Friday, May 3, 2013. Episode 39: Reading Again
Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, lit review, and five favorite things! Let’s knit together!
April personal sock yarn club prize, winner #42, Dawn, rav name Dawnlee, with her Tilli Thomas socks posing on flowers!
April personal sock yarn club prize, donated by Kathy, katluvsox
May personal sock yarn club prize, donated by Seashoresharon
May finish it up knitalong prize, donated by Seashoresharon. I am working on my color affection, and then I’m planning to work on my Irish Coffee sweater again. Remember that one?
Maryland Sheep and Wool is tomorrow! I will be attending the podcaster meet up at 1:00 in the Lower Corral Vendor area near the sheepdogs. I’ll be shopping and having lunch with friends before that, then more shopping afterwards! This year I’m planning to buy a spindle, some starter fiber, a loop batt, tons of stuff at Into the Whirled, and something from Marigold Jen. Possibly a mug from Jennie the Potter if she has any that I like. I also plan to accompany my friends to a bunch of booths where they should buy stuff, but I won’t because I already have enough. Anyone vending at SSK I’m going to wait and buy their stuff there.
Saturday, May 25 Huntingdon Fiber ArtsFest teaching a half day workshop on cast ons and bind offs. I’m very excited! As soon as the semester is over I’m going to start planning my class. There will be lots of handouts because that’s how I roll in my professor life. I love handouts.
Color Affection by Veera Valimaki, knit in skinny bugga colorways Acmon blue, Starry night cracker, and Question mark butterfly, on size signature circular.
Vanilla socks in Spinning Fates toula colorway Elementary, Doctor Watson, on size 1/2.25mm signature needles
Lit Review: Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
First, I will say that I’ve always disliked Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald the man, who was an anti-semite (more common in his time), and he represented what this English major always thought was wrong with the study of literature, the privileging and pretentiousness promoted by white men. However, I did actually enjoy this book for the craft of writing it represents, more so than the themes he explores.
The craft of writing is fantastic. Mr. Fitzgerald uses language carefully and beautifully. He weaves an amazing visual tale, an accounting of the excess of the 20s, modern and colorful.
The themes he explores are made more interesting by the language used. I just don’t have a lot of sympathy for these privileged people who can’t find satisfaction in all of their money. Some of the themes have to do with class, which is certainly a complicated issue of the United States, but even that mostly falls flat for me.
We read this book for my book club, and I gave it the lowest rating, a 3. Everyone else gave it a 4 out of 5 stars I believe. My 3 represents an average of a 5 for the language and a 1 for the author. So there you go!
What I’m reading now: Jennie Lawson’s This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) for next month’s book club. Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, which is a really unique “cookbook” that I love so much I’ve actually gone back to reading before bed! I’ve also started my summer reading for next year with Sheila Curran Bernard’s Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen for my writing for video production class.
Five Favorite Things
1. Swap package from Kim, Obsidian78
2. Handspun from Wickedsharp
3. Desert Vista Dyeworks bought with my merino club gift certificate
4. Cotton club and merino club at the Loopy Ewe
5. Barka yarn from Hungary
Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!