Friday, August 17, 2012


Scratchy wool from Faroe Islands, but love the colours


lovely to spin, very well behaved roving.

My summer favourite - Lincoln from Oregon, from North Valley Farm. I bought a fleece.


Many books read, let's see if I can remember them all:

A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz, 2011. Excellent book, really liked it. Liked the way he connects what's happening in Jane's life and in her characaters lives with his life.

Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill, 2011. Really interesting book about tree planting in Canada. Well written and thought provoking.

Broken Harbour by Tana French, 2012. Good mystery, she writes well about very flawed characters.

How it All Began by Penelope Lively, 2012. A really good novel, the kind where you think she's inside your head. The kind you don't want to end. Likeable characters, irritating characters, believable characters. Good story.

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penny, 2007. Half way through but it's a very interesting mystery, set in cold early Canada, European immigrants living on the 19th-century Canadian frontier.

The Hare with Amber Eyes, by William de Waal. Fascinating book, about the collection of netsuke he inherited from his great uncle. He follows the collection as it gets passed down through his family. It is an interesting historical and artisitc journey and the netsuke are beautiful.

The Flight by M R Hall, 2012. The fourth Jenny Cooper book, anxious, somewhat obnoxous coroner who sticks her neck out and gets into trouble again. Very good read, I like this writer.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Icelandic mystery writer, my first of hers and I like it, Last Rituals, 2009. It was a bit too gory, not sure I'd want to read any more by this author.