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GAR to that.

December 13th, 2005 (09:27 am)

I didn't knit as fast as I should have last night, and as a result I have 2.5 stripes of my sister's scarf left. I'm going to be laptop-less for the greater part of the day, so I'll post my "Monday" Update and my FOs in the evening. I'm praying that there's enough STR yarn left over once I finish my mum's socks so I can make myself a pair of toe-up Jaywalkers in the same color. SO PRETTY. AHHHHH.

I'm also thinking of doing Barbara Walker's Sampler afghan. If I do a square per week next year, I'll have a pretty bitchin' afghan on my hands.

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December 12th, 2005 (08:00 pm)


I'm going to finish the candystripe scarf tonight. It looks lucious. I'm very tempted to keep it even though it's really not my color. After that, I'm going to focus on Mum's socks and her vest, and if I have time, do the two secret projects I have lined up.

After Christmas, I'm lined up to do a baby cardigan or baby hat, and a Harry Potter PoA scarf in Ravenclaw movie colors.

Tomorrow, I'll have a FO post and my late Monday Update post.

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December 11th, 2005 (08:07 pm)

The Jaywalker 2.0s are pooling like all hell. This is really bothering me because there's enough color changes in the yarn to avoid this. I think the only way I can prevent the pooling is to alternate between two skeins of STR. I really love the colors.....SO MUCH.

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150 Greatest Novels 2005 Update

December 11th, 2005 (03:50 pm)

I'm averaging about a book per week right now (hurrah for short literature!). Starting in January though, I'm going to do a tetrarchy of mind-numbingly long novels. Below is my list of books. Bolded titles have been read. Titles with a star I'm assuming I'll finish before the New Year.

N.B. Most of the titles were read for pleasure. Only a few were read for class preparation. Take that, CG English department!

1. …Beowulf
2. Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart
3. Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

4. Agee, James A Death in the Family
5. Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg, Ohio
6. Austen, Jane Emma
7. Austen, Jane Mansfield Park
8. Austen, Jane Northanger Abbey
9. Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice
10. Auster, Paul City of Glass

11. Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain
12. Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot
13. Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March
14. Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre
15. Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights
16. Bulter, Samuel The Way of All Flesh
17. Burgess, Anthony A Clockwork Orange
18. Camus, Albert The Stranger
19. Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
20. Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales
21. Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard
22. Chopin, Kate The Awakening
23. Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
24. Conrad, Joseph The Secret Agent*
25. Conrad, Joseph Nostromo
26. Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans
27. Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage
28. Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote
29. Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
30. Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities

31. Dickey, James Deliverance
32. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
33. Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
34. Dumas, Alexandre The Count of Monte Cristo

35. Dumas, Alexandre The Three Musketeers
36. Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss
37. Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
38. Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays
39. Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury
40. Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying
41. Faulkner, William Absalom, Absalom!
42. Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
43. Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
44. Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary
45. Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier
46. Forster, E.M. A Passage To India
47. Forster, E.M. Howards End

48. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust
49. Golding, William Lord of the Flies
50. Graves, Robert I, Claudius
51. Hammett, Dasheil The Maltese Falcon
52. Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d'Urbervilles*
53. Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
54. Heinlein, Robert The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
55. Heinlein, Robert Stranger in a Strange Land
56. Heller, Joseph Catch 22
57. Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms
58. Hemmingway, Ernest Collected Short Stories

59. Hemmingway, Ernest The Sun Also Rises*
60. Herbert, Frank Dune
61. Homer The Iliad
62. Homer The Odyssey
63. Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame
64. Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
65. Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
66. Huxley, Aldous Point Counter Point
67. Ibsen, Henrik A Doll's House
68. Irving, John The World According to Garp
69. James, Henry The Turn of the Screw
70. James, Henry The Ambassadors
71. Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
72. Joyce, James Ulysses
73. Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
74. Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
75. Kipling, Rudyard Kim
76. Keostler, Arthur Darkness At Noon
77. Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
78. Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt
79. Lewis, C.S. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Series)
80. Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

81. Lawrence, D.H. The Rainbow
82. Mailer, Norman The Naked and the Dead
83. Lawrence, Colonel T.E. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
84. Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain
85. Marquez, Gabriel García One Hundred Years of Solitude
86. Maugham, W. Somerset Of Human Bondage
87. Melville, Herman Moby Dick
88. Miller, Arthur The Crucible
89. Milton, John Paradise Lost
90. Morrison, Toni Beloved
91. Nabokov, Vladimir Lolita
92. Naipaul, V.S. A House for Mr Biswas
93. Naipaul, V.S. A Bend in the River
94. O'Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
95. O’Connor, Flannery Wise Blood

96. O'Neill, Eugene Long Day's Journey into Night
97. O’Hara, John Appointment in Samarra
98. Orwell, George Animal Farm
99. Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago
100. Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales

101. Powell, Anthony A Dance to the Music of Time
102. Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
103. Proust, Marcel Swann's Way
104. Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49
105. Pynchon, Thomas Gravity’s Rainbow

106. Pynchon, Thomas V
107. Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
108. Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
109. Roth, Henry Call It Sleep
110. Rushdie, Salman Midnight’s Children
111. Rushie, Salman The Satanic Verses
112. Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
113. Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night's Dream
114. Shakespeare, William Julius Caesar
115. Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet
116. Shakespeare, William The Tempest

117. Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion
118. Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
119. Shute, Nevil A Town Like Alice
120. Shute, Nevil Trustee From the Toolroom
121. Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony
122. Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
123. Sophocles Antigone
124. Sophocles Oedipus Rex
125. Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath
126. Sterne, Laurence Tristram Shandy
127. Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
128. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin
129. Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's Travels
130. Thackeray, William Vanity Fair
131. Thoreau, Henry David Walden
132. Tolkein, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings
133. Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace
134. Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons
135. Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
136. Voltaire Candide
137. Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five

138. Warren, Robert Penn All The King’s Men
139. Waugh, Evelyn A Handful of Dust
140. Walker, Alice The Color Purple
141. Wharton, Edith Age of Innocence
142. Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth

143. Welty, Eudora Collected Stories
144. Weisel, Eli Night
145. Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
146. Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray
147. Wilder, Thornton The Bridge of San Luis Rey

148. Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie
149. Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse
150. Wright, Richard Native Son

Renata "Good Egg" Stauder [userpic]

Candy Stripe Scarf

December 11th, 2005 (11:45 am)

Candy Stripe Scarf
Originally uploaded by Good_Egg.
I've been working on my little sister's Christmas "Candy Stripe" scarf and I've got 4 stripes in each color; roughly 32 inches worth. The plan is for the scarf to be roughly 60-72 inches in length, so I'd better get knitting! Tomorrow I'll have photos of my SCRAP purchases and of Jaywalker 2.0

(my mum really loves the color! eeeeee!)

Renata "Good Egg" Stauder [userpic]

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December 10th, 2005 (10:09 am)

Going to the SCRAP craft fair very soon. So excited! Pics to come.

Renata "Good Egg" Stauder [userpic]

Meme: Knitting Space

December 9th, 2005 (11:31 am)

I have several knitting spaces, but my current favorite is in the family room:



Our couch is really crappy. Lumpy cushions and really battered appolstry. But the lamp on the table next to it is really good-- I guess that's the trade-off.

Renata "Good Egg" Stauder [userpic]

Gangster soxxxxxx

December 9th, 2005 (10:39 am)

I'm starting the second pair of Jaywhizzles (Jaywalkers, for those of you that don't roll with the gangsters). Loving the yarn. YUM. I'm also making a list of things I want to knit when the Christmas insanity is over. I think I'll post that list later today or tomorrow.

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Christmas Knitting Update

December 8th, 2005 (07:14 pm)

I'm sorry the blog has been a bit quiet lately. I haven't gotten much knitting done and I've been very busy. Anyways, here's an update, and a FO under the LJ-cut (no peeking, Christa!)

Xmas List

As you can see, I've made very little headway. I need to pick up the pace and really get going if I want these done in time!

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Secret Pal Package

December 8th, 2005 (01:01 pm)

Secret Pal Package
Originally uploaded by Good_Egg.
Dearest Secret Pal: You rock hard core!

Here's the loot-- 2 skeins of Lamb's Pride worsted in a gorgeous grey, 2 skeins of Cascade Alpaca/Angora blend in black (soooo soft! My cat started rolling in it!), 2 lemon-scented candles (definately going in my room), a bag of assorted dove chocolates, a little tape measure (obviously she knows my dog just ate my old one!), and an awesome green pen. Thank you so much Karyn! Please let me know your blog's URL so I can send you a thank-you gift!