Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A bunch of FOs

Warning, this post is very picture-heavy. I've been busy knitting for new baby and finally got around to taking pictures of the various FOs. I also made a hat and dickie for my daughter and re-knit a hat for me.

Without further ado, I present FO the first: Tulip Cardigan

This was a fun and fast knit. It still needs to be blocked so that the fronts get stretched a little. I think I picked up a few too few stitches in the fronts, but by the time I noticed, it was too late (and I was too lazy) to rip it out and start again.

FO the second -- Unoriginal hat (modified) and Dickie for Erika -- I actually made the original dickie, not the dickie von beethoven, but the original one isn't on Ravelry for some reason.

For the hat, I used Cascade 220, which is much thinner than the Letecia called for in the pattern. I figured that since I was making for a smaller head, it should be OK, but after doing one of the cable repeats, it was most definitely too small, so I added one extra repeat. It was still too small, so there are 6 sets of cables instead of 4. At the top, I just fiddled a little to accommodate for the extra stitches.

There was also a little yarn left, just enough for the pompom, and since it was one of the mandatory items from the 5-year-old-recipient, I was able to oblige.

FO the third -- Way back in January, I had made myself this cashmere hat. I wasn't too pleased with the results, so I ripped it out, reskeined it and it was left to sit for a while while I tried to figure out what to do. After thinking about it, and realizing that what I didn't like was the way the yarn pooled, I decided to bite the bullet and knit it back and forth instead of doing it in the round. This produced the results I wanted, and I can't wait for colder weather to be able to finally wear this hat.

FO the fourth -- Alphabet Blanket -- made in Baby Bamboo in a light green. It was difficult to capture the colour properly, but it's quite stunning in person (if I do say so myself). I decided to omit the triangles around the edges and quite like the look with just the lace edging.

Blanket being held up by the big-sister-to-be (whose face is unfortunately in the shadows in this shot)

FO the fifth -- Pea Pod Sweater -- by Kate Gilbert. This was sooo much fun to knit, mostly stocking stitch with a cable thrown in to keep you awake. Just the right project for me. Made in Baby Ull, which is super soft. I heart this sweater.

FO the sixth - Moss Cable Sweater - by Jennifer. This was another fun knit for baby. It was a test knit for the pattern, and was a lot of fun to make. With the moss and st. st. combo, just when you get tired of making moss stitch, you switch to stocking stitch. Quite remarkable. The pattern is available here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Book Meme

I got this from Jenn's site, and thought it would be fun to see how many I've actually read. Also, now that I'm on semi bedrest (or at least stopped working until baby is born), I figured it would be a good way to get some book ideas.


The Big Read is an NEA program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six.
*Look at the list and bold those you have read.
*Italicize those you we intend to read.
*Underline the books you LOVE. (I tried to underline some, but bloglines makes it more difficult, so I gave up)
Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read most, so I'm counting it)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert (I actually read all 9 books in the series and loved them all)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo