Chevron Scarf

I have been oogling the Chevron scarfs on Ravelry for awhile now and finally decided to break down and order the STR to make it.  I chose Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline (I know I have a plastic baggie obsession!):

Chevron Scarf - Plastic 

It is turning out fabulously if I do say so myself.  It is a super easy project and one of those ones you can just take with you anywhere and use a few minutes here and there.  Here is an in progress pic:

Chevron Scarf - WIP

Of course while I was on the STR website I couldn’t help but buy a bunch of other stuff.  3 patterns, 1 pair sock blockers and 3 skeins of sock yarn later, here I am!

STR - Complete Package

Hard Rock STR


Fire on the Mountain STR

I have to tell you about a squeal worthy moment in my book (remember we are talking about me here).  I was in Books a Million with Hillary on Saturday browsing before dinner and I actually let out a shriek when I saw sitting on the table a Ken Follett book.  At first, I thought it was just the hard cover version of Pillars of the Earth, but upon closer inspection it is the sequel.  After reading his intro to the new version I thought it was a couple of years in the making…APPARENTLY NOT!  I was absolutely thrilled.  Then on Monday I log onto Audible to use my monthly credit and I find out there are audiobook versions of both books, read by none other than John Lee (Agent ZigZag and White Fang).  I am so buying them as well.  Can’t you just tell how much I heart this book?  If you are interested Ken Follett just gave an interesting B&N Meet the Writers interview with Steve Bertrand.


Fave book now in trade paperback

I was in Barnes and Nobles to get a pattern from a book that I have but can’t find anywhere (I can’t stand that!) and on the table I saw my favorite book in trade paperback, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  If you like historical fiction you have got to give this book a try.  I have read other Follett books and have never really been impressed with them.  This was a pure fluke, but as he explains in the introduction of this edition you can see the long love he has held of cathedrals and that love is reflected in his characters.

I’ve really gotten into audiobooks this past year and have had a run of bad luck with them recently, but suddenly my two of my last three have been fantastic and the third was good.

1.  The Great Gatsby read by Tim Robbins – He does an amazing job at bringing this book to life.

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird read by Sissy Spacek – This is one of my favorite books of all time.  I read it at least once a year and get something from it each time.  Have you ever read a book and had a soundtrack going in your mind for a particular character.  Spacek embodies Scout in my mind.

3.  The Historian by Kostova – this book was merely good in comparison with the others, but compared to most it was pretty good as well.  I read this book awhile ago and felt that the back and forth was a little hard to read (nevermind those italics throughout the book) so I gave up about 100 pages into the book.  So many people told me what an amazing audiobook this was that I decided to give it a try.  It was very good and the audio does such a good job sorting out the different voices.