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Drawing heavily from Lisa Byrne's WellGroundedLife.com, I've been practicing calming techniques and focusing on self-care. See Lisa Byrne's podcast at http://www.wellgroundedlife.com/wgl-show/

Audre Lorde's wise words have also been motivating me, inspiring me to protect my self-care. "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."

Knitting notes can be found on my Ravelry pages.

Direct download: knittheoryEp69.mp4
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TYPEWRITER

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.

GRADED

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+

ENABLING

Thank you, Jeanette, for the gorgeous handspun Loop batt. I love it!

LIT THEORY

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

  • the HISTORY of the BOOK, including its CREATION, its PRODUCTION, and its USE (The example in Reading Lolita in Tehran is of the book's use by the state as a tool of ideology.)
  • a sociological DESCRIPTION of the INSTITUTIONS that MEDIATE LITERATURE, such as BOOK AWARDS (like the National Book Critics Award) and WRITING PROGRAMS (at universities) (The examples in Reading Lolita in Tehran are of how books are made unavailable by censorship and how university writing programs are controlled by the oppressive totalitarian state.)
  • IDENTIFYING PATTERNS reflected in literature, such as female friendships (In Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi points out the patterns of voiced and voiceless women in One Thousand and One Nights., and she makes this a symbol for the voice and expression her illicit reading group enables.)
  • ACTS of POLITICAL READING, such as studying canonical and noncanonical texts or consulting political theories alongside literature (The entirety of the stories within Reading Lolita in Tehran and the creation and production of this book are themselves rebellious, political acts.)

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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GRADED:
Anubis Shawl by Anna Dalvi from Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color, knit in Julianna’s Fibre yarn in the “Opal” colorway

TYPEWRITER:
socks from Fibernymph Dyeworks Inversibles Sets - Fingering in the “Turquoise & Brown” colorway

With my Jeri Brock Turkish spindle, I’m spinning “Epic” battlings by Hobbledehoy

Hold Your Seahorses socks designed by Rose Hiver and knit in LYNAI yarns "Mermaid Pool Filter" and Cyborg's Craft Room "Have Heart"

GIVEAWAYS & ENABLING:
Watch the podcast to see if you won one of the three amazing prizes I am giving away for my 3rd podiversary. Something might be going to live at your house! Also, I show off a sweet spread of lovely skeins that are entering my stash and inspiring me for fall knitting.

My family photos are by Little People Photo Studio. I forgot to credit the photographer with a note in the podcast itself. Oops.

I’m loving the short story RAL. September is choose your own story. I have no idea which one I’m going to read this month. What short story do you recommend?

Direct download: knittheoryEp66.mp4
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Head on over to the knit.theory Ravelry board for a chance to win one of three great prizes. Three great prizes. Three lucky winners.

Prize Thread:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knittheory/3483954/1-25#11

Prize Shops:
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twistfiberstudio.etsy.com

Direct download: knittheoryEp65.mp4
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Hello! It's knit.theory's third birthday. Watch to the end to see the prizes and then head on over to Ravelry to enter the giveaway.

Anubis shawl by Anna Dalvi
Hold Your Seahorses socks by Rose Hiver
Exploration Station by Stephen West

fibernymphdyeworks.bigcartel.com
hkatscrafts.bigcartel.com
fatsquirrelfibers.bigcartel.com
wanderingwool.etsy.com
juliannasfibre.etsy.com
threeirishgirls.com
sarastexturecrafts.com

"Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
URL
www.giuliotortello.it/ebook/cathedral.pdf

Clark, Robert C. "Keeping the reader in the house: American minimalism, literary impressionism, and Raymond Carver's 'Cathedral'." Journal of Modern Literature 36.1 (2012): 104+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.
URL
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA314348114&v=2.1&u=maco12153&it=r&p=LitRC&sw=w&asid=613a350acef3efa2a21acbc9f256395b

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Hello! This is the knit.theory podcast, and I am Ammie. Thanks for joining me today, July 26th.

ENABLING
Oh my gosh. SSK. So much enabling!

Thank you, Laurie, for the gorgeous Binkwaffle bag from A Good Yarn in Sarasota. It's very "me."

People, I am spinning. I am spinning! I love my new little Turkish spindle with bright yellow socks on it from Jeri Brock. It spins like a dream. The beautiful and manageable little Epic battlings from Liz are spinning up beautifully for this spindling novice.

I am lucky to have two charming interviews with vendors Liz of Hobbledehoy and Jeri of Jeri Brock Woodworks. Aren't they adorable, smart, and talented!? Thanks, you talented people.

Fiber retreats are beautiful places to go. The people, the fiber, the fantastic friends make retreats rejuvenating places and spaces.

My classes were amazing--informative but not overwhelming. The teachers were spectacular, friendly, and talented. Romi Hill and Thea Colman inspired me to knit and design. I learned how to choose a good yarn for a lace shawl and how to pair texture or lace with a given yarn.

LIT THEORY
I'm very much enjoying the short story read-along with Jeanette, Bookishstitcher.

Today I compare the realist and minimalist masterpieces of Maupassant and Carver, written nearly 100 years apart. SPOILER ALERT!

"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant (July's story)
"Cathedral" by Raymond Carver (August's story)
Download "Cathedral" for free here: www.giuliotortello.it/ebook/cathedral.pdf

If you'd like to read a free American literature textbook, consider this great resource, Writing the Nation by Amy Berke, PhD; Robert R. Bleil, PhD; Jordan Cofer, PhD; and Doug Davis, PhD. Download Writing the Nation for free here: http://ung.edu/university-press/books/writing-the-nation-a-concise-introduction-to-american-literature-1865-to-present.php

Direct download: Ep63SSK2016FriendsFiber.mp4
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Typewriter (What I’m Working on)
The Exploration Station shawl designed by Stephen West makes for incredibly happy knitting. I'm knitting this as part of the lgbtqsolidaritycal on Instagram.
I’m knitting with US5/3.75mm needles.
Light blue yarn is Mermaid Pool Filter by Lynai Yarns.
Orange yarn is Pumpkin by Ella Rae Lace Merino.
Purple yarn is Knitting in the Nashville Night by Wandering Wool.
Pink yarn is The Cyborg’s Craft Room Assockilate in the Have Heart colorway.
Bright blue yarn is Peacock (colorway) Fyberspates Vivacious.
Green yarn is Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino.

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.

Lit Theory

"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.

Direct download: Ep61ThatQueerYellowWallpaper2.mp4
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Take a tour of my craft room that doubles as a baby’s room.

Typewriter (What I’m Working on)
The Exploration Station shawl designed by Stephen West makes for incredibly happy knitting.
I’m knitting with US5/3.75mm needles.
Light blue yarn is Mermaid Pool Filter by Lynai Yarns.
Orange yarn is Pumpkin by Ella Rae Lace Merino.
Purple yarn is Knitting in the Nashville Night by Wandering Wool.
Pink yarn is The Cyborg’s Craft Room Assockilate in the Have Heart colorway.
Bright blue yarn is Peacock (colorway) Fyberspates Vivacious.
Green yarn is Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino.

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.

Direct download: Ep60HowdyCraftRoom2.mp4
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