Meme- for Book Geeks Only

I saw Phoeknits’s book meme, and I thought I’d join in. This is from Most Common Unread books over at The idea is that you bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

# Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
# Anna Karenina (133)
# Crime and punishment (122)
# Catch-22 (117)
# One hundred years of solitude (115)
# Wuthering Heights (110)
# Life of Pi : a novel (95)
# The name of the rose (91)
# Don Quixote (91)
# Moby Dick (86)
# Ulysses (84)
# Madame Bovary (84)
# The Odyssey (83)
# Pride and prejudice (84)
# Jane Eyre (81)
# A tale of two cities (80)
# The brothers Karamazov (80)
# Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79)
# War and peace (78)
# Vanity fair (74)
# The time traveler’s wife (74)
# The Iliad (73)
# Emma (73)
# The Blind Assassin (74)
# The kite runner (71)
# Mrs. Dalloway (71)
# Great expectations (71)
# American gods : a novel (68)
# A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
# Atlas shrugged (68)
# Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
# Memoirs of a Geisha (67)
# Middlesex (66)
# Quicksilver (66)
# Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West … (65)
# The Canterbury tales (64)
# The historian : a novel (63)
# A portrait of the artist as a young man (63)
# Love in the time of cholera (63)
# Brave new world (61)
# The Fountainhead (62)
# Foucault’s pendulum (61)
# Middlemarch (61)
# Frankenstein (60)
# The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
# Dracula (60)
# A clockwork orange (60)
# Anansi boys : a novel (58)
# The once and future king (57)
# The grapes of wrath (58)
# The poisonwood Bible : a novel (58)
# 1984 (57)
# Angels & demons (56)
# The inferno (56)
# The satanic verses (55)
# Sense and sensibility (55)
# The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
# Mansfield Park (55)
# One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (55)
# To the lighthouse (55)
# Tess of the D’Urbervilles (54)
# Oliver Twist (55)
# Gulliver’s travels (53)
# Les misérables (53)
# The corrections (54)
# The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay : a novel (52)
# The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)
# Dune (51)
# The prince (51)
# The sound and the fury (52)
# Angela’s ashes : a memoir (51)
# The god of small things (52)
# A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present (51)
# Cryptonomicon (50)
# Neverwhere (50)
# A confederacy of dunces (50)
# A short history of nearly everything (50)
# Dubliners (50)
# The unbearable lightness of being (50)
# Beloved : a novel (49)
# Slaughterhouse-five (49)
# The scarlet letter (49)
# Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Pu… (49)
# The mists of Avalon (47)
# Oryx and Crake : a novel (47)
# Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
# Cloud atlas : a novel (48)
# The confusion (46)
# Lolita (47)
# Persuasion (46)
# Northanger abbey (47)
# The catcher in the rye (47)
# On the road (47)
# The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
# Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of… (45)
# Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into … (45)
# The Aeneid (45)
# Watership Down (44)
# Gravity’s rainbow (44)
# In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its … (44)
# White teeth (44)
# Treasure Island (44)
# David Copperfield (44)
# The three musketeers (44)
# Cold mountain (43)
# Robinson Crusoe (43)
# The bell jar (44)
# The secret life of bees (44)
# Beowulf : a new verse translation (43)
# The plague (44)
# The Master and Margarita (43)
# Atonement : a novel (43)
# The handmaid’s tale (43)
# Lady Chatterley’s lover (42)
# Underworld (41)
# Little Women (41)
# A brief history of time : from the big bang to black holes (42)
# Stardust (41)
# Jude the obscure (42)
# The chronicles of Narnia (40)
# Possession : a romance (41)
# Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal (40)
# Never let me go (40)
# The trial (40)
# Kafka on the shore (40)
# Bleak House (41)
# Sons and lovers (41)
# Alias Grace (40)
# The Arabian nights (39)
# Baudolino (39)
# Confessions (39)
# The great Gatsby (40)(This my all-time favourite book!)
# To kill a mockingbird (40)
# Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Gla… (40)
# The alchemist (39)
# Candide, or, Optimism (39)
# Snow falling on cedars (40)
# Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story (39)
# Midnight’s children (39)
# White Oleander (39)
# A passage to India (39)
# The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and … (39)
# The house of the seven gables (39)
# The lovely bones : a novel (39)
# Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (39)
# The amber spyglass (38)
# The histories (38)
# Swann’s way (38)
# The shadow of the wind (38)
# Fahrenheit 451 (38)
# Good omens (38)
# Running with scissors : a memoir (38)
# Everything is illuminated : a novel (38)
# The divine comedy (38)
# Paradise lost (39)
# The English patient (39)
# Uncle Tom’s cabin (38)
# The Origin of Species (37)

I’d like to say that I could blame in on having been an English Major (well, double majored in English Lit and Women’s Studies…) but I actually read most of them on my own. I am Book Geek, hear me roar. Or hear me quietly reading in the corner. You know, same thing.

All Ready to Go!

This is what I’m sending my K1, Tea 2 Swap Pal:

- 2 skeins of Drops Camelina (superwash)
- a bag of loose Pai Mu Tan (white tea)
- Hand lotion from The Healing Garden line, in White Tea
- Fair Trade chocolate bar flavoured with earl grey
- a small box of jasmine green tea
- a white mug from Pottery Barn
- a tea strainer
- a packet of tea bags to use with loose tea, in teapots
- the mug jacket, of course!

I hope my swap pal likes her package! It’s going to the post office tomorrow (one day late, I know- but I needed to pack it up right). I can’t wait to receive my package- It’s my first swap!

FO: Thermal

Well, Here it is. Thermal!

Boy, it was sunny today!


Yarn: Knitpicks gloss in ‘dusk’.

Needles: 3mm circs.

Modifications: none.

Notes: I’m in love. it fits just the way I want it to, it’s warm and fabulous, and I’ve worn it two days in a row.

And I love the buttons:

Here’s a shot of Thermal blocking: It took three days to dry, and at the end I wanted to wear it so badly I stood over it with a hair dryer for two hours. If I had known that, I might not have wet blocked it.

How excited am I to be finished Thermal?Oh yeah. I’m a dork.

Shoulda Been an FO……

Thermal is complete. So complete, I’m wearing it right now, and have had compliments heaped on me all day by my co-workers, and a woman that I did not know who is also a knitter (we had a great discussion about arm cap shaping). I feel great. Maybe a little too warm in my newly completed sweater, but great nonetheless.

Except… I don’t have any photos yet. I am truly envious of my partner-in-yarn, Jen. Not only does she have a boyfriend who loves taking ultra-flattering photos of his beloved, but he’s a professional photgrapher. I’ll see what I can rustle up later. If I can’t find anyone to play photographer (and I’m feeling a little anti-social at the moment- so I think it would be rude to call up someone to come over, take pictures of me, and then tell them to get the hell out), I’ll explore the timer function on my camera! Stay tuned.

In the endless joy that is Ravelry, a new knit has just come to light: Gallery Jacket. Modelled and designed by Cirilia.

Now, this project came along at the perfect time for me. I’ve been wondering why I don’t have any green yarn, despite the fact that green is my favourite colour. Why have I no green knits?! I was so enamoured with the pattern, that I immediately went to to buy yarn for it. I decided to go for a full-blown merino, since I’m not one for angora.That isn’t the yarn exactly, (knitpicks doesn’t allow you to enlarge it’s colour swatches online) but it gives a good idea of the colour. Now, I’m playing the waiting game, and as soon as that yarn arrives, I’ll be swatching!

*Note to self: consider green when considering a future project. It is, after all, your favourite colour. It avoids that pesky problem of looking at your purple heather yarn that you got for Forecast and wondering what the hell you were thinking that day….*

for my birthday, I want to be locked in overnight at Romni Wools

There would be time to knit swatches of whatever you wanted! Pet without fear of looking like cheap yarno. When it was almost time to open shop, I would pile up the pricest cashmere and fall asleep in ia bed of squish. I’d tell them I was sent directly from the cashmere gods, they couldnt possibly be mad then.

But I digress, I went there yesterday to meet up with Adam Hilborn one half of Parishil Studio. This guy oozes creativity, he knew almost exactly what he wanted and was able to draw it out, major bonus. I took him on a mini tour to pick out the yarns that would be best suited and lo and behold.. what did he like the most?

Rowan Cocoon
Rowan Cocoon. Man knows his stuff huh?
Rowan Cocoon

After hammering out the finer details…. ribbing, spacing and cable type I begun swatching as soon as I got home. Rowan recommends 7mm needles, but the fabric produced is much to airy, 5.5mm got me the close knit guage I wanted.

Rowan Cocoon

Rowan Cocoon
I effin love it.