Sunday, November 4. Shownotes Episode 20: Life Gets in the Way
Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, lit review and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
November personal sock yarn club. tag your projects: tsknov2012club
If you finish your September or October club projects in November, you can still enter them. Enter them whenever you finish them. We need more KALs for WIPs.
Andigal’s donation giveaway
PB & J by Cookie A, in Lorna’s Laces Solemate colorway Boysenberry Jam, on a size 1/2.25mm addi lace turbo. I’m knitting the small, and I have a HO! I am working on the gusset of sock 2.
Happily Ever After mitts by Susan B. Anderson. Knit in Gnome Acres Mini Skeins Merino/Nylon Fingering on a size 3/3.25mm Signature Circular needle. For SSK KAL 1.
Vanilla socks in Into the Whirled Pakokku sock colorway Pamukkale, on US size 1/2.25mm addi lace turbos. I’m doing these with the sweet tomato heel from Cat Borhdi. I purchased the book.
Hyla Brook by Paula! I’m knitting mine out of Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in the colorway Shadow Lake (one of my precious skeins), on a size 6/4.0mm signature needle.
Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway Sorbet Redux. 72 sts. top down with an afterthought heel on a size 0/2.0mm needle.
Hexipuffs: Mantis Shrimp & Dawn Dropwing. Finished a little black cat puff for Nerd Wars and forgot to submit before the deadline. I didn’t know how difficult it would be for me to participate in Nerd Wars this time around, but school especially grading is kicking my butt. I picked some new hexipuff colors out last night, but then decided my hands were cold and cast on the mitts instead.
lit review: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity
I loved this book. There are some mixed reviews of it on goodreads, people wanting to hear more about Louise Brooks and less about her chaperone, but I wasn’t at all disappointed by this. Cora is a terribly interesting female character who has an awakening and coming of age, even though she is in her 30s if not 40s when the book starts.
The book starts in th 20s during prohibition. It is a very interesting time in American history for women who have just won the right to vote and are just beginning to gain independence from their husbands. Louise Brooks is a young girl who lives in Witchita, Kansas in the same small community that Cora lives in, and when Louise decides to go to New York city to study with a dance company, her parents hire Cora as a chaperone to accompany her.
It’s hard not to go into a lot more without some spoilers, so if you wouldn’t like to hear anything about the book until you read it, turn off the volume until you see the next segment pop up. I’m not going to tell you all of what happens, but I want to tell you about at least one part that really stood out to me. The book moves back and forth through time, and after we find out Cora will accompany Louise to New York, we find out why she wants to go. Cora was originally born in New York and shipped out as a 6-year old child to the Midwest on an Orphan Train. I have to say when I heard that, I gasped out loud. Maybe I had heard about Orphan Trains before at some time in my life, but if I had, I didn’t remember when I heard this.
The Orphan trains took orphans from New York city orphanages out to the Midwest to be adopted, which basically meant they were going to work on the farms. So they were free essentially slave labor, as the kids did not have a choice about whether or not they would go. Some adopted families were wonderful, as Cora’s turned out to be, and some were not.
As it turns out, we have a lot of stories where the main characters are orphans. I wonder why that is. Independence from parents, search for the greater good perhaps? Cora’s story, however, does not romanticize orphan life. I certainly appreciate that about the book. It doesn’t romanticize many aspects of life in the 20s, although most of the characters followed in the book are wealthy. I enjoyed the story for this reason, and I am coming to like historical fiction about this time period more and more. One of the TV shows I really enjoy watching right now is Boardwalk Empire which also takes place in the 20s. There is a lot of violence in the show as it is about gangsters, but it is also interesting to watch and learn about the sex education program that one of the main characters has started at the hospital. It is a really interesting time post the Victorian era for learning about women’s rights.
five favorite things
- Into the Whirled club
- Gnome acres mini skeins
- Board game: Star Trek Catan
- TV show: Hell on Wheels
- Book clubs!
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!