Tuesday, January 13, 2009

BSA Swap 2 Treat

With recent issues with flickr and being able to post - here's the last part of my BSA Swap 2 gift from yarnpiggy - from my wishlist - a beautiful pink Abacus Row Counter Bracelet from Hide and Sheep in style Tatiana with a pretty pink flower focus bead. I've used it a ton already and rally love it -

Hide and Sheep Tatiana Abacus Bracelet

A very fabulous swap package - I was thoroughly spoiled.

It followed me home...

Loot

What could I do ?

Lol - went to the Three Bags Full Sale on Saturday afternoon - just to Vancouver for the day. Crazy scene - apparently the morning line was out the door by 15 people. Luckily, by the time I arrived late afternoon, the line was just inside the door. Fabulous prices - 30% off Malabrigo Silky Merino, and 20% off the Malabrigo Sock, and Malabrigo Worsted. Surprisingly, (or maybe not so), the price on the Malsock was C$23.95 reg. price, same as the 20% off ended up being at Beehive (20% off $29.95). I guess that's either the exchange rate or extra cost of ferry and shipping to the Island. By the time I arrived, the cupcakes were well long gone, as was most of the Malabrigo Aquarella and Gruesa at 50% off, and no lonely singles. I did pick out most of what I wanted, and then some.

Here's a close-up of the Mmmmmalabrigo part:
Malabrigo Loot
Yum!

Sunday was the BB belated Christmas Party - interesting swap exchange, this season, I was at 3 of these gift exchanges with stealing possibilities and ended up with #1 - now, if I could just figure out a way to make that work for other things...
I made up for it anyway, by receiving by mail on Monday a skein of Italian Silk by Fleece Artist that a lady from New Brunswick was destashing on Ravelry-
Fleece Artist Italian Silk
It's beautiful!

Hard to believe though that 119g of yarn cost $10.66 to send from East Coast Canada (New Brunswick) to West Coast Canada (Victoria, BC)
Can Post
yet costs $5-6 to go to the US, and $2.14 to send from US to Canada - how's that for fair - our economy could be stimulated probably just by lowering mailing costs.

Met with Chris and she had felted her hat over the holiday - here's the pic:
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Monday, January 05, 2009

Book List and Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year 2009!
Just catching up on some friends' blogs - saw this nifty list of books

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate!).
4) Reprint this list in your own blog - so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret MitchellG
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (-Think I read this at the bookstore)
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (saw the play, does that count ?)

...hmmm..34 or 35..I guess I could read more...of these.

I actually just finished reading "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson - on the bestseller list right now - it's a bit graphic, but a pretty enticing read.