Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Into Reading 2012

Here's the list of books I'd like to read during Fall Into Reading 2012.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.  This one is a little bit of a cheat because I started it over a year ago but got distracted and never finished it in spite of the fact that I absolutely love it!

The other books are series my kids are reading that are both very good.  I've already read the first books of both series but I want to finish the series so we can keep talking about them.  Most people are familiar with the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  The other trilogy by Kylie Chan is a great mix up of modern culture and Asian spirit/god fantasy.  There is a lot of action and a strong heroine who, as a character in a book, is very well developed.  I highly recommend it.

Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan

Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

And do knitting books count?  Well, I read those all the time anyway.  I have one picked out for my vacation in February too but I guess that's really WAY out of fall season and if I can get these 5 done this fall I'll be very happy with that.

I hope you're all reading too!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Single Skein September

Do you listen to podcasts?  Do you listen to knitting podcasts?  And more over, do you listen to Stash and Burn by the wonderful Jenny and Nicole?  They do this great thing called Single Skein September which is a self motivated challenge to knit with as many single skeins (or a couple small double skeins) and get as many finished projects as you can during the month.  It's a great way to power through some of the beautiful single skeins you picked up on vacation over the summer and maybe get some small holiday knitting gifts done early or a little something for yourself for the upcoming cold months if you live in the northern hemisphere.  I am in full SSS mode right now casting on with abandon.  I'm almost done with a great pair of mitts made from some deep stash leftovers.  I have finished a great, super bulky hat that knit up in 2 hours.

It came out cool enough for my daughter to claim it so that's a victory!

But back to podcasts.  I love talk radio having grown up listening to the CBC and NPR.  I still love those stations but I don't live on the Canadian border anymore so I have to get those via podcast feeds.  But I also love that I can look up any interested I have, from knitting to Mac computers, and usually find a someone willing to talk about it.  The one topic that stumped me was some kind of modern day chariot racing that someone mentioned to me one day.  We couldn't find a podcast on that but give it time and someone will come forward to produce it.

In the meantime, I'm off to finish those mitts and maybe one or two more of the single skein projects I've cast on so far this month.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sewing for the Holidays

Mom has been staying with me for a couple of weeks (YEAH!) so I've been sewing lots with her.  Among my favorites are these Christmas tree decorations.

I think it will be so fun to give them as gifts and I would love to cover my whole mantle with them and add some pretty white lights.  This fall weather is helping my holiday focus and it's lots of fun.