Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yarn Along-- While She Was Sleeping

Participating in Ginny for Small Things's Wednesday Yarn Along. Take a picture of the book you've been reading and the knitting you've been...er... knitting and share it with her readers!


I had a LOT of time to read while my sister was in a coma for a week. It started out with a book my BFF re-gifted to me. I purchased The Beauty Of Humanity Movement for her when Kath from Whip Up brought it to my attention. My BFF LOVES pho (that amazingly tasty, simple Vietnamese soup) and Beauty of Humanity revolves around a man who makes it for a living. It was a beautiful book, exploring themes of love, loss, war, revolution, art, bi-cultural issues... it was so wonderful. Next I read The Nakesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, which I purchased at a little second-hand bookshop in the mountains the day before my sister was hospitalized. It was a great follow-up to Beauty of Humanity because it also deals with love, loss and American-born children dealing with bi-cultural issues. I loved it so much that I bought Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize winning book of short stories Interpreter of Maladies. It was also very good, but I think sometimes reading all the work of one author tells you things about them that you perhaps don't want to know. Lahiri seems to have some serious issues with marriage. It reminds me of when I fell in love with John Irving after reading A Prayer for Owen Meanie. I bought all his books and after reading the third weird-sex-ridden book I swore off him forever. Finally, my cousin brought in several magazines and one of them recommended Irma Voth, which I thought would follow my theme of American culture vs culture of birth. Irma is a Mennonite woman who is struggling with tradition. I haven't enjoyed it as much as the others and am still working through it.

The week prior to my sister's hospitalization was a tough one emotionally as well. A big issue was that a friend of mine, who also happened to be the intended recipient of a project I had been working extremely hard on, proved to be very VERY unknitworthy. I was so disappointed that I pulled out all my best yarns- the ones I bought after lusting after them and spent way too much on- and went through my Ravelry favorites and finally decided to cast on a beautiful scarf in some Malabrigo Silky Merino in the colorway I stalked for months- Arco Iris. It's turning out beautifully and I can't wait to wear it. Silky Merino is so soft!

Thank you for putting up with me going missing for so long. My sister is doing SO much better! She's at home now. She's still on an oxygen machine and a ton of meds but just being able to talk to her and see her walking around on her own is amazing.

Hop on over to Small Things and share your projects or just see all the other great knits & reads there!

8 comments:

Swanski said...

I hope your sister continues to improve in health. Unknitworthy people are the worst to knit for. The scarf is lovely and the colorway is quite cheerful.

Lori ann said...

i hope for your sister too, how scary that must have been.
you have read alot! i think i have one or two.
i'm working on a cowl/scarf out of silky merino too, it's SO soft.

Lori ann said...

i meant to say i think i have one or two of those books, i'll have to look. they sound good.

meghann said...

Oh my goodness - that scarf? Beautiful! I think that is just the pattern I've been looking for to knit for my mother... I hope your sister's health improves. xo

Susan @ Home Hum said...

I hope that your sister continues to recover. This must be such a stressful time for you and your family. I always thank God for knitting during times of stress; it's such a soothing activity, and in the end, a productive one, too :-) It's so disappointing when someone proves to be unknitworthy. I love the colors in the scarf you are making. All of your reading looks really interesting.

amanda {the habit of being} said...

i read both of those lahiri books and came away thinking that she had some issues related to marriage - glad it wasn't just me ;-)

Jessica Snell said...

I like reading Lahiri too - what she does with language is just so pretty - but she's certainly not the most uplifting of authors!

Christina Wall said...

I'm so glad to hear your sister is doing better. Will be praying the swift recovery continues!