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Friday, August 29, 2014

Life right now // AUGUST 2014



loving the Molly's podcast A Homespun House. Sweet and inspiring!
thinking about small businesses, coffee and books.
eating food from different countries every day. Yesterday was falafel <3
wondering how to move in to Shetland! *obsessed*
listening to Lost Stars. My obsession with the Begin Again OST is still strong!
enjoying playing tourist in Paris. 
making progress on my crafty projects. multi-tasking is my way of life.
struggling with job applications.
feeling exhausted after walking miles and miles in Paris for the last 4 days.  
dreaming of Winter knits. I'm filling the house with wool!
finding it easier to get up early (mostly so i can knit!)
celebrating the leaves turning yellow and red. Fall is the best!
watching the new Doctor Who series! not sure how I feel about Capaldi yet.
hoping to make it happen.
Monday, August 25, 2014

SHETLAND WOOL WEEK // COLORWAY

I need your help!

As you've read here last week, I am taking part in the Shwook hat knit along to celebrate the Shetland Wool Week in October. Shwook is a fair-isle hat that requires 5 different colors. And I bought 8 balls. Each one prettier than the other. And now I can't pick the final 5. So I made a few combo, snapped pictures, and now I would like for you to help me pick one. What do you think? Pink or no pink? Yellow or not? That yarn is just so pretty!

Friday, August 22, 2014

SHETLAND WOOL WEEK // KNIT ALONG


I have quickly mentioned it here before, but in October (4th to 12th) will take place the Shetland Wool Week, a celebration of knitting and pretty yarns (and sheeps) in Shetland. Even though I can't go, I (and many others) will participate from my home, knitting a Shwook Hat, a pretty fair isle hat pattern that is free to grab on the Shetland Wool Week Website!

Melody from Mandarine's has created a Ravelry group for the Knit Along (sponsored by Jamieson & Smith!) that you are all free to join. I think it would be awesome if we all knitted something together at the same time, don't you think?

All you need is the free pattern and 5 tiny cute 25gr balls of Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (or something similar). I actually bought 8 very pretty one and now can't decide which 5 to keep, so I will need your help with that soon!

shwook hat knit along
Shwook hat in progress - from the very lovely Lori

Can't wait for October! We can never have to many hats right?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Love Books // Summer 2014

Here's a little bit about what I have been reading this Summer. I'm always looking for some good books so feel free to share your favorites in the comments :)



THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME - Biz Stone
Biz Stone is the co-founder of Twitter (get the book title now? ^^), also worked on Blogger when it was first launched (!!) and likes to call himself a creative genius, which is not far from the truth I think. He's also really good at writing, so the book is a pleasure to read and almost feels like a novel. A very smart and funny novel. I don't think you need a Twitter account to enjoy the book. We're humans in a world that evolves around technology and that's what he talks about. He is also seriously inspiring and has a very positive attitude very different than like Zuckerberg (i'm strongly considering deleting my Facebook, but that's not the point). The book is brilliant, read it!

Fave quote: "You are writing the story of your life. Edit it as you go. (...) What's worth saying?"


THE GOLDEN COMPASS TRILOGY - Philip Pullman
After Harry Potter, this is probably my favorite book series from my childhood, so I decided to read them again this Summer. It's a kids story, told by a kid, but so well written and rich in its style and subjects that I could still be 70 and want to read it. It's moving and funny and smart and magical, everything I love.

Fave quote: We feel cold, but we don't mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that. 


THE MAGICIANS - Lev Grossman
I read that book 4 years ago I think and I only really remember the first part. I know why now. I a BIG book, divided in several parts and I strongly feel that it actually should have been divided in two separate books. I'm probably sure I would take a lot more pleasure reading the second part, which is REALLY different from the first one. My second issue is with the main character, which I don't have a lot of empathy for, and the writer doesn't make much effort in making us care for him I found. The result is that I didn't cry when someone died or something sad happened.  But maybe that's just me! However, the book is really really well written, and much more adult than HP (they get compared a lot), and the story is like a book inside a book which is awesome. I've just discovered there are two more books in the series and I think i'm going to give them a try!

Fave quote: "It's like he's opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what book always promised to do and never actually quite did: get you out, really out,  of where you were and into somewhere better."


LOVE, ROSIE - Cecelia Ahern
So I actually discovered the book after watching the trailer for the movie based on it. Started to read it the next day. It's about Rosie and Alex who have been best friend since the age of 5, and we follow their life till age 50. It's also about love, and how life sometimes gets in the way. In an epistolary format. Well, more like a 21st century version, emails, chats… Which is actually perfect for the story! It's really (really) sweet, and funny and I loved reading it. Until the last few chapters. I'm not super into the way it ends and what I think is the moral of the story. But i'm still very excited for the movie to come out!!

Fave quote: You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.” 


PS: If you are following me on Instagram, I use the hashtag #LeaLovesBooks to document my readings!
Friday, August 15, 2014

Your verse


We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for


To quote from Whitman: "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" 

Answer. 
That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." 

What will your verse be?


John Keating - DEAD POETS SOCIETY