May 27, 2010

Book Club and Summer Knitting

Apparently, I am a member of the most unorthodox book club ever. I joined last October and have had so much fun ... love the reading, the discussions, the sharing, the camaraderie, the wine! As far as schedules go, it seems that we take December off because everyone is too crazy busy, and we take the summer off as well. Every year there is an "outing" of some sort to kick off the summer hiatus that does not involve reading a book.

Last night, Hubby asked me as I was getting ready to leave, "So where's book club tonight," meaning whose house. And when I told him Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club in Scottsdale, he did a double take. Yep, we went to dinner and a movie. Watched The Bounty Hunter starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, which was cute and funny and very enjoyable for our group. And I had a marvelous dinner which I plan to replicate at home -- a portobello caprese sandwich that was so good! Hey, and it's vegetarian and healthy. Once I figure it out, I'll be sharing the recipe.

So we chose three books to read over June, July and August, then we meet again in September to discuss them. First (and I am so excited to read this one), the third Stieg Larsson book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I actually had just ordered this one from Barnes & Noble online a few days ago. With my membership, it was 40% off and free shipping. Sold!

Another summer selection that I suggested is The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, which I had just finished recently. All of the ladies in this book club like to cook and are foodies in some fashion. Plus, they're all into true stories and this is such an enjoyable read.

And we are also reading Carol Burnett's memoir, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection. I adore Carol Burnett! Growing up, we faithfully watched her weekly variety show as a family and laughed so hard. All her wonderful skits with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. Just thinking about the infamous Gone With the Wind skit where she comes sweeping down the stairs as Scarlett O'Hara wearing the curtains made into a dress - with the curtain rod still in - makes me laugh out loud.

So that's book club. On to knitting. Last month, I had mentioned in a post that I'd like to make myself the Dynamic Cardi shown in the May 2010 issue of Creative Knitting magazine. Here's the picture again ...

I decided to go ahead and order some yarn and make this gorgeous little cardi. Having just hit our first 100 degree day last Friday, it is now officially Summer in Phoenix so I'll have at least 5 months to wear it and maybe more. We've had some very warm Fall weather here in the past, too. Here's a story for you. About 6 years ago, Hubby and I were invited to a costume party on Halloween - so we're talking October 31st - and it was 105 degrees that day. The costumes were so uncomfortable and we were in an outdoor garden setting so there really wasn't any relief from the heat. I remember we all talked about growing up in cold weather areas where we had to wear parkas and hats and gloves and boots for trick or treating and you couldn't even see the costumes.

Anyway, just today I placed an order with Herrschners for Patons Grace cotton yarn in the color Tan. It's kind of a spicy color that will look good with just about everything and be wearable year round. I'm kind of excited. Can't wait for my yarn to get here, to get started on it and make something for myself to wear. Woo hoo!


Sara said...

what a great book club! My friends and I just started one of our own and we are so excited! Our first book is "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. We've been wanting to do one for awhile. I will have to look into the ones you're reading!

Angie said...

Can I be in your book club?!? I don't know how I can afford the airfare to get there... lol

That cardi looks supercute! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Cheeseboy said...

My wife said she loved The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

kim said...

Thanks so much for the comments and following me. I wish I liked to read, but I am more the kind of person that cannot sit still a long time. I do love Carol Burnette and wish her show had not ended. Watched it every week. Loved when Tim Conway played the little old man and shuffled along. Have a great weekend!

Big Mama Cass said...

Will be curious to hear what you think of the Carol Burnett book. I love her. I grew up watching her too. I am going to get The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest on Kindle I think :)

Sara said...

Thanks for the compliment on my hat! I agree, I think this hat would be great in any color! I'll probably start out with some summer colors. Should I add a flower, do you think?

I really enjoy having my Etsy store. If you're like me and use it as a hobby, you don't have to worry about taxes. It's only if you make over a certain amount of money that you have to worry with it. You basically pay a fee to list then pay a small percentage of what you sell. It's totally worth it and loads of fun. I've made a lot of great connections because it's like a family. 99% of the people are super sweet and helpful and supportive of each other! I'm not a pro at it, but if you have any questions, I'll be glad to try to help!

Duchess said...

I so want to learn how to knit - I'm jealous! I can crochet but knitting isn't something anyone knew to teach me. It's a beautiful cardigan - Can't wait to see how it turns out for you.