Archive for February, 2008

Tea Time

February 22, 2008

My mother’s birthday was yesterday and I made her a tea cozy with some sweaters that I bought at a thrift shop and felted in the washing machine:

I’m really happy with how it came out.

However, I am not happy at all with any of the computers in my house. Never try to put a 160 GB hard drive into a several years old machine unless you have hired someone to do it. Apparently, the machine is too old to see the whole hard drive, and I’ve been trying to jump through hoops to get it to work ALL WEEK LONG.

Hilde posted about a knitted video from a band from Montréal called Tricot Machine. I discovered them last week, and I ordered the CD. I am really excited about this band, they are really fun (at least the songs that I have heard), and their name means Knitting Machine…how cool is that?

RIP Matt the Rabbit

February 17, 2008

31 March, 2002 – 16 February, 2008

He wasn’t the most friendly Angora rabbit, he never got entirely used to people, and when I groomed him, he would bite holes in my pants (he ruined a skirt this way once). But he would always come over to take treats from me when I fed him and he will be missed.

Sheep-ish

February 15, 2008

I finished my sheep mittens the other day.

Note how the piece that was the UFO is the bottom of the mitten on the left, which is from way back when, when I wasn’t very good at two-colour knitting. The mitten on the right has a much nicer cuff. So my dilemma of course is do I knit a new cuff and cut off the old one and graft it on? On the one side, the cuff should be under the sleeve of my coat, but on the other hand, it does look a little weird. I guess sometimes when you have an old UFO like that, you should just rip it out and start over. It would have been faster for me to do that.

Details: the yarn is Creskeld Jacob yarn, in natural colours from one of my favourite sheep breeds. This is some really great yarn.

I am in the process of trying to fix at least one computer. Ingi’s laptop died, and we thought it was a hard drive, but after an hours-long process of copying files onto a new hard drive (with a really cool tool), it appears to be something else. My Windows desktop also needed a new hard drive, so I put in the new hard drive, but it looks like I need to change out the ribbon cable because it’s not seeing the full size of the hard drive.

1001 Books

February 5, 2008

I burned my thumb cooking pea soup tonight (how stupid is this!) so I figure I will talk about something besides knitting. We spent our Superbowl Sunday browsing a used bookshop and ended up coming home with Rainer Maria Rilke’s Stories of God, a Peter Hoeg book, and a book by William Burroughs about cats. It seems like every time we are in a used bookshop we end up with some of those books you “really should read.”

Speaking of books you really should read, someone wrote a book with a list of top 1001 books you should read before you die. I don’t agree with the list entirely, because there are a few that seem glaringly missing, but out of the ones I have read, many of them are ones I would really agree with belonging on that list.

I’ve read about 60.

The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
Perfume – Patrick Süskind
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Neuromancer – William Gibson
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Shining – Stephen King
Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich
Solzhenitsyn (I think I read this one too, I know I read the Gulag
Archipelago which should have been on the list)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (just read this on the plane from Iceland after New Year’s, it was a Christmas gift)
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
The Once and Future King – T.H. White
The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (hey! this is 3 books! That
doesn’t count? Shouldn’t it be 1004 books, then?)
The Story of O – Pauline Réage
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
Foundation – Isaac Asimov (another trilogy, I think I’ve read them all)
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
Independent People – Halldór Laxness
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
L’Étranger – Albert Camus

Reading:
The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe (started then misplaced)
Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

On the To-Read List (we have these books):
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
Wild Swans – Jung Chang
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (can you believe I haven’t read this one?)
Erewhon – Samuel Butler (I started this a long time ago and put it down. Guess I should finish it.)
Emma – Jane Austen
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Books that I would like to read soon (either I’ve always wanted to read, or heard good things, or like the author):
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Dead Air – Iain Banks
Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
Ignorance – Milan Kundera
City of God – E.L. Doctorow
Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole