Compulsive Knitter

May 6, 2008

Ooh, a book meme!

Filed under: knitting — Marie @ 11:30 am

The perfect diversion for when I can’t post pictures of what I’m knitting and I should be writing papers! As seen on And She Knits Too!

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose (I tried reading this in German too, but gave up.)
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary (The heroine annoyed the hell out of me.)
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (I might finish this once we unpack all of our books.)
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
(Honestly, I don’t get what the big deal about this book is. Wicked, not The Canterbury Tales!)
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel (I loved this, my husband hated it. And he’s the historian!)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons (Oh, the shame!)
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Oliver Twist

Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present Cryptonomicon
A Confederacy of Dunces (Had to read this once I moved to Louisiana.)
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel (Loved this book, although it freaked me the hell out.)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye (I wanted to smack Holden the whole time I was reading this.)
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Kind of a weird combination of books, huh? I don’t know if you can tell from the list, but I’m really into 19th century lit (especially the gothic stuff) for some reason…


May 5, 2008

Slow progress

Filed under: knitting, life in general — Marie @ 11:47 am

There are no major updates on the house just yet. My husband signed some sort of (executed?) contract, but I’m not sure exactly what it is because I’m still in Louisiana until the end of the semester, plus I don’t need to sign anything until we get to closing. So I’m a little out of the loop, but my husband updates me every night on the progress or lack thereof. We don’t have a closing date yet, but maybe there will be one today or tomorrow once the bank does its thing. As soon as the semester is over, I’ll probably get really impatient. It seems like it took long enough to find the right house, so now that that’s done, I feel like saying, “Get on with it!”

There has been some knitting, surprise, surprise. (Maybe I need the relaxation.) Since I don’t have much else besides sock yarn here and I wanted to quick gratification, I cast on for a sock with my stash of Wolle Rödel Sport & Strumpfwolle in a dark red tweed. I started out with a twelve stitch pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks, but it just wasn’t working for me. Because of the large stitch pattern, I was kind of between sizes and maybe shouldn’t have chosen the smaller number of stitches to cast on. Plus, I wasn’t finding the pattern (Stansfield 304, I believe) all that relaxing to knit. I was clenching my teeth for all the M1 and M1Rs. (I know, I have issues.) So I frogged it and started the Stansfield 196 instead….ah, much better! I find it relaxing, pretty nice looking in the yarn I chose, and going by very quickly. No pictures right now, since my husband has had the digital camera in Houston since we started house hunting over spring break.

If you’ve stuck with me thing long, however, I do have another picture to reward you!

Here’s a shot of what will be (knock on wood) our master bedroom. See what I mean about the paint? I don’t have a problem with brown walls, but this is kind of dark and I think our dark-stained dressers might just fade into the walls if left as is. Isn’t that a kind of crazy corner? I’m thinking we’ll have to actually have a sitting area there. I’m having trouble concentrating on the last papers/exams I have to do this semester, since I keep decorating the house in my mind…

April 25, 2008

The light at the end of the tunnel

Filed under: life in general — Marie @ 6:12 pm

This has been some week, month…even year!  I haven’t updated on the house hunting situation because it’s been so crazy busy, but now the semester is starting to wind down.  So although that means that I’ve got some huge papers to write, it also means that I’ve got some time alone to work at my own pace, which I like.  And there’s even better news…we have an accepted offer on a house!  More details later, but it looks like we will be closing in late May, then painting and moving in early June!  The process was stressful and disappointing at times (we made three unsuccessful offers on houses before this one), but I think we ended up with the best house in the end, thanks to our fabulous agent!  Now I should end here, since I can’t seem to stop talking in exclamation points!!

PS – If anyone has any advice on painting, or nice neutral colors to use on walls, I’m all ears…

March 29, 2008

House hunting!

Filed under: knitting, life in general — Marie @ 9:58 am

Sorry for the quiet around here lately…I wanted to post a quick update before the end of March. It’s the end of my spring break and we’ve been house hunting in Houston, which is very exciting and a little bit terrifying. We’ve even made an offer on a house, although it is not likely we will get it. That particular house is big, ready to move in, and probably priced low to bring multiple offers/start a bidding war. We have another house that we loved when we saw it that we are prepared to make an offer on as well, should this one not work out. So this may be a moving/new house blog for awhile! I sneak in some knitting here and there, but it is not very exciting. Just a 62″ long 1×1 rib tie/edging for the lucky cardigan, which makes for good mindless knitting but not very exciting progress pictures.

February 22, 2008

Yes, I’m still alive…

Filed under: grad school, life in general — Marie @ 1:31 pm

I’m still around and I even knit once in awhile. But this says it all:

You can substitute just about anything for “the internet” for me. It always seems like the party is going on elsewhere! *sigh* I’m a little worn out and sick with a sore throat, so I have to rest up this weekend. I have lots to post about, including an end to the sockapalooza saga (I haven’t even posted pictures of the socks I received yet), but that will have to wait for a bit. I just didn’t want to let February pass by without at least one post!

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