Monday, December 27, 2010

Read this Past Week 12-26-10

 I was a busy reader this week.....nothing else to do with all the snow that came down over the weekend!!  We were very surprised that we got about 6 inches of snow starting on the 25th and ending late in the afternoon on the 26th.

 I found another book by Crusie and Mayer at the library.  I thought I would try another since I liked Wild Ride so much.  This was a nice story about a woman called in to direct the last 4 days of shooting on a movie set.  Of course it all turns to crap, haha... http://www.crusiemayer.com/dld/book.htm


 I really enjoy reading books by these guys.  It's always thrilling!  Cops and FBI agents fighting crime! http://www.prestonchild.com/books/feverdream/

 I forget where I found out about this book.  Probably from another blog.  I had never heard of this book before. It was written in 1948 by the woman that wrote 101 Dalmatians.  It was made into a movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300015/.  I wouldn't mind seeing it.
The book is a diary written by 17 year old Cassandra Mortmain.  Her family lives in in a decaying castle in England.  They are struggling just to feed themselves.  One day her sister decides to make a wish on a angel/devil head that hangs over the kitchen door.  Next thing they know an American family with 2 eligible sons sweeps into their lives.  Changes ensue! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Capture_the_Castle


 I picked the latest Ed Eagle novel by Stuart Woods.  Ed is a lawyer in Santa Fe who's ex wife is determined to murder him. http://www.stuartwoods.com/html/latest.html

I picked up another by this author. Mad Dash is the story of  Dash, who is going through a mid life crisis.  Her mother died a few months back, her only child has gone off to college and she is wonder what's left in her life. http://www.patriciagaffney.com/maddash.html




A few months ago I bought a copy of Outlander at a great used book store in a nearby town.  I reread it.  It's been almost 20 years since it was first published.  I had gotten the 2nd book in the series from the library.  I will be getting the rest this week.  It's like visiting a friend that you haven't seen for ages.
For those that don't this book, here's a review...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Snowflake Cushion

I have always wanted to knit more things for my home besides afghans.  I got this magazine about a month ago.  There are some cool patterns inside.  I find Debbie Bliss patterns easy to knit.  I have used some of her yarns also.  They're nice. 
 
In this magazine I found this pattern.
It's called Snowflake Cushion. 
I am not crazy about the red and black on cream color scheme.  I want something that will look nice on my sofa which is a light brown.





So I found these colors - country blue and chocolate.  I am using Caron Simply Soft.  I thought that by using an acrylic I could toss it in the washer if it got dirty.  Plus I have yet to find a yarn store here with a good selection of yarns.  At this point  (photo) I am only halfway done.  I wonder what kind of buttons I can find.  I love buttons. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Books I Read The Second Week of December 2010

 I read 3 books so far this week.  We will start with the one I read yesterday.


It's the story of people that live in Cedar Cove, Washington.  Apparently it's the latest book in this series.  I haven't read any of the others.  I liked this book because of the stories about the different families.  Mack and Mary Jo found some old letters written to Joan from Jacob during WWII.  These were beautifully written letters.  Mack and Mary Jo wanted to find out what happened to this couple.


I really liked this book because it takes place during the reign of Elizabeth I.  It's the story of Rosamund Walsingham, cousin of Sir Francis Walsingham, principle secretary to the Queen.  She is just a simple country girl that gets drawn into the saga between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary of Scotland.

I can't remember if I read any of her books before.  The name is very familiar to me.  I have not read any of Bob Mayer's books.  But I will now.  I really liked this book.  It's about an amusement park that is a prison for 5 demons.  It tells the story of the Guardia, the people that guard these demons.  They start to escape the prison and the "wild ride" begins.
http://www.jennycrusie.com/books/fiction/wild-ride/

Try out these books!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Prostitute's Ball by Stephen J. Cannell

I love this author.  I gobble up everything he writes.  I also loved the TV shows he wrote for.  You know them too. http://www.cannell.com/television-tvShows.php  Stephen J. Cannell died on September 30, 2010 due to complications associated with melanoma.  He will be greatly missed.

In this installment of Shane Scully's life, he and Alexa, his wife, investigate a triple murder.  He gets a new partner, Hollywood Hitchens, who keeps telling him that these murders will make a great movie.  As each thing that crops up in their investigation complicates solving the case, it does add to the "movie plot".
Here's a real review. http://www.cannell.com/vbook.php?id=23&rnd=591344&k=2140bb0e90e06e84f992fdbe93a50aab&b=5&p=1

I would love to see this book as a movie.  It would be very exciting.

Sophia's Scarf Part 2

Here it is.  I think it came out nicely.  It is made from an angora blend so it will keep her neck warm but won't make it roast if she wears it for a decoration!  It's very pretty!  Now I can get back to the pillowcover I started or finishing the hat hat I started for myself.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sophia's Scarf

I started this the other day.  We don't know if Sophia has a scarf or if she does where it is....the joys of moving and moving and moving. I found the directions on a free knitting pattern site but I don't remember which one.  I used 2 skeins of  Patons Angora Bamboo http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=angorabamboo and a size 9 (5.5 mm) needle.
Diagonal Stitch Scarf:
CO even Number of Stitches.  I used 24.
Knit 5 rows. Start Pattern.
Row 1: K1, * yo K2tog, repeat from *, K1
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K2, * yo K2tog, repeat from *, K2
Row 4: Knit

Repeat Rows1-4 until desired length, end with Knit 5 rows. BO
CO=cast on
YO= yarn over the needle
K= knit
BO= Bind off

This is a great pattern.  Very easy.  Can be used with cotton yarn for the spring and summer.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Victorian Literature Challenge

I was reading my friend Lindy's book blog to see what see she has read this week. And I came across this from a poster on her blog.  Hmmmm...looks good to me.  Here's a link, if you don't want to read any further.
http://subtlemelodrama.blogspot.com/p/victorian-literature-challenge.html  or to sign up.

Welcome to the Victorian Literature Challenge 2011

What you need to know:

This challenge will run from 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011.


Participants can sign up at any time throughout the year.

Read your Victorian literature.


Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. If your book wasn't published during those particular years, but is by an author considered 'Victorian' then go for it. We're here for reading, not historical facts! Also, this can include works by authors from other countries, so long as they are from this period.


Literature comes in many forms.


There are so many Victorian reads out there, including novels, short stories, and poetry. One poem doesn't count as a 'book': pick up an anthology instead!


Choose your books.


List your books before you begin, or pick up titles along the way. It's up to you! You can review them if you choose to, but it's not necessary. If you don't have a blog, that's fine! Link to a Facebook, or a page somewhere where you can list what you've been reading. If you can't link up, no problem - feel free to just comment and enjoy.
Spread the love.


Post the reading challenge on your blog - make your own post(s), or stick the button on the side of your page. The more the merrier, after all. Let's build a big community of Victorian literature lovers!

Choose from one of the four levels:


Sense and Sensibility: 1-4 books.


Great Expectations: 5-9 books.


Hard Times: 10-14 books.


Desperate Remedies: 15+ books.

So what to read for me?????  I am doing a search on the internet and here's some sites:
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/1837-1901
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/victorian
http://www.victoriana.com/directory/books.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_literature
http://literatureinenglishunican.blogspot.com/2009/12/english-realism-victorian-era-1837-1901.html

I think I will start with:
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray


Maybe I will look on other people's lists. It wouldn't be fair to list books I have already read.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Love to Knit Socks Giveaway

Love to Knit Socks Giveaway


Love to Knit Socks

By Bronwyn Lowenthal
Bring out your inner fashionista with this book that features 35 stylish sock, legwarmer and bootee patterns. As always, knitwear designer Bronwyn Lowenthal brings her innovative and unexpected ideas into her designs. Have you ever made knit flip flop socks? I didn’t think so. You’ll find that and more in this creative book, including a surprisingly sultry pattern you won’t believe until you see it for yourself.

Win this Love to Knit Socks book!


http://www.allfreeknitting.com/sweeps/love-to-knit-socks-giveaway

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review: Fresh From the Market by Laurent Tourondel

I borrowed this book from the library.  It's a gorgeous book with lovely photos. The book is divided into seasons.  I like that.  Make things easier if you have access to seasonal foods.
Each season starts with cocktails, which I have only seen in Sandra Lee cookbooks.  The seasons go through the usual courses and ends with a couple of menus.
The recipes look really good but I wouldn't be able to afford (or find) a lot of these ingredients he uses.  Wines and cheeses that I have never heard of.  Obscure mushrooms, whole suckling pigs, veal cheeks and hares....
Perhaps if I lived on Long Island or in NYC this would be a great book for me.