Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Salon - January 17, 2010 - Calling All Knitters!

 
So how was your week in books, and your week in general?

I finished a couple of books during the week that I still need to review: South of Broad; Pat Conroy (audio version) - very good, and Secrets of Eden; Chris Bohjalian (release date Feb. 2) - also very good.  I also signed up for the Mystery Read-a-thon this weekend (find 12 hours for reading), and I am enjoying it. It's nice to have a reason to do exactly what you want to do "read" without feeling guilty. So far I finished (2) mysteries (each was under 300 pages): Blacklands; Belinda Bauer - very good, and The End of the Road; Sue Henry - not that great :( I am also listening to the audio book: Shutter Island; Dennis LeHane in preparation for the movie release in February - enjoying the audio book as well. I also started The Red Door; Charles Todd, another mystery.

Plans for this week? I MUST read at least (1) book for my Books To Read Before I Die Challenge. I feel guilty that I am hosting this one, and so far have ignored my list of  (20) books that I committed to read in 2010.

Now for Some Big News - Calling ALL Knitters



My daughter Melissa is a self taught knitter. She and a friend have had their first book published. WOOHOO!!  The book is scheduled to be released this summer, but the photo shoot took place in July of 2009 in beautiful Newberryport, MA. You can see photos taken at the shoot HERE. We are so proud of this talented duo.

New England Knits: Timeless Knitwear With a Modern Twist is available for pre-order at Amazon.Com.

32 comments:

  1. Wow! That's so exciting! I can't knit...but if I could I would totally buy it :-) The photo shoot looks like it was heaps of fun.

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  2. I am glad you are enjoying the Mystery Read-a-thon, Diane! I wasn't able to participate this time around unfortunately. You've reminded me that I need to hurry up and read Shutter Island! Better dig out my copy . . .

    Congratulations to your daughter and her friend on their book! How exciting! You must be so proud. :-)

    I hope you have a great week, Diane.

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  3. Oh my gosh, the news about the book is so exciting! Your daughter must be a fantastic knitter. Please remind us when the book does come out. I'm not a knitter, but I'd like to buy at least one copy for a gift.

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  4. Diane, I will definitely check out your daughter's book. That's amazing. I am planning a weekend with my grandma soon so she can re-teach me how to knit. I have forgotten since she taught me when I was younger!
    Glad to hear the mystery reading is going so well.
    Beth

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  5. Congrats on finishing two books for the Mystery Read-A-thon. I am still working on my second book. Lovely sweater.
    Book Dilettante

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  6. OMG you must be so proud of her. How Exciting!!! That is a gorgeous sweater on the cover. I hope they have great sales.

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  7. I am also enjoying the relaxed, guilt-free weekend of mystery reading. I am reading The Swan Thieves and have really enjoyed it.

    I know you must be so proud of your daughter! I can't knit a scarf, but greatly admire those with talent.

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  8. Oh how fabulous. Your daughter has her own book. I bet she is over the moon.
    I really wish I could knit, but I want to learn to crochet first and then I will move on to knitting.

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  9. How exciting for your daughter! I took a quick knitting class once, and our teacher was MEAN...she totally turned me off knitting, but I'm still in awe of those who can.

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  10. That's awesome news about the knitting book. I'll have to check it out, though I haven't really been knitting lately.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  11. I'm glad you're enjoying your mystery read a thon. I don't mind a mystery but I don't think I could read them for that long. lol.

    Congrats to your daughter and her friend - what a fantastic accomplishment! I love to knit although I don't normally make clothing. I'll have to go take a closer look at the book.

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  12. That is so awesome! Congratulations to your daughter. Now I wish that I knew how to knit but knowing your daughter taught herself gives me hope for learning:)

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  13. That is amazing (about the knitting)! I can't imagine being a self-taught knitter and then knitting so well as to make items that gorgeous (not to mention putting them into a book)!

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  14. I really need to read some Chris Bohjalian, can't wait to hear what you think of the book :)

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  15. Newburyport is beautiful. I visited their photo shoot page - whoever would have thought to find a pig farm for a knitting book! Best of luck to the happy knitters - a skill I did not inherit from my grandmother.

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  16. Congratulations to both your daughter and her co-author. It's nice to know that the needle arts are still around . . .

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  17. Congrats on your daughter's book. That is so cool!

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  18. That is so exciting!!! Please pass on my congratulations to your daughter and her co-author!!!! Now I really need to learn how to knit!!!

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  19. How exciting for your daughter! I'm not a knitter myself but I would love to learn at some point. And it sounds like you are having a very successful weekend of reading. Have a great week!

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  20. How exciting about your daughter's book! I can't imagine teaching yourself to knit; my MIL tried to teach me and I wasn't even able to finish a scarf before things started to look wonky!

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  21. Congratulations to both of you!

    I was planning on reading Shutter Island before the movie comes out, but my husband just grabbed it and I don't think he'll finish it before then. I just didn't have the heart to tell him to wait so I could read it first.

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  22. Thanks everyone for all the sweet comments and congrats on my daughter's accomplishment -- it meant a lot!

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  23. Congratulations on your daughter's success with the book! Learning to knit is one of my resolutions for this year, so the book may just come in handy someday! Please let us know when and where we can get our own copies!

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  24. I have been following Melissa's blog for sneak peeks of the book. I'm so excited that it's finally (almost) here!

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  25. Lawral....oh wow very cool. I did not know you followed her; you must be another talented knitter!

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  26. Wow! You must be so proud! Congratulations, Melissa!

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  27. Wow! How proud you must be! This is a book you must buy at least 12 copies of and have a giveaway ... you know, help the author out!

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  28. Jenners...you are too funny! I actually was thinking of pre-ordering (10) copies, but started out with (3) instead....LOL

    I do plan to do a giveaway this summer when the book is released.

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  29. Wow, congrats to your daughter and her friend on their book. That's so exciting! I'm actually going to start a knitting class next month. I can't wait!

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  30. Congratulations to your daughter and her friend for having their beautiful knitting book published! How exciting, that she is a self taught knitter gives me hope as a very basic knitter! The cover is beautiful as well as the pictures from the photo shoot. I'll be looking for this book and will add it to my wishlist at Amazon! Keep us posted on their success!

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  31. Congratulations to your daughter - you must be so excited and proud!!

    The cover is gorgeous (both the sweater and the setting).

    My sister is a knitter ... this would make a great gift.:)

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  32. Congratulations to your daughter and her friend! This is fantastic! My aunt taught me to knit when I was 12. I loved it and knit for many years but then other things took over. I've been thinking about getting back to it. I'll be sure to check out your daughter's book when i can.
    Good luck to her!

    ~ Amy

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