Posts tagged ‘reading’

February 1, 2014

I’m only Ten Years Late

Stitch ‘n bitch: the knitter’s handbook, by Debbie Stoller, was published in 2003, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it over. (It only looks like I’m eleven years late. I actually did this last year, but I kept putting off writing about it.)

I have reasons for taking this long. They may not be good reasons, but I have them! The book is part of Debbie Stoller’s mission to let people know that knitting is cool. Well, you know . . . I learned how to knit in the late ’70s, when I was nine years old. I thought it was neat, and fun, and if people didn’t think I was weird because I knit, they thought I was weird for other reasons. In other words, the coolness factor wasn’t an issue for me. Plus, by the time Stitch ‘n bitch came out, I was really tired of hearing that Julia Roberts could be found knitting between takes on movie sets. I did not think this book was for me.

But, my mom got a copy for herself at some point. After she died, I took it home, and eventually I decided that as long as I had it, I might as well give it a look.

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August 16, 2012

Vive la révolution!

(Another installment in the “Things I’ve Been Meaning to Post About” series.)

Hunter Hammersen’s ‘blog, Violently Domestic, is one that I read, as regularly as I’ve been reading any lately. You might notice it’s over there in the “Blog Roll” in the column on the right. I really like her writing style, and if you’re looking for something else to read — maybe with knitting, and cats, and moths on the mailbox — you should pop on over there and give it a look.

Hunter, as you may know, is the author/designer of Silk Road Socks, and The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, two books that I don’t have, but, damn it, I want them. She’s just put out a third book, Rabble Rousers, AKA, What to Knit When You’re Up to No Good. This one, I’m happy to say, I do have.

In honor of the book’s launch, Hunter started giving away some of the yarn that was used in some of the patterns. The first one was Briar Rose Wistful, a worsted weight alpaca/merino/silk blend, which was used to make Clamor, a cute hat pattern. Now, if you go look at the Briar Rose website, you might notice the price on a skein of this lovely yarn and think, “Whoa, $40 for a single skein?” But look closer. That’s a half-pound skein. Not as expensive as you thought, huh? It’s so much yarn that Hunter decided to split it in two, to spread the yarn love a little further. This is what a half-skein looks like:

Briar Rose Wistful

Yeah, in other words, I was one of the lucky winners! But isn’t that yarn gorgeous? I don’t think the picture does the colors justice at all.

Anyway, this is all to show off my pretty yarn a lead up to saying that Hunter has one last give away to do, and it’s for three skeins of Malabrigo Aroyo. That is, three different people will each get one skein. It’s another really pretty yarn. So pretty that Hunter bought it, even though this particular colorway is largely pink. All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is read this post, and leave a comment by Friday night. There are already 97 comments, but since there are three skeins, your odds are more like one in 33 than one in 100, right? There is no hard and fast time set for when the comments will be closed, so I’d just say get over there and comment. Then go and read some of her older posts, and put her on your regular reading list.

March 2, 2012

Archie Comics: the Controversy

And I’m not talking about the ill-fated revamping of Betty and Veronica.

The group One Million Moms, part of the American Family Association, is trying to get Toys ‘R Us to remove Life with Archie #16 from their shelves, because it depicts gay marriage in a positive, non-threatening light. Of course, according to that blog post I linked there, they’re out of luck, since the issue sold out.

I’m not really a big Archie fan, but maybe I should be.

I really like the response from the team at Gutters.

August 25, 2011

Suggestions?

I feel like I should read some knitting ‘blogs. I should probably say “more knitting ‘blogs,” but I already said this on my LJ, and that’s how I phrased it there.

What do you read?

April 6, 2011

Crafting comes up in the weirdest places

She made a gesture with her hands that reminded Hollis, in some dimly unsettling way, of the crocheted model uterus her Family Life Education teacher had used as an instructional aid.

That’s from Spook Country, by William Gibson. You know, the cyberpunk author. Mona Lisa Overdrive and all that.

I don’t know which is stranger, the idea of using a crocheted model uterus as an instructional aid, or that William Gibson knows, however vaguely, what crochet is.