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.
Pinus Silvestris socks by Hunter Hammersen in Hazel Knits arisan sock colorway Sedge on size 1/2.25mm addi lace turbos. These are for SKA, Hazel knits Nov/Dec, Cookie Crumbs, Solid Socks, and the Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet. Yikes that’s a lot!
Happily Ever After Mitts by Susan B. Anderson in Gnome Acres fingering merino/nylon mini skeins on size 3/3.25mm signature circular. These are for the SSK KAL 1 to earn raffle tickets for the retreat.
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.
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.
lit review: Age of Miracles by Karen Walker
I really loved this book. Last week I reviewed the Chaperone and said I loved the book, and I gave it a 4-star review on Goodreads. This is the first book I’ve read in awhile that I gave a 5-star review to. So I mean I really loved the book.
The basic premise of the book is that the earth has slowed its rotation around the sun, and thus the number of hours of daylight and darkness are now unpredictable. The book takes place through the perspective of a young girl and all the things that she observes as a result of the earth changing so drastically. She is going through a lot of the things young girls go through, things with her friends, her parents, and her first love interests, but she is experiencing them in a very different world than we live in now.
Two of my favorite things in the book are the storytelling and the characters. The reason I like both of these things is the same, the story about all of these mundane things about growing up becomes fascinating when adding this little sci-fi twist about the earth slowing down. The characters would likely have been boring and predictable, except they are not because they live in a world where nobody knows what to expect. Telling the story through the first person perspective of a young girl reminds me of the storytelling in the Hunger Games, but this story is even more subtle and magical as a result.
My most favorite thing about the book has to be the way I was rethinking the world as I read it. I walk to school rather early in the morning, and this was before Daylight Savings Time, so sometimes I’d leave the house before 7AM and it wouldn’t be light out or getting light out, and I’d wonder what life would be like if the sun didn’t rise when it was supposed to. I was listening to this book also as Hurricane Sandy was supposed to arrive, and people all around were preparing for apocalypse. I wondered about what it might be like to live in a world where certain crops couldn’t grow anymore (grapes for example were rare while mushrooms were plenty, and many things had to be grown in greenhouses to prevent them from dying) and where people prepared to hunker down in bunkers, although they might never be able to come out and return to a world where the sun rises and sets at a predictable pace.
I love simple sci-fi stories like this that get me to imagine a different world and get me to appreciate the world I live in even more. If you are a lover of sci-fi, stories about adolescent girls, or books that make you reconsider your life, I highly recommend Age of Miracles. My friend who recommended it to me said it was his favorite book this year, and I couldn’t agree with him more.
five favorite things
- Fishknits yarn
- Fishknits yarn
- Giving knitted gifts to friends
- Mike and Ike Zours
- What’s your crazy? Knitalong
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!