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!
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!