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BookCrossing Convention


This weekend is the annual BookCrossing Convention and this year it is being held in Toronto. I’m excited to final get a chance to meet many of the members that I’ve spent the last year and a half chatting with online. So if you’re in Toronto this weekend and you spot a book in the wild, pick it up and help in on its journey – you’ll make a bookcrosser happy!

Muriel Spark died


I saw this on BookSlut today. I love the work of Muriel Spark and I’m so sad to hear that she has died. Author of 20 books, Muriel Spark is probably most famous for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

I have been collecting her works for some time now and look forward to truly learning to know the work of this fabulous author. The literary world has lost another star.

Lettuce Knits – I finally managed a visit!


This morning I paid a visit to Lettuce Knits. I keep hearing about this fabulous knitting store on the various knitting blogs. Their recent newsletter announcing the arrival of a new shipment of Socks that Rock meant that an immediate visit was required! Luckily I had already planned an overnight trip to Toronto to visit my friend Jennifer.

What a fantastic shop and yet so compact. The Socks that Rock were prominently displayed in the front window and after about 15 minutes of debate, the Moss Agate won out. I also left with a beautiful double point set of US #1 Rosewood needles from Lantern Moon.

After the yarn shopping, we wandered the shops in Kensington Market. I picked up some spices and a fun pair of sequined mules in spring green.

Check this out!


My friend Susan writes with a capital W. My scribbles are book reviews and this collection of the pressing concerns of my mind. She Writes and someday soon I’ll be telling you all to go out and buy her books.

In the meantime, wander over to her blog and get to know Trevor and Mitchell and the rest of Shapeshifter (their band). Spend some time and read some great outtakes that may or may not end up in the finished novels. Oh, and at the website you can read the first few pages of Trevor’s Song.

Check back on her blog often as regular outtakes are added.

Gratuitous Ticia Photo


Just because she wants to say hi to the other kitties out there in blogland.

UFOs – Update on the &*%! Sweater


All around me are unfinished objects. I promised myself that &*%! sweater for my Grandmother (only on the needles for two years) will be finished before I start/work on anything else. The body is sewn together, front plackets done, collar done and sleeves 85% done. I’m knitting both at the same time which is a bit slower but worth it.

So this week I’ve been working away at the sleeves while finishing up my marathon viewing of Season 2 of Stargate SG-1. I have two episodes left to go and somehow I don’t think the sleeves will finish at the same time. I think it’s going to need season 3 to finish up this sweater.

Once that’s done I can sew in the ends on my Olympic scarf and present everyone here with a photo of the beautiful finished project.

Independent Bookseller Day – April 21


So here’s a call to action for all you book lovers. On April 21, go visit your local independent bookstore and buy something. Tell them why you appreciate them being in your community.

Thanks to Booklust for reminding me of this important day! But as she says…”But really, we should keept April 21st in our hearts every day, and remember to Think Independent, Read Independent, and Buy Independent.”

Spring is finally here


Well I’ve been silent quite a few days but I have a good reason – a new job. I’m doing some consulting for a few weeks and that is keeping me very busy.

So to celebrate spring – and at least give people something new to look at until I can do a decent post – here’s something I wish I was seeing now. This is a picture I took several years ago at the floating flower market in Amsterdam.

It’s going to be an interesting election


Impeachment Talk Reaches the Mainstream

What took them so long? Now I need to get a copy of William Goodman’s book Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush.

(Thanks Bookslut for pointing this one out! I had missed this article.)

It finally all comes together


Thank you The Bookish Girl for finally helping me pull together what knitting brings to my life (and for the rockin’ image)! I have many dear friends who live nearby but sometimes you just need to send out the call to the knitters in your life – to have them be with you and knit in the same room, even if you don’t say a word. There is something about the sound of knitting needles that soothes like no other.

To my dear knitting pals Heather, Alana and Christiane – a heartfelt thank you for responding to my knitting signal.

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