Yarn Along (by Bethany)

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Remember when I said that I had decided against a color-block design for the sweater I’m working on? Well, I changed my mind again. I had planned on working some stripes into the front of the sweater as well as the sleeves, and I couldn’t quite decide how I wanted them to look. Then one day, quite by accident, I looked down while I was putting the sweater away and saw the four yarn colors (navy, red, yellow, and sea-foam green) side by side in the basket and decided that I liked the idea of a color-block design better after all. So far the back is done and the front is very, very close. I’m a little worried about how the yellow will look, since it is VERY bright. We’ll see.

For whatever reason, I couldn’t upload the first photo I took of this knitting project and this book (Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible – more on this in a moment), so I’m using this one, which is a little on the dim and shadowy side. You probably can’t see the red and yellow yarn all that well, but that’s OK. Life is dim and shadowy sometimes too, and art should imitate life.

I’m rereading The Poisonwood Bible for probably the fourth or fifth time, as part of a project in which I’m identifying, rereading, and writing about my fifteen favorite novels. I’ll tell you more about this project in a day or two. The Poisonwood Bible is sort of a strange choice, since it made the list mainly on the virtue of its ending, but I’m enjoying the beginning nonetheless and looking forward to putting my thoughts on paper. And by paper I mean the internet, as you probably figured out.

That’s a new pot of cat grass in the background, by the way. We can’t go through the stuff fast enough. My cat Emma is kind of nuts.

Thanks are due once again to Ginny for hosting Yarn Along at her blog Small Things. Have a good week, everyone!

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8 Responses to Yarn Along (by Bethany)

  1. karen says:

    I really liked that book and it’s story stuck with me for a while. Knitting is great that we can change our minds while doing it! Glad you are happy with your new decision!

    • lfpbe says:

      Thanks! I hope I’m happy with my new decision… we’ll see. One reason I like making children’s sweaters is that they knit up quickly, so there’s always another one down the road if this one isn’t quite what I wanted it to be.

  2. vtbee says:

    I love that Emma made it into this post! Has Emma ever not been nuts? 🙂 Love to both of you, and Cleo too!

    • lfpbe says:

      Mmmm… no. Emma has never not been nuts, although she has her calmer days every so often. The thing about the cat grass is that we have to bribe her with it at dinner – or else she won’t stop sticking her face (and considerable tail) into everyone’s food. It’s pretty much exactly like bringing crayons and paper to keep a child occupied in a restaurant!

  3. woolythymes says:

    one of my favorite reads, too—and one I haven’t reread…..add that to the to-do list!!! Lovely choices for the sweater—makes it really your own design.

    • lfpbe says:

      The Poisonwood Bible is a great reread – you’ll notice new things each time. I’ve actually taught it to high school seniors a couple of times too, and it’s great in that setting.

  4. Gretchen R says:

    That book has been on my reading list for ages. Hmmm…I need to find a copy.

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