Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006


Anyone out there besides me remember TW3 from the mid-60s? That Was The Week That Was - a basically irreverent look at the news of the week, especially the political side. The time since my last post could accurately be titled Those Were The Two Weeks That Were and I wish weren't.. Suffice it to say that between everyone in the family being sick and car problems the weeks haven't been pleasant and there wasn't much to write about that wouldn't sound like a major gripe session.

I have been knitting and will have lots to turn in when I get back to the Sr. Center. I missed one Monday knitting class because I didn't want to give anyone my cold and this last Monday was a holiday, so hopefully by ... yikes, I just realized that I have to take Mom to the doctor again next Monday.. aarrgggg...

In scanning other blogs, I realized that the Summer Reading Challenge ended on the 31st of August. I posted about joining back on May 22nd and again on June 3rd - other than that, I've just been reading & knitting, so here's my list between June 2nd (I didn't count the book listed for June 1st because I finished it in the wee hours of the morning and most of it had been read during May) and the end of August.

  • Capital Crimes, Stuart Woods, 29 Aug
  • The Run, Stuart Woods, 26 Aug
  • Break No Bones, Kathy Reichs, 23 Aug
  • Reckless Abandon, Stuart Woods, 21 Aug
  • The Short Forever, Stuart Woods, 20 Aug
  • Deep Lie, Stuart Woods, 19 Aug
  • Iron Orchard, Stuart Woods, 16 Aug
  • Dark Harbor, Stuart Woods, 15 Aug
  • Winter House, Carol O'Connell, 13 Aug
  • Thraxas At War, Martin Scott, 11 Aug
  • One Good Knight, Mercedes Lackey, 9 Aug
  • Dragon's Blood, Todd McCaffrey, 7 Aug
  • Second Sight, Amanda Quick, 4 Aug
  • Liberty, Stephen Coonts, 2 Aug
  • Bait & Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich, 29 Jul
  • Dragon Fire, Anne & Todd McCaffery, 27 Jul
  • Nickled & Dimed, On (Not) Getting By In America, Barbara Ehrenreich, 25 Jul
  • Whisker of Evil, Rita Mae Brown, 23 Jul
  • Dark Watch, Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul, 22 Jul
  • Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder, Mary Lovell, 18 Jul
  • The Jury Master, Robert Dugoni, 12 Jul
  • Nightlife, Thomas Perry, 8 Jul
  • Almost A Lady, Jane Feather, 2 Jul
  • The Twelfth Card, Jeffery Deaver, 29 Jun
  • Around the Quilt Frame, Kari Cornell, Ed.,26 Jun
  • The American, Andrew Britton, Jun 24
  • A Million Nightingales, Susan Straight, Jun 21
  • Circle of Quilters, Jennifer Chiaverini, Jun 17
  • Midnight Runner, Jack Higgins, Jun 14
  • Tyrannosaurus Canyon, Douglass Preston, Jun 11
  • The Sinister Pig, Tony Hillerman, Jun 6
  • The Wailing Wind, Tony Hillerman, Jun 4
  • Hunting Badger, Tony Hillerman, Jun 2

I think that's 32 - none of them with the exception of Bess of Harwick and maybe the Barbara Ehrenreich books are what you might consider heavy reading. They all came from the library with the exception of Nickle & Dimed which I found at a garage sale. I read for fun and my challenge was to keep track of what I read, so I guess I succeeded.. The books were all good reads (the ones that weren't were put back on the "to return" pile and never listed except to disappear from the "Currently Reading" position. If you look over the list, you'll see that it's fairly eclectic - mysteries, political novels, science fiction, the occasional romance, one biography, two on trying to find decent jobs in today's economy. Those last two were depressing as was this week's POV Waging a Living on PBS. We went to the library Tuesday and I currently have another pile of books waiting to be read. I'll continue listing them as I read them, hopefully as consistently as I attempted to do during the challenge.. Anyone up for a Fall Reading Challenge?


Blogger KnitNana said...
Head on over for the links and sign up for the Autumn Reading Challenge. I'll sit this one out, as I suspect Nana Sadie Rose's orders will keep me busy!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Thanks for the info on the Autumn reading challenge, but it seems to be limited to "spooky" books and they're not my cup of tea {g} I'll keep reading my rather eclectic selections {wink}

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

I'm reading Castle of Otranto, Dr. Zhivago and Mysteries of Udolpho for the autumn KAL so they're not limited to horror books. I decided it was gothic/tragedy. Not to push you or anything, just sayin'. ;)

Nice list of books! It was odd keeping track.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I read Poe at a rather impressionable age (The Premature Burial still haunts me) and then made the mistake of trying Stephen King. Right now, I'm reading Jeffery Deaver's The Cold Moon a forensic detective mystery that might be classified as a modern Gothic as there's a fair amount of blood & gore.. Still, I think I'll sit this one out or wait for one that just says "READ".. {g} I've found that keeping track of what I'm reading on the blog helps as I can check back if a book feels familiar and see if I've read it since last year. There are too many good books out there that I haven't read yet to repeat by accident.

10:23 AM  
Blogger DianeS said...

I just wandered over to see about the Cloths for Crisis, and stayed a bit. Our taste in books, not to mention cats, is almost too close for comfort! I'll have to try some of the authors on your list that I haven't tried before. (So many books, so little time!) Thanks!

6:03 PM  

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