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Farewell, Friends (plus new beginnings!)

Friends,

The time has come for us to bury the dead. After about a year of slow decline, we—the gals of 2137—have decided that this blog has served its purpose. So, without further ado, this is our last post!

Part of this is because we don’t have time to contribute equally anymore. Another part is that 2137 will soon be vacant (thanks to Catherine’s recent home purchase!), leaving us with a lot of happy memories but no physical place to tie us together. We’re keeping up with each other across the country, thanks to G-chat; so we’re not worried about staying connected on the blog.

Another part is that Jocelyn wants to keep writing, but on a more regular basis. She’s acquired the provocative (and of course, ironic!) new URL, thebookhooker.wordpress.com, where she will carry on with her nonsense. If you want to keep reading her gibberish, update your bookmarks.

We love you all and hope you’ve laughed a little. And don’t worry; the site will stay up in case you misplace Jennifer’s pavlova recipe.

Love,

Catherine, Joce, & Jen

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A Christmas Greeting

Thanks to our friends and family for reading our blog! We love you all and wish you the happiest and warmest of holidays.

*J, J, and C

Spread a Little Christmas Cheer

*Disclaimer: This was not my idea, but it’s a good one nonetheless.

A few days ago, this story ran on the local news channel.

Apparently the Christmas Card Man is a big local deal! I didn’t see the story myself, but my friend Jen mentioned it this week on her always entertaining zippity blog. She also challenged her loyal readers to take a few minutes to send the Christmas Card Man a card this year, just to make sure his holiday is a little bit less lonely than usual. I told her I’d do that very thing, and now I’m stealing her idea.

Got five minutes, a stamp, a pen, and an extra greeting card in your pack? Why not send that greeting card to:

Christmas Card Man
c/o KHBS, Fort Smith
2415 North Albert Pike
Fort Smith, AR 72904

If you include a return address, I’ll bet you’ll get a card from Mr. Patrick Osborne himself. Plus, my friend Jen (whose idea this was) claims she’ll be your best friend AND that you’ll get “a million angel points” for sharing the Christmas cheer. And since my friend Jen is a world-renowned writer, you wanna be her best friend for sure. The angel points sound all right too.

I’ll check in again as soon as the grades are turned in, but until then, begin spreading the holiday cheer! And let me know if you’ve sent the Christmas Card Man a Christmas card for his pile.

In the meantime, I’ll be looking for the most  garish Christmas displays in town—though I doubt anyone can top the McGills’ house in Hixson, Tennessee.

Cheers!

*Joce

 

PS – How are you all getting into the Christmas spirit? Shopping? Decorating? Baking? I’d love to know.

Summer Reading

Friends.

It’s summer.  And in case you didn’t know, having the summer OFF is (arguably) the best perk of working in a school.  (Second only to influencing young minds, building meaningful relationships, mentoring the next generation, yada yada, yada.)   I haven’t had the last two summers off so this one is even more magnificent.

SUMMER.  Blissful, delicious summer.  Is here.  And it’s time to plan what to do with it.

I have had a lot of really good summers spent doing exciting things (tickling the ivories at the Sewanee Summer Music Camp and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, “studying” in London, working at EXPLO, etc.).  I don’t have any big ticket adventures planned for this summer.  But I still have BIG PLANS.

I’ve got a fun project in the works (stay tuned) and I have some travel plans but I will be spending a lot of blissful, delicious days at HOME.  And I couldn’t be more excited.

So a big goal for the summer is to get my nose in a lot of books.  And the purpose of today’s post is to share my reading queue with you.  I’d like to make one important note before you judge my selections: I am a fiction girl.  Always have been.  I KNOW I’D BE A BETTER PERSON IF I READ MORE NONFICTION BUT I DON’T WANNA.  At least not during my luxurious summer.  Baby steps.

Ok here’s the line-up as it stands today.  Subject to change, of course.

First up, a book recommended to me by my beloved friend Karin (who is fighting brain cancer, so send a prayer up for her if you think of it):

Next up are three recommendations from one of my students who just graduated:

One of the reviews says this is "erotic." Egad.

By a Nashville native, no less!


 Here’s a goody I picked up at the thoroughly delightful used bookstore in Maryville Tennessee, Southland Books (they have a coffeeshop and their basic house coffee is called Atticus.  Awesomeness.):

Never read it. Feel like I should have.

I fetched this at McKay’s for a whopping $0.75.

I've heard mixed reviews...

I fetched this at Borders the other day for no particular reason.  It looks kind-of like a good chic-lit indulgence, but the NYTimes says it’s “spellbinding.”

All images from goodreads.com

So there you have it.  My summer reading line-up.  I hope to get started in the next few days, once I finally finish slogging my way through Gone With the Wind.  Oof.

Have you read any of these books before?  Any that you loved?  Loathed?

What are YOU reading this summer?

xoxo,

Catherine

Square population doubled

I finished square #2, made out of the beautiful orange that came in the mail the other day.  Here she is in all her glory:

Now here are the two completed squares getting acquainted.

I need to improve my photography skills.  For now I’m going to cast on square #3 and focus on Top Chef.  Down with Mike.

-Catherine

Barn Raising: Skein #2!

Here’s an update on the Barn Raising Quilt’s progress.

I finished square numero one.  Here it is in all its loveliness.

Here’s a close-up of some of the pretty colors and their swirliness.

and what’s that lurking in the background, you say?

BRQ Skein #2!

Today a skein of yarn I ordered from a Ravelry user arrived!  (It probably arrived yesterday but we didn’t check the mailbox until today, oops).

It’s a little brighter than I imagined but I’m excited to see how it knits up. AND part of the point of the Barn Raising Quilt is to be ok with the serendipitous nature of things.  There’s no way to control how these variegated yarns will knit up so you just have to be ok with how it all turns out and how they fit together.

I wanted to give you a visual of what the skeins look like when they come.

I had to turn this one into a ball on my own since I don’t have the luxury of having the Haus of Yarn lovelies wind it into a little cake.

I cast on a square with this today.  My plan was to knit up all the squares from skein #1 but I’m too excited to see how this one knits up.

I’ll keep you updated!

Barn Raising Quilt

Greetings!

This is Catherine.  I am blogging today for two reasons:

1) To appease Jocelyn

2) To tell you about an exciting new knitting journey that I am embarking upon.

About a month ago I joined a site called Ravelry.  I. love. it.  It is an online community for knitters and crocheters.  You can search for patterns (there are currently 45,933 available through Ravelry) to download for free or for cheap.  You can keep track of all the yarn you have in your stash.  You can keep track of all your projects for posterity’s sake.  And you can communicate with other knitters around the world.

I have spent a significant amount of time on Ravelry and one day I stumbled across a pattern that took my breath away.  It is called the  Barn Raising Quilt and you make it by knitting different squares and sewing them together in a patchwork of sorts.  The trick is to use sock yarn (nice and thin) that is not a solid color but is variegated (lots of different colors in one skein of yarn).  Then when you knit up the squares, they are a gorgeous swirl of color. The other trick is to knit your squares from the center out in a circular pattern (stay tuned for in-progress pictures to show you what I mean) so that the pattern swirls (I know I used that word two times in two sentences, almost-Dr. Bailey, but my internal thesaurus is broken today and it’s the only one I can think of that really describes what happens).

So this is going to be a looooong project but I’m super excited about it.  I went to our local yarn shop (LYS in ravelry slang FYI, FWIW), Haus of Yarn to peruse their sock yarn selection.  And there… I discovered…

Koigu.

And a specific yarn called Koigu KPPPM: Painter’s Palette Premium.  It is a luscious merino and the color combinations are gorgeous.  See what I mean?

(image from calicoandivy.com)

So I stood in awe in front of the vast selection in the store, gazing at all the possibilities and finally settled on a skein to bring home.  One of the benefits of a LYS is that they will wind yarn into little cakes for you so that they’re easier to knit from.  So they took my hank of yarn and turned it into this:

Lovely little yarn cake. Mmmm.

My hope is to make three squares out of each skein of Koigu.  Yesterday I cast on my first square and, after a rocky start (knitting with double-pointed needles, which are required to knit in the round from the inside out, can be a bear at first) things are moving along swimmingly.  I am loving watching the color patterns develop.  Here are some in-progress shots so you can see what this double-pointed needle apparatus looks like.

Early goings.

Progress!

My plan going forward is to continue to get skeins from Haus of Yarn but, because they’re not exactly cheap, to buy some online on ebay or through sellers on Ravelry (seriously, that site has everything).  In fact, there is a skein of a lovely mix of orange hues winging its way to me right now!

Because I’m pretty excited about this project, I will try to keep the blogosphere updated so you can see my squares as they develop and then how they come together as a quilt.

It’s a lovely day for knitting in Nashville so off I go!

Tata.