, it will be about something totally different.

2. Pride & PrejudiceQuite simply, the best romance ever. After all, aren’t Elizabeth and Darcy the prototypical romantic couple? Man and woman meet. Man and woman can’t stand each other. Man falls for woman, bungles it all up, pushes her away further. Woman realizes he’s the love of her life after all. Happy ending. How many Hollywood movies and countless other inferior romances follow this exact pattern? Plus, it’s hilarious (really!) and a striking social commentary on what it meant to be a woman in Regency England. That’s part of Austen’s genius – sneaking in the socio-political bits underneath the comedy and romance so you hardly even notice it!

3. Bridget Jones’ Diary – I’m not afraid to admit it, I love this book. It doesn’t hurt that it’s essentially a re-write of P&P, but it is laugh-out-loud funny, heartrending, and occasionally infuriating. I may not want to be Bridget Jones, but I’d sure like to hang out with her.

4. To Say Nothing of the Dog – a spectacular – and uncategorizable -novel by Connie Willis. Part sci-fi, part romance, part comedy of errors, this book is a joy from start to finish.

5. The Anne of Green Gables series – I have a very distinct memory of being bored at my Grandmother’s house one summer, and her handing me the first of this series to read. I turned my nose up at it – it sounded boring. Some time later, I picked it back up, loved it, and bought the rest of series. You’ve got to love Anne – her imagination, her many “scrapes” – truly great books for girls.

6. The Stand – Yup, Stephen King. I read all of his stuff, but I really love this one. A sprawling end-of-the-world epic – good vs. evil, all that fun stuff.

7. The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde – terribly, terribly fun and clever books. The literary allusions come at you fast – try to keep up! Featuring a heroine who can “book jump” – that is, actually enter books and interact with the characters. Possibly my favorite scene in all the books is when Thursday attends an anger management class with the cast of Wuthering Heights. Check out his website, too – great fun.

8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I love all her books, but this one is probably my favorite. Scary, scary stuff with a feminist (but by no means overly didactic) bent.

8. Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones – DWJ is truly the greatest (semi-)undiscovered kids/YA author out there. This book would be at home in either the YA or the adult section. Fantasy, sort of – set in our world but also parallel worlds that pop up in a lot of her books.

9. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I love all of his stuff, but this is the one I come back to the most. A book about the London that’s under London – a wonderful book made from a semi-crap (I say with utmost affection, as I own it and have seen it a couple of times) BBC tv series. Now that I’ve been to London, it’s even more fun!

10. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – absolutely the most hilarious book you will ever read about the apocalypse. Seriously. There is nothing in this book that you will not love.

And there are many more, but these have made it into that upper echelon of yearly or every other yearly (is that biannual? I can never remember if that means twice a year or every other year) re-reads. If you see something that looks interesting, have a look! Or let me know what your re-reads are – I’m always looking for new ones to add to the list!

**A note on the hyperlinks – I’ve linked all titles to Powell’s (and generally do) because they are the most easily accessible online independently owned bookstore. But I encourage you to patronize your own local independent as much as possible. They are a dying breed and deserve your business!

Etc., etc.

July 28, 2007

So, I finished the very last Harry Potter a few days ago – so. perfect. Despite the expected tinge of sadness over it being the last one, I was fairly elated when I finished it. Really, she wrapped it up perfectly. I won’t go into details for those of you who haven’t read it, but really, I’m not sure if she could have ended it better. Yes, there were deaths – some more poignant than others, but deaths with meaning. And the resolution of one story line in particular – we’ll say for the character whose name rhymes with Drape – was most satisfying. I’m thinking about reading it all over again – the last two hundred pages in particular were so full of action and revealments that I really don’t think I got it all!

My husband and I were discussing the whole Harry Potter phenomenon recently, and wondering if there would ever be anything to equal it. I think not. Working at the party at my bookstore, I was struck (again) by the sheer incredibility of it all – all these thousands of people lining up – old and young – for a BOOK. Not for the i-phone, or to see a celebrity, but for a book. Being in line with those kids, and watching the joy on their faces as they received their book – trust me, any cynicism subsides. It’s pretty amazing, and an experience I’m glad to have been a part of.

Not much news on the knitting front – I’ve started KnitPicks Dappled Lace Cafe Curtain:

And as you can see, I’ve not gotten very far (although I am about four rows past what is pictured). I’m using the recommended yarn – KnitPicks Shine Sport, in the same color, even – it matches the room the curtain is intended for. The only change I’ve made is to go up a needle size from what is recommended – I’m a very tight knitter and generally have to do that. The pattern is simple – although I managed to insert an extra stitch at the end of a row somehow.

I’ve managed to contract startitis – I was doing pretty well for a while, not letting myself start new projects, but all of a sudden I keep getting distracted by other projects. I don’t know why I haven’t finished my Chocolate Creme top – I’m soooooo close. But then I start on that stockinette and do two rows before I get bored. One of these days…

Next weekend I’m going to Nashville with my two girlfriends – we take a long weekend trip every spring or summer, and Nashville is this year’s winner. We have previously gone to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and D.C. It’s scandalously fun:

This is us in D.C. at an 80’s bar – a night of much imbibing. I think this photo was taken fairly early in the evening. We all look a little too bright eyed for it to be too late! This is a tradition I’m so glad we have carried on – I hope we do for the rest of our lives. It’s so fun to get away with the girls and gossip and shop and sightsee and yes, drink a little. I’m lucky enough to live in the same city with these awesome gals, so I see them pretty regularly, but it’s still great to get away. The one on the right is the one who is finally granting my lifelong dream to be a bridesmaid!

And planning for England continues – I’ve checked out Pauline Frommer‘s London guide from work, and I think it’s going to be extremely helpful. She’s got some great ideas to help cut costs, and notes some attractions that you might not necessarily think of. I picked that one because I met her at this years Bluegrass Festival of Books – she is super-sweet and her books sound just like her. It’s like having one of your (extremely well-traveled) girlfriends give you travel tips. So I highly recommend them – if you are going to one of the cities she’s got a guidebook for (they are listed on the website), get one!

In which we discuss dogfighting, Harry Potter, and bridesmaid’s dresses

July 19, 2007

So while I’m playing with my dogs today, I can’t stop thinking about this Michael Vick dog fighting situation.  I understand he is innocent until proven guilty (although the deck does not seem to be stacked in his favor), but whether he is involved or not, SOMEONE tortured and killed those dogs, and they deserve to be locked away for a long, long time.  I have a such a hard time believing anyone would do such terrible things to another living creature – but someone did.  It literally makes me ill -I get nauseated when I think about it.  I look at my own sweet pups, and it just makes me want to cry.  How could anyone participate in such activities, or even know about them, and live with themselves?  I really think there is a special circle of hell for these individuals.

I have to change the subject, because I’m upsetting myself all over again.  Anyone else totally excited about the new Harry Potter?  I certainly am.  I’m reserving all day Saturday to read it.  That is, after I sleep incredibly late, since I’ll be working at my bookstore’s HP release party until probably about 2 a.m.  We were making plans for crowd control today, and it struck me again how awesome this all is – we have to make plans for crowd control for a book release – how cool is that???

And finally, I brought my very first bridesmaid’s dress today!  My girlfriend is getting married in December, and for the first time ever, I get to be in a wedding!  I used to joke with my friends I was always a bride, never a bridesmaid.  It’s a very pretty dress – cranberry satin, strapless, and tea length.  So no ugly bridesmaid dress jokes for me.  And to top it all off, I had to go down a size from last time I tried it on!  Goodness all around!

Well, now.

July 14, 2007

A blog. How ’bout that. We’ll see how this goes. This will be bare bones for a while, at least until I learn how to do some stuff. And figure out what I want to write about.

How about some dog pictures?

This is Petey. He’s a hundred pound Rottweiler- German Shepherd mix. He is the best dog ever in the history of ever.

And this is Ruby. Also a Rottie-GSD mix, with perhaps a little chow thrown in for good measure. My husband and I are fostering her for one of our local humane societies. She’s about half Petey’s size.

Now some knitting?

Here’s what I’m currently working on:

A sock! A Jaywalker (designed by Grumperina , to be precise). This is probably my fifth attempt at knitting socks, and for some reason, this one clicked. I had a lot of trouble with the dpns before, but that’s going better (the wooden needles help a lot), plus the pattern is great. Very clear and easy to follow, and great for a novice sock knitter. Thanks, Grumperina!

And:

A Chocolate Creme Top, from Knitting Lingerie Style, by Joan McGowan-Michael. It’s thisclose to being done – I just have to finish the straps on the back and then seam and pick up and knit around the neck and armholes. But I’ve been seduced away by sock knitting…(see above).

And, what I’m reading – currently The Shadow in the North, the second in the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman. Sparked by seeing a preview for The Golden Compass, one of my favorite books. Normally, I’m not too excited about film adaptations of my favorite books, but this one looks. freaking. awesome. Inspired casting – Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter? Perfect. Sam Elliot as Lee Scoresby? Even better. So let’s cross our fingers and hope it’s a good one and not another Chronicles of Narnia – yech.

All right, I think that may be enough for now. My first blog entry – woot!