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 On your left, is the two balls of Wendy Merino DK that I bought an hour ago, and on your right is The Bane of My Existence: a tangled mess of the Misti Alpaca Lace that I posted about buying in this post. I starting putting it in a centre pull ball using the toilet paper roll method, but let's be honest, I have never had to use a reshape a hank of yarn, and…

Here is my reading list for the Summer Reading Challenge (June 1- August 1). Almost all of it is young adult or children's lit which is funny and also will give me a slightly high chance of actually finishing the challenge. The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling Watership Down by Richard Adams Anne Frank: The Diary of…

Here I am spending money again on yarn. One of my LYSs is having a clearance sale on Meilweneit Cotton sock yarn (45% cotton, 42% wool, 13% nylon) at 50% off so I bought a skein of the Spirit (knits wide stripes) yesterday. Who doesn't like good, discounted sock yarn on sale? As for the Misti Alpaca Lace (100% baby alpaca), I bought that today because I was  inspired this morning to start Swallowtail Shawl,…

My trip from the wilderness (cottage country) allocated me some wonderful souvenirs: big, itchy bug bites! I always seem particularly susceptible, and I don't own bug spray since I don't go to the country too much.  I'm one of those people that bugs seem to be love to consume because even with a few people around me, I am the one that receives the most ugly of bites. I'm treating them with aloe vera and…

Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them? - BTT Personally, I own one or two French books from my Immersion days. I do read at least one French book a year in an effort to not lose my comprehension. When I read in French, I always feel like I'm going through some sort of dream because sometimes I get don't understand what's going all the time, or…

Socks: essential and addictive to some knitters, a road to be crossed for others. I decided to try my hand at this last winter. These socks will be my first, and I'll be making them for myself. I have been sort of putting this off since I finished the clapotis. First, I got the Regia yarn from a closing yarn store. It was only off by a mere dollar or so compared to the others.…

I've been attracting some literary links while surfing lately. TwitterLit - Updated twice a day on the various Twitter accounts with the first line of books. A very good way to get book recommendations if you're a Twitter addict as I've recently become. Can be also used via email or a RSS reader. Buyafriendabook.com - Buy a friend a book for four designated weeks a year, or just give them a book to share the…

My original plan after reading The Ruby in the Smoke was to write a big review of the whole Sally Lockhart quartet because I wrongly assumed the other three books would be as short as that first book. I should have foreseen this as it happened with the His Dark Materials too. Unlike HDM, these books can stand alone, but that doesn't mean there is not a not a hook to connect these Victorian mystery…

The full title of this book is Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford. Without previous experience in the food business, Buford enters first the food and restaurant business in New York City by working at Mario Batali's Babbo, and secondly a less capitalist view of food in Italy in the second half as the apprentice butcher. The book is funny,…

Appetizer - List 3 emotions you experienced this week. Futility. Frustration. Fatigue. Soup - Name a car you’d love to have. I'm a bad driver, but I do know cars even if I don't want to own one: a Mini Cooper. I like Citroens too even though they aren't sold in North America. I actually like the Toyoto Prius as it is a hybrid. Salad - Describe your typical morning routine. I'm a pretty simple…

It happens even to the best readers from time to time… you close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again? - BTT Well, "there's nothing in the house" does not apply to me because…