Saturday, 31 December 2011

2011 Reading List

I've always been an avid reader, but when I developed M.E a couple of years ago I found reading incredibly difficult. This year though, I started feeling well enough to read again! :h So this year, my best friend and I decided to challenge ourselves to read 50 books in a year.

And We Both Did It!

You can see what she read in 2011 over here, and below is my 2011 reading list! ^_^


1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
3. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
4. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
5. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Cheast


7. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
8. The Invisible Man by H.G Wells
9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10. Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
11. Doggie Day Care Murder by Laurien Berenson

I had to stop reading for a couple of months because my M.E got worse


12. P.S I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
13. A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern


14. The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
15. Matched by Ally Condie
16. The Declaration by Gemma Malley
17. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
18. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
19. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
20. The Resistance by Gemma Malley
21. Holes by Louis Sachar
22. The Eratz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
23. Room by Emma Donoghue
24. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
25. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
26. The Carnivirous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
27. The Slippery Slow by Lemony Snicket
28. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
29. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
30. The Legacy by Gemma Malley
31. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


32. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
33. TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
34. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
35. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
36. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
37. 39 Clues by Rick Riordan
38. Surviving Antarctica by Andrea White


39. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
40. The End by Lemony Snicket
41. Crossed by Ally Condie
42. Warriors: The New Prophecy 'Midnight' by Erin Hunter
43. My Man Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse
44. I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore
45. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
46. The Famous Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton
47. The Famous Five on Finniston Farm by Enid Blyton
48. H.I.V.E by Mark Walden 
49. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
50. No Wind of Blame

Book of the Year: TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow

Worst Book of the Year: Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson 

Next year I plan to read 100 books (gasp)! So please leave me some book suggestions, as I am slowly running out of ideas. 

2012 Here We Come!!

Friday, 30 December 2011

Charlotte, Can You Beat the Cube?!

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For any of you who haven't seen the ITV Gameshow the Cube, I'll give you a quick summary. Contestants are put inside a giant cube and asked to preform deceivingly simple tasks in return for big wads of cash.

No one has ever beaten the Cube, so I thought it was time that I gave it a bash.

Now, the Cube I am attempting to conquer isn't glass panelled and fitted with slow-motion cameras. I haven't got Philip Schofield to explain things to me, and I don't have large amounts of cash to act as an incentive for me to finish.

The Cube I am attempting to beat isn't even a Cube, it's a rectangle. A small wooden rectangle, filled with colourful squishy yarn.

I sat and watched, green with envy,  Kerri over at When Did I Become a Knitter, defeat her amazing stash and get it into a lovely organised fashion. So, I decided to take on the rectangularcubething and join the ranks of knitters who have defeated the enemy that is the un-tidy, IAlwaysSeemToTripOverIt, stash.

The first task was to take all the yarn out of the metaphorical cube, and lay it on my floor in a big heap. Like so.

After getting it all out (which wasn't as easy as it looked, mark one of the Cube, deceivingly simple tasks) I put all the yarns knotted together into a pile, to try and sort it out. After looking at it, I honestly didn't want to carry on. I simply wanted to pop it all back in the rectangularcubething, and be done with it. 

But I carried on anyway.

Like Kerri, I wanted to have all my yarn logged and photographed into Ravelry, but I' still waiting for that to happen. I did though, after a day or so, manage to get my yarns untangled, sorted and popped into zip-lock bags!

I managed to un-earth the yarn vomit from months past. Even now, it still sends shivers down my spine.

I started my battle against the Cube a few months ago, and am still yet to defeat it. But, I have managed to get my stash a little tidier, and when we finish doing-up my room I'll be able to resume the fight against a tidier stash.

So even though this technically isn't a FO, go check out what other knitters and crocheters (with clean & tidy stashes) from around the world managed to finish this week.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

And We're Back...

Ah, its nice to be back home. Sorry I have been away for so long, I've been quite poorly with my M.E & we've been rather busy helping out family etc :D

But, just because I haven't been blogging doesn't mean I stopped on the knitting front, oh no! While my Nan was staying with me, she taught me to knit in the round! I admit I felt like bit of a knitting rockstar as I was going round, and round, and round. 

I'm on the toe section of the first sock at the moment, as my Nan is round to help at the moment, I'm really worried that I'm going to muck it all up. So I am knitting reaaaaally slowly, just encase.

The pattern I'm attempting to follow, if you were wondering, is the 2nd design from King Cole's Sox Again. I'm using Rico Design Surperba Chinee in purple, which is lovely to work with ^_^

So thats all for now, thanks for having me back :) Over the next couple of weeks I'll catch you up on all my knitty adventures and hopefully introduce some more FOs into the world ;)

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