Sunday August 11. Shownotes episode 10: A-skew
today’s segments include: noteworthy & citations, drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, research, lit review and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
KAL: Aug/Sept. non-vanilla socks in self-striping yarn. prizes: Vesper in Verbina donated by me and project bag donated by SeashoreSharon.
Da rulz: Knit any patterned socks in self-striping yarn (no plain old vanillas). Cast on anytime in August or September and bind off any time in August or September. You have to be a member of the group to win a prize. Prizes will be announced on the pdocast.
Tag your projects: tskaugsept2012kal
200 member give away: I’m so happy that there are 200 members in the ravelry group. Thank you for participating! I’m going to open up a thread for you to post how you heard about the podcast. We will have two prizes, Moonshine Crunk sock colorway Ruby Port donated by me and patterns up to $10 donated by Jennifer NerdGirl.
Vanilla socks in Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Eweboo, colorway Bottom of the Barrel, size 1 2.25mm addi lace turbos
Dahlia shawl designed by Lisa Naskrent. Crocheted on US G/4.0mm Kollage yarns square hook in Dream in Color baby colorway Bermuda Teal. I’m working on the edging, but it’s taking forever to crochet a row now. I think I have 10 edging rows to go.
Citron shawl designed by Hilary Smith Callis. Knit on US 5/3.75mm signature needles in Sweet Georgia cashsilk lace colorway Coastal. yarn is 55% silk 45% cashmere and a dream to work with. I’m making slow progress on this.
Skew designed by Lana Holden. Knit on US 1/2.25mm addi lace turbo, cuff on a size 0/2.5mm. I have a HO! I am loving this pattern and am already ready to knit another pair for the KAL. I’d love to memorize it and knit a whole bunch of pairs. They are very similar to vanilla socks except they require more attention.
Vanilla socks, toe up with fleegle’s version of a short row heel. Knit on US 1.5/2.5mm addi lace turbos in Wisdom Yarns Marathon socks colorway North Pole.
brainstorming: oldest stash personal sock club
Sock KALs are starting September 1, sock knitters anonymous and solid socks. I have 2 inspirations, first on old episodes of theknitgirllls, Laura had the brown paper bag sock kit from stash. On stockinette zombies, Megan knit oldest stash for stash dash. This will also use project bags. I want to fill empty project bags with a skein of oldest stash from dyers I haven’t knit from yet.
Spotlight on sock heels. The origami moment in Skew.
Lit Review: Defending Jacob
I have been planning to read this book since 2 knit lit chicks announced it as their read-a-long in June, but I saw I could take it out on audiobook at the library and decided to wait, then bought it with my audible credit right before last week’s road trip. I bought it because I thought it would be a book both my dad and I could enjoy on our 22 hours of driving. It did not disappoint.
The characters in the book are incredibly compelling, as the story is about their complex relationships with their family, their neighborhood, and the legal system. Andrew Barber, the main character narrates the story, which is told from his perspective. As the district attorney, Andrew begins the investigation on a case of a 14-year old boy who has been murdered in the park, but must stop investigating when the legal system charges his 14-year old son Jacob with the murder.
This book is about Andrew’s relationship with his wife Laurie, his son Jacob, his son’s friends, the suburb they live in, his co-workers, and his father. It has many interesting themes as the characters deal with what it means to be a family after one of your family members is charged with murder, whether or not murderousness is genetic and can be inherited or is learned only (nature vs. nurture), how people in the suburbs relate to each other, how justice works and what it means to be “innocent until proven guilty.” I found all of these themes incredibly interesting to think about.
Rather than spoilers about the fascinating ending, I will say that I was intrigued to keep reading throughout the book and I thought that the author managed the characters and the plot well. As I read, I asked myself if I was on this jury, what verdict would I be inclined to pass. Even now, I’m not sure. I think this is one of the marks of a good book that is well worth reading.
five favorite things
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!