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Friday, August 22, 2014

SHETLAND WOOL WEEK // KNIT ALONG


I have quickly mentioned it here before, but in October (4th to 12th) will take place the Shetland Wool Week, a celebration of knitting and pretty yarns (and sheeps) in Shetland. Even though I can't go, I (and many others) will participate from my home, knitting a Shwook Hat, a pretty fair isle hat pattern that is free to grab on the Shetland Wool Week Website!

Melody from Mandarine's has created a Ravelry group for the Knit Along (sponsored by Jamieson & Smith!) that you are all free to join. I think it would be awesome if we all knitted something together at the same time, don't you think?

All you need is the free pattern and 5 tiny cute 25gr balls of Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (or something similar). I actually bought 8 very pretty one and now can't decide which 5 to keep, so I will need your help with that soon!

shwook hat knit along
Shwook hat in progress - from the very lovely Lori

Can't wait for October! We can never have to many hats right?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Love Books // Summer 2014

Here's a little bit about what I have been reading this Summer. I'm always looking for some good books so feel free to share your favorites in the comments :)



THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME - Biz Stone
Biz Stone is the co-founder of Twitter (get the book title now? ^^), also worked on Blogger when it was first launched (!!) and likes to call himself a creative genius, which is not far from the truth I think. He's also really good at writing, so the book is a pleasure to read and almost feels like a novel. A very smart and funny novel. I don't think you need a Twitter account to enjoy the book. We're humans in a world that evolves around technology and that's what he talks about. He is also seriously inspiring and has a very positive attitude very different than like Zuckerberg (i'm strongly considering deleting my Facebook, but that's not the point). The book is brilliant, read it!

Fave quote: "You are writing the story of your life. Edit it as you go. (...) What's worth saying?"


THE GOLDEN COMPASS TRILOGY - Philip Pullman
After Harry Potter, this is probably my favorite book series from my childhood, so I decided to read them again this Summer. It's a kids story, told by a kid, but so well written and rich in its style and subjects that I could still be 70 and want to read it. It's moving and funny and smart and magical, everything I love.

Fave quote: We feel cold, but we don't mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that. 


THE MAGICIANS - Lev Grossman
I read that book 4 years ago I think and I only really remember the first part. I know why now. I a BIG book, divided in several parts and I strongly feel that it actually should have been divided in two separate books. I'm probably sure I would take a lot more pleasure reading the second part, which is REALLY different from the first one. My second issue is with the main character, which I don't have a lot of empathy for, and the writer doesn't make much effort in making us care for him I found. The result is that I didn't cry when someone died or something sad happened.  But maybe that's just me! However, the book is really really well written, and much more adult than HP (they get compared a lot), and the story is like a book inside a book which is awesome. I've just discovered there are two more books in the series and I think i'm going to give them a try!

Fave quote: "It's like he's opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what book always promised to do and never actually quite did: get you out, really out,  of where you were and into somewhere better."


LOVE, ROSIE - Cecelia Ahern
So I actually discovered the book after watching the trailer for the movie based on it. Started to read it the next day. It's about Rosie and Alex who have been best friend since the age of 5, and we follow their life till age 50. It's also about love, and how life sometimes gets in the way. In an epistolary format. Well, more like a 21st century version, emails, chats… Which is actually perfect for the story! It's really (really) sweet, and funny and I loved reading it. Until the last few chapters. I'm not super into the way it ends and what I think is the moral of the story. But i'm still very excited for the movie to come out!!

Fave quote: You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.” 


PS: If you are following me on Instagram, I use the hashtag #LeaLovesBooks to document my readings!
Friday, August 15, 2014

Your verse


We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for


To quote from Whitman: "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" 

Answer. 
That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." 

What will your verse be?


John Keating - DEAD POETS SOCIETY
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

YARN ALONG // the lucky find


Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn along. 
I love to read. I love to knit. Here's a little bit about both.


Almost two months ago i stopped by a Phildar shop in Paris and picked up a new catalogue. Then I went home, skimmed the pages quickly and fell in love with the lovely scarf/ch├Ęche. I mean seriously that color? That's basically my description of Fall (you know, the BEST season of the year!). So i went looking for that yarn. 10 shops and a few weeks later, I had nothing. The yarn used wasn't in stock anymore or would ever be because the brand was moving on to their winter yarn and this one (a mix of coton and linen) doesn't qualify I guess. Then Monday I was in Paris and went to one of my favorite shopping spot basically just to look at pretty things. I know they had a Phildar corner so I went to well look at pretty yarn basically. And there it was. The yarn I had been looking for everywhere. 9 balls of them, at only 99 cents each! Apparently they had been lost and forgotten for a while in a box. Obviously i grabbed them all (even though i actually only need 4/5 for the pattern). Lucky day right? The color is even prettier in real life, i'm in love. And i don't even mind that the pattern is in french even though i only know how to knit in english! I translated everything yesterday and quickly casted on. Can't wait to wear it!

Books now! I have been reading A LOT of magazines lately. Pictures + words, it's basically the best. I started a subscription to Taproot (that name is awesome) and got my first issue in the mail last week. Full of beautiful words. I also grabbed the most recent issue of Flow Magazine which I find crazy inspiring. Have you read any of this two magazines?
As for novels/fictions, i am reading Where rainbows end (also known as Love, Rosie) mostly because they made a movie out of it, I really really liked the trailer and so I thought I'd read the book first. I ALWAYS read the book first. Are you like that too?

Anyway, that's it for this week, can't wait to see what you are all working on!




ps: the blue scarf is done!! Well i still have to bind off and then block it which is probably going to take forever since it's so big but i'm excited! I'll post about it soon!
Monday, August 11, 2014

Favorite things to do when the house is empty



Loud music. And lots of dancing.

Doing things at weird hours. like deciding that 11pm is the perfect time to sort your closet.

Making little crafty messes in every single room. yarn. everywhere.

Not doing the bed. Sorry mom! (also works with the dishes obviously)

Wearing the same comfiest shorts over and over again.

Spending all morning reading in bed.

Doing a Harry Potter Movie marathon on the big TV in the living room.

Really long baths.

More dancing. I'm slightly obsessed with the Begin Again OST.


what about you?