Well this week I actually did a project without bending the rules of my “Project52” challenge (not quite the same as a “365”, but I’m rolling with it).
Two Tone Socks – pattern by Debbie Bliss
I’m chuffed with these – I had two-colour socks in mind but I was a bit wary of how to do the heel in a different colour using the last pattern I tried. My only gripe is with all the ends that have to be sewn in at the end – I hate sewing in ends. Hate it. As much as I hate picking up stitches (seriously, does anyone actually ever enjoy picking up stitches?!) Anyway, this was a nice, relatively simple project, and it was quick – both done in the space of about 3 hours. The mum and dad-to-be are pleased with them, so so am I 😀
I’ve been making good progress on Memoirs Of A Geisha this week – having dodgy internet has left me actually doing productive things like reading and knitting… Who’da thunk it?! I’m really enjoying it though, more than I thought I would. This coming week is due to be very hectic so I’m taking comfort in mindless knitting and podcasts today to distract myself from the week ahead – ¡Mañana, mañana!
I’m counting last week as the first week of my “Do one project a week” challenge. And I’ve already sort of bent the rules a bit. I moved to London at the weekend, so things have been a bit hectic, and technically I haven’t really completed a project during the week, BUT I am going to claim the last project I did (which I really didn’t finish that long ago, so it pretty much counts, right…?)
Imaginatively named “Fingerless Mitts”
These are actually available in my Folksy shop…. I’ve finally got round to actually putting something in there – I’m hoping that any money I make through Folksy I can put towards my travelling/year abroad fund. Fingers crossed I’ll have some more items to list in the coming weeks. These were knit in 100% merino, so they’re lovely and warm 🙂 (I’m a bit peeved that Folksy uses square images – it’s so difficult to centre the image properly when taking the photo, and then crop it… Ugh!)
I also finished Madame Bovary, which I actually rather enjoyed (although I did find Emma to be an intolerable whinge). I was made up when I realised the other day that it’s actually a set text for one of my modules this semester – score! My next book on the list is Memoirs Of A Geisha, a copy of which I found for £1.29 in a charity shop just after Christmas. All the joy of book-buying and charity-giving combined, without the expense of brand new books – genius!
In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to start reading Of Mice And Men after spending almost six months reading Emma. I finished Of Mice And Men in a day, which is almost unheard of for me. Granted, it’s a short book, but even for a short book to hold my attention long enough to finish it is a feat.
I moved on to The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I thoroughly enjoyed – I finished it in around a week (still good considering my average time for finishing books!). I actually watched the film after reading it, as I was intrigued to see if it matched up to the book. I must say, I thought it was rather… Flat and empty compared to the book. It just didn’t do it justice, in my opinion 🙁
I’ve since started Brave New World, which is a little slower going. I’m not quite sure what I think of it at the moment.
On the knitting front, I’ve been doing a little bit…
My raglan jumper’s coming along. I’m really just making the pattern up as I go along, so fingers crossed it’ll be wearable when I’ve finished it!
And these must be one of the best sorts of things to knit for almost-instant gratification! I did one whilst watching TV last night, and did another one whilst watching the F1 today, so they really didn’t take long, and I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out. It’s hard to believe these will fit a real person D:
I’ve started back at uni – coupled with a 4 hour commute every day (!) I’m normally too tired to do much worth blogging about! 🙁
Buuuut, I have managed to finish reading Emma (which I started reading in June 😳 ) – Good GOD that was hard work. I literally couldn’t tell you what it was about, I pretty much skimmed most of it, it was entirely not my cup of tea.
I’m hoping Of Mice And Men might be more palatable
I pretty much picked this off the shelf because it was a nice thin book. Terrible, I know, but I need a quick, gratifying read to make up for the last book…
I’ve also done a wee bit of knitting.
My Denise Interchangeables are turning out to have been an excellent purchase ^_^
I’m totally making this up as I go along, so the chances of it going tits up are probable to inevitable. But hey, it’s nice mindless knitting, and it’s better than doing none. I would be churning out mittens by the truckload but I can’t seem to knit them either on DPNs or by Magic Loop without ending up with big gaps forming between needles. I always pull the yarn when I change needles, but it STILL happens – any idea how I can stop this happening? I’ve never seen the same lines forming in other people’s work! 🙁
It only took me 6 months, but I finally finished Moby Dick, a couple of weeks ago. I feel like a philistine for saying it, but it was such. a. slog. I am so glad to have finished it, I didn’t enjoy it at all :/ I think it’s the sort of thing that you either love or hate. My next read was far more enjoyable.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I was a bit daunted by this book – a book about the murder of a teenage girl didn’t seem like pleasant bedtime reading. However, it really was a good read – I finished it in less than a week, which is always a good indication. This definitely gets the thumbs up from me.
Being spurred on by following a very dry book with such an enjoyable one encouraged me to plough on through the list, and my latest read could go either way…
Emma by Jane Austen
I must say, I’m not a fan of Jane Austen and that style of writing – Pride And Prejudice took some willpower to read, so I’m not expecting to love (or, to be honest, like) Emma, but I shall read it regardless.
I get the impression some people think I’m a bit bonkers for reading books that I’m not enjoying, simply to cross them off a list. But it’s as much a test of my perseverance and patience, as well as my stubbornness – I refuse to leave a book on the list unfinished, as I’ve set myself the challenge of reading every single book on the list, cover to cover (with the exception, maybe, of the Bible…) and I shall do it, come Hell or high water!
Apart from reading, I’ve just spent my days pottering about, doing a bit of gardening, seeing Lady Gaga in London (OMG she was amazing <3), and moving out of my flat in London (and avoiding sorting out the subsequent mess – gulp). What have you been up to?
These are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing from Cupcakes From The Primrose Bakery. I’m chuffed with how these came out – moist and fluffy, just as cupcakes should be! These are so much easier to make now I have a hand mixer – the first batch I tried I did entirely by hand and it took me SO LONG to cream the butter! Now it takes a couple of minutes tops 😀
I haven’t much else to blog about – as always I’ve got a couple of ideas for projects but I’ve yet to motivate myself to try them out. I’m still ploughing through Moby Dick – I’m on the home straight now, only a hundred-odd pages left! I did take a break from it to read Bit Of A Blur by Alex James though. I’ve been listening to Blur a lot since I saw them live last summer, but over the last couple of months I’ve listened to the whole back catalogue on Spotify and I am hooked! His book is a wonderful insight into the band, and I genuinely laughed out loud a fair few times (which, bearing in mind I read most of it on trains, was rather amusing in itself). I also watched No Distance Left To Run (twice!) and I laughed and cried in equal measure. It gets a whacking great thumbs up from me.
I know the photos of the books are a bit surplus to requirement, but I hate pictureless posts!
I tried to read Lord Of The Rings years ago and didn’t get past the first chapter – I just found it too hard-going. So I wasn’t looking forward to reading The Hobbit, but I’m glad I did! I was surprised that I actually really enjoyed it, and – gasp! – I’m actually quite looking forward to reading Lord Of The Rings.
But my next choice was Moby Dick.
I love the cover on this copy – it looks like a “proper” book!
Which, I am sad to say, I am finding almost impossible to read. I am really not enjoying it in the slightest. I’m about 20% of the way through it and that 80% is going to be SO difficult -_- But I am determined to read it cover to cover so I can cross it off the list properly. I think my next book will be one that isn’t on the list – I’ve got several now that I’ve not got round to reading yet.
I was going to go to John Lewis tomorrow and buy some yarn to knit a replacement pair of Dashings for the OH (the spanner left them in a restaurant, where they promptly disappeared, d’oh!) but the weather forecast sounds pretty treacherous for tomorrow, so I may end up walking to the park down the road to take some snowy pictures! Have you got snow where you are?
I finished Captain Corelli’s Mandolin! I will openly admit, I have never cried so much whilst reading a book before. I enjoyed reading it so much, and I think any book that causes such a reaction deserves kudos.
Photo from Wikipedia
I highly recommend this book, although I would suggest you have a box of tissues at hand! I was tempted to watch the film but I’ve heard it doesn’t do the book justice at all, which is a shame 🙁
I think Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell will be my next read 🙂