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HANDMADE IS BEAUTIFUL

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BOOK REPORT. SPRING 2015



A HANDMAID'S TALE - Margaret Atwood

How have I not read this book before? Amazing. I found myself still thinking about it days after finishing it. I've only talked about it with women but I would be very curious to know how men reacted to it (know any?). Brilliant writing, story, terrifying in the sense where you can almost picture it happening and then realize it is actually happening in some part of the world. I think all I want to say is: YOU NEED TO READ THAT BOOK.

Fave quote: "We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?"
"Maybe it's just something to keep the Wives busy, to give them a sense of purpose. But I envy the Commander's Wife her knitting. It's good to have small goals that can be easily attained."
"Every month there is a moon, gigantic, round, heavy, an omen. It transits, pauses, continues on and passes out of sight, and I see despair coming towards me like famine. To feel that empty, again, again. I listen to my heart, wave upon wave, salty and red, continuing on and on, marking time."



WE WERE LIARS - E. Lockhart
One of these books you just can't put down because you NEED to know. I'm always torn about these stories because yes it's a great page turner but I'm also so focused on figuring out what happened and how it ends that it feels like I don't quite enjoy the overall story as much as I should. I don't want to say anything about the story because it's a book you need to pick and start reading without knowing anything beforehand. Kind of like Gone Girl only "lighter" and with younger characters. Only thing I didn't like is the writing style. I struggle a lot with short sentences because I'm so used to french literature and it's never ending paragraphs and sentences. But it's perfect for this type of story I guess. Anyway, recommend it!

Fave quote: "The Universe is seeming really huge right now," he told me. "I need something to hold on to."



FANGIRL - Rainbow Rowell
My second book by the author after Eleanor & Park. Quite similar in many aspect. It feels like the author likes to go with very "normal" characters mixed in with more serious issues like mental illness or domestic violence. The book is kind of divided in two: there is the main story about Cath going to college and trying to fit in. But she is also a fanfic writer and the book has a lot of passages of that story Cath is writing about Simon Snow (which is also basically a Harry Potter fanfic). There is even a book coming out based on Simon Snow, which apparently everyone is excited about. Except me I guess. I found myself kind of ignoring these passages because I was so much more interested in the "real" story. I felt like I could relate quite a lot to Cath being a massive introvert and all but I'm not sure people who are not like that enjoyed it as much (would love to know what you all think). Basically enjoyed the main story but nothing super special about that book.

Fave quote: "You're not the ugly one." Levi grinned. "You're just the Clark Kent." Cath started checking her e-mail. "Hey Cath," Levi said, kicking his chair. She could hear the teasing in his voice. "Will you warn me when you take off your glasses?"
"And sometimes you held somebody's hand just to prove that you were still alive, and that another human being was there to testify to that fact."



THE ROSIE PROJECT - Graeme Simsion
Unlike We Were Liars where all I cared about was reaching the end, this one was all about the journey. It takes very little time to know how its going to end but it's so not what the book is about. The story is lovely and fun to read and it's just like going on a road trip with no destination, you simply enjoy the ride. Very quick, summer style type of book that I very much liked. Will definitely read Book 2 (the Rosie Effect).
PS: if you love Sheldon Cooper you will love the book ;)

Fave quote: "I asked you here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
"But I’m not good at understanding what other people want.’
‘Tell me something I don’t know,’ said Rosie for no obvious reason.
I quickly searched my mind for an interesting fact.
‘Ahhh…The testicles of drone bees and wasp spiders explode during sex.”"



PS: I Updated my 26 books in 2015 challenge. How are you all doing so far?
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES



Just a quick reminder (mostly to myself) that I may not yet be living in my dream cabin by the woods / the lake and that yes I can hear the traffic outside the window but that doesn't mean I can't surround myself with flowers and bring the nature inside. 
So I stopped what I was doing, looked around for a few minutes, and this is what I saw:



 Anything pretty around you today? <3
Friday, June 5, 2015

EPISODE 06

Welcome back for another episode! Included in the podcast this time: a shawl addiction, birthday yarn, knit alongs and books. Enjoy :)



SHOW NOTES

FINISHED OBJECTS
Campside shawl. free pattern by Alicia Plummer
in Artesano 100% Alpaca DK in Chile Red + leftover blue yarn

- Spring hat
in Spud & Chole fine socks in Snorkel

Garter Yoke baby cardigan. free pattern by Jennifer Hoel
in Drops Baby Merino in white and light beige


ON THE NEEDLES
April come she will by Annalisa Dione
in Drops Fabel Uni Colour in Jeans

- Aristida Shawl from Knitscene Accessories 2012
in Gregoria Fibers yarn, had dyed with walnuts

- Antiquity mittens by Alicia Plummer
in Chickadee by Quince & Co, Twig color

-Shipwreck shawl by Knitting Harpy
in The Wool Barn lace yarn BFL/Silk in the Jeans color

PODCASTS MENTIONED
And Just Another Podcast
The Bakery Bears
The Suburban Stitcher
Monday, June 1, 2015

LIFE RIGHT NOW // Birthday edition

Changing things up on this special month, thought I'd share 26 things about me right now :)



26 is starting to sound a little bit too much like 30.

I've watched every episode of Friends at least a thousand time and I still laugh like it's the first time.

I've been gluten free for almost a year now. Except for pizza, because I don't want to live in a world that doesn't have pizza.

I always thought I'd be a mom by the time I turned 25. hmm.

I watch all 7 Harry Potter every year, sometimes multiple times per year.

I never wear jewelry. But I want more tattoos.

Wanderlust and Haberdashery are my favorite english words.

Going out and being "social" physically exhaust me. the joy of being an introvert.

Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah is my favorite song in the world.

I hate high heels. I do feel prettier in them though. damn you society!

My favorite smell is freshly cut grass.

Scary movies freak me out because my sister made me watch The X-Files way too young. Don't get me started on zombies...

I just can't find a job.

I'm an expert at day dreaming.

Matthew is my favorite boy's name. Violet my favorite girl's name.

I never pick up the phone. that's what texts are for people.

I hate hot weather. I'd pick Canada over The Bahamas any day.

My middle name is Flor, which is flower in spanish. I'm not spanish.

I stopped eating meat 11 years ago. best decision ever.

As a kid I wanted to be: a teacher, an adventurer (think Indiana Jones), an archeologist, a midwife.

I can't resist a beard.

My favorite episode of Doctor Who is Vincent & The Doctor. I cry every time.

I have a huge collections of notebooks. Most of them are 98% empty.

I tried to write a story once.

My cat's name is Lola.

I really like lists.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Episode 05 and all the yarn

Episode 05 is finally up! Lots of new projects, a crazy story about a lost & found shawl, enabling excused by an upcoming birthday and an almost forgotten finished object!

To chat some more and join the Baby Knit Along I am currently co hosting you can join my Ravelry group ;)



On to show notes:

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Campside shawl. free pattern by Alicia Plummer
in Artesano 100% Alpaca DK in Chile Red

April come she will by Annalisa Dione
in Drops Fabel Uni Colour in Jeans

- Seed Stitch spring hat
in Spud & Chole fine socks in dark blue

Garter Yoke baby cardigan. free pattern by Jennifer Hoel
in Drops Baby Merino in white and light beige

FINISHED OBJECT
Nurmilintu shawl by Heidi Alander
in Cascade Heritage in Burgundy


xx
Lea