Tue, 25 October 2016
My Sous Son Aile Bellatrix LeStrange socks are coming along. I've got one sock done! At first this project was a shawl. The BFL hand was crisp and it wasn't working for me. I'm so happy that I frogged the shawl! The BFL is beautiful and durable for socks. I love how this yarn is "striping" up in thick grey stripes and thin purple and turquoise stripes.
I'm knitting my first sock blank. This Gale's Art "New Leaf" colorway blank is becoming another pair of basic socks with a true afterthought heel. I used the Turkish cast on for toe-up knitting so I could make them as tall as I want. These are knitting themselves! The yarn is so soft and beautiful. The knitting is joyful and restorative. These will be my SAFF project.
My inversibles socks are done! I love them. These socks were my first true afterthought heel where you snip the sock yarn. I need to remind myself to take the actual snipping slowly. Perhaps I should lift the stitch I'm about to snip with a needle before cutting it so that I don't accidentally cut any other stitches. Still, I LOVED the true afterthought heel!
Knitting these socks was easy peasy. The yarn is smooth and pretty. The colors are bold and vibrant. The striping pattern is unique. A+
I knit up a Tonks Tam for Gideon from some Twisted Fiber Studio DK. I am in love with how this yarn "striped" around the hat. I cast on 90 sts on US5 needles and worked in 1x1 rib. When I saw that I'd hit that sweet spot with the striping, I maintained the rib up the crown. The bold, vivid colors remind me of Tongs, and I'm entering this in the Oh! Loops Harry Potter KAL. A+
Thank you, Jeanette, for the gorgeous handspun Loop batt. I love it!
Reading "The New Modesty in Literary Criticism" http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-New-Modesty-in-Literary/150993?cid=trend_right by Jeffrey J. Williams and learning about surface reading, a way of approaching literature described by Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best in their article "The Way We Read Now" http://academiccommons.columbia.edu/catalog/ac%3A157279 that focuses primarily on how "to accurately depict the truth to which a text bears witness." Surface reading is a new mixture of the best of literary critique methods over the past 75 years, and is both a reaction to symptomatic reading and a nod to its best contributions. Surface reading is also a renewal (and a contemporary revision) of formalist readings of the 1950s.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the work of the literary scholar was to research the historical and linguistic facts surrounding a text (novel, poem, story, song, film, television episode, letter, advertisement, pamphlet, or even a piece of knitwear). For example, did Chaucer travel to France to hear his stories. Or, what are the linguistic and historical backgrounds of Norse verb forms. Or, how does theme function in Moby Dick?
From the 1960s through the 1990s, literary critics began to see themselves as detectives who revealed in a text for clues or doctors who interpreted symptoms that revealed a larger problem. Williams points out that it was famous literary theorist Frederic Jameson who in 1981 codified what Marcus and Best call the symptomatic approach as the discover of "a latent meaning behind a manifest one."
This belief in layers of meaning led to some of my favorite literary theory ideas, like simulacrum. Looking for layers of meaning also, however, creates a suspicious point of view, one where meaning must be uncovered and everything is political. Indeed, the interplay between politics and literary theory is grandiose and rich.
Yet recently literary critics such as Marcus and Best have returned to a more modest expectation of what literary criticism might offer. They've begun to define their work as "just reading" or "surface reading." It is in part a return to the work of critics over 60 years ago. Williams points out that for Marcus and Best, surface reading is not a suspicious search for hidden meanings, but instead a search for "what is evident, perceptible, apprehensible in texts."
A surface reading encompasses a "renewed attention to basics like literary language and form," Williams says, and it includes
In preparation for our trip to SAFF and Asheville this weekend, Gideon and I are reading Serafina and the Twisted Staff, the second book in a series by Robert Beatty. I hope I can pull my life and car together and make our camping trip to the Smoky Mountains happen! If I do, I'll share my fiber festival with you.
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Typewriter (What I’m Working on)
My favorite brioche tutorial is Nathan the Sockmatician’s YouTube video One-Pass Two-Colour Brioche.
I’m also knitting a beautiful pair of socks with Fibernymph Dyeworks Turquoise and Brown Inversibles.
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman on Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1952/1952-h/1952-h.htm
Crewe, Jonathan. "Queering The Yellow Wallpaper? Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Politics of Form." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 14.2 (1995): 273. Gale. Web. 25 June 2016.
Sun, 12 June 2016
Take a tour of my craft room that doubles as a baby’s room.
Typewriter (What I’m Working on)
I’ve been practicing my brioche knitting by knitting and frogging ginormous hats! I’m getting pretty good, even if my gauge is unpredictable! My favorite brioche tutorial is Nathan the Sockmatician’s YouTube video One-Pass Two-Colour Brioche.
I’m also knitting a pair of socks with Fibernymph Dyeworks Turquoise and Brown Inversibles.
Sun, 29 May 2016
I’m knitting toe-up socks with MustStash Sheep Droids yarn, using a Turkish cast-on and an afterthought heel. The heels and toes are knit with two mystery mini-skeins and a strand of grey nylon thread. The blue and white heels and toes represent the light sabers of the light side and the grey thread represents the tension between the light and dark sides. I’m knitting for the Empire!
I’m also knitting a pair of delightful Fibernymph Dyeworks Inversibles pair of cuff-down socks.
My sock gauge has been changing.
How have you adjusted your sock knitting for changes in gauge and other sizing issues?
I’m working on creating a “prepared environment” for our Montessori-inspired homeschool, and I’ve noticed that knitting, watercoloring, and scrapbooking also inspire me most when my crafting environment is tidy and filled with high-quality, beautiful tools and materials.
What does your ideal knitting environment look like?
My Heliotropic Pullover by Mercedes Tarasovich is nearly completed. I need to finish it in the next two days! Yikes! Wish me luck! I’m knitting it with Berroco Pure Pima 100% cotton in the Dutch Blue colorway.
The June Short Story RAL story is ”The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
The Chaotic-KAL is closed. Did you win the beautiful skein of the utterly tranquil SockBunny Studios “Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket” yarn? Watch to find out! (Winner, please PM me with your mailing address.)
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