Friday, 26 September 2008

What kind of bookcrosser are you?

Apparently, I am

What kind of bookcrosser are you
Your Result: ring in bundles

They come and come. Ringbooks come in herds, that's what you say! You made a basket on your mail box, otherwise the frontdoor woldn't open when you return from work. You know your postman by christian name.

Playfull RBACKer
Obsessive releaser
Thematic dropper
Love to meet
Talk of the toy
lucky lurker
strange looking bystander
What kind of bookcrosser are you
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Pretty good, I daresay!
Talking about books and reading material, I am at the final leg of Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich and thoroughly enjoying it. I love this series, it has me in stitches and wish it will never end. *sigh*

For those of you who do not know Stephanie Plum, the heroine of these novels, let me tell you that she is a bounty hunter of a special sort... so, although someone would qualify these as chick lit, I disagree...they're so humourous and funny, and there's always also the mystery element when Stephanie is at work. She has a very disfunctional family, a granny, Grandma Mazur, who likes to dress in neon spandex and do her hairs in strange colourings, a father who cannot wait to see granny bite the dust or move out of their home, and a mum who does compulsive ironing whenever she is stressed, i.e. when the neighbourhood reports that Stephanie has been shooting people, or blowing up her car again, or similar disasters. There is much more, but why spoil it for you? Grab a copy or even check my bookshelf and see if there is something available for you :)

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Some WIPs and stash flashing

While the bunnies are happy and comfy in their crate, dozing off until the next rattling of pellets is to be heard, I take advantage of the peace and quiet to upload a few pics of yarn bought in the last few months, or received in swaps...

There's some sock yarn from Posh Yarn I purchased from another knitter nearby...
Lucia "Fanfare"
and some lace yarn to chase away the blues of rainy days....
Cecilia "Tangerine"
Diana "Tweetie Pie"
Miranda "Fete"

In the meantime, I finished knitting the Hypotheneuse shawl for my sister with this yarn:
Noro Silk Garden
The shawl is currently soaking to be blocked soon, but you can see here what it was looking like when it was 3/4 finished:
Hypoteneuse - progress
...and yes, I am using the roof of the run of the bunnies to display my work :)

Because I cannot finish a work without starting a new one, here is what I am working on:

Clapotis in the making

it is going to be a Clapotis for my sister Tiziana. Like the one I did last year for a friend, I am using again Noro Silk Garden
Noro Silk Garden #84
- I am thinking of knitting one for myself as well, but I cannot decide which colourway... and maybe I should knit a sweater again, it's been ages!! I am thinking of doing something with cables like Wisteria, or Jaali... or something completely different, like Aamu. I have a long list of things I plan to knit on Ravelry, but not many sweaters..any suggestions?

Friday, 19 September 2008

Sticky Bunns - first part

I just had to participate to the Sticky Bunns campaign orchestrated by Sydney and Tyler as well as RabbitsGuy... here are my two, playing up in a office in centre Munich, Germany:

Sticky Bunns II

my bunnies have always loved ancient cultures....

Sticky Bunns I

and know that when you are travelling, the search for a restroom can be a chore!!

Sticky Bunns III

When you're travelling, you always need to find time to rest...

Sticky Bunns VI

...and what's cosier than a soft sofa to rest and relax??

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Banana is a magic food

Does your bun's bum twitch when s/he eats banana?
The banana ritual is very much established in this household: about 10-15 min after Hugo and Miss Eve have been let out of the crate, they will look every now and then in anticipation towards the kitchen door and me, hoping to see me approaching with the magic food. When they see I am moving toward the living room and I have something in my hands, they run like there's no tomorrow in the hope to be first to reach me, and get their teeth in the yummy banana piece. Sometimes they're so excited about it that they will happily run over the other bun or bump into him/her just to be the first.
I noticed that when Hugo eats the banana, his bum twitches, just like when they eat cecals, however Miss Eve's round posterior does not show any twitching. I wonder why? BillieBun, Nik and Harvey (ATB) had the same twitchy bum syndrome... Another lagomorphic mystery!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Rain, rain...more rain...

I don't recall a more miserable summer since I was living in Germany, the year when it rained every day on a July. The bunnies have almost forgotten what it is like to be in the garden, but they are pretty happy playing with the new cardboard box in the evenings, while they spend the day snoozing away.

Yes, why? You object or something?

Yes, they like to cuddle up and sleep in the loo. Especially when it is freshly made and the hay is soft and smells so nice.

Favourite spot to relax

I have received a half finished pair of Detonators for Sock War III from my latest victim, the lovely Zippity, and they were finished off and mailed to my soon to be 3rd victim last Saturday. It seems,however, that my days as a sock warrior are coming to an end, as my assassin is about to finish my socks of death, and surely they will put an end to my war knitting. I am sort of looking forward to it, though... I was not so much interested in winning or in a prize, but in the experience of knitting socks for another knitter I've never met, and surely now I am looking forward to be the owner of a nice warm pair of socks, which hopefully will fit :)

In the meantime, I can show you my newly casted-on WIP:

Hypoteneuse in progress - day 2

This is going to be a Hypoteneuse stole for my little sister... you can see here my progress on the 2nd day of work. I am using Noro Silk Garden Col. 230 because I wanted to give her something colourful to wear on her dark jackets and coat, I am sure she'll like it! I am going to knit another stole in Silk Garden (different colourway) for my other sister, and was thinking of a Clapotis, but I am not so sure anymore... I am open for suggestions from you knitting folks!