Vanity Fair

Tip, if you pick a HUGE read for bookclub for Christmas/New Year (ie we have two months to read it), and you’re struggling to read it (not mentioning any names) then hire the DVD 🙂  I hired the new version with Reese Witherspoon (there are 10 versions I think!) and it was lots of fun. It inspired me enough to try and continue reading the book, so last night I did. Buggar, still no "easier". I’ll continue with it, but I get lost in who is who and doing what to whom.

Vintage finds!

Vintage_books_1 On a recent trip to visit my outlaws (actually they’re not, I just like the insinuation)in Swan View (a 40min drive from our place) we stopped in at Guildford on the way. They have a good scattering of secondhand stores. In particular there’s a book store that’s always worth a fossick.

Vintage_embroidery I had my first find for 2005. A 1972 Australian Women’s Weekly biscuit and slice cookbook. Has ALL the classics like vanilla slice, brandy snaps and meringues and macaroons galore. Classic, I tell ya. I particularly love the front cover photography, they call these biscuits Lunchbox Cookies, I wonder if it’s because they look like you spewed up your lunch? Don’t they remind you of those plastic spews you can buy. Not that I’d know anything about that 😉

I also SCORED an English craft magazine called Pins and Needles. I can’t find a year on it but it looks like it’s from the 50’s. Some fabulous emboridery patterns that were iron-on. I’m a little too scared to try ironing them, but I might give it a go. It has a few cute knitted and crochet items (as well as knitted vests and knickers for women…)


Bookclubbushoct04 At bookclub this week Rhoda was wearing a great tee. I wonder if there’s one for Howard?

Next book is written by a local boy (I say boy ’cause he was born in 1984 or something just as silly as that), called Rhubarb by Craig Slivey. Looks interesting.

So far this week’s been great. Monday knit the IV’s* met for a knit-a-long. We started a scribble months ago and it’s taking some of us ages to finish 😉 Our next knit is going to be a Christmas deco. Lots of laughs and fun.

Wednesday bookclub, again a great group of chicks hanging out. We’re not a particularly hi-brow kind of bookclub, and we usually manage 5 minutes of talking about the book. This month we managed 15mins I reckon, which is probably the longest we’ve ever talked about a book the past three years. We were reviewing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon.

AND Saturday I have knitting circle at Emma’s. Which will be fabulous. If I’m lucky and don’t nag her too much Alison might come. Please pleasesssseee 🙂

*IV’s – The Itchy Vulva’s. At our knitting retreat we were discussing what name we could be called as a knitting group. One of us has suffered for a ridiculous number of years with an IV, another one of us is a naturopath and she prescribed something for the IV. Well lo and behold it’s worked. However we’ve decided that we’re the IV’s anyhow. It has a certain ring to it.