Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Friday's Finds, Knitting and More

Well, this week I didn't do much thrifting at all. I did pop into an antique/junk store and managed to pick this up. 1937 woman's magazine has lots of cool images and ads plus some knitting patterns; and two old postcards

Antique/Junk Store Finds

All was not lost though as I managed to get a couple of real good deals on ebay this week. A lot of vintage birthday cards and a lot of old photographs.

Ebay Score 1 - 120+ Vintage Birthday Cards

Ebay Score 2 - Old Photos

Some of you were quite interested in the altered puzzles I was participating in and with the move and all I never got a chance to post pictures but I have received three completed puzzles now. Each piece was altered by a different artist, I haven't completed the frames yet but have to share how wonderful these are. Click on the images to see larger.

Wizard of Oz Altered Puzzle

Star Trek Altered Puzzle

Star Trek TNG Altered Puzzle

And finally, Yes, I do knit! I'm still working on a mitred blanket. This will be my third one this year, as you may remember I decided to see how many I could make this year. I'm getting ready to finish it, I have to buy another ball of black then I'm going to do the final finishing round. I'm getting a bit tired of it and besides I have 7 balls of a butterscotch coloured yarn that I'm anxious to use as the main colour for the next one.

Also started a new project and will leave you with a little teaser of the WIP.

WIP June 28

Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday is for Thrifty Finds

I do a lot of thrifting: going to thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, flea markets, antique stores, junk stores, you get the idea.

Sometimes I score big, others nothing, and a lot of in-between. I'm going to start sharing my finds on Fridays.

These all came fron one visit to a Goodwill, one evening this week.

Click on the pictures to read the notes.

Thrifty Finds This Week Pt.1

Thrifty Finds This Week Pt.2

Thursday, June 22, 2006

What do you do in the middle of a hot summer?

Why ... knit mittens! of course. Don't ask me why but I started knitting some munstersockens for myself using odd bits of leftover sock yarn and before I knew it they decided to fingerless mitts instead. I love them.

Pattern: just made it up as I went along
Yarn: leftover sock yarn

Fingerless Mitts

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Lights, Camera, Action!

I got my camera fixed!!!


It has been so hard to have the desire to blog when I don't have a camera. Not that I've done much knitting but having a pic to post sure makes you more likely to blog. So here I finally have the mitred blanket I finished when my dh was away just before we moved.

Mitred Blanket
Click here to enlarge.

I have been knitting but not finishing. The munstersockens I was knitting have turned into fingerless mitts and are almost finished but I have been working on another black, scrap miter blanket most of the time. You will notice I spell mitre both the correct way "mitre" and the American way "miter" so Google will find me either way! I'm not really into my kal's at the moment. It is just so hot out here (though it hasn't been too bad just lately) that I can't get the desire to knit much. I do want to knit some cotton footies though and as soon as I can get those mitts done I'll start. It's too hot to wear socks most of the time but I hate not wearing them that I think cotton footies should solve the problem.

Continuing with my summer reading program. Finished "Seventh Son" by Orson Scott Card and ""Grim Tuesday" by Garth Nix. Currently reading "Drowned Wednesday" and have the Thursday book up next.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Book Meme

From here
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you’ve read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end. - I'm adding 4 books you should read.
4. Tag! - you're it!

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - (saw the movie though!)
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) - J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) - J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) - J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender’s Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Unberable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland
The Nature of Blood - Caryl Phillips
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules -Ed. David Sedaris
I Know This Much is True - Wally Lamb
Empire Falls - Richard Russo
American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - Adam Cohen & Elizabeth Taylor
Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
Seeing - Jose Saramango
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Sophie's World - Jostein Gaardner
Ursula Under - ingrid Hill
Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder
In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The World According to Garp - John Irving
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Boy, I haven't read many of these. In fact I haven't even heard of quite a few of them!