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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Books, Knitting and Mumblings

Today we have a little bit of everything for you here at Chez Magpie.  First of all, there was great excitement here a few days ago when several large cases of my third (and final!!) books arrived at my door.  The poor postal person was definitely in need of a lie down once he hauled the heavy cases up to the apartment! 

Here you can see all three of my books.  'Self Doing Naught' was the first in the series and is a transcript of the diaries that were written by my great-great grandfather and was published in 2010.  Volume One of 'Did Little But the Chores' was published in 2014 and was written by the son of my gr-gr grandfather (my great uncle).  He was a prolific writer and so I ended up dividing his words into two books - Volume Two is what just arrived.  The first two books are approximately 500 pages (double columned) each and the final one came in at just over 370.  Seven years it took - and was a labour of love throughout.

I don't know if I mentioned here that I was asked to proofread a book for Kathy Shaw (Shawkl) and my copy just arrived in the mail.  What an honour it was to have even a little part in this one! 


And, finally, there's even knitting content on this blog!  Amazing, huh?

This is a cobbled-together-from-three-patterns sock that I've come up with.
Knitted toe up using Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn.

My quote of the day is from an anonymous source.... "It's not the face, but the expressions in it.  It's not the voice, but what you say.  It's not how you look in that body, but the things you do with it"


  1. Congratulations on your books! I think we first met when you were working on your first one! How exciting!!!! Thanks for the links, Mary Corbett's site is one of my favorites.

  2. That is a tremendous amount of work - congratulations!
    And I'm going to follow some of your links and imagine making things :)
    By the way, what do you think of the Kroy? I've heard of it as a hard-wearing sock yarn, but have never seen it in person.

  3. Congratulations on the new book Mary Anne! You must be so pleased to see it in print! I received my copy of Kathy's book this week too.... it is a great addition to any sewing library! Christine x

  4. The quote is right on.
    Thanks for the info.
    Your socks are a beautiful color, congratulations on finishing.

  5. that's quite an achievement Mary Anne, what you have done with your Ancestors book. I hope you are very proud x

  6. Many congrats on the books completion girl. A labour of love and well deserved time to sit back and now write your own book lol
    Well done too on being a part of another books launch, lovely that its a friends too

  7. Busy girl you've been! Congrats on the next installment of your books! Nice socks, I keep thinking that I'll do some socks, but then crazy quilting happens and it goes away!

  8. Congratulations on the books! What a wonderful gift for future generations.

  9. Great about the book - congratulations! Love the gathered pouch.

  10. Congratulations on those books! Also on been asked to proof read the book. And another bunch of neat tutorials.

  11. Congratulations on your books! Love the gathered pouch. Nice socks, too!

    Barbara xx


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