Wednesday, July 3. Episode 46: Knitting in Hawaii
Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, lit review, and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
June personal sock yarn club prize
July personal sock yarn club prize
Podiversary Giveaway #2 still haven’t heard from one of the winners, it could be you!
Podiversary Giveaway #3: Really excited about this one! I will make the winner a pair of plain vanilla socks out of self-striping yarn from my stash! Question to answer: what are your favorite colors for self-striping yarn?
Events: SSK! For my part, I am going to lead a breakout session on using your iPad for crafting, inspired by the request from Paula, PrariePiper. So far, folks have asked for info on Goodreader and KnitCompanion. I am going to compile a handout on these two plus PDF Expert I think and compare their features.
Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman. For the last SSK KAL. SSK is right around the corner, 6 weeks away! I submitted the first sock for Nerd Wars Nerdology category, where we are crafting something inspired by a form of transportation that does not use fossil fuels. I am inspired by walking! I walk to work and all kinds of other places I go. The second sock will be for Flexible Schedule this time around.
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.
Into the Whirled Correidale in the Colorway Children of Time, for Tour de Fleece! I picked this up and I am enjoying spinning it. I’ve been standing recently to spin and I like that a lot better. My needy cat also cannot sit on my lap when I stand!
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.
Tubey hat in Another Crafty Girl Worsted Merino colorway Scooter
Vanilla socks, stripey, inspired by the stripes inside a turbolift, for the Discovery Elevators from another nerdery challenge.
Hexipuffs for the Nerdology Geek holiday challenge in honor of Make your bed day.
Donation to the Huntingdon county Humane society for Giving Geeks.
Lit Review: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
I’ve read two other books by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto and the Patron Saint of Liars, and I loved both of them. Although I can’t remember too many details of these books, I remember that I love her storytelling style and her characters, and I loved the experience of reading her books. State of Wonder left me feeling that same way. I was hooked on this book from the beginning, and I truly enjoyed reading the entire book.
The main character, Marina, is largely passive throughout the entire book. Most of the time I questioned why she did what she did. For example, she is sent by her lover/boss to the Amazon to follow up on one of his company’s investments when her co-worker who was sent before her has ended up dying there. She doesn’t want to go to the Amazon, she doesn’t want to leave her lover/boss Mr. Fox or her home in Minnesota, she doesn’t want to stay in the Amazon, and she doesn’t want to follow her old teacher Dr. Stenson into the Amazon to inspect the science and make sure her old teacher is doing what she promised Mr. Fox she would do. And yet Marina does all of these things she doesn’t want to do, and it’s never entirely clear to me why.
Despite the fact that I hate this aspect of Marina, I have many friends who do things for others that seem completely illogical to me, so Marina’s actions seem entirely realistic in a way. Also, I’ve done things in my life I really didn’t want to do, and like Marina, I ended up being really grateful for where I’ve found myself and I’ve found that I fit in really well in this life, even though I might never have chosen it for myself. So in that way, the book makes total sense to me.
Overwhelmingly, the small number of us who met for book club this Sunday really enjoyed this book. There were 5 of us, and the average rating was 3.9, with 4 of us giving it 4 stars and one person giving it a 3.5. I would have given this book 4.5 stars were it not for the end, but I don’t want to provide any spoilers. Suffice it to say my book club members agreed that the end brought down the number of stars we wanted to give it, most of us lowering the number because of different elements of the ending. So, we had consensus that we didn’t like the end as much as the rest of the book, but we didn’t like it for different reasons. We also agreed that good endings are really hard to write. I personally would rather enjoy a book all the way through like this one than suffer to get through the book and love the ending. So there you have it.
For what it’s worth, I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were believable and interesting. The story did a great job putting science into a human context. It touched on many issues related to research that I bring up in my writing classes such as observation, representation, and ethics. Overall, I think it was well worth the time to read.
I’m currently reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. After that, I will start on the July book Club book, the Hundred-foot Journey by Richard Morais.
Five Favorite Things
1. Local yarn store Island Yarn and Art Supplies
2. Farmer’s Markets
4. Tempted yarn
5. Subterranean woodworks extra large drop spindle for plying
Wherever you travel, bring your knitting along, and engage your creative process!