Archive for January, 2010

Books I’ve read this year #3

January 21, 2010

Silas Marner” by George Elliot.

I love this book so much that I’ve felt a little sad ever since finishing it. It’s about 20 years since I last read Silas Marner, and almost thirty years since I first read it during English lessons when I was at school. We used to have a book to read each term, and would spend a lesson a week taking it in turns to read aloud to the rest of the class. I hated those lessons as I hate being read to, and I used to read the books under my desk at my own speed, and then have to scrabble around trying to find the page the rest of the class was on when it was my turn to read out loud.

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Books I’ve read this year #2

January 21, 2010

“The idea of perfection” by Kate Greville.

I’m going through my bookshelves at the moment, trying to root out all of the books I’ve either not read, or have started and haven’t finished; this is one of the latter. Four years ago I really struggled with it, and after a few weeks I thought enough was enough, and gave up on it. When I took it off the shelf the other day I found an old bus ticket in it marking my place, and was surprised to see that I had actually almost finished it: I had stopped reading it with only six chapters left to read. This time round I finished it in three or four days. I’m glad I’ve finally read it, if only because this is one of the many, many books I shipped halfway round the world when I emigrated. I can’t say I loved it it any more the second time round than I did the first, but at least I now know how it ends.

In case you’re interested, the blurb on the back says, “The Idea of Perfection is a funny and touching romance between two people who’ve given up on love. Set in the eccentric little backwater of Karabrook, New South Wales, pop. 1374, it tells the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a woman altogether too big and too abrupt for comfort. Harley is in Karabrook to foster ‘Heritage’, and Douglas is there to pull down the quaint old Bent Bridge. From day one they’re on a collision course. But out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites, something unexpected happens; something even better than perfection.”

Books I’ve read this year #1

January 18, 2010

The first book I’ve read this year is “About a boy” by Nick Hornby. It must be almost 10 years since I first read this, and I loved it then, and loved it just as much the second time around. I also love the film, which I’ve seen a few times (I have a weakness for Hugh Grant, and the film also has a great soundtrack and was filmed around where I used to work in Clerkenwell, so I get to do that “Ooooh, look, there’s blah blah blah” thing you do when you see familiar places on film). What surprised me, though, was how different the film is from the book, which I must have noticed when I saw the film for the first time, but had completely forgotten since. I must be getting old…

First finished project of the year

January 14, 2010

OK…. so I started this in 2009, but I finally got it finished last week, and it is on its way to a sweet baby boy in snowy England as I type.

This is the Aviatrix baby hat, designed by Justine Turner, and the pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry.

The pattern specifies DK yarn and 4.5 mm needles for the body of the hat (do hats have bodies? Maybe not…), and 3.25 mm needles for the ribbing and strap, but I had a ball of Rowan Cashsoft Aran lying around which I loved the colour of, so I thought I’d give it a go with that. I used 5 mm needles to get the gauge, and used 3.75 mm needles for the ribbing and strap. (I’m sure no one else will be interested in those details, but if I don’t write it down in fifteen different places I will forget for next time). I love how this came out. I hope it fits!