Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
From their website, "Written in London by a young Austrian playwright in exile, Manja opens, radically, with five conception scenes one night in 1920. Set in the turbulent Germany of the Weimar Republic, it goes on, equally dramatically, to describe the lives of the children and their families until 1933 when the Nazis came to power. 'What is so unusual,' wrote the playwright Berthold Viertel in 1938, 'is the way the novel contrasts the children's community - in all its idealism, romanticism, decency and enchantment - with the madhouse community of the adults.'" This book is quite long - over 500 pages - but reads so well. You go between all the children at various points and see how their lives all connect and intersect and how they're all tied together. It's also amazing in that it was written before World War II started, yet shows the horror of the Nazis already. It's a beautiful book, but terribly sad too. I read it in 2010 and still think about it. I really highly recommend it.
Because of all of this, Manja was the next book I made a cover for for the contest mentioned previously. I loved doing the cover and since the book has the dove grey cover it left it completely up to me. This is what I came up with:
While it's not a birch tree, I love this tree and loved layering each branch over others. It was challenging but rewarding. I love this. It's perfect for the book.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I'm participating in Feeling Stitchy's contest for embroidered book covers. It's inspired by Penguin's new book covers for Emma, The Secret Garden, and Black Beauty. So far I've done this one from Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I haven't been terribly productive lately. I haven't knit really at all lately. I've been cross stitching again lately, and embroidering - which I love because I can whip things out in a day or so depending on size. One of the embroideries was a gift that was just given so I couldn't share until now. :)
The gift for my wonderful friend, Mandy, and her new husband, Steve:
found here on flickr) and wanted to keep embroidering things. It's the author's note to Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh:
Friday, June 10, 2011
I changed the I-cord color, they were supposed to be in the yellow. But I really like the brown and wanted more brown on the front, so, brown I-cords. :) I also felt the front was a bit plain looking so I found a Michigan outline online and traced it and rigged up a piece of paper to the bottom right front and embroidered a Michigan on the front in brown. This is my favorite part of the bag actually. I've forgotten how much I enjoy embroidering (and cross stitching)! I want to embroider everything now! lol :)
Rav page: Michigan Bag
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I've knit a bit though. :) I spent 3 Sundays in a row at my friend's apt. watching the Mildred Pierce mini on HBO. I didn't really care for the mini - no one was likeable at all - but I got more of Josh's sweater done. :)I needed a break the other night after having worked on my Civil War paper all day Sunday, so Monday I started Skew. I needed something small that I could take places and that would knit up easily. After a bit of a hiccup with the needles and the first couple rows, it's been going really well. I really love the yarn (some fingering weight called "Wicked" from Woolen Mill St. Yarns); it's super soft and easy to work with and the colors are just amazing. And I finally have an idea for the other yarn I got from her; we'll see when it gets made though. :) Tanis Fiber Yarns are giving away some gorgeous silk yarn. Go enter! :)
Friday, March 25, 2011
Now to get back to school work... Civil War - we have an exam next week. I think I'll be okay. Luckily I don't have to read the book for this exam; it's The Killer Angels which I've read a few times before, and I've seen Gettysburg I don't know how many times (what an amazing movie). 20th Century Seminar - I've been reading old newspaper articles from 1915 on The Birth of a Nation. The paper'll be on the press reception of the film and how they report on the protests, premieres, etc. I need to start writing the paper though; the draft is due in two Mondays and I have to have 15-18 pages done. Ick. 1865-Present Colloquium - I have 2 papers to write still. I'm trying to get one done ASAP but it's not happening... It's on a book I already read so it should go easy but it's not... I need to start the next paper too; try and write as I read the book this time...
My friend copied Atonement for me so I watched that last night. :) I love that movie even though I couldn't get through the book... I put on Vanity Fair afterwards; another excellent movie. Trying to de-stress but it's not working well so far... :/
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The socks I just finished. Very straightforward. I started them last summer then didn't touch them for ages. Once I got back to them though, they finished in less than a week.
The beginnings of the sweater I'm making for Josh. You can just see the top edge there on the left. The yellow yarn's holding the loose cast on stitches to add the hood onto later. It's 30 black rows and then 5 blue rows due to the much less amount of blue I was able to buy. I'm still worried I might run out... I'm really enjoying making it. Very simple overall. We'll see once I get into actual shaping though. :)