Friday, Aug 2. Episode 49: Affection for Color
Today’s segments include: drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, lit review, five favorite things, and noteworthy. Let’s knit together!
Goodale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga colorway Northern Purple Gold Beetle. It’s a top down cardigan. I am really enjoying knitting it so far! This is my Nerd Wars dissertation, which I am submitting for Encyclopedia, O is for Origami, since you fold the fabric over to make the pockets on the Cardigan. I have been plugging away and hopefully will finish this one by the end of the month.
Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway April Showers Brings May Flowers. These are for Kim Obsidian78 who won podiversary giveaway #3. Even though I’m knitting on a size 0/2.0mm Hiya Hiya sharp needle, these are almost finished. I love the color combination.
Unwind Polwarth in the Laura Loves Unwind Colorway on my Spanish Peacock drop spindle.
Knitty and Color rolags in the Spruces colorway on my Highland Handmades drop spindle.
Into the Whirled Correidale in the Colorway Children of Time, for Tour de Fleece! I finished one single and weighed it; it weighs approximately the same as my leftover fiber. I am excited to see how it looks when I ply it together. For Nerd Wars, I am going to submit this for Encyclopedia Volume C: Cartography as it is similar colors to some older maps. Also, I love the mapping challenge. 2 skeins: 47 yards 11 wpi and 143 yards 10 wpi, about a DK weight. I’m going to make a cowl out of this for Nerd Wars. My first time knitting with my handspun!
Color Affection by Veera Valimaki, knit in skinny bugga colorways Acmon blue, Starry night cracker, and Question mark butterfly, on size 6/4.00mm signature circular.
I’m going to knit up my Desert Vista Dyeworks Nashville Nights colorway into vanilla socks for my friend Leticia knittingmommee. She is spinning and dyeing some yarn for me for a trade. We met up this week for some fiber arts and conversation, and it was great! I’m really excited to knit socks for her.
Five Favorite Things
1. 11 Doctors project bag
2. Yarnraising podcast
3. Agricola iPad app solo series
4. Candy Crush iPad app
5. Orange is the New Black on Netflix
Lit Review: Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais
We read this book for my book club in July, and I prepared the food and “hosted” (although a friend had the meeting at her house and I brought the food and led the discussion). This was a great book to prepare food for. The main character, Hassan, emigrates to France from India, and he is a chef. I prepared several Indian dishes such as baked veggie pakoras and raita for an appetizer, dahl with basmati rice and naan for dinner, and French cookies called Navettes for dessert. I also brought chai iced tea to drink. Everyone complimented the themed food that I prepared.
As for the book itself, most people liked it. Most of us agreed that the character development could have been better, and the dialogue and writing were a little flat. Otherwise, it was a pleasant story that revealed a lot of interesting information about the French culinary industry.
The story follows Hassan throughout his life, as a child growing up in Mumbai, the tragic death of his mother, and his family’s move to England and then France. In France, Hassan’s father opens and Indian restaurant. Hassan eventually learns French cooking and as an adult, he opens a French restaurant in Paris. The book takes as one of its themes cooking with local and fresh ingredients from the local markets. I am very much a fan of cooking with local and fresh ingredients, and these themes very much appealed to me. However, I agree that beyond that, there was not very much to this book. When reading about the author, I discovered that he is neither Indian nor a chef, and that he wrote the book to be turned into a movie. This definitely could account for the lack of depth in the book.
I gave the book 3 stars. I think you’d enjoy the book if you were a foodie, but otherwise there isn’t much depth to the characters or story in this book.
Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!