Wednesday, May 22, 2013
the new domesticity and socks...
My sock is coming along. I think I'm in the homestretch now which is nice. I'm enjoying it and I think I have learned why I always mess up the gussets and how to avoid that in the future. Which is good, now I can have more sockfidence.
This week I read Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar which was a fascinating read. It's about this movement to embrace and celebrate the domestic arts again with cooking and crafting and blogging about it all. She covers the history of domesticity and then looks at how this recent resurgence of interest connects to the economy and parenting and gender roles and the internet. Her research is extensive and it's eerie how she seems to have read all the same books and blogs that I have read in the last year or so. In a time when most of the people I know are making jam and/or knitting and/or keeping chickens or bees in the city and at parties we all end up talking about our gardens, this book seems like a perfect depiction of our moment in time and culture. I also appreciate how she calls out the class issues in living this way and points out how very few people can make a living off their blog or etsy shop. Highly recommended.
Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along.