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Sometimes I find eccentric characters quirky and fun, other times I find them too unbelievable and annoying. What are some of the more outrageous characters you’ve read, and how do you feel about them? - BTT For the most part, I don't find many characters really annoying. I had to check back on the books I read. Jane  Eyre: Mr. Rochester I think counts. I find a lot of eccentric, well written characters amusing and…

Published in 1818, Mary Shelley's novel is styled with Romanticism (the descriptions and prose), Gothic (atmosphere and setting), and Horror (story and plot). At first I felt pity for the Frankenstein monster, but the story did give way to horror. I was not scared so much as fascinated by the way the death and violence unfolded. The set up of the novel is interesting too because there is a lot of characters telling each other…

Sunday Salon is a weekly event in which bloggers share their reading and comment on others doing the same. It's a mini readathon and an excuse for bloggers to find time in the week to read together. January has been a miserly month for reading as I get back to the old routine. I'll be very busy until April, and beyond that, uncertainty abounds in reading times. I hope Sunday Salon can remind me to…

I got this meme from Chris. What kind of soap is in your shower right now? LUSH Fig N Leaves. Very moisturizing. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? Not in this cold season. What would you change about your living room? I'm going to agree with Chris that it needs more bookshelves, and a Persian rug. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? We don't have a dishwasher. What is in…

Chevron Socks, started December 15th 2007, finished January 22nd, 2008. Pattern: Chevron from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks - San Diego (75% Wool 25% Nylon 100g 400m/437yds) Needles: Hiya Hiya stainless steel 40"/100cm US1/2.25mm circs Modifications German Twisted cast on, and Magic Loop. Lessons Learned: German Twisted Cast On, Forethought heel. Cost of Project: $4 for the yarn! Would I knit it again? Unlikely. Pattern Notes and Comments: This…

What’s your favorite book that nobody else has heard of? You know, not Little Women or Huckleberry Finn, not the latest best-seller . . . whether they’ve read them or not, everybody “knows” those books. I’m talking about the best book that, when you tell people that you love it, they go, “Huh? Never heard of it?” - BTT I am really quite predictable since I love classics and books most people have heard of. …

A list of 2008 (and beyond) movies that I would be interested in seeing. This is not the definitive list by any means. I am only including movies that have not yet premiered. James Bond 22 - Come on, I love Daniel Craig. I have seen almost ever Bond movie. Matter of time really. Mamma Mia - I saw the trailer for this during Sweeney Todd. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep? I am…

Tudora, started December 30th 2007, finished January 17th 2008. Pattern: Tudora by Cheryl Marling from Knitty, Winter 2007. Yarn: Cascade 220 (100% Highland Peruvian Wool - 100g/220yds) - Cranberry - less than one skein Needles: US6/4.0mm 16" circs Modifications: One row button hole Tools: Cable needle, button Lessons Learned: One row button hole Cost: $2 button + $8 yarn (not really since it was less than one skein and I'm going make another hat out…

How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift? Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance? - BTT I like many authors. Often, the ones who have past are found through my readings of classic books. Sometimes, I saw the movie version of a book and picked it up. Alot…

Some yarn I got in the last days of 2007. I don't take a lot of pictures of yarn, but I can't resist showing off my Noro Silk Garden. This is my first Noro purchase. It's Silk Garden (55% silk 45% kid mohair 10% wool) in shade #233 which is discontinued. I practically stole it for 2 skeins of $12. I've seen the colours of this shade on Ravelry projects, and I can see why…

Dewey has been blogging about the knitting books she's been perusing and using. I've looked through a lot of knitting books for instructions and patterns. Since most of the knitting books are straight forward pattern books so I don't necessarily count them as books consumed as would others. I have barely knit anything from them, but I save a plethora of patterns. I intend to knit thing from the following books in any case. This…