Archive for the ‘Books’ Category


Knitalong: a Celebration

April 2, 2008


I ordered my book and it came in the mail a couple of days ago and I waited till I had a chance to go through it a bit before commenting on it.  My assessment is:  go get it.  For real, it is a must have for anyone who loves to knit with others.  I bought it because I think Larissa is brilliant and motivational and because the book is really a reader, full of stories and accounts from actual, factual knitters.  You know, like you and me. . . it is hobby verging on the brink of obsession and yet we have real lives that consume us as well (jobs, kids, obligations).  It has 20 of the most useful and yet visually appealing projects you can imagine and each can be worked on while chatting, drinking, watching t.v or the kids run around.  It is full of resources and tips, too.  Highly recommended.   Oh, and the pictures are stunning. Hell, just go get it and see for yourself!

Peace~ Dawn 


WIP the Lace Edition

March 6, 2008


This is the progress on the long lost lace project on the sidebar. I have made slow progress but it has not been abandoned. Fear not! I just need undisturbed time when working it because the repeats are not conducive to memory. Well, I am close to half finished with it.


Now, this is the progress on the newly started Shetland Triangle. I am really enjoying this pattern. Very easy to memorize and this yarn has such a nice weight and drape to it. It is some hand painted silk/rayon I bought on Ebay awhile ago and I got terrific yardage out of it. Something like 1200 yards or some craziness like that.

Now for a couple of add ons. First off congratulations to Christian Siriano for winning this season’s Project Runway. I love this guy and have been rooting for him since the beginning. So talented and confident at 21! BRILLIANT!! Second, did you notice the book in the corner of the Shetland Triangle photo? That is The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak. A wonderful novel that I started a couple of days ago. I love how the yarn and the book are a perfect match for each other. Let me just say that the Chapter titles are so wonderful in this book (ex: Cinnamon, Garbanzo Beans, Roasted Hazelnuts, Vanilla, Sugar, Orange Peels, Dried Figs to name just a few). Don’t they sound yummy. Makes me wanna eat. I leave you with this from the book:

With that Grandma Shushan took up her knitting needles and sat down. The first skeins of a cerulean baby’s blanket dangled from the needles with the initials A.K. woven on the border. There was silence for a moment as everyone in the room watched her hands move gracefully with the needles. Grandma Shushan’s knitting affected the family like group therapy. The sure and even cadence of each stitch soothed everyone watching, making them feel that as long as Grandma Shushan kept knitting, there was nothing to fear and in the end, everything would be all right.” page 52/53.

Enjoy the day and tonight, get LOST!!


Today is Thursday, Pretty Cut and Dry

February 28, 2008


This is what our place looked like yesterday morning!  Snow.  My sister called and said, “okay, so WHEN are we moving to Florida?”  If I could have mounted an escape plan then and there, believe me, I would have.  Thankfully, today looks a lot different.  Most of the snow is gone and the sun is shinning bright.  It truely is a new day.

It is also my day off.  Love Thursdays!  I put dinner in the crock pot and then got down to business.  I have my Spinach Scarf blocking on the dining room table (finally) plus I am blocking the dishcloth for Larissa’s art project” so I can get that in the mail.  I made a new herb heat bag for my clients at work plus a fragrant eye pillow for me (full of lavender and clary sage essential oils–heavenly).  Now, it is the afternoon which means time for me to wind down and do some reading, knitting and journaling.  I am going to get a pot of tea on and then relax.  

I hope you all are having a most delicious day, too.  Here is the latest quote from A New Earth:

“Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately NOT who I am, that I CANNOT find myself in all those things that continuously pass away.”  pg. 78 

The paragraph above that one talks about discovering your true identity, that which you truly are and not what your ego would have you believe yourself to be.  My take on that section boils down to: you cannot obtain Presence (Awareness).  You cannot set it as a goal or strive for it.  You have to Practice it, every moment of every day.  Awareness is a process, always unfolding.   You are either aware, present or you are not.  Pretty black and white.  

Class dismissed.  Peace~ Dawn  


Textile Knitting

February 26, 2008

There be knitting going on in these parts, I swear.  As an example of said knitting, behold the above photographic evidence.  I have taken the rest of the “Felicity” yarn and made a nice square fabric piece and I bought this nice SWS yarn in “natural earth” and am making another piece of fabric.  Together they will be a pillow.   


Now, on to other subjects of interest to me.  I have begun reading Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”.  I am so engrossed in it that I would like to post quotes from it from time to time and invite anyone else reading the book (and this blog) to post comments, question or suggestions for comments and questions if they feel the desire to.  I don’t think I will join the whole Oprah’s book club online discussion thing because I really don’t have time on Monday evenings (I’m usually not here) but we shall see.  I am kind of open to opinions in the blog world verses a virtual classroom.  I am a black sheep that way.  But anyway, here is my quote from the book for today:


“The past has no power to stop you from being present now.  Only your grievance about the past can do that.  And what is a grievance?  The baggage of old thought and emotion.”  pg. 66 


Hmm, how many times can you think of that you got stuck on thinking about what someone else did or said to you.  How many days did you waste on thinking about old emotions.  Emotions that came and went except in your head.   I have several vivid examples in my own life.  Times when I stalled myself out and only when I forgave and let go did I free myself.  It was like suddenly my life was flung forward and I began moving again.  It was amazing to me how re-living ONE thought pattern over and over made me stay in the same place.  Life was going on all around me and yet, I was standing still.  Grievances have no purpose but to keep you in one place.  Forgiving or letting go, serves to put you in motion again, back in the flow of life.  


Today:  recognize a grievance you have, see how it is holding you back.  Once you recognize that, you can let it go and move on with YOUR life.  Peace~ Dawn   



DIY Weekend

August 13, 2007

Well, we had a very eventful weekend. We took out the carpet in our diningroom and put in new flooring. Pictures to follow when I weed out the clutter from moving the furniture back in. A couple of weeks ago we took out the “yuck” pink carpet in the oldest sons room that has permiated this house for 20 some years and put in hard wood flooring. We painted it a gorgeous blue, added crown molding and moved in son #2. So now this huge room is like a dormroom for the older two college boys. My youngest has his own room and now he wants it painted. Guess the color? ORANGE. He has a weird obsession with the color orange. It has been his favorite color since he could name them. UGH!

Next up is reflooring the kitchen. Maybe in a couple of weeks. We need to recover.

We went to see Stardust this weekend, too and it was GRRREAT! if you want to see a fun fantasy movie this would be the one. Too me it runs along the lines of The Princess Bride and The Brothers Grimm (which are among my most favorite movies). So go see it if that kind of movie is your thing, you won’t be disappointed.

Also, I finished a wonderful book called “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. Great read! fantasy, mystery, comedy. I have given it to my son and told both of the older ones that they will like it. It reads like a movie. You can see and experience what is going on as you read it. I love that kind of book.

In knitting news: I am plugging along on the Chevron scarf and I have a finished object that I need to line (probably tomorrow) plus I started another “quickie”, it is a cool cable hat. No pictures till it is done. You’ll have to stay tuned. Hope you all have a great beginning to your week. Peace~Dawn


Hello Again

June 5, 2007

Well, I disappeared for a bit, didn’t I? Over the weekend I had a terrible head cold that really sucked the energy right out of me. Better to have it now and get it over with than have it when we are on vacation in a few weeks. That would bite.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting going on (one of those times that we all face, I suppose). Instead this little beauty has been distracting me:
reading-elephants.jpg I am simply loving this story! The writing is exceptional and the story is captivating. I am sailing through it (for me, anyway). I hope to be done with it before we leave for Florida so that I can take a nice fat period piece with me. I don’t know how this book will end and I really don’t care at this point because I don’t think I can be disappointed with it.

I have also been distracted from knitting by these:
new-knitting-booksrs.jpg Before you flip out (because I know if you added up the price tag you’d faint) these have been purchased over a period of time and I still owe on the Vogue Felting book–but the bags 2 was mine for free for previewing the felting book. Anyway, I am going to give a brief review of all these (only my opinion).

*Victorian Lace Today–great inspirational book with plenty of projects that are doable. It is a gorgeous coffee table book, the photos are exquisite.
*Knitting Never Felt Better–wow! so many ideas I would never have considered. Plus there are so many color combos and patterns in here. If you love to felt, you should definately give it a look see.
*Knitting Lingerie Syle–surf the net, you will find dozens of reviews with people who took the time to scan photos for you. It has a lot of wow factor and the photos are really great ( I like to see several angles of the same project, especially when we are talking about clothing, but you can’t have everything ). As far as the number of projects I will attempt from this book, lets just say it’s a good thing it is pretty to look at and high quality printing. I would say maybe 4 or 5 out of the 30 projects are for my patience level. I knew that before I bought it though, so that was not a dig. It is worth it for the reference if nothing else.
*The Knitters Guide to Yarn Cocktails–What can I say, I didn’t need this book and some of the patterns are non desirable, but some are cute and doable and when you add in drink recipes, well hell, it can only get better, right? It is a fun book that will get some use here (on both counts).
*Bags Two–well. . . not to look a gift horse in the mouth but I’m glad this was a free-be. I have a much better Knitted bags book for you (no picture, sorry I was slacking). It is called The Knitter’s Bible Knitted Bags. If you like to knit purses and bags, get it! It is the best. As for this one. I like the Market Bag. Enough said.

Now I will complain just a wee bit, K? I have a big problem with designers using REALLY EXPENSIVE YARN that uses REALLY LARGE AMOUNTS. Hello, I have a budget and some sense. Second complaint: “here is the yarn I used, but it is no longer available.” What? What? ugh, whatever.

Okay. That was it for the complaining. See, not so terrible. I understand that it is nice to see luxury projects and some people will actually do them in said yarn but I’m not one of them. It is just a pet peeve regardless of the excuse and I feel better now that it is out. Believe it or not, I will post some knitting in the next day or so–wait and see. Have a great day and with all this exposure to books, get one and read it.

Oh, please, please, please, please click on THIS for the funniest picture I’ve seen in awhile. I don’t even have an appropriate caption for it.


Memorial Day

May 28, 2007

I hope you all are enjoying the longish weekend. I know I am thrilled to have an extra day off to do nothing. I have gotten another 14 rows of my lace done and made some headway on another project. Plus, yesterday I finished a book. Woohoo! It only took me 3 years. I’m not joking. I started this book about three years ago on a trip to Las Vegas, got about 1/2 through, put it on the bookself and forgot about it. After finishing The Ice Queen a few weeks ago, I went to the bookself to pick out a new read and picked up the book and decided to finish it cause it really is fantastic. What is the book? Watership Down by Richard Adams. This book came to me all the way from England so it feel authentic to me. Anyway, this is a fantastic book. I never thought you could get so invested in the lives of rabbits. Richard Adams really brings these animals and their trials to life. The writing is very fluid and the stories within stories are great. He creates fables, gods, community, struggle. Read it, just don’t take 3 years to finish like me. Rating: *****

“At that moment, in the sunset on Watership Down, there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he was really the leader of vision and genius which he believed himself to be, or whether he was no more than a tyrant with thte courage and cunning of a pirate. For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit’s idea shone clearly before him. He grasped it and realized what it meant. The next, he had pushed it away from him. The sun dipped into the cloud-bank and now he could see clearly the track along the ridge, leading to the beech hanger and the bloodshed for which he had prepared with so much energy and care.” pp. 425

Have a Heiny
Have a great day and enjoy all the people in your life. Cheers!