Monday, December 31, 2007
That said, those two books have TONS of knitting and crochet references; much more than the previous 4 or 5 books. Lots of socks. Lots and lots of socks. Especiallly in Rilla, which is set during WWI.
So I cast on a new sock last night and those will be my AOGG project for January. But I'm not knitting a plain grey Army sock. I'm using the purple/blue yarn I got from Celena during the last Hand-Dyed Yarn Swap, and I'm thinking something lacy.
I have a cultural question, but I'll go home and check the books again first.
And when did Marilla die? Timewise, it should have been during Anne of Ingleside, but I don't remember reading about it this time, although I think I read it before when I read these books??? I don't think I have been reading abridged editions.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
What a special prize! I was thrilled to receive a nostepinne in the mail last week for the drawing. Caitlin designed this and her husband made it. It is so beautiful! They have a link to their Etsy store at Crescent Knits. (I hope it is all right to list this!) Thanks so much for the wonderful prize!
I am still reading Anne of Windy Poplars, which is not an audiobook, so it is taking longer. I also don't like it quite as much as the others I've read. I have the next book downloaded from Librivox and am looking forward to reading it soon.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I've recently learned of a charity knitting project that may well fit into the "Anne" theme; a sweet lady at Junie Moon is heading up a group knitting bandages for leprosy patients in Africa & Vietnam, which will be sent off in late January.
My first thought was about the later books, when the Great War was looming large in the lives of everyone, the women would have banded together to make bandages & socks, weaving prayers & protection into every stitch.
Whether for the knitalong or just to give back, drop by & consider joining in.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
of the November Anne of Green Gables Give Away......I was going to just pull out one name but I ended up pulling out four!
Please let me know when you receive your prize. Oh and don't forget - everyone that sent me their address is automatically in the drawing for December!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
O.k. Its just about that time. At the end of November I will be randomly picking a name from those of you who email me your name and address. (I need your address so if you win I can send you your prize!) Those who don't win for the month of November I will be giving out one more random prize at the end of December leading up to the grand prize in January!
You have until November 23rd
(That's the day after Thanksgiving) to send me your names and addresses. This is for everyone ~ even those who live out of the U.S.A. Your more than welcome to send in your info. I will of course not be using your addresses for any thing but sending you your prize if you win. Scout's honour!
You can email me at email@example.com
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you are looking for an easy way to use up sock yarn, check this site out. It is at Mason Dixon Knitting. Just pay attention to the 4" square. Being that I have no sense of what 4" is (my first square ended up 6"), I hacked off the end off a 6"x4" index card and stuck it in my bag. Your gauge can be whatever in order to get a 4" square and then send them off . . . spread the word!
Have a good one.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Now playing: Matchbox 20 - Bent
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
As for projects, I finished up a whole bunch of stuff during UFOctober, plus two pair of mittens for my son. I also started a hat to match one of the pairs of mittens.
And I've been quilting. Do you think Mrs. Rachel Lynde got to me?
Details on my blog (link).
In the mean time, I'm working hard on a shawl. I feel like shawls are very period-appropriate pieces. This one is for my mother, who also loves Anne and LM Montgomery, and shared her love of books with me. This is the candle flame shawl from Knitpicks. The yarn is also from Knitpicks, and it's a deliciously springy merino lace weight.
As for the knitting...I frogged my husband's scarf because I didn't like how it was pooling. I haven't started it again because there are so many other things to knit! Mittens for my kids, hats for my nieces for Christmas, a sweater to cut down on the stash (so I can build it back up again, of course), socks, socks, and more socks. So I am reading but maybe not knitting along, since none of those are strictly Anne-inspired.
I like seeing everyone's progress, though!
And I am almost done of Anne of the Island and I'm waiting for the library to find me a copy of Anne of Windy Poplars
Friday, November 9, 2007
Also, the way Paul always calls his mom, his "little mother". This was more so in Anne of Avonlea, but had to mention.
Anyway, on to the next book.
The Clapotis is coming along nicely. I frogged the first attempt and started over to make it a little less wide. It is now the perfect scarf width. It is a bit camo, but I like it.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
At the moment, I'm not able to knit, as I am recovering from hand surgery. But I have been looking at patterns, and trying to decide what to knit for this knit- and read-along ... every time I think I've found something, I change my mind a few hours later! I think that once I can actually start knitting, I'll commit to something at least long enough to see how it looks, and if I think it will work.
But in the meantime, still looking ...
Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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|You scored as Elinor Dashwood |
As Marianne's older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.
Which just screams Anne! Anne! Anne!! So, I'm going to go off to the yarn store tomorrow to see what I can find...
I've just started the third book (I've been doing more knitting than reading!) and I'm enjoying them very much. I too, like the parts that they have left out of the movies, like Miss Lavendar. She'd be a fun person to knit for. I especially liked Ginger the parrot because I have one just like him!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Anne fra Bjørkely (Anne of Green Gables),
Anne som frøken (Anne of Avonlea),
Anne drar fra Bjørkely( Anne of the Island),
Annes drømmehjem (Anne's House of Dreams),
Anne og Regnbuedalen (Rainbow Valley),
Anne og Marilla (Rilla of Ingleside).
ETA: I haven't seen the books "Anne of Windy Poplar" or "Anne of Ingleside" in Norwegian.
Friday, November 2, 2007
As for my next project, it will be something small, but lacy again. In an earlier post someone quoted the part in AoGG when someone offers to teach Anne a new lace pattern for aprons. I've been working on making myself handkerchiefs lately to get away from using paper tissues, and I thought this would be a fun way for me to edge a couple of them.
I followed the directions to the letter (I always do the first time I try a pattern), with one small substitution, because the fun fur called for isn't available any longer; the muff came out way too long, very narrow around (that can be stretched), the wool yarn felted unevenly, & the novelty yarn started to unravel :-(
I'm chalking this one up as a loss & starting a new project; I'm going to make some narrow lace trim. My inspiration was from the first book, when Sophie Sloane offered "to teach her (Anne) a perfectly elegant new pattern of knit lace, so nice for trimming aprons" I make & collect aprons, so I'm going to make a few lengths of red trim to add to my new ones.
I'm nearly half way through "Anne of the Island" (having started a tad early- I was home sick a couple of days & just had to read something); hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
And I completed Seraphim, which is my first almost-Anne project. I technically started it before the Anne knitalong began, but I think a pretty and simple lace shawl is a propos to our purpose. I should cast on for my next project (more strictly Anne related) shortly. Here's a teaser pic, there are more in my Flickr:
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I've had a good time listening to Anne of Green Gables on CD while working on various knitting projects this month. Still haven't settled on my Anne project, but really enjoy seeing your works in progress.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've been plugging away on my Anne top, the front is probably 2/3 done right now. I posted a (bad) photo this morning over on my blog--I've decided I need to put together a lightbox this weekend so hopefully soon I will be wowing you all with nice looking photos of my Anne WIP:) I'm still trying to figure out how much puffing I want in the sleeves, those photos a post or two down are probably a little more puff than I could pull off, but I do want a little puff, so I think I'll be playing around with that soon.
Monday, October 22, 2007
puffed sleeves of course
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Well I will admit this is my first time reading all the books and that includes Anne of Avonlea. I've always watched the movies, but now that I'm reading it, I'm realizing all the wonderful things that the movies left out.
I'm so impressed with the story of Miss.Lavendar. It was just lovely but I won't go on because I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you. But it was just beautiful!
Its one of my most favorite parts......so far :)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
My struggle with finding a pattern is very un-Anne-like, isn't it? She'd have picked something and just plunged ahead with great joy. (But Marilla would have been there to advise.)
**What Would Anne Do?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
In english the books are called; "Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea". In norwegian they are called; "Anne fra Bjørkely og Anne som frøken".( Anne from Green Gables and Anne as a teacher". I wonder if they contain the same stories. In this second book Anne starts working as a teacher almost at the first pages.
I signed up for this KAL because I have never, ever read Anne of Green Gables.
I'll pause for a moment while everyone gasps.
I found out about this KAL from my friend Karoline and thought, well now's my chance to read the books! So here I am!
I downloaded the free recordings from LibriVox and even after listening to random people reading the book the magic of the story came through! And because I have to have books too - I am a true bibliophile - I got mine in the mail yesterday from Amazon, so I am quickly trying to catch up with everyone.
But I have to say there is something about which I am extremely disappointed: I feel completely cheated that I didn't read Anne years ago!
Has anyone else ever felt that way?
I still have to decide what to knit - and I've been ruminating on that for a bit, but I'll figure it out eventually, so no pictures to share just yet.
It's great to be a part of this KAL and meet people who love this story of Anne (with an "E" - there's no other way to spell it!).
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I am likeing the green of this, even if it looks a bit like camo. :)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I just completed Anne of Green Gables and I have to admit that I had not picked up that book since I was 12. While I've seen the movies more times that I can count, I've never gone back and read the book again until now. Strange that the whole time I was actually thinking "that's not the order of things as they happened in the movie." HA! Isn't it suppose to be the other way around?! I feel so embarrassed to admit that but I just have to say it was WONDERFUL reconnecting with Anne's world.
Happy reading and knitting everyone!
My husband finally got around to downloading the first book onto my iPod, so i'm really looking forward to later tonight when I can sit and listen and knit at the same time. I also mentioned to a friend of mine that I had been unable to get hold of the books (physical books), and she lit up and told me that they were her favourite books as a child, and if I didn't mind that they are in tatters I could borrow her cherished books. What a great friend! I'll go and pick them up tomorrow.
I am also very excited to see all the different projects and our different approaches to the books. It seems like there will be a lot of very nice things produced over the next few months!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Have a nice week.
- "Listen to the trees talking in their sleep," she whispered. "What nice dreams they must have." The scarf will the her night sky, and wouldn't she love some lace.....
Details are on my blog -
I'll keep you posted!
I was laughing out loud in places and then crying my eyes out. Soo good! I am trying to decide whether or not to read another book before starting Anne of Avonlea so I don't get too far ahead.
The Clapotis is in no danger of getting finished early. Too many Christmas gifts are being knit at the moment as well, including a Log Cabin afghan.
Enter Dad. "Oh, I'll read a little to you since Mommy's getting hoarse."
The next thing I know they are on chapter ten, and showing no signs of stopping. dasHusband has fallen in love with Anne!
So he seems to have taken over the reading , and I am wondering if I should make him knit as well!
I am currently knitting the sweater sampler from Jacqueline Fee's book The Sweater Workshop. I plan to make Garden Patch (link) for my Anne project (budget allowing! cross your fingers for me), and the sweater sampler will help me learn a broad range of sweater techniques and shaping before embarking on my project.
Here's how it looks so far:
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I've been listening to the first book while I knit in the evenings (around various sporting events, namely the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs and the New England Patriots). I'm really enjoying knitting and listening, in my own little cocoon. This morning the cats woke us up around 4 and I couldn't get back to sleep. I'm not normally a morning person, but I finally gave up, went to my knitting chair, listened to Anne and knit. What a nice way to start my day before the children woke up clamoring.
I came late to all things Anne, a friend of mine told me abt her and made me watch the last tape in the series. I'm not big on period pieces so I wasnt expecting to enjoy it, but OMG it was great!!! When Gilbert lay in bed dying, I made her pause the tape and tell me if he lived or not. She said she didnt want to tell me, but since I hate sad endings, I made her. At the end I'm crying my eyes out and everybody is looking at me, surprised at how emotional I was. They were afraid I was still crying abt Gil, but I told them no, this was the most beautiful movie I'd ever seen. I went right out and got all 4 tapes and then went out and bought the first 3 books. Its amazing how much more is in the book. I've been mostly knitting than reading, but I plan to start the book on Monday after I get the kids in school.
Friday, October 5, 2007
"Knitting a counterpane in cotton warp would be the equivalent of knitting a bedspread in heavy crochet cotton today. A considerable investment in time and money. A comfortable middle class sort of thing to be doing."
Most of the references are to Mrs. Rachel Lynde's knitted "quilts" - would that be like an afghan or what? Does anyone know?
Marilla also knits a lot in the first book, but they never say what she is making. I expect she is making socks or something similarly practical like dishcloths. :)
If anyone wants a listing of the references, I still have them marked.
I hope that you are all enjoying this R-KAL so far - I am, though I'm only reading at this point. Yesterday I had surgery on my right thumb, and my hand and part of my arm is bandaged and immobilized. OK for reading, but knitting - not so much ...
Anne is good company, though, so I don't mind!
I'm enjoying reading/seeing your ideas for projects - this is such a creative group!
I've discarded the 1895 leg o' mutton blouse in favor of the Aran sweater concept. But boy is it beating me. I've started swatches three times now. All of them were no good. I've looked through Mary Thomas's Knitting Patterns book, two of Barbara G. Walker's knitting patterns books, and all of my magazines for ideas. Nothing is just right and most of the directions are beyond my novice knitter's grasp.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This is going to be a lacy short-sleeved pullover. The yarn is some rowanspun 4-ply I purchased on ebay last year. Anne-esque features I'm incorporating or planning to incorporate:
1. The slightly gable-y lace pattern
2. Some puff action in the sleeves
3. Small pearl beads around the neckline
4. Generally prettiness and girliness
There are some more pictures, etc., over on my blog. I actually started this back in July for another Anne craft-along, but didn't finish in time (thanks to the first attempt at the project being stolen). But I've been putting it on pause for the past month so I could work on it for this KAL, as I'm always up for another reason to read these books!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
If you're interested, I ramble on about about L.M. Montgomery here, on my blog.
Happy knitting and reading, everyone!
I started reading the first book. I have never read this books but have always loved the movies of her..well I think I haven't even finished the first chapter and already I did not realize what a talker Ann was...I put the book down and haven't picked up. I just remember how my oldest son was, always talking never shutting up..so when it came bed time, it surely was a break for us..lol..and he is still that way..takes after his grandmother, my mother..lol
When you are watching a movie it is quiet different.. I will not continue on with this challenge and knit along. One reason is my mom just had a bunch of test done all day yesterday and now waiting for results..she is very weak and do not have time for this challenge right now.
How do get this off my blog. I need help here..I did try on my own but couldn't find any where I can. Thank you for having me here. Have fun everyone, hugs, Lorraine
How would you describe your kindred spirit? Is it just one person or do you have more than one kindred spirit?
I've always loved the idea of having a kindred spirit and the way that Anne always looked at everyone she meets as a potential kindred spirit.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
and, well, Mom was right -- I DID love the books. :-) I re-read them at least once a year until I got to college, and so now it's been probably ten years since I last read them. I've been thinking it was high time I get them down off the shelf and read them again, and this knitalong will be the perfect opportunity!
I'm not sure yet what I will knit, though I'm sure there must be something in my gigantic "to knit someday" queue that will fit the bill....
I for one would love to see everyone’s progress! Please feel free to log in and let us know what your thinking about and please please please do share your photos of knitting projects in progress. I think that’s the fun of it.
Then we can fully appreciate everyone’s work :)
Monday, October 1, 2007
I am so happy to have found this lovely blog and KAL. This will be my first read and knit along, and my first KAL.
I first read the Anne of Green Gables books as a teen. They were sort of a natural succession to the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, which I devoured as a young girl, too! My niece is now reading the AGG series, and I am so happy she is. I absolutely love Lucy Maud Montgomery's works.
Because Anne Shirley is an orphan, I am going to knit something in honor of that, for orphans. I'm going to use the "Orphans for Orphans" sweater pattern in Knitting for Peace. (I am actually starting a Charity Knitting organization, to benefit orphans and children in war-torn countries, but thats a whole other topic!) This will be my 3rd large scale garment, as I jsut rediscovered knitting last year (although I've been crocheting since age 12 after I taught myself).
The yarn I am using is from Peace Fleece and it hasnt come yet, hopefully it will get here soon!
Looking forward to seeing what other fAnnes are knitting!
If you're still looking for a project, White Lies Designs (link) has some beautiful romantic clothing to knit, and lots of the patterns are free. (I'm not sure Mrs. Rachel Lynde would approve of the company name, but what can you do?)
I have also started a project- but a very simple one, it is only a towel. No pictures today.
I'm looking forward to this read-and knitalong, it will be nice to see what everyone is knitting.
Have a nice day.
Marit in Western Norway.
I've been digging around for audio copies of the Anne books so I can "read" and knit at the same time, but I'm very picky about how books are read and most of them aren't up to snuff (except for this copy of the first book read by MEGHAN FOLLOWS!!! Unfortunately, the sound quality sucks because it's from 1987, and so I'm still debating whether to purchase it or not).
The Anne movies, though, are the perfect thing to curl up and knit with. =D Anyone else planning the same?
This is a picture of some Malabrigo I purchased (on sale, even!) with the idea of making my husband a scarf for Christmas. I think this is a fitting Anne KAL project. The color works, for one thing (it's darker than it seems in this picture), but mainly, because it's for my husband. Let's say he's my Gilbert, although the parallel doesn't fit completely. But we were friends for four years before we became a couple, and he is still my best friend, and I feel so lucky and grateful to have married him. And you know what? I didn't want a diamond engagement ring. I preferred a sapphire. While sapphire is my birthstone, I know also that I was influenced by Anne's opinion of diamonds, too.
I also plan to make some socks as part of this KAL...but I'm starting swatching for this scarf first. Off to look at stitch dictionaries to find some patterns to try... and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on.
I feel as though I'm going backwards from many of you, I haven't read the books in years (and have yet to find where they're packed) but I have two knit patterns circling in my mind. One is a ladies' blouse pattern from 1895 the other is an invention based on a favorite character.
I've started both and discovered that early knit patterns are not like the kind I'm used to. No needle size, no tension...just the yarn brand and a finished bust measurement.
So, will we be keeping our works a secret till the end or showing our progress on this blog as we go?
Sunday, September 30, 2007
O.k. We're down to the last 24 hours before the long awaited Anne of Green Gables Knit and Read Along begins. If you've been thinking about signing up but haven't - now is the time to do so. I'm going to close down join ups at Monday morning at 12 a.m.So please log in if you haven't already or email if you've been putting it off.
Go too it! :)