Sunday, September 10, 2006

Various updates...

This is what is left of my grandfather's knitting sock machine. Yes, sock knitting is a family obsession.
My sister and I were so excited when our dad told us that the elusive machine had been found in my uncle's attic, and was ours if we still wanted it. He warned us we'd have a lot of work to do in order to get it back into working shape, but we didn't expect it was in such bad condition. However, we'll do our best to restore it, and hopefully be able to use it. Any advices are welcome at this point!

Since my last post, I had a chance to complete two projects: a scarf, and yet another pair of socks. Both will be Christmas gifts. The stitches are not showing that well on this picture, but I think it's recipient will be happy to wear it in cold Ottawa, while walking the dogs. Hey, maybe I should knit matching ones for the dogs too!

The sock looks a bit weird at the toes because I rolled whatever was too long underneath (and with a size 5 shoe, that's a lot). It really looks like it's finished square at the toes, but it's not ( I was just too lazy to take another picture). I have started another pair of cabled socks, but the cable is a bit longer.

So that's what I've been up to, in case you were wondering. That and lots of sleeping. I feel like my body is fighting a cold or something.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

First meme

I hadn't checked my blog list in a few days, and I just noticed today that I have been tagged by KB for a meme. This is actually the first time, so here goes:

1. One book that changed your life: Agaguk by Yves Theriault (it was more the way the teacher read it to us that had an impact on me).

2. One book that you've read more than once: Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans (an exploration in decadence and amazing descriptions)

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles (I read it over a period of about two months, and with a few interruptions so I'd like to read it without interruptions).

4. One book that made you laugh: Parler croquant by Claude Duneton (sorry, no translations available on this book about some hilarious uses of the French language)

5. One book that made you cry: Life Before Us by Romain Gary

6. One book that you wish had been written: The key to instant happiness

7. One book you wish had never been written: all the "how to build a bomb" type of books

8. One book you're currently reading: Knit Lit (too)

9. One book you've been meaning to read: The Instant Millionaire: A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth by Mark Fisher ( but really, how much fun can it be to read about finances?)

10. Tag 6 people: Charles, Jason, Bamboo Sticks, Cheryl (Out of the box), Celtic Knitter, Roadside ( I'm cheating here, as KB already tagged him).