Monday, May 26, 2008

Homage to the indie and a book review

Nightengale by MadelineTosh

This is the first installment of the Magnolia Society, yep - the aristocratic name was the draw for me - besides that it is MadelineTosh. I love the silky appearance of all of her yarn bases.

It's been a bit of a stalking weekend. In between enjoying some fine weather (finally), a picnic, a farmer's market and doing yardwork, I have been checking Mama Blue's etsy store - just convinced I need some Sterling after seeing Knit Phillistine's sock (ravelry link)of the same - so elegant. And again, I think it is the silky base yarn that is reeling me in. Thankfully, Mama allowed me to request a custom order for the Sterling, but somehow I am still refreshing her page and watching the precious yarns ebb and flow from her shop.

Even though I was stalking merely two of them this weekend...Indie dyers are simply amazing.


When I was recently at a book reading by Jodi Picoult she mentioned that one of her favorite authors is Alice Hoffman, well that was good enough for me - so I picked up At Risk via Paperback Swap.

I can imagine why Picoult admires Hoffman, their writing style, in that there is something current and controversial involed in the theme, is similar. The book depicts a regular family, well - with kind of interesting jobs and above average I.Q.s, who face the knowledge that their 11 year old daughter is diagnosed with AIDS as a result of a blood transfusion. How they deal with the news, how they are treated by the community, and how they ultimately come together with the most unlikely allies...for example dysfunctional grandparents, a town "weirdo", a couch and a principal. It was a quick read, enjoyable - a nice summer book.

Next up, The Delivery Man. (and hopefully a finished object by Saturday)


Blogger Nell said...

I see why you wanted that sterling color. Oh so pretty!

7:33 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Oh that madtosh is sooooo pretty!! I'm going to be a bit green with envy every time I see the club colors! I just couldn't justify sock camp and then joing another sock club...but hers would have been the one!! I love her stuff!!

Hmmmm...maybe I should go check the sterling to feel better...hehehe!

7:51 PM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I am so wishing that I would've signed up for that Madtosh sock yarn club, I blew it on that one. Nice score!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

Thanks. As if I didn't have enough yarn stashed away, you turn me on to yet another! the MadelineTosh yarn is so pretty. I love working with her yarn.

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Litter Box House said...

Yippee! You have discovered one of my favorite authors. At Risk isn't one of my favorites of AH though. I'm inclined to love her more "magical" themed books

The River King
Practical Magic
Blackbird House



1:49 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Beautiful yarn! I'm always happy to see a book review!

4:13 PM  
Blogger raining sheep said...

Awesome! I am totally joining 'the society' and have sent my email off. Glad I read your post.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Morticcia said...

Love the Madtosh colorway. Maybe the improved yarn base you mention is why I'm so loving the Madtosh yarn I'm using now more than the yarn I used for a pair of Firestarters?

12:40 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thank you for the book recommendation. I've just started Skeletons at the Feast. Very good.

The yarn is gorgeous!!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

Lovely yarn. Will try the author! I am reading the Sara Gruen novels about horses now. Pretty easy read, which is what I need right now with the schedule the way it is. Vacation soon coming!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I just love indie dyers - and I LOVE Mama Blue. I can't wait to see what you make!

11:00 AM  

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