February 28th, 2010 § Comments Off on Log Cabin Afghan § permalink
After too long a dry spell I have finally settled on my next knitting project: a log cabin afghan. I took a class at Lettuce Knit with my friend Akka last Friday. This pattern is very easy to do. If you can knit garter stitch and pick up stitches, you can do log cabin.
There are so many variations on the log cabin theme. As a quilter, and now an avid knitster, I was so excited to discover I could make traditional quilt designs in yarn. What’s more, depending on how you approach the project (as a connected series of blocks or one giant concentric square) knitting a log cabin afghan is easier and far more portable than the quilted version.
I’m three quarters of the way through the first block and already I’m in love. It will be a wonderful pleasure to cozy up underneath this beautiful blanket.
February 17th, 2010 § Comments Off on CCBC Recommends Gravity! § permalink
I’m so pleased the Canadian Children’s Book Centre has recommended Gravity Brings Me Down. Here’s their review:
When it comes right down to it, Sioux Smith just knows that she is a bird in the midst of the “barrel of monkeys” that is high school. She takes pride in her individuality and her fairly cynical world view, and considers it her mission to serve as her philosophy teacher’s nemesis. Between trying to avoid her lovesick admirer Tod and infuriating one of the jocks in her class on a semi-regular basis, Sioux seems to have her hands full.
However, she still manages to form an unlikely friendship with elderly Mabel Wilson after a bizarre encounter while doing research for a school assignment on suicide. Mabel mistakes Sioux for her own daughter Marie and, despite Sioux’s attempts to just forget about her, she can’t help but worry about the lonely old woman. As the two start spending time together, Sioux gains some valuable insights into life from her new friend. However, there comes a point where she finds herself powerless to give Mabel the help that she wants and needs.
The relationship that develops between Sioux and Mabel is heartwarming and lovely. Sioux is a witty and entertaining narrator whose growing concern for Mabel is deeply touching. Readers will enjoy discovering, along with Sioux, that people are full of surprises, just like life itself. And while Sioux is left with more questions than answers about Mabel and what will become of her, her outlook on life is profoundly affected by their friendship.
Canadian Children’s Book News
p.s. Lisa, this little cake is for you. :))
February 15th, 2010 § Comments Off on A cute review of Gravity § permalink
This is such a nice review of Gravity by Elyse C. from Greendale School. I especially love the part where she says, “it’s not a very popular or famous book…” I knew what you meant, Elyse. 😉
Gravity Brings Me Down –
I recently read the book, Gravity Brings Me Down by Natale Ghent, and I have to say that it was one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s not a very popular or famous book, but I recommend it to anyone especially girls, but guys too!
Sioux Smith is confused about life and miserable, seemingly falling deeper and deeper in her pessimism. Constantly wondering about life and death – Is something or someone out there? Why are we alive? Why do we die? She seems to close herself off from life around her, when one day she spots an elderly woman trudging slowly across the busy street and when she decides to help her, she has no idea what she’s started. Many other chance meetings with the old woman – who is always insisting that Sioux is her youngest daughter, Marie – result in an unlikely friendship.
Through Sioux’s sharp voice, perfected with her smart, dark humour, Natale Ghent tells an incredibly touching, hilarious, unique, and all around incredible story about finding friendship, finding love, finding acceptance, and finding yourself. Complete with secrets, questions, an always nearby not-so-secret admirer, and strange teachers with even crazier secrets, “Gravity Brings Me Down” is funny, heartwarming, and extremely unforgettable.
February 11th, 2010 § Comments Off on If you’ve never been to Schomberg… § permalink
Today, I had the pleasure of visiting a gorgeous little village north of Toronto called Schomberg. What a wonderful surprise it was to discover! Before today, I’d never even heard of Schomberg let alone visited this quaint, historic town.
I went to Schomberg on a library visit where I met 50+ kids from Schomberg Public School, grades 4 through 6. These kids were bright, articulate and tons of fun. I had a blast.
Librarian, Kelley England, is a consummate host. She’s fun and charming and very organized. All I had to do was saunter in, produce my pen drive and go to. It was the kind of experience every author hopes for when they accept an invitation to do a presentation.
Surrounded by farms, Schomberg offers some lovely distractions for visitors: pubs, restaurants, fairs, antiques, and dozens of parades for all kinds of reasons, including a Christmas parade and a seasonal parade of tractors. 🙂
I will definitely return to this beautiful little town. Soon. Very soon.