I had assembled a cardboard box of the proper dimensions and white tissue paper in preparation to make my own like Erika did, but decided to check eBay to see what was available ready-made. The selling point, besides the fact that the whole thing with shipping was less than $20, was that this one collapses flat and fits into a nylon zipper carrying case. Sold!
Stay tuned for the story of the photographed swatch and yarn.
Barnes & Noble, Mall of America, October 25, 3:30 pm:
Barnes & Noble, Mall of America, October 25, 6:00 pm:
Barnes & Noble, Mall of America, October 25, 6:55 pm:
The above photo in no way shows the actual number of people present for the reading/signing. There were people standing shoulder to shoulder out of camera range at the left, sitting knee to knee on the floor, hovering around outside the cafe and craning their necks to see the author. Nobody sat in the space directly in front of the author's table, though. We are from Minnesota! That might be too forward!
Here we see the public relations manager of the store, quickly scanning the book before CAP arrived, trying to figure out why so friggin' many people showed up so early to see the author of... a knitting book?
(The comment heard most often as new arrivals
walked into the cafe and saw the meager number of chairs: "They're
doing it again.")
Barnes & Noble, Mall of America, October 25, 7:02 pm:
Laurie Perry is the cutest thing on two legs. And the funniest. We clapped, we hooted, we laughed, we cheered, we clapped some more. We all fell in love with her.
I had brought a library copy of her book, which she graciously signed:
(I bought a copy for myself, too :-) )
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I met up with Dale-Harriet (of WI) and her Beautiful Daughter for the signing. She and I had never met and had only discovered each other's blogs within the last week, but it was quickly apparent to both of us that we had been separated at birth. Especially when she saw the wallet photo of my husband and exclaimed, "He looks just like my husband!" Just a couple of old hippies, each married to a Scandinavian-type guy with a full beard.
Crazy Aunt Purl is coming to Barnes & Noble at the Mall of America on Thursday evening. I shall be there, knitting and library copy* of her book in hand. Yeah, I'm gonna have her sign the library's copy -- hey, it's not like I'm gonna deface the book, ya know? I'll be adding to its value.
So far I know that Dale-Harriet in WI and Cursing Mama will be there, too. I've never met either of them but I'm planning/hoping to. Anybody else planning to go? If so, look for me, overexposed and smirking, or underexposed and grainy:
Perhaps I'll wear that scarf, just to be recognizable...
* I'm a trustee of the regional library board, treasurer of the county Friends group, and an occasional librarian. In my own mind, at least, that gives me permission :-)
Smokey and I visited the tribe for dinner this week. St. Croix Casino has a seafood buffet on Thursday nights. Since our anniversary was Friday (33 years! yikes!) we declared this to be our celebratory outing. Cameras are forbidden in the casino and I didn't want to risk getting yelled at, so I didn't try to photograph our dinner. Picture my plate with salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, deep-fried shrimp, homemade scalloped potatoes, and prime rib. Picture Smokey's plate piled high with crab legs.
We had a 45-minute wait to get into the buffet. I hate to gamble. Smokey likes to play the slots but had decided not to do so this time. After sitting around for a few minutes, though, he was bored. Not me, I had brought my knitting. Of course. And then he realized we were sitting in front of a row of nickel slots. I gave him a dollar, which he had turned into five by the time our number was called for dinner (he's lucky that way). Took care of the waiter's tip :)
I did manage to capture a couple highlights in the parking lot.
We stole the land from them, they can certainly park anywhere they want. I just like the reminder that I don't live in a city anymore.
This was rather... unsettling:
That is a row of eight handicapped spaces. There were at least four rows like this. That is a lot of handicapped parking, people! Gambling is apparently popular among the elder set. Not that we are members of that set, Smokey's handicapped parking pass notwithstanding.
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Last night my friend Colleen and I went to a fund raiser dinner and auction for the new library and museum in Luck, the next little town north. Here is what they are planning to build:
It will be by far the most attractive building in the village.
The festivities were held in the fire hall.
The local ladies served up roast pork sandwiches, cole slaw, hamburger/rice hot dish (Midwestern for casserole), squash, and a multitude of homemade desserts.
The serving ladies were friendly and generous and photogenic, but what I really should have gotten a photo of was the array of desserts. I hadn't seen that many home baked cakes and cookies and bars (correct pronunciation: barss) since I don't know when. Maybe when we used to go to the monthly fish fry at the VFW down the road from our house.
In addition to the usual donated kinds of stuff -- gift certificates, home decor items, sporting equipment -- there were some actual antiques that had been donated. A treadle Singer, complete with tattered pages from the original manual:
and a wooden trunk in very good condition. (You can see more of the Singer in the background):
An oak rocker in excellent condition that was very comfortable. Colleen pronounced it Just Right for petite people like herself.
Anyone ever have one of these?
Not everything was an antique, however. What's that?
This is Packer Country. Vicki, this shot is for you. You may have gotten to go to Rhinebeck, but we have a signed jersey here.
How about another list? AFI's top 100 movies. Bold the ones you have seen.Strike out the ones you couldn't finish. * the ones you have seen more than once.
Citizen Kane (1941)*
Raging Bull (1980)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Gone with the Wind (1939)*
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)* This used to be on TV once a year in the 1950s. I'd watch it every time, even if it meant hiding under the coffee table because I was so scared of the Wicked Witch of the West.
City Lights (1931)
Searchers, The (1956)
Star Wars (1977)*
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)*
Graduate, The (1967)*
General, The (1927)
On the Waterfront (1954)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Nope, never seen it. Hard to believe, huh?
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Grapes of Wrath, The (1940)
E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) An amazing number of older female boomers wish they had had James Stewart Gregory Peck* for their father, apparently because of this movie. I saw it years later so wasn't affected that way. ETA: Thanks to Ann of Sheep Shots for pointing out that it was GP, not JS, who played Atticus Finch. Thanks, Ann!
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
High Noon (1952)
All About Eve (1950)*
Double Indemnity (1944)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)*
Godfather Part II, The (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)*
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Annie Hall (1977)* For years this was my favorite movie. (It has since been replaced by The Big Lebowski, tragically missing from this list.)
Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)*
Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946)*
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948) I read it, too, in Spanish!
Dr. Strangelove (1964)* "Gentlemen, there is no fighting in the War Room!"
Sound of Music (1965)
King Kong (1933)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Philadelphia Story, The (1940)
It Happened One Night (1934)*
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)
Rear Window (1954)*
Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
West Side Story (1961)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Deer Hunter, The (1978)
North by Northwest (1959)* Seen it many times, most recently while camping in the Black Hills.
Gold Rush, The (1925)
Duck Soup (1933)* Many, many times. I love the Marx Brothers.
Sullivan’s Travels (1941) never heard of it
American Graffiti (1973)
African Queen, The (1951)*
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) I was quite taken with Edward Albee's work in high school.
Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)* I can’t believe this one isn’t higher in the list.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)* Smokey and I quote from this one all the time. “And if I could remember what I had for dinner that night I’d die a happy man.” “Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?” “Woodcock?!?”
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)*
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Forrest Gump (1994)
All the President’s Men (1976)*
Modern Times (1936)
Wild Bunch, The (1969)Notable mainly, imho, because it was the first Western to show blood spurting from gunshot wounds.
Apartment, The (1960)
Sunrise (1927) Never heard of it.
Titanic (1997)Only saw the first half or so; I had to leave the theater at the scene where the water started lapping up the corridor because being trapped underwater is my worst fear and I couldn’t stand to watch.
Easy Rider (1969)
Night at the Opera, A (1935)*
12 Angry Men (1957)* One of Smokey's favorite movies.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Swing Time (1936) Never heard of it.
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
French Connection, The (1971)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Last Picture Show, The (1971)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Blade Runner (1982)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Toy Story (1995)
So. I have seen 90% of these. Or 91%; I can't remember for sure if I have seen Spartacus or not. When Andrew was in high school he set himself the goal to watch iMDb's top 250 movies. That's when I saw many of the old classics on this list.
Bold the titles you’ve read.Italicize the titles you own but haven’t read.Strike out the ones you couldn't finish/stand. Put an * next to the books you've read more than once.
1. The God of Small Things 2. A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present (Too depressing to finish; I can read about horrible stuff in fiction, but in non-fiction it upsets me. Go figger.) 3. Cryptonomicon 4. Neverwhere 5. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 6. Anna Karenina 7. Crime and Punishment 8. Catch-22* 9. One Hundred Years of Solitude 10. Wuthering Heights 11. The Silmarillion 12. Life of Pi* 13. The Name of the Rose 14. Don Quixote 15. Moby Dick 16. Ulysses 17. The Odyssey 18. Pride and Prejudice 19. Jane Eyre 20. A Tale of Two Cities 21. The Brothers Karamazov 22. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies 23. War and Peace 24. Vanity Fair 25. The Time Traveler’s Wife 26. The Iliad 27. Emma 28. The Blind Assassin 29. The Kite Runner 30. Mrs. Dalloway 31. Great Expectations 32. American Gods 33. Atlas Shrugged (Didn't everyone read Ayn Rand as a teenager?) 34. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a Memoir in Books (This one inspired me to read some Henry James. I'm in the middle of Portrait of a Lady 35. Memoirs of a Geisha 36. Middlesex 37. Quicksilver (Never heard of it.) 38. Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 39. The Canterbury Tales (And I can still recite the opening lines. In middle English. Such a worthless talent.) 40. The Historian 41. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 42. Love in the Time of Cholera 43. Brave New World 44. The Fountainhead (More Ayn Rand.) 45. Foucault’s Pendulum 46. Middlemarch 47. Frankenstein 48. The Count of Monte Cristo 49. Dracula 50. A Clockwork Orange 51. Anansi Boys 52. The Once and Future King 53. The Grapes of Wrath 54. The Poisonwood Bible 55. 1984* 56. Angels & Demons (No Dan Brown for me ever again. His special talent seems to be seeing how many cliffhangers he can cram into one book.) 57. The Inferno 58. The Satanic Verses (#1 son read it for a world lit independent study course in high school and loved it. Me, not so much,) 59. Sense and Sensibility 60. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde is enormously witty and entertaining. Must read more of his work.) 61. Mansfield Park 62. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 63. To the Lighthouse (Never heard of it.) 64. Tess of the D’Urbervilles 65. Oliver Twist 66. Gulliver’s Travels 67. Les Misérables 68. The Corrections 69. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay 70. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time* (Loved this book.) 71. Dune 72. The Prince 73. The Sound and the Fury 74. Angela’s Ashes 75. A Confederacy of Dunces (I slogged through the whole thing. What a waste of time. Pulitzer? Genius? Not imho...) 76. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Really only natural history and physics and maybe chemistry. Nothing about literature or psychology or economics. But fun anyway.) 77. Dubliners 78. The Unbearable Lightness of Being 79. Beloved 80. Slaughterhouse-Five* 81. The Scarlet Letter 82. Eats, Shoots & Leaves 83. The Mists of Avalon 84. Oryx and Crake (My note to myself after reading this book: No more Margaret Atwood for me.) 85. Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed 86. Cloud Atlas (Never heard of it.) 87. The Confusion (Ditto.) 88. Lolita 89. Persuasion 90. Northanger Abbey 91. The Catcher in the Rye* 92. On the Road 93. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 94. Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything 95. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an Inquiry into Values 96. The Aeneid 97. Watership Down* 98. Gravity’s Rainbow 99. The Hobbit* 100. White Teeth 101. Treasure Island 102. David Copperfield 103. The Three Musketeers right now.)
I love lists like this because I read so much and because I am so disgustingly competitive. But I didn't compare my % read (57.3%) to Carrie's; that would be too rude, even for me, after taking the list from her blog. Thanks, Carrie!
This yarn that I bought online last year from Smiley's:
recently became these hatz, destined for Afghans for Afghans Dulaan (dang, missed the A4A October 12 deadline):
Colors are true in the first picture, which was taken outdoors in natural light. Although I was supposedly using exactly the same pattern and the same size needles for all, the seven hats somehow ended up being seven different sizes. Oh, well, they will each fit someone.
The yarn is a lightly spun single ply, lovely and fluffy and soft, a wool/acrylic/alpaca blend. I knit the hats variously on US#7, 8, and 9 needles, depending [apparently] on the phase of the moon.
But these guys were a little shy. A little twitchy. And they preferred to stay in the shed. It's hard to take good photos of twitchy alpaca in low light conditions.
Sometimes I got a good shot...
...and sometimes not.
Defeated by shutter lag once again.
I risked one shot with flash.
He (she?) didn't seem too freaked out by it.
Later they stampeded outside where the light conditions were better. This guy was determined to pose artfully and gracefully.
He posed. And posed. And posed. No problem with shutter lag there.
No problem with shutter lag with these guys, either.
There was more to see than just the animals. There were these wee cuties:
And last but not least, yarn:
The pink and orange and red skeins are dyed with KoolAid, the turquoise one with some less-toxic-than-usual chemical dye. The brown are undyed from the darkest alpaca. One of the undyed skeins in front came home with me. It is the softest, yummiest stuff ever. I think I might use it to knit something for Rina.
The latest dispatch from Andrew in Chiapas. In his own words,
After two months of nothing I’m fairly bored and unexcited, and I’m afraid that shows in the writing, sorry about that. I expect that’ll change at the end of this week once I actually have something to do. But if that warning doesn’t daunt you, then read on, this one does contain fire, machetes, and a novel use for feces