Saturday, December 22. Shownotes Episode 25: Christmas Knitting
Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, and fully drafted. Let’s knit together!
December personal sock yarn club. tag your projects: tskdec2012club
January finish it up KAL: 2 Prizes! Little skein in the big wool stitch markers paired up with Opal yarn.
Sarsaparilla Socks in Green Mountain Spinnery Super Duper Sock Club Yarn colorway Sasparilla, October 2012 Cookie A Sock Club colorway, on addi lace turbo US size 1.5/2.5mm
Vanilla socks in Knitpicks Felici colorway Tyrian Purple on size 2.25mm addi lace turbos. For the Knitgirllls deep stash dive.
Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower in Sundara DK Merino colorway Wood Studies #21, on size 9/5.5mm signature circular.
Lit Review: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.
This was the November selection for my local book club. I was drawn into this book right away because one of the main characters, Rose, is an adjunct professor at a small liberal arts college in a small town in Ohio. I identified with Rose right away; she is a caretaker, struggling for independence, still living in her hometown. Her fiancee, who is also an academic, has recently received a job offer and is planning to spend some time away in England. Rose, whose mother has been diagnosed with cancer, decides not to go with him so she can care for her family. As an academic myself, I relate to the concept of following someone else to another place, and leaving family for a career. Unlike Rose, I left my family as soon as I graduated from college because I knew I would never gain independence if I stayed at home, but I relate to her feelings and struggles throughout the book.
The other main characters of the book are Rose’s sisters, Bean and Cordy. All three are named after characters in Shakespeare’s plays, as their father is an English professor and a Shakespearean scholar. The book is written from the point of view of all three sisters, and thus narrated by “we” which is the corporate voice of the sisters. Although this sounded weird to me when I first heard about the book, it didn’t bother me while I listened. It speaks well of the author that she incorporated this seamlessly.
The weird sisters are avid readers, and each of them uses books as an escape from real life. Throughout the book, every time the father gives words of wisdom to his daughters, he uses the language of Shakespeare. I found this highly amusing as I read the book. The quotes don’t seem to have much point, and some would consider it entirely arrogant that the characters would talk this way, but I saw it mostly as another way for a man to deflect from expressing his feelings. However, the point of view and Shakespearean quotes bothered others in my book club more than me.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend it, especially to someone who has sisters because I think the author does a good job of addressing that relationship. In the end, it is still a book about finding oneself, gaining independence, and making one’s way in the world, all themes that I generally enjoy in the books that I read.
Five Favorite Things
1. Ravelry buttons and Gift tags
2. signature needle arts size 1/2.25mm
3. little skein in the big wool
4. Cookie A Sock Club Yarn Dec 2012
5. Hazel knits artisan sock Dec 2012
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!