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books books books


Found this book me/me at Diane’s blog and as I love books played along


1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Underline those you intend to read.
3) Italicise the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’dolin – Louis De Bernieres Mans
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73.The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Exactly half 50/50, but it seems that I would like read the majority of the rest. I wish I had more time and concentration.

Would love know how many you’ve read.

flickr meme


Saw this over on knitXcorE and just had to play along

The concept:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name? Lyndsey-Jane
2. What is your favorite food? halloumi
3. What high school did you go to? Kings Langley
4. What is your favorite color? orange
5. Who is your celebrity crush? taylor hawkins
6. Favorite drink? diet coke
7. Dream vacation? kenya
8. Favorite dessert? creme brulee
9. What you want to be when you grow up? microbiologist
10. What do you love most in life? sunny days
11. One Word to describe you. bubbly
12. Your flickr name.

5 things meme


I was tagged by Rosie so here we go:

Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago
Um, I have such a bad memory (that or I just suppress memories so as not to have to think about them). I would have been 22, so I think I was just finishing of my A levels (2nd attempt) in history and politics and thinking about going to uni to study history and/or politics.

2. what 5 things are on my to-do list today (in no particular order)
Well as it is now 10.15pm, I’ll give you the list for tomorrow

Revise Neoplasia for pathology exam

Trial genetics exam

Relaxing pampering bath and hair wash ready for town thursday
That’s about it, but revision is pretty much it until June 6th. There will of course be knitting!

3. Snacks I enjoy
This I will break down into snacks I enjoy but don’t eat as bad for the diet, and snacks I enjoy which are allowed on my diet
Snacks I enjoy but not allowed
Milk Chocolate
Homemade cakes (esp Brownies from recipe from Kat)
Peanut butter on thick sliced white bread (esp when come home drunk)

Snacks allowed on my diet
Dark chocolate
Pitta bread and houmus
Cashew nuts

I don’t snack that much as I eat in such a way that I don’t really feel hungry between meals

4. Things I would if I was a billionaire
Buy a smallholding and have alpacas, sheep and other animals of Karl’s choosing
Travel (alot)
Fund research into cancer and other horrible diseases

5. Places I have lived
Croydon (Surrey I think) – were I was born until 18mths
Sandy, Bedfordshire – 18mth to 4yrs
Upper Caldecote, Bedforshire – 4yrs – 11yrs
Kings Langley, Herts – 11- 13yrs
South Oxhey, Herts – 13-17yrs
Kings Langley (again)- 17 – 171/2 yrs
Hemel Hempstead – 17-27 (with a brief peroids in High Wycombe Bucks and Nottingham)
Cambridge – 2003 until now

Ok now tag people, Kat, Robin and anyone else wanting to join in

Whose line is it anyway? Results


So i thought I’d let you know the answers to the movie quote meme

1. Clerks

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

3. Sliding Doors

4. Four Weddings and a Funeral

5. My Fair Lady

6. Dead Poet’s Society

7. About A Boy

8. Dogma

9. Talented Mr Ripley

10. The Breakfast Club

As you may be able to tell I love Audrey Hepburn, Kevin Smith movies and have a weakness for British Rom Coms.

Well Done to those who guessed correct.

Who’s line is it anyway?


Saw this on Knitdevil and thought I’d play

Movie Meme

1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them on your blog for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. Looking them up is cheating, please don’t. If you do, a big thug named Guido will pay you a call. Naw, not really, but I’ll be sad that you’re a cheater.

1. I’m not even supposed to be here today! Clerks

2. Timber!

3. Well, two things really. One, you’re still counting how long you’ve been apart in days – and probably hours and minutes – but the big-flashing-red-light way of telling you’re not really over someone is when you’re still reading their horoscope in the hope that they’re going to get wiped out in some freak napalming incident.

4. Excuse me, i think I need to be where people are not.

5. The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated My Fair Lady

6. Sucking all the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.

7. Suddenly I realized – two people isn’t enough. You need backup. If you’re only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you’re on your own. Two isn’t a large enough number. You need three at least. About A Boy

8. See? I’m as anatomically impaired as a Ken doll.

9. Don’t you just take the past and put it in a room in a basement and lock the door and never go in there? That’s what I do, And then you meet someone special and all you want to do is to toss them the key and say; open up, step inside, but you can’t, because it’s dark, There’s demons and if anybody saw how ugly it is. I keep wanted to do that, fling the door open just let light in and clean everything out.

10. Do you know how popular I am? I am so popular. Everybody loves me so much at this school. The Breakfast Club



I’ve been tagged by La Duchesse for this meme.

Here the rules

  1. Link to the person who has tagged you
  2. Post the rules
  3. Share a 6 word philosophy of life
  4. Tag 3 more people

so here is my enlightened philosophy of life in 6 (well 7, but ‘is’ is such a small word it hardly counts)

Anything is surmountable with coffee, knitting and friends

My exam and presentation went well this week, so I am looking forward to nice lazy crafty weekend. My Swallowtail is waiting to blocked so hopefully I can do that soon. I have cast on some socks with the Sock Hop yarn – so soft and squishy. I was going to cast on Juliet (again) but don’t have any 6.5mm tips for my options (have ordered them from get knitted) so thought I would use the Rowan Plaid I have in my stash to cast on Alexandra Ballerina Top from Fitted Knits, only to discover I needed 6.5mm for that too. I then thought I could start the Mirepoix Bodice but alas I needed 3.25mm needles for ribbing, and you’ve guessed it I don’t have any of those either. I placed a large needle order with Get Knitted and they should be here nexy week.

I also purchased the Honey Bee Stole, Bee Fields Shawl and Norwegian Woods Shawl patterns from The Knitting Zone. They have a great selection of downloadable patterns for sale. I have started the Norweigian Woods shawl buy the smallest needles I had were 3.5 (3mm were the suggested size) and the laceweight I am using is really thin, so I think I may have to frog. I will wait until the 3.25mm arrive and knit a swatch with those from the other end of the ball and see which I prefer.

In sewing news, I ordered both of the dress patterns and the Velma bag pattern and just managed to get the fabric I wanted. They had sold out in JL in Cambridge but had some in stock in Peterborough so Mum phoned them, paid on her account card and it arrived with her today. They do however have the same fabric in Cambridge in pinks/purples and I really tempted to get some of that for a skirt on Wednesday when I go shopping.


I found this on Piglottie’s blog and thought I’d play along

Favourite Yarn

I’ve recently finished knitting a Clapotis with Malabrigo worsted and love every minute of it. So Malabrigo has to be my fave worsted/sweater yarn but as far as sock yarn goes I love the Wollmeise – the colours are just amazing!

Favourite Needles

At the moment I love my brittanty birch dpns, but I have the intechangable and dpn set of Knitpicks Harmonies for Xmas so accept they will be my fave very soon.

Favourite New Pattern

I love the Cobblestone sweater from IK Autumn, which I will be starting in earnest as soon as mt CPH is finished. I also love Spring Things shaw by Susan Lawrence (not exactly new but was released this year I think).

Favourite Project

Really enjoyed the Clapotis and can see more of these being made. I’m also really enjoying the CPH.

Favourite Knitting Blog

My top 3 would have to be Wendy Knits, I’m knitting as fast as I can and of course Yarn Harlot.

Favourite New Technique

I did my first stranded colourowrk this year and really enjoy it. I really want to do some more.

Favourite Knitting Website

Has to be Ravelry – no contest!

Favourite Knitting Book

This is a difficult one as I don’t have many but I do like The Best of Interweave Knits, there are a lot of projects in there that are on my wishlist for next year including Cambridge Jacket (for Karl), Icarus Shawl and Lite Lopi Pullover.

Favourite Knitting Spot

Sitting in bed listening to a good audiobook or knitting podcast.

Favourite Knitting Partner

I tend to knit alone, but I do like to listen to podcasts and my fave is Lime n Violet. So they would be my fave knitting partners.


Found this on Knittin’ Mom and decided to play along, and waste some time at uni before lectures

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?

Karl, he is constantly doing stuff that make me giggle

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Sitting on a very crowded bus listening to my ipod and reading

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Queuing up in Starbucks for a coffee.

4. What happened to you in 2006?
I turned 30!

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
Can you print my assignment for me please?

6. How many beverages did you have today?
It’s only 0900 so not many, a glass of diet coke and I am half way through a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks.

7. What color is your hairbrush?
I don’t actually own one, I do have a black comb though

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
Coffee’s in Starbucks

9. Where were you last night?
At home, cutting out fabric for my bag and then watched Tru Calling on DVD

10. What color is your front door?
A very boring white

11. Where do you keep your change?
In my purse. Karl however has change all over the place.

12. What’s the weather like today?
Very cold, but clear, crisp and sunny aswell.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough

14. What excites you?
Yarn, fabric and mircobiology.

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Not at the moment, but it will need a trim very soon. I do however, need some highlights.

16. Are you over the age of 25?

17. Do you talk a lot?
I have been accused of that on more than one occasion.

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
Only if forced to by Karl.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
My brother-in-law is Steve does that count.

20. Do you make up your own words?
No, but i often forget words.

21. Are you a jealous person?
I can be sometimes

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
Alison, she’s married Karl’s cousin and me and Karl met at their wedding.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Karl, who else.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
Mum mobile

25. What does the last text message you received say?
No idea as I deleted my text memory last night

26. Do you chew on your straw?

27. Do you have curly hair?
Yes, but with the help of my beloved GHD‘s you’d never believe it

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
To hand my assignment in and then my lecture

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
No-one is particulary rude, everyone has they’re moment but no-one stands out. I really don’t like rude people and try to stay as far away from them as possible.

30. What was the last thing you ate?
A bowl of custard last night. I have a cinnamon danish in my bag for a bit later.

31. Will you get married in the future?
Probably, but not in the near future.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
I watched The Last King of Scotland last week and really enjoyed it.

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
I like all my friends, but I like like Karl obviously.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
Saturday, I had a kitchen free day yesterday – no cooking, no dishes.

35. Are you currently depressed?
No, I am feeling reasnoably optimistic and happy with life.

36. Did you cry today?
No, but it’s still early.

37. Why did you answer and post this?
Because I had nothing better to do for an hour whilst waiting for my lecture to start.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
Its way too early to think about tagging, if you wanna join in consider yourself tagged!

random meme


Found here

1. Three films you rented recently?

We’ve been on a bit of a renting drought recently so can only think of two:

Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny we watched this night and it was better than I thought. I’m not a great fan of comedies but this made me laugh and to top it of Dave was in it as the Devil. We love Dave in this house. I got tickets to see the Foos from Karl for my birthday.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest – I know we must have been the only people not to have seen this already but we watched this night too. Loved it! It made the 90mins of grafting the two clementine shawl halves together so much more bearable.

House Season 1: We got Seasons 1 and 2 from Tesco’s last week for £18 each, so although not strictly a rented dvd it is something we have been watching a lot of.

2. Are you into any crafts other than knitting?

I am trying to learn to spin on a drop spindle. I’m sort of getting it just need practice, oh and the time to practice. I also dye yarn and roving. Other than that no other crafts.

3. Any New Stash or Notions Acquisitions?

I got some Sabraset dyes the other day from prochem. I got the two Spinning in Colour kits (minus the book as I already have it). I plan on having a go with them soon. I need to make a khaki colour so fingers crossed. I also ordered some more blank supersock (75% wool 25% nylon) sock yarn for dyeing this week.

4. What Are You Listening To?

Audiobook – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I am loving this! I am only just getting to the end of part 1, there is another 3 parts to go. The whole unabridged version is about 40 hours long. I get my books from audible as it is great value.

Music – right now I am listening to the Foo Fighters.

5. Name Five Things On Your Knitting Wishlist?

I am seriously coveting the new Knitpicks Harmony Wooden needles, both the options set and the DPN set. I’ve heard rumours that they will be available in the UK by the end of the year. Fingers crossed

I can’t wait to see the Socks That Rock Raven Series. It comes out just after my birthday so I’m asking family for money for my birthday, so I can get some (or all maybe!)

I’m looking for a nice knitting bag, something that I can use as a handbag but keep a medium sized project in too. I love the Lexi Barnes bags, but being in the UK it means getting them from US. I do like the Jordana Paige Satchel and the Namaste Jetsetterbag.

The new Cat Bordi book is also high my wishlist – so many great reviews! It looks really interesting but once again something else not yet available in the UK or at least not that I can find.

Sock Yarn – any and all. I’m not fussy!

G is for….



Which is exactly how I’m feeling right now. I’m really feeling the need to vent or else I’ll explode. As many may know I am studying for a BSc, and during the academic year 05/06 my ME was really bad and I was unable to complete some of my modules. I had managed the coursework but not the exams so I had been allowed to retake these modules without academic penalty. I was also advised that if my lecturers agreed my coursework from the previous year could be taken into consideration as it was As and Bs and therefore not worth my while re-doing it as I already had got good marks for it. All went well for semester 1, my genetics coursework mark from the previous year was used and I pass everything.

Semester 2 has been a nightmare. I passed my exams (despite being pretty ill due to overdoing it whilst revising), but my overall module marks are fails as no-one has added on my coursework marks from last year. With the coursework mark added I worked out that I should get a B and a C. I queried this and after 3 weeks (which should have been replied to in 10 days) I received an e-mail saying that I had had to do the coursework and that I would need to speak to my course leader as a) the new work had to be in August 21st and b) they are worried about my progress.

I’m sorry, but if they hadn’t messed up my re-take year with my coursework marks then I can’t see that there is a problem. Is getting B’s and C’s in your second year bad? I was under the impression that it was pretty good and definitely cause for concern.

I hope I manage to calm down by tomorrow when I go and see them as at the moment I’m really annoyed. To make matters worse my final project has come to a standstill because the microbiology technician has retired and no-one has replaced them, and none of the other technicians are able to help, which means I won’t get my data before September meaning I’m going to be hard pushed to get everything done well, without some sort of relapse due to overdoing it and stress.

I think I need to go relax and knit to calm down.