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- member since December 8, 2010
Marisa H’s last login was Monday, December 31, 2012.
Hi Marisa, I read several graphic novels by Pénélope Bagieu as well as her blog, but nothing else by Boulet. I really liked her drawings and her humour. I'm originally from France, so I always keep an eye out for good French books/graphic novels.
Kiki de Montparnasse was really good too, especially since Kiki really existed. She had an incredible life!
I have made lace before, currently I'm working on a shawl which I'm feeling pretty happy about.
I think that the best way to go about knitting is without fear. One of the first to realize it is alright to make mistakes. In fact one of the things I did when I was starting out, is I would create knitting swatches, and then on purpose make a mistake (ie; drop stitches, etc.) so that I could find ways to fix them. If you are a visual learner (like I am) then YouTube is a great place to find videos on techniques.
Also a great way to gain more confidence in your knitting is to join a knitting group, or find a local yarn shop that gives lessons. A great first project is a hat, or to start incorporating some increases and deceases in a scarf. If you practice more difficult stitches in a scarf, then those skills can be applied to other projects such as socks.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwbis11/index.php this website has some great patterns, and they also rate the patterns to let the knitter know the difficulty level. I love Scandinavian knitting, it is so intricate and beautiful!
Good luck on your knitting adventures!!
Thanks! Sorry I took so long to get back to you! I really love reading and learning more about knitting and its history. I've been knitting since 2004, and while I'm not the best knitter, if you ever have any knitting related questions I may be able to help! How long have you been knitting? Do you like reading knitting books/patterns? What sort of things have you knitted?
One thing I found that really helped my knitting was reading knitting blogs, there are some great technique driven blogs that show you how to do things. Also on Interweave Knits you can sign up for "knitting daily" which sometimes has great tips as well. If you are a visual learner then YouTube has some really fantastic how to videos.
One website I have found to be a really valuable resource is Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/account/login There you can look at projects, learn techniques and also post pictures of the projects you have completed. If you join Ravelry let me know what your screen name is (only if you want to of course).
I'm enjoying Sally a lot! I love what a strong and intelligent heroine she is and the setting is perfect. Can't wait to read the others in the series. There is No Dog was great...very funny! The author has a great imagination and I always enjoy that. Have you read her "Runaway Bride"? I've heard it's good too.
Hey, Marisa. If you're looking for portuguese literature, may I drop a short list of some of the best portuguese novels of the last 50 years? I only chose books that I think are translated to French.
- António Lobo Antunes "Memoire d'Elephant" and "La Splendeur du Portugal"
- José Saramago "L'annee de la mort de ricardo reis"
- José Cardoso Pires "Ballade de la plage aux chiens" and "Alexandra Alpha"
I think Terry Eagleton has written about the Irish subtext to Wuthering Heights - http://www.versobooks.com/books/597-heathcliff-and-the-great-hunger A friends wife is an undergraduate and she wrote about it at my prompting.
I am hoping to use it in a documentary on the second generation Irish in England but am happy for you to mention or further excavate the theory. Links to my blog are also welcome.
It's sad that you felt the brunt of Arab patriarchy but I'm sure you made the most of the amazing sights and sounds that assaulted your senses (how's that for some alliteration! lol). Maybe the seeds of change have been planted by the protesters/reformers in Egypt; who knows. And I'd love to see any pics you took, whenever you have the time to put them on your blog.
I love the idea of university being free but then, of course, there would be people who took advantage of the situation, and, besides, how would a government pay for it? I cannot imagine studying in the U.S. without a huge amount of help from a large amount of people and agencies. My main issue, studying this time, is that the cost of living in general is so much more expensive; rent, food, public transport, even non essentials like the gym, sports, the cinema, everything seems twice as expensive than only four years ago. It's been years since a watched a film at the cinema, for example, because just a simple regular ticket is like $15, without even thinking about getting food and a drink. Every student is in the same situation.
Did I tell you that after much soul searching, deliberation, and advice from others, I've changed from Art History to Information Systems? After evaluating the tiny NZ art history job market, employment would've been tough to get, and working overseas isn't really an option at this time, whereas I know for a fact that I can get a job anywhere with a Degree/Diploma in I.T./I.S. I guess the financial side of living again in the city has forced my hand a bit and made me be harshly realistic in my aspirations: sometimes you have to study something now, that may not be your first choice, so that you can study your love later on. Besides, I don't have to officially study a subject to learn from it and love it; I'll keep reading about the artists I enjoy, and go from there.
It's all good; I remember you saying you were going on a nice holiday and being really jealous! lol. Was it the first time you've been to Morocco? Never been but for whatever reason I think of heat and people selling things in stalls. Odd. lol. Hope you had a great time and took heaps of pics to help you remember, years from now.
Yeah, ended up having to order a copy of it but haven't started it yet (finishing a Kobo Abe book first). When I did the Eng Lit part of my BA Proust was someone I consistently heard or read about, so I thought I'd give it a go. If I enjoy Swann's Way (man, it's funny how many different variants of the titles there are, what with variations of FREN - ENG interpretation) then I'll slowly buy the whole series and go through them. I'l let you know when I start.
Don't start uni until the end of this month. To be honest, I'm currently in a phase where I'm going to look for a full time job here in the city and see what happens. It is sad how money rules life, you know. I either undervalued how much it was going to cost me, to live and study here, or the prices of everything have exploded, since I last lived here. Probably both. I'll know for sure in a month or so.
muy bien tu español!!!!
no i did not like the collector of worlds, i didnt finish it, i was inspired to read a bulgarian writer ( i like to read different country writers!! discover different places and cultures) but.... mmm... i would say i didnt like the way he tells the storie, he writes well, but the form,.... but you should try, maybe i was wrong!!!! maybe it is not the moment.
i hope you get foreward with spanish so you can read spanish autors!!!
i have to try with french!!!!!
(grins) oh, I think nearly everyone in BBD is a cat folk, between suze, alicia, dragonfly, sweetafton, erika, and me there's about 14 of them...and I'm sure there are more...have you ever seen the Poem of Pangur Ban? it explains why writers/reads and cats have always kept company...
lol...I think everyone in BBD is a little mad from this place and has a tower of books that we all love and fear, since if it topples it will likely kill us in our sleep...(grins) but some of us have solved this insidious problem by turning our towers into forts or pyramids...I'm glad you found your niche among us loons!