Friday, October 28, 2005

the new york trilogy

not having read as much as I used to these last months (for my usual pace, anyhow), I spent some of my lunch time today to finish reading The New York Trilogy, by Paul Auster, a book that was a b-day present by some very good friends and came highly recommended ... for a collection of what seems to be 3 short stories, it has to be one of the strangest books I've ever read. The writing has impact, really takes you into the mood and atmosphere of the stories, and shows us New York as I had never pictured. It starts with a detective story, but as the plot develops you can see that it's a bit more than that. The last story is quite powerful, and explains the logic of the first two (or tries to)... but the feeling I have is the same I usually get after watching a David Lynch movie: as if I'm somehow missing all the clues when they're right there in front of me :P Murakami gives me this sensation sometimes as well, but his writing is much more emotional and brilliant in other ways.
Anyone else has read this book and has a different opinion ? I'll probably try another of his books in the future, but I'm not in a big hurry...

friday craft gallery

no new items to post today (sorry, yesterday was all about celebrating and no work done ;-), but I did start some new knitting ... a turquoise curly scarf and a grey hat to match my mittens (also started some pink mittens, but no photos yet)

and because it's friday, here are some of the things that I really loved this week... great X-Mas presents ideas, all of them ;-)

Hilda's super cute cat hats

The sweet illustrations by Elo the new pencil cases by Adriana and the snowman from Ana


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

enjoy your life

lovely cards from Kim(via tania) ... they made me smile and are a reminder of things that truly matter :-)

done !

never thought this would happen ... finished two more knitting projects before the end of this year :-)
yay, the pink scarf is done (actually it was finished during the train trip back to Lisbon on Saturday), and also the fingerless grey mittens ... feeling really accomplished, now let's just hope I have time to knit all those X-Mas presents I'm planning...


#101, #102, bag #33

for two very talented persons :-)

bag #33, order from P.

#101, #102, orders from E.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005


#100 had to have a cat, of course :-)

order from R.


and bag #32, denim and turtle fabric, order from R.


shopping trip

On Saturday me, F., S., T., B. and M. went on a shopping trip to Porto (well, the girls went shopping, the guys went wine tasting ;-)
C. had arranged a fabulous shopping schedule for us, and it was so successful that we bought items in every store she took us to ... fabulous fabric, yarn and bead shops, and also time to stop by a Pucca store (which had not only Pucca but also Hello Kitty merchandise, and I'm a huge fan of both ...). We had lunch at Nakité, a really nice vegetarian restaurant, visited Quasiloja and had time for a quick bite of the famous chocolate cake at Guarany during the BC meeting before catching the train back ... it was a great Saturday, but next time I'll probably need to take two backpacks to be able to bring all my shopping back :-)

fabrics from "Armazém dos Linhos", my favourite is the blue and green one with the yellow birdies

chita and other printed fabrics

check the packaging from "Armazém dos Linhos"

mohair yarn in beautiful colours

pens for playing with fabric and other material (from Quasiloja) and socks ...

and yes, a Hello Kitty t-shirt :-)


Monday, October 24, 2005

#97, #98, #99

orders from S.

#97, blue cover with flowers

#98, green cover with cat

#99, grey cover with dragon


Friday, October 21, 2005

#95, more daisies

a different sort of cover, closed on the sides so it can be used for carrying stuff ... order from D.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

#96, daisies ...

can't believe that #100 is coming up so fast ...
#96 is an order from A. and daisies seem to be one of the most popular designs I've made, since I keep getting asked to make more of them :-)

and yesterday was mail day and also BC meeting day:

... T, you were right ... AFFC has finally arrived, but I only managed to read the first 20 pages of it last night .. I'm going to try and enjoy it slowly :-)
... my TBR keeps increasing, thanks to loans from T. (more Dunnett) and gifts from F. and M.
... lovely blue mohair yarn arrived (from eBay, where else ?)
... and my second trade from Vamos Trocar arrived finally from Brasil. Nayana, or Flores na janela sent me some cute items she has made

finished Gilmore Girls season 4 last night ... a bit of a disappointment, but the last 3 episodes were worth waiting for :-) Finally I got to see L and L together, although the scene between R and D .. oh well, I want season 5 now !!!!!


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

#1 estojo com libelinhas

#1 pencil case with dragonflies, order from D.

... still waiting for A Feast For Crows
... still watching Gilmore Girls Season 4
... still reading The New York Trilogy

Monday, October 17, 2005

trabalhos de fim de semana / weekend crafts

some bags for the winter :-)

#30, order from A.

#29, order from L. and #28, order from S.

needle case #3 and cover #94, made for a trade with Carina

millefiori bead earrings, made for a trade with A. and C.