Monday, January 19, 2015

Book #3

Continuing strong with my new years reading resolution. For my third book, I read Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland.

The book was set during WWII in southern France. I picked the book up because I knew that it had something to do with art. Other than that, I was going in blind and was a little unsure if I was going to like it. Well, I loved it. There was great character development and I was left wanting to know more about the art from the painters that she discusses in the novel - a mark of a good book. Would definitely recommend this book - I gave it 4 stars on Good Reads.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Books #1 and #2

I have a lot going on this year, and am not sure what all is in store for me, but I do know three things:

1) I am going to enjoy watching Matthew continue to grow and learn
2) I am going to knit 
3) I am going to read

How much of 2 and 3 I will be able to do this year is left to be seen, but I start this year with hope that I will be able to continue both fairly regularly. With that in mind, I have set a goal of reading at least 50 books this year. If I start classes later this year, I am allowing myself to count books that I have to read for class :) With two books down and one half way read, I have started off strong.

Book #1: The History of England: By a partial prejudiced, and ignorant Historian (Note: There will be very few Dates in this History) by Jane Austen

I thought that it was only right to start the year off with Jane Austen. Since I have read all six of her novels more than once - I decided to read something that I hadn't actually read before. Austen was in her teens when she wrote it and is rather different than her novels. It is short and a very quick read - and if you have any knowledge of English history, really witty. It is fun to see lines from this early writing show up again in her novels later or in movie adaptations of her novels. I found my copy in a Half-Priced Books store several years ago, but never actually got around to reading it all the way through until now. My copy has facsimiles of the original text, so not only can you read it, but you can read it in Austen's handwriting! You can see where she crossed things out, changed her words and had ink blots, the best way to read it. Obviously giving this book 5 stars!!

Book #2: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith 

Why not keep the Jane Austen theme going with yet another book that if not written by her at least uses her work. I have picked this book up several times to read, but never got around to reading it all the way through. So, in addition to finally reading her own work, I decided to finally finish this one. I will admit, I was really looking forward to reading it - it seemed funny and unique. I was happy with it for probably the first quarter, then it became too much. Eventually the story line lead to Elizabeth and Darcy being rather different people - ruthless and violent which made the reading less enjoyable. There were also some plot changes that I wasn't all together happy with. On Good Reads I gave this one 2 stars. I am interested though if you have a different take. If you have read it, do you agree? or did you see it differently? If you haven't, you should and then let me know what you think. It was still entertaining, just not as good as I was hoping.

Do you have a reading goal for the year?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Knitting Tools

I have the best family! For Christmas this year, among other things, I got some awesome new knitting items.

New yarn.
This is Bernat Truffles yarn which has been discontinued. It is a novelty yarn and I haven't knitted with anything like it yet and I am excited to see what I can make. If you have made anything with yarn like this please let me know what patterns you would recommend.

The newest Jane Austen Knits magazine (does anyone know if they have a subscription? I can't find any information on it)

And my very own yarn bowl!!

This beautiful bowl is from Uncommon Goods. This is the "Makes Waves Yarn Bowl," but there are a ton of other beautiful ones available as well. I have already been putting this to great use!

Did you get any knitting gifts this year?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

I hope that you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve and Day. We were able to ring in the new year with our good friends and their brand new baby boy - and of course there was knitting and board games so it was basically perfect!

I have to say, I am not sorry for 2014 to be over. I am ready for a new year and a new start. While 2014 wasn't horrible in any way, it was a year of uncertainty for me. I wasn't completely sure what I wanted out of life and was pretty sure that I was not happy with what I was doing. For those of you that don't know I have been out of work since mid-November. I had been contemplating not just a change of a job, but also a change of career, and that became necessary after this years' election.  While this is a challenging time for us, I am not sorry that it happened - maybe the way it happened, but not that it happened.

It has made me really sit down and assess what I want out of life and what I want for my son. After a lot of reading, contemplating and talking with my family - I have decided to pursue my teaching license. I have been looking at various ways to achieve that goal, but haven't figured out what would be the best course yet; at least I now have a clear goal to works towards.

So, this year for me is all about CHANGE and GROWTH.

I of course have the normal New Years' resolutions - eating better, exercising more, having more date nights with my husband, blogging more - but my biggest goal of 2015 is to work towards my teaching license. It will most assuredly have it's rough patches, but I know that I have a supportive husband and family, an amazing son and of course my reading and knitting :) so I know that I will get there in the end.

What do you hope your 2015 looks like?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Cup of Tea

I have been in a sock knitting mood recently. I just finished a pair for my mother-in-law, and I love how they turned out!!

The pattern is My Cup of Tea by Robyn Lynn - a great pattern even if it is your first pair.  I used Studio Sock yarn by Neighborhood Fiber Co., the L'enfant Color Series. I will DEFINITELY use this yarn again. It was easy to knit with and has a great feel.

I'm thinking that I might make myself a pair for myself. I might try a solid color next time to see how the pattern looks. Stay tuned :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Sedition

Sedition by Katharine Grant

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked this book up because it exuded Jane Austen - it even had a play on the "a truth universally" in the front cover. Be warned - this is not Austen like. While I did finish the book, I wouldn't recommend anyone purchasing the book. It had entertaining moments, but it was too far-fetched for me to really enjoy.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

My little boy

Someone is looking more and more like a little boy.

But he will always be my baby :)