Archive for August, 2009

Books I’ve read this year #34

August 27, 2009

“The Senator’s Wife” by Sue Miller.

Liked it.


Planning, planning

August 27, 2009

I have so many ideas going through my mind at the moment, and I keep jumping from project to project, starting one thing, then another, then thinking of something else, and not actually making any progress on any of them. I have a few people I want to make things for in the next few months, and also a few things I promised to make people a few months ago… oops. So, today, right now, I am going to make a plan. Or at least a list of things to do.

In no particular order…

1) Rag doll.

I promised to make one of these for my friend’s birthday. Her birthday was last November. Maybe I could get this done in time for her birthday this year?

2) Slippers

My friend wants some crocheted slippers. I have been looking at the free patterns on Ravelry, but while there are some that a similar to what I want, none of them are exactly what I want. So, I am designing my own. This is how far I’ve got:


If it works, I’ll make a matching one, and write up the pattern.

3) Hooded cardigan.

I’ve already spent hours designing this, but haven’t crocheted a single stitch so far. I do, I think, have the makings of a pattern, in several sizes. So, my plan is to crochet this in two sizes to see if it works, and if it does, to write up the pattern for future reference. One of the cardigans I am going to make is for my newest god-daughter, and the other for one of my other god-daughters, whose birthday in is October, because she was born just after I got married and emigrated, and I have never made her a single thing…

4) Hmmm, which reminds me, I’ve also never made a thing for my god-son, whose birthday is also in October. Must think of something to make him. A hat, perhaps? I want to write up the pattern for the hat I made the other day, so that could work…

5 & 6) More hats.

No idea what kind, yet. Will have a think about that.

That’s enough to be going on with for today, I think. Not that I’m going to do any of it today, oh no. Today, I am starting the spring cleaning. Oh joy!

Two colour beanie

August 21, 2009

I have a friend who always complains that I never make anything for her. I have told her that the best way to ensure I make her something is to have another baby, but she didn’t seem keen on that idea. I have finally given in to her nagging, and started on making hats for her children. This is the first one.

Two colour spiral hat2

Pattern: none. I made this up as I went along, and guessed at the size based on my own head – I just made the hat a bit tight for me, and hope it fits a 10 year old. (Of course, it would have been best if I had used proper measurements, but my friend hasn’t got a tape measure.) I’ll probably write the pattern up, so I can make this again – it’s nice doing spiral stripes because you have hardly any ends to sew in.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton – roughly half a ball each of 39011 (the green) and 39014 (the blue).

UPDATE: Pattern now available here!

Books I’ve read this year #33

August 19, 2009

“A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute.


This week I have mainly been…

August 18, 2009


Messing up my desk Designing a crocheted cardigan. Which I might even make, one day.

Books I’ve read this year #30 – #32

August 17, 2009

#30 “Heart and Soul” by Maeve Binchy.

I think I’ve read all of Maeve Binchy’s books, and I haven’t really enjoyed any of them since I read “Circle of Friends” in 1995.  This one was no exception. It’s as though she thought of loads of characters she wanted to write about, but couldn’t really think of a plot, so didn’t bother with one.

#31 “The Whole Day Through” by Patrick Gale.

Aaah, that’s better.  This book was so beautifully written, with interesting characters – I loved it. I’ve never read any books by this author before, but will definitely do so in future.

#32 “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” by Anne Tyler.

At the back of the Patrick Gale book there was an interview with the author, which included his 11 favourite books.  One of them was “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins, which is also one of my favourite books.  So, considering I don’t seem to be that good at choosing books for myself, I thought I’d read one of his favourites, and I just happened to have this one sitting on my bookshelf, unread.  Why have I never read any Anne Tyler before?  I really enjoyed this, sad as it was.  And I have another three of her books on my bookshelf still to read.

Books I’ve read this year #29

August 1, 2009

“The Beach House” by Jane Green.

Oh dear, keeping a list of books I’ve read on this blog is showing me just how low-brow much of my reading matter is.  I quite enjoyed this, low-brow as it is, but what made me laugh is that one of the central characters turns out to be gay, and the only clue to this (before he came out) was that he was obsessively tidy.  I’ve spent quite a lot of time with gay men in the last few weeks, and am wondering if I should tell them they can’t really be gay given the state of their houses…

Books I’ve read this year #28

August 1, 2009

“Testimony” by Anita Shreve.

Liked it.

Books I’ve read this year #27

August 1, 2009

“Tully” by Paullina Simons.

God, what a depressing read.

Books I’ve read this year #26

August 1, 2009

“Dead Man’s Folly” by Agatha Christie.

Another 50 year old, $8 bargain.