The Pearl Diver

Another good book find of 2005 that I forgot to include was The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo. I picked this up while browsing the Costco book tables and was not disappointed with the selection.

I read this earlier in the year before we had even selected The Samaurai’s Garden for a book club reading.

On it’s own I thought The Pearl Diver was a great read & I looked forward to my commute time on the El while I was reading it. Then as I read The Samaurai’s Garden I felt like the books were very good compliments for each other. The Pearl Diver is centered around the life of a Japanese pearl diver that is exiled to a lepor colony. The Samaurai’s Garden has an ex-pearl diver in a lepor colony as a key figure in the story of the main character.

Current WIPs

So the new year has started…what does that mean for my knitting needles? A couple of WIPs on the needles & a couple of WIPs off the needles that need to be blocked before being ready for prime time. Pictures will come in future posts.

On the needles:
#1 – The Baby Marlowe Blanket – A simple blanket that should have been finished in 2005 but as I was nearing the end of the blanket it was obvious that I was going to run out of one of the yarns before running out of stitches. Yep, that was lack of planning. So on New Year’s Eve I frogged the whole thing & started over. The good news is that I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the “redo.”

#2 – A Stash Buster Scarf – Going through my stash I pulled some Mission Falls wool from my 2002 scarf & some new Mission Falls wool & am knitting a quick scarf. It’s now finished! See here.

Off the needles:
#1 – Java Keyhole Scarf – A new scarf to go with my new winter coat.

#2 – Java Headband – A new headband to go with the new scarf and winter coat.

Favorite Reads in 2005

As the new year starts, I thought I’d take a minute to list some of my favorite reads from 2005. Some were book club reads, some were Costco finds and some were passed along from friends. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsykiama
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

A New Year…A New Endeavor…Blogging!

Welcome to my latest endeavor…the Amy Artisan Blog!

Why a blog? Over the last couple of months I have discovered “the world” of knitters who blog & reading about their knitting adventures has made me want to get serious with my knitting again. So, as I knit in this new year I thought I would chronicle my projects. As the year progresses, I imagine this site will hold more than just my knitting – also my other artistic endeavors and other things. Check back often! 🙂