Wednesday, July 29, 2009

excellent book

Breath, by Tim Winton, an Aussie writer. Very good writer, why have I not read him before? Breath is not a long book but it is a great novel.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The new spinning wheel and latest socks

bought at Birkeland Wool, an Ashford Kiwi - Single Drive - Natural. Progress is slow.

the latest pair of socks. That same wonderful wool/alpaca/nylon from KnitPicks

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Good book

Murder In Amsterdam by Ian Buruma, 2007 is an excellent book, very well written. He takes a comprehensive look at what was going on around Theo van Gogh in 2004 (shot and stabbed on an Amsterdam street by a young Moroccan radical)

Buruma returned to the Netherlands to write this book, after 30 years of working away. His parents were English (German/Jewish) and Dutch. His perspective is interesting.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Somewhere Towards The End by Diana Athill, 2009 Memoir of an old woman, 89. Interesting, she was an editor until she was 75. She likes dogs too.

Skim Mariko Tamaki, 2009, novel, Canadian, graphic novel, about a 16 year old girl. Pretty good. Not wild about graphic novels but this one is well done.

In the car, Nineteen Minutes. Many CDs, not sure I'm going to make it all the way through. On CD # 6 now.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sweater finished

odd sweater, but maybe odd enough to be o.k.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Really enjoyed Stasiland: True Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder, an Australian journalist.

in the middle of A Thousand years of good prayers : stories by Yiyun Li and am liking it.

also in the middle of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

and one of Henning Mankell's Walander mysteries, The White Lioness

summer 09 knitting

I finished my first pair of toe up socks. Loved the wool, bought at KnitPicks

I am running out of wool for my hand dyed sweater :-(