Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yarn along- gussets, sigh

This week I struggled with my gussets. I knew this would happen. I somehow picked up the wrong stiches and found myself knitting inside out. This always happens. I need to get down to my yarn store and have the nice folks help me rip it out and fix it, but I haven't had time for that yet. Sigh.
A Year and Six Seconds is a divorce memoir. The author tells the story of moving herself and her two small sons back in with her parents after her husband leaves her. It was clearly a very emotional time but for some reason Gillies narrative just seems flat- she talks about her emotions with the same intensity that she talks about her mom's flower arrangements and her lipgloss and she's very focused on finding another guy right away. Which she does, but it doesn't quite seem like a love story as much as two divorced parents who really want to get married again. Can you tell I didn't like this book very much?
Under the Banner of Heaven got a lot of attention when it came out in 2003. Krakauer, best known for his non fiction about people facing the elements, tells the story of a brutal murder commited by a few members of a Fundamentalist Morman sect. He weaves the story of the murders in with a history of the LDS church and its place in American history, while musing about faith and revelations. All religions have a bloody history somewhere in the past and it's interesting to think about how current practitioners come to terms with that history. Krakauer also raises a lot of good points about a faith that is based on individuals having personal revelations from the Divine. Since the Friends also base our faith on these personal revelations, it was interesting to ponder these questions, although I think our peace testimony would preclude any Friend from trusting a "revelation" that tells them to kill someone. I hope so anyway. I really enjoyed this book and you can tell, it gave me a lot to think about.


pinkundine said...

If you knit the whole foot inside out, it will look slightly strange but you'd be amazed at how comfortable the sole is ;) I'm making socks with a purled sole (or princess sole) for my boyfriend, and he claims they are much nicer than feeling the purl bumps on his delicate feet ;)

Knitters Notebook said...

I love the color of your sock..I wish I could figure out dpn's..:(


Amanda said...

I've never tried socks before. I'm a little afraid too. I like the colours you chose. It will look great when done. Good luck!

mama cindy said...

I'm glad I crochet. No gussets for me! I know you'll get through it though.

Swanski said...

Your socks look great! I always love to make socks and wearing them is even better.