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.
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.
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
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! 🙂