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August 27, 2008



Congratulations on the blogiversary!

Suggestions, let's see... I recently saw the movie "Dan in real life" and it certainly made me smile. Also the Darjeeling Limited and Station Agent are wonderful non-mainstream movies.


Your new space looks wonderful! Very big, too. I've just got a teeny tiny new space myself, but yours is so spacious. How exciting!

So, books. I've just finished Murakami's Norwegian Wood which I'd recommend to anyone. It's a wonderful and interesting love story, set in Japan, which to me makes it a great deal more fascinating than the same tale set in the West. I loved it. If you've never read John Irving, you must read the World According to Garp. I'd not read any either until a couple of weeks ago, and now I can't stop singing his praises! So funny, and interesting, and well written. Completely original too. Also, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a book you should read if you haven't already. It's slow to start but I literally could not put it down for the latter half of the book. It's terrible and brilliant both at once.

Films... hmm. If you've not seen Pan's Labyrinth, it's fantastic, and you should see it as soon as you have a free evening. I'd also recommend the Orphanage, the newest Guillermo del Toro film. They're both quite scary (to me, at least), but some of the most wonderfully made and unique films I've ever seen. (They're in Spanish, so if you do watch them, you might want to plan your knitting to fit in with the reading of subtitles...).

(I would love some yarn, but I feel terribly cheeky writing this, because really I've been recommending the above things to all and sundry in exchange for nothing, so I'd feel pretty bad about accepting anything in return! They really are worth reading and seeing.)


my fave thought-provoking book is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Schriver, and I second the Dan in Real Life recommendation above for a light and lovely film.

Congrats on the Bloggiversary! LOVE your new crafty space - especially the red cabinets. Ikea?


Ok, just to clarify that I am not a copy cat! I was posting at the same time as Jane above and we just both happen to have the same great taste in books!! And I must confess to also recommending WNTTAK to anyone and everyone, lol.

And if I do happen to get picked I would love some of your fabric scraps!


hi there -- i'm not sure that i've ever commented here, but i've certainly been lurking and reading for almost a year now. thank you!

here go my suggestions -- in four different comments:

cd: Nothing is Okay by The Everybodyfields (for yarn!)

This was recently recommended to me and I am not disappointed. Gorgeous voices and harmonies, the feel of old school, lilting country and some heartbreaking lyrics.


suggestion #2: Rear View Mirror or Be Here to Love Me (Townes Van Zandt)

Be Here to Love Me is also a documentary about Townes -- best of its kind I've seen. Townes seems to have a regional listenership of sorts -- just came from the Southwest to the East, and haven't met anyone who has heard of him, but he was hugely influential in the land of folk/more traditional country. haunting lyrics, tough life, incredible footage and recordings on these albums/movie.


oops -- to clarify -- Townes is a musician, and that comment was for the scarf!


alright -- and for the spindle and fiber -- i am an uber-beginner, and am thinking that maybe the spindle i have just isn't right for me --

a book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Perhaps the most moving book I have read in years. Beautifully imagined and written. After I finished it in 2005, I went and bought several copies to send to friends.

Happy Blogiversary!


For books (I do all audio books as I'm in the car so much) I loved the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. Harry Potter-ish, but very entertaining and fun!


Happy Blogiversary! Your craft room looks absolutely beautiful! It seems like a wonderful space to become inspired and create in. :)

I highly recommend watching the movie "The Dead Girl". It's one of those movies that will stay with you for days afterwards.


Oops - I forgot all about the draw pick! I'd love to be entered for the yarn.


Film rec: The Life of Others, a German film available on Netflix. It is amazing. Happy Blogiversary, yours is one of my favorites!


Love your craft room! Lovely!

I would recomment reading My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult. It's a book that will stay with you and it does not have a predictable ending. I think most readers would enjoy it. It's a very moving story.

27 dresses was a fun movie to watch. Light. Entertaining.

I've decided to learn to sew and have an interest in quilting so the fabric would be fantastic. The yarn looks lovely too!

Happy Blogiversary!


I'm going to recommend "This Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, if you haven't read it already. The Historian is about a woman who researches in archives and libraries and travels to monasteries in eastern Europe to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler. It's an engrossing read, with lots of action and storyline, and features research with archival records AND (yes, it's true!) an Archivist!! This is highly recommended, and a perfect end-of-summer or early-fall read! Read more of a synopsis here: http://www.amazon.com/Historian-Elizabeth-Kostova/dp/0316011770


Oh, and in my excitement to suggest "The Historian", I neglected to add that, I'd be _very_ interested in the yarn.

Happy Blogiversary!!


love the craft room and congrats on your blogiversary! I've read a few good books lately... The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (oddly both memoirs). and I love the woven scarf...


I love (and covet!) your beautiful creative space! I need to go back and look at it again ... sigh. Maybe one day we'll live in a larger space!

I've been on a reading frenzy lately. I just finished "hypocrite in a poufy white dress" by Susan Gilman -- very fast and funny. "Heat" by Bill Buford is great as well and just made me love food and Mario Batali even more. I also read Inkheart and Inkspell this summer -- great reads!

And I seem to watch nothing beside Battlestar Gallactica on DVD these days! Enjoy your beautiful room and feel free to liberate some yarn my way!


Book rec: The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell. It's a very thoughtful and thought-provoking book about a Jesuit priest who travels to a different planet. It may sound odd, but it's well-written and interesting!

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Movie -- Incident at Loch Ness! Werner Herzog is surprisingly willing to make fun of himself a bit, and it definitely plays up some of the problems in the Hollywood film "industry."

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How lovely your craft room is! I highly recommend two books 1) A Suitable Boy and 2) The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Two of my absolute favorites, though the 2nd is what I would call magical realism and not to everyone's taste.

I would be very happy to be the recipient of a bit of your yarn!


Your crafting space is so cute! Love the red shelves.

Recommended TV on DVD -- "Spaced" -- British show starring Simon Pegg. Something that would never be made (or at least aired) in the US. Very funny, and quite strange.


Stardust is a great movie.

Ann Aguire's books Grimspace and Wanderlust are fun, action-packed, and sci-fi books with mystery and romance tossed in.

Can I ask, where did you get those awesome red bookcases?


The most entertaining book I read this summer was "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson. I had always heard great things about his books, and I must say he didn't disappoint. He has such a quirky, fun way of writing while still being very informative. Happy blogiversary!


I recently read _What is the What_ which is Dave Egger's novelization of the life of Valentino Deng, one of the Sudanese Lost Boys. It was a very powerful and well-written book. Highly recommended.

Yarn interests me...


Happy Blogiversary!

Your craft room looks fantastic! Love the barrister's bookcases filled with yarn.

For yarn I heartily recommend the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters. The books are great fun!

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