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Five years into widowhood, after one year of incredible happiness and nearly 14 years of single blessedness. Have given up perfect manicures and pretty hands in order to resume playing the soprano recorder and to see if I can figure out how to play bluegrass banjo. Singing in the shower. Still really, *really* love to knit!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Meme, myself, and I -and knitting at the end

What to my wondering eyes should appear on Ladylungdoc’s blog back in April, but this:

The original instructions:
Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. Movies don’t count.

"Here's where [she added her] personal spin: Parentheses around the ones that I have partly read. Asterisk the ones that I wouldn’t read if I were stuck on a desert island. Comment on the books if moved to do so." I’ve done the same.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)*
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) I *love* Jane Austen
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) “I also read Anne of the Island. A million years ago.” (Me, too, Ladylungdoc)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)*
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)*
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)*
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) [**Hated** it. False Doctrine 101 as far as I'm concerned.]
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)*
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)*
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. [The Count of Monte Cristo] (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) [My favorite living author, except for his short stories.]
54. [Great Expectations] (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. [Interview With The Vampire] (Anne Rice). [I think I read this one. I know I read one of her books and part of another.]
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) [In fifth grade.]
70. [The Little Prince] (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) [I might like it better in French?]
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)*
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith) [I think; it’s been a long time.]
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)*
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. [The Good Earth] (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) [**boring** and not at all prophetic]
100. [Ulysses] (James Joyce) [squick, as my kids would say]

Will add Eat, Pray, Love to my list. Oprah’s list is about 50/50 with me; I’m just glad that she’s gotten people reading who weren’t. I tend to shy away from anything that’s on the NYT best seller’s list. I find most “literary” novels utterly unappealing.

Why is Anne Tyler not on this list? Or Chris Bohjalian? Or Laura Kalpakian, who used to be LDS, and writes of the Saints with mostly-affectionate detachment? I loved Steps and Exes, even if I didn’t care for some of the language and situations. She has an eagle eye for the intricacies of broken and cobbled-together families that speaks to me.

There's your culture [or near-cultural experience] for the day. Here's your knitting content:

The colors are nowhere near true; I will see if I can scare them up on the Sherwin Williams website. Click on the Launch Color Visualizer button. The shirt is, more or less, Jadeite 6459; the slacks are, more or less, Oakmoss 6180. Because I don't have the facility with a camera that I do with textiles, and because I do not wish to acquire the patience to gain that facility. And here, with the yarns:

The one on the left is Jitterbug in Olive; the one on the right is their Leaf. [I do not get that logic at all, because the one on the right looks way more olive to me, and the one on the left is what malachite would look like if it veered toward teal.]

I'm wondering if that hollow-square pattern that the Harlot is using on her new sweater would work with these yarns?

Coda on Moth!
The little wiseguy finally stopped flitting around the ceiling and came to rest on my monitor yesterday morning at dark-thirty. I introduced him to a fast-food napkin, which made a lasting impression on him. Thank heavens I'm too broke to have one of those delicate flat-screen monitors. Mine functions very nicely as an Immovable Object to intercept my Irresistible Force and dispatch interlopers to moth heaven.


Tan said...

If you *heart* Terry Pratchett, then you will *HEART* the Hitchhiker's guide books; and probably anything else by Douglas Adams. I really liked the Secret Life of Bees. Would you reconsider it on my recommendation?

Lynn said...

Yes, I would. Thanks!

Jeri said...

I do agree that the jitterbug people may have been confused about color names. In any case, I bet is is lovely and soft. And you're planning a jitterbug sweater?

Lynn said...

Jeri, I'm thinking more along the lines of a two-color shawl or shawlette. Will try to remember to bring the yarns to Knit Night on Tuesday for your -- and everybody else's -- opinions and advice.