Reading While Knitting

Nothing complicated; nothing too exciting, but yes, I do knit while I read. As well as during many other domestic activities.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Such a cozy room

The older I get, the more layers the world seems to have, or maybe I'm just more attuned to the "To see a world in a grain of sand" opportunities that exist. Graduate school, though a misinformed choice in many ways, made my generally cheery heart even more so. There are people to whom the minutiae of Victorian architecture or the poetry of Yeats or the history of agricultural sharecroppers in the post-Civil war U.S. South are utterly engaging. Utterly.

While I don't share those particular obsessions, I'm so glad that the universe has depths such as that for folks to tread. Can you imagine how awful it would be if there weren't the kind of lovely interlacements so that one bit of discovery leads to another and another and whoops hey, we're discussing High German versus low, closed-system back yard gardening and the fluidity of identity.

A long way 'round to saying that I am delighted to have avocations I can use to strive for excellence. There is always more to learn, better physical execution of each movement. Or maybe, I just learn slowly and have lots of room for improvement.

235 yards of two-ply Blue Faced Leicester from GirlontheRocks in the Sirius colorway. I'm not happy about how muddy the colors turned out. I think I'm going to have to concentrate on tweeds and tone-on-tone blends in the future. And on consistency, apparently.



At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Patricia said...

Thanks for leaving me a comment! You can always count on me to be a member of your ubergeek — whoopie!! isn’t that fascinating!! club. And yikes about Thing 3's finger! We will do our best to keep it reasonably clean tomorrow. Although it's been a while since I've seen a clean six-year-old finger.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I think it looks great! Some day in the future, when my first child leaves home, I'm putting a spinning wheel in his room!

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Patricia said...

I couldn't figure out why my comment wouldn't link to my blog, but google is my friend. Apparently you need to include http:// in the web address. Geez, I have so much to learn.

At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Esperanza said...

Wow. That was a beautifully written post. I am so inspired. Thanks!

At 6:26 AM, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

I really regret choosing law school over graduate school. I would have enjoyed grad school in English SO much more, and prosaic, practical, ethically questionable law doesn't bring the same kind of wonder to the world.

I like the spinning, but what do I know? It's pretty in its own way, I think.

Lovely post.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Robin said...

What a great post. It must be the time for philosophical musings lately as I did the same thing on my blog today. Your comment about how interesting it is that there are people who are so engaged in one area hit home, as I have a friend who has an undergrad in anthropology from U of C and a master's in museum studies. She did some very interesting summer internships during her master's program and made similar comments to me. Specifically, there was a kite museum in Long Beach, Washington that she was the summer curator of and also, she did an oral history/interview project of individuals that were fully engaged (some would say obsessed) in the world of kite collecting and kite flying. I thought it was such a neat thing to get to know people so fully involved in such an arcane subject. Then I started thinking about the knitting community (and for that matter, the sewing community) and how we must appear that way to outsiders as well. Food for thought.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger amanda j said...

Wonderful food for thought as always.

I hope your son's finger is okay! I have a little person who is ALWAYS in the wars and NEVER completely clean, even when she is straight out of the shower!

Your spinning is lovely. Inspirational!

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Keep at it - I think the colors are beautiful.


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