Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Another meme

Mark the movies you've seen you've seen with an (X). If the total is over 85, you have no life.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest*
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
( ) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(X) Scary Movie
(X) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(X) Lilo & Stitch
(X) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(X) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
(X) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong
( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
(X) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(X) Halloween
(X) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
(X) Son Of The Mask
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
( ) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(X) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
(X) Independence Day
(X) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(X) Christine
(X) E.T.
(X) Children of the Corn (He wants YOU Malachi!)
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds (
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(X) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
( ) X-Men
( ) X-2
( ) X3
( ) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
( ) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe*
( ) 28 days later (A fabulous zombie movie.)
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 1
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix: Reloaded
( ) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
(X) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
(X) Hannibal

I think I got 70 there, so not too bad, I am not particularly a movie buff, so I knew I would have lots of blanks on this. I got this meme from momcast, who appears to like zombie movies, I don't, I love horror movies, but not Zombies, I can't eat braised beef because of a Zombie movie I saw way back when I was a bit of a kid. One of those association problems.

My movie style seems to be things I saw as a kid or teenager and now things I saw with my kids!!! Quite sad, but I have started renting movies again recently, I almost rented blood diamond yesterday but wasn't sure if I would get through the film without lots of tears. I talked to the English laddie at the till, he seemed to think I might well blubber, since that makes it kind of hard to knit I had to pass.

Monday, March 26, 2007

So After all the book talk, I thought I would share what I am reading right now. I love Egyptology, that and Japanese history are my favourite two histories, specifically. I love history, I watch as much as I can get, and read what I can. Christian Jacq's books are amazing, this is the third series of his I have read, and for as much factual history as you can read, you never actually get the feeling of being there, being in the time, the smells, the senses, the people, Jacq's books bring that to you, and they are factual books, these aren't some cooked up fairytales. My other favourite on Egypt is Paul Doherty, his books are also based on real events.

This book arrived in this lot of packages I received finally last week. They all arrived in one day, it was great to have so many boxes sat on the doorstep for me.

As you can see my knitpicks needle finally arrived.

I haven't used it on the precious Princess, I can't think of a break happening again now. Now that I have come so far.

An insertion, completed!!!! Not very good pictures of it, but I want to wait to get a bit more of the centre knitted before I see how it really looks. It's quite exciting.

I have been reading Jeans blog for a while, on and off, but she recently posted on the HK knitting group that she was back at the Princess after a long break, because of a break!!!!!

She has really jumped back into the fire, and is working on all cylinders getting it knitted up now.

I have taken a little more than a week off the Princess, just to do other stuff, and am working on the Roza socks from interweave magazine. They are supposed to be for Eliz on wednesday, but not looking terribly likely now. I will of course try.

Elizabeth is 9 on Wednesday, can barely believe it, she got her ATV on Sunday and promptly flipped it, I of course did the mandatory screaming fit at Ron, that this is exactly why I didn't want her having an ATV, but she got back on and only ran into one more car......

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Book meme

I found this book meme over at Cath's blog, I know I haven't read many on the list but wanted to see how many I had, or was interested in reading. Bold the ones read, Italicize the ones I want to read, and leave plain the ones I am not interested in.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)

2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
I have almost read all of this series and loved it, although it slowed down in the last few books, I still love it.

10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)This is by far the best of Browns book, IMHO
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) Great book want to see movie too...
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)Another huge King fan, read most of his books in my time.
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)The book is on my bedside table, ready to read.
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)Fantastic book, Tandia was almost as good.
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)Awesome book.
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) 49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)

51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy) Isn't this the book equivelant of the Princess shawl?
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice) One of my favourite Authors, I love the vampire and witch series.
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) Haven't read, but just finished watching the entire mini-series on dvd, plan to look for books.

74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)

84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) Another one on the nightstand.
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Gentlemen, start your engines....

I can't tell you how happy I am to see F1 back, I love it, love it, love it.

Formula one

Friday, March 16, 2007


Ok, well the border is, and I have got onto the insertion band, oh joy, what fun, about a squillion YO's k2tog's.

It's beautiful, that grey streak through it bugs the crap out of me, but until washing day I can handle it.

I think once I get a few repeats of the centre pattern done I may well have to put this to a side for a while again, it is taking over my life.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

One horse race.

The Princess is now flying off the needles, after my fight with the phildar needles I went looking for Inox, as suggested by Sharon Miller, I couldn't get any of them, and being stuck in a snow storm my options were limited to the store I was in.

I found Pony 30 cm 2mm needles.
I have knit on these, the horse power behind them is awesome, blinding, mesmerizing, simply mind boggling.

I have knit a lot.

First an apology to Jane, I said I would post yesterday, but I kept hearing this loud demanding noise coming from the area of the Princess, I couldn't resist the call.

This photo is from last sunday, The needle on the fabric was supposed to represent where I have knit from since I picked it up again a few weeks ago. The needle position isn't quite right, towards the right of the picture is more accurate where as at the left it droops down too low. I you can see the greying area above the needle, the is roughly where I have gone from, I got a few rows on the knitpicks before it broke, then went to the grey needles. A thought just came to me, while the grey area may well bug the crap out of me, it is also like a timeline for my knitting, like rings in a tree, only now I hope I don't have anymore potentially damaging marks on the shawl to tell the tale.

This is just the expanded version of the previous photo.

This though, is today's up to date progress report. See the little paisley like motif, that is right near the top of the border, I am at row 193, a plain knit row, I haven't done one of those in so long! I really enjoyed it. I have 27, count em, 27 more rows to go, then some plain garter, then the insertion! Woo hoo, happy dance, the end is in sight for the border, I do have to remind myself every once in a while just how much further I have to go. This puppy is huge even after the border, that is no small triangle that goes inside the border, then edging after that.

This is the whole lot bunched up on the 30cm needles.

I had to see for myself last week just how big this thing is, I couldn't get my mind around the size of it, so needed a visual, well there it is, the whole length sat out on my three seater couch, all 64 inches in length, just sat there, falling limply to the cracks of the cushions, no stretching, no blocking no real attempt to spread it out. I won't try this again, all those open ends made me very nervous. Three circulars, one 24" and two 32" circ's.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The little things

Oh so many of them, boy, I just can't get enough of the quick knits recently.

Where do I start!

Ok, a gansey pin cushion from the workshop.

A start to the cushion cover too.

The gansey is coming along great too, I am almost done the front now, and will do the three needle bind off tonight for the shoulders.

Ok, the continually, ever expanding pile of little things, here is some of it.

The expanded version of this messy pile is this,

Eunny's entrelac socks from IK magazine,

Some handspun fleece artist merino made into a (yes one so far) finserless mitten, pattern from knitty.

More handspun goodness, corriedale for estonian mittens, a Nancy Bush pattern this is my second attempt at these, the first lot of handspun was unsuitable, now it is working out lovely.

A baby jacket in Opal petticoat (started this morning).

A baby jacket from Sublime, (started last night).

Here is the cutie that got me hooked on this pattern!

Here some lovely sock yarn ready to become a pair of Roza's socks also from IK mag, pattern by Grumperina.

Some yarn I am spinning for Mitts for the girls.

This is an antique wheel on loan from the guild, I can't remember the name, and the label isn't too clear, it's a neat little wheel, with distaff and lazy kate all built in, I just can't seem to get going with it though.

I am adding continually to this little knits pile, I have nordic mitts that dissappeared into the pile somewhere last week, I started a fair isle vest, ok so that's not so little, but in comparison to the Princess everything is little.

The weather here is brutal, at the weekend we had that hideous ice/snow storm. Elizabeth got a snow day. Then yesterday I was driving to my LYS and got caught in another snow storm, imagine my horror at being trapped in a yarn shop for 1 and a half hours, ( ROFLMFAO)

Look at this ice on my poor little PT!

That was from the ice storm.

The snow I got caught up in yesterday was part of the storm that caused this...... crash

We had a co worker of Ron's with us all afternoon as another worker had left early and got hit by a tractor trailer in that very crash, he called to warn everyone not to bother trying to get north yet.
Poor guy, I hope he's ok, but then the using of the cell phone would indicate he is fine.

Ron took the girls shopping last week, Elizabeth will be nine this month and her big pressie is an ATV, so they needed to accessorize , not my idea of the complimentary accessories, but what do I know.

Friday, March 02, 2007

I can't get no satisfaction

In response to a query I sent to Phildar re the needles, this is the response I got.

Good morning,

Thank you for visiting our international website www.phildar.com

In reply to your request our needles should be buy on line by

Best Regards.

See you soon on www.phildar.com,
Phildar e-business team

Knitpicks says that my needle got lost in transit to Canada,
another is being sent.