Thursday, June 14, 2007

Eesti Trail Hiking Socks

I have been spinning yarn to knit this pattern from Favorite Socks.
I have been spinning a light grey/cream Icelandic wool
and a dark grey Romney that I got from Susan's Fiber Shop.

Speaking of Susan's Fiber Shop-She is going to be offering the shop on Sunday afternoons for a knitting get together. Starting in July Susan will host an open time to knit or spin, hang out and watch the sheep. She will offer tea or coffee and feel free to bring something to share for refreshments. I am going to try to get a contingent from Waupun to go over and enjoy some restful time away from the busy work at home.

I am in the process of setting up an ETSY shop to sell handmade items. I want to sell my handspun yarns, handmade toys, and Bombay Balm hand creams and lip balms. I don't have it all figured out yet but will let you know when I have it ready for sale. I am excited and hope it will be a boost to my income (which has been zero $s lately).

I have been immersed in India and the surrounding area for about a week! I am reading Far Pavilions on Michele's P's recommendation and it is a wonderful read! I am enjoying all 1189 pages. My thoughts wandered to the 19th century, to the conquests of a kingdom, its military might, successes and demises. A very compelling story based on historical facts, a tender love story. Passionate and compassionately portrait by a wonderful, skilled writer. This book is a MUST read for everyone who seeks knowledge of history, lands and people. It is the past that shaped our presence and consequently we are responsible for the future.This book is huge and it is funny to note some of the reviews say they balked at starting such a large book. Well, I feel just the opposite! The bigger the better. As a matter of fact, I have sort of slowed down because I don't want this one to end. I am two thirds through the second volume and I don't want to finish it!.

I did the same thing with His Dark Materials by by Phillip Pullman. This is a three volume series that is now being made into a movie and it is a real page turner too. BUT, I haven't read the last volume, The Amber Spyglass, even though I own it! I just don't want it to end and so if I don't read it, then it won't be over! I would also highly recommend this series. The action follows 11-year-old protagonist Lyra Belacqua, accompanied by her daemon, from her home at Oxford University to the frozen wastes of the North, on a quest to save kidnapped children from the evil 'Gobblers,' who are using them as part of a sinister experiment. Lyra also must rescue her father from the Panserbjorne, a race of talking, armored, mercenary polar bears holding him captive. Joining Lyra are a vagabond troop of gyptians (gypsies), witches, an outcast bear, and a Texan in a hot air balloon. Really good read!

Hey, talk to you soon, I hope,
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Gertrude Stein


TM said...

I am thrilled that you are enjoying The Far Pavillions. I read it at least 3 times at different points in my life and got something different from it every time.

My life should be calming down soon, I look forward to seeing you then.

Have you started those socks yet? They are the September sock of the month. Maybe you should teach the class, I'm not very good at color knitting. See you soon Love TM

Lynda said...

Oh yes I am truly enjoying Far Pavilions! It is a big piece of reading and just too good!
I restrained myself from casting on the new socks yesterday as I still have the toe of my first "Pieces of Eight" to finish and I need to come see you and get more yarn to finish the second sock. I'll explain why when I see you!