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One love triangle to another

I watched the movie “The Jane Austen Book Club” a couple weeks ago, and as much as I enjoyed the movie, I think it would have liked it more if I had read more of Jane Austen’s works than just Pride and Prejudice.

So, having watched that movie and  in keeping with my new reading routine (1 book off my bookshelf, 1 book from somewhere else), I decided to give Mansfield Park a try. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying this book.

So, in reading this book, I feel like I need to make some kind of chart to keep all the characters and their stories straight. The book certainly does not lack Jane’s wit, sarcasm and commentary of the social hierarchies on morality and social status, all told through amusingly intricate love stories.

As far as I can tell, in the first 150 pages, there are two love triangles, the unfair and overbearing aunt, the absentee father figures, and the reckless youth.

Fanny Price, the heroine, is kind of dull. Miss Crawford is more interesting but seems superficial, and the Miss Bertrams are just plain annoying. I enjoy all the sections with Edmund Bertram, and all the tension that surrounds him, Fanny and Miss Crawford.

I saw the movie Mansfield Park back in high school in 2000, I think, and so I have flashes of the movie running through my head as I’m reading the book, but the movie images and the book storyline are not in sync, so its really frustrating. I haven’t seen the movie in over 5 years, but I can’t get out of my mind as I read this book. Well, I’ll just keep reading and hopefully the book will erase my memories of the movie. =) One can only hope.

The next book on my list is The Friday Night Knitting Club. I’ve heard some good things about this book, so I hope it won’t let me down.

On a side note, I don’t read mystery novels all too frequently, but I did read some very fun Knitting Mysteries a couple years ago. Needled to Death and A Deadly Yarn Both books by Maggie Sefton. I would recommend those two to any knitter interested in a quick and fun read, plus there are a couple of free patterns at the end of each book!

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Knitting Book Review

This is one of the best knitting resources I have come across in a long time. Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge is full of fantastic edging ideas for sweaters, blankets, and scarves. The patterns are very easy to follow and the designs go from very intricate to very simple. I checked this copy out from the library, but its one I’ll probably end up buying. The book is broken into 7 sections, ribbing, cables, lace, ruffles, flora, fringing and points & picots. A lot of the patterns can be used as panels for sweaters, or just repeated for blankets, shawls, etc. The designs are pretty modern, so they’d work well for the young knitters and older knitters too.

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Cabled sweater

Yesterday was a very good day. I finished another sweater last night. I’m so happy to be done with this sweater. I bought the yarn back in early February and have had to take apart the sleeves 3 times because they just came out wrong, or used up too much yarn not leaving enough to finish the project. But its over and I’m happy. =) Its my own pattern, I don’t have a name for it though.

I knit this with 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers in Colorway 9426 (Regency). I knit it in the round top down using a generic raglan cardigan pattern. The front panel is five 2st cables, and the back is two 6st cables, and each sleeve has a 6st cable running all the way down. It fits really snug, even though it looks pretty bulk on the manequin. The sleeves ride up a bit, but I don’t care to buy a whole new ball of yarn, or redo the sleeves for the a 5th time to fix it.

The Front

The Front

The Back

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I found Supernatural season 2 dvd on sale for $22.99 at Target (I couldn’t find it under $35.oo anywhere online). That’s a full $23 off the normal price!

I watched ‘Death at a Funeral’ with my best friend and sister last night. It was one of the more interesting films I’ve watched. Its a british comedy about all this chaos that goes on during a funeral. It stars the ever popular and comedic Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly) as a soft spoken man who accidently takes acid thinking its valium, and a dwarf male that tries to blackmail the son of the deceased by claiming he had an affair with the dad, and a large number of imbeciles trying to conceal all of this from the rest of the guests at the funeral. Its british humor…so that take to mean whatever it means. Its smart and funny, but not slapping your knee, laughing so hard you cry funny.

I also rented 3:10 to Yuma, which I intend on watching sometime this weekend. I’ve heard good things about it, and I like westerns.

Knitting

This post is about knitting, which takes up a fair amount of what little free time I have and is pretty much my main source of competition with reading. If only I could learn how to do both at the same time, I would be set for life.

So I’ve been knitting for about 4 years, I started when I was 20. I dabbled in crocheting a little bit, but my heart is with knitting. I tend to make clothes rather than scarves because I find scarves too boring, and I never remember to grab one when I’m running out of the house early in the morning. Sweaters are fun to make, because I can play around with patterns, size it exactly and pick out the exact colors that I want. I used to knit with two needles, now I knit pretty much only on circular needles and everything I knit, I knit in the round. Sleeves I have issues with. Keeping track of my patterns I have issues with. But eventually I’ll be able to translate my work into a series of abbreviations and notations that only make sense to knitters.

In the meantime, here are my some of my finished projects:

I don’t have pictures of the projects I’m working on now, but I’ll post the sweaters/jackets/cardigans I’ve made in the past 3 years.

Simply Marilyn from Interweave Knits.

I knit this with Plymouth Encore Chunky in red. I used about 5 skeins, and size 10 needles. It took about 4 days to make, it knit up very very quickly.

Ticuna from Berrocco. The pattern is for a vest, but I made a sweater out of it.

I knit this with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Blueberry, although the color is more green than blue. This took a couple of weeks because I had school work getting in the way. This was knit in the round on size 8 circs. I used about…6 balls of Wool of the Andes.

Standard Cable Sweatervest.

This sweatervest is made with Plymouth Encore in their beige color. I used about 3 skeins on size 8 circs. This didn’t take very long to make at all, and it was a lot of fun. I wear it all the time.

“>Cameo Easy Aran Cable Unisex Pullover from Crystal Palace Yarn

I also used Plymouth Encore for this sweater. It was my yarn of choice for an entire summer. I used 4 or 5 skeins, size 8 circs, but I knit it in peices. The sleeves need to be redone, and overall, the sweater is pretty boxy. I love the yarn though. I might take this apart and make something else out of it (like a blanket…)

I’ll post more when I take more pictures. In the meantime, I am working on a sweater with 3 Cascade 220 Heather’s, and I was at the Stitches West knitting Convention in Santa Clara on Sunday, so I have lots and lots of pretty yarn to use for projects from that trip.