Revisiting Old Favorites

Revisiting Old Favorites

At some point after the election I wanted something escapist and comforting, so I picked up some Tolkien.  (Laugh all you will at my use of “comforting” to describe a dark and morbid fantasy novel, but hey, it does have a happy ending!)  The Peter Jackson movie versions of the trilogy were released while I was in college, and they were my true introduction to the Lord of the Rings series (excluding an animated version of The Hobbit from my childhood), but once I found the books themselves I was hooked.


While I got a nostalgic kick out of revisiting the Tolkien, I got stuck halfway through the second book in the trilogy (The Two Towers), so I think it’s time to switch to my next reading project.

A good friend of mine recently mentioned that My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead is all the rage (judging by how many people she’s seen reading it on the NY subway), and since I’ve been living under a rock I had to do some quick googling to see what all the fuss was about.  Once it was clear that the focus of the book is revisiting an old favorite of the author’s (Middlemarch by George Eliot, unsurprisingly), our mini-book club of two decided we should start with the original inspiration.  It’s embarrassing to admit that I’ve never read any Eliot, so maybe at age 34 (yes, I’m deep into the mid-30s, folks), it’s about time.


(Did you notice how that post came full circle with the “Old Favorites” theme? My high school English teacher would be proud – ha!)



Episode 15: Konmari and Everything in Moderation

Episode 15: Konmari and Everything in Moderation


Looking forward to Spring sewing!

Fancy Tiger Crafts

On my Needles

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Bellows Cardigan by Michele Wang IMG_2675 Husband Socks in Crazy Zauberball

Dovetail Wrap from with diVé Autumno held double


Palmyre by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne IMG_2632

Elijah! by Ysolda Teague



E-books vs. Physical Books

Currently Reading: Washington Square by Henry James

Finished: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin;  An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell

Movies/TV: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bob’s Burgers, Archer, Broad City, Girls

Is X-Files coming back??

Waiting for:  Veep, Silicon Valley (both on HBO)

Libations: Latest Tea Obsession is Genmai Cha from Peet’s Tea

Coda: I have a tiny baby face/head and CANNOT find glasses that fit. Grrr.

Episode 12: Hitting a Lot of Walls

Episode 12: Hitting a Lot of Walls

(Book Talk starts at 42:06 )



Yarn it Forward! discussion thread is here.  Stitch Party Podcast Fans Ravelry Group is here. Donate your yarns through the month of December!

What I’ve donated so far:




Sweatshirt is almost done


My Owls sweater got a little love, until I lost interest in tubes.

Husband B-day Socks are progressing!

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New project from stash yarn!

Glitterful Taana with Berroco Glint Yarn


Pattern Booklet purchased from Kelly from the CelticCastOn blog.


Georgia is done!!

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One Secret Xmas Present done! (more details later)

On Deck

Ondawa by Michele Wang with some super-stash yarn: Patons Wool in Cognac Heather

Still Palmyre by Nadia Cretin-Lechenn, possibly using Grace yarn, 50% merino, 50% silk in a burgundy shade

Also checking out Nadia’s other pattern (recently released) Imelda

Cool new cardigan pattern by Isabell Kraemer called Criss Cross



Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Currently Reading: 

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman

Waiting for:

Canada by Richard Ford

Decided not to read the new Louise Penny mystery



Homeland is soooo good!

Muppets: Most Wanted

20 Feet from Stardom



Rice Nog with Rum (recipe: pour the two together and enjoy!)


Coming Soon! My top 5 lists (books and knitting) for 2014.

Question for listeners: Would you prefer to be viewers?  Translation: Would you prefer a video podcast over an audio podcast?  Considering a possible format change for the New Year.  Make your opinion heard here at the Ravelry Group board.