Monday, May 12, 2008

baby kimono, books, and movies... oh my!

Just seaming and ends to finish up on a little Mason-Dixon baby kimono:
The yarn is Manos Cotton Stria, which has a texture like ricrac, albeit very soft and fluffy ricrac. It seems a bit odd for seaming, so I may use perle cotton. The color is just beautiful! The yarn's from a swap with Sonya. Thanks again, Sonya!

I'm also enjoying my new eco-friendly Simple sneakers:
Hemp, organic cotton, recycled car tires... pretty sweet.

From the bookshelves:
- Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror, by James Hyne (definitely written from a male POV, but very funny, esp. the 2nd "tale." Hyne writes perceptively about academia and its egos and general lunacy)
- One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson (not nearly as good as Case Histories)
- The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers (a classic time travel novel that manages to involve 19th c. English poets! The Egyptian bits are silly, but a good read nonetheless)
- Rose Cottage, by Mary Stewart (a light "cozy" read, perfect with a cup of tea after a long day)

On the small screen:
- Death at a Funeral ~ A funeral turns to chaos as family secrets are revealed. Funny and light, and very British.
- 27 Dresses ~ Bad writing, bad acting... but I didn't really expect too much from it.
- The Pursuit of Love ~ Beautiful BBC miniseries adaptation of Nancy Mitford's "The Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate." The acting is pretty good; the only bad part is that it's fairly compressed and much is left out. I enjoyed the books, too.

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