Yarn Along

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I am still reading about a million books at a time – once again, I appear to have a bit of a problem with commitment. The book in this photo is Abraham Verghese’s The Tennis Partner. I’m a big fan of Verghese’s novel, Cutting for Stone, and this is a nonfiction book that he wrote published in 1998. In this memoir, Verghese is a physician and professor of medicine whose personal life is falling apart – I’m about a hundred pages into the book, and at this point he and his wife have decided to separate, but they’re still living together because Verghese can’t seem to find an apartment that he can stand; in fact, the whole process of apartment hunting depresses him. At the same time, he has started playing tennis twice a week with one of his students, a fourth-year medical student named David, who played tennis professionally before he went to med school. So of course there’s a lot of cross-cutting power dynamics going on, since Verghese is the authority figure at the hospital, but David is the superior player on the court and often coaches and instructs Verghese. Verghese is an expert in infectious diseases, and portions of the book read like episodes of House (which didn’t exist when this book was published in 1998). Verghese lives in El Paso, Texas, right on the Mexican border, and many patients admitted to the hospital are intravenous drug users. That’s all I’ve read so far, but I know from the back cover that David has a secret past as a drug addict, and that before long the stress of learning to practice medicine will prompt David to relapse. This book is really, really good, although it’s not for the faint of heart or for those who like to read while they eat. You really don’t want to know all the places that IV drug users stick needles – trust me.

I’m also quite delighted with this children’s sweater I’m knitting. It’s the rollneck pattern that I’ve knit many, many times before, but what’s making this sweater so exciting is that I LOVE the yarn I’m using. It’s Lion Brand “Amazing” Yarn in an ever-shifting sequence of pinks, purples, blues, and pale yellows. Imagine the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen: that’s this sweater (even if I do say so myself :-)).

There is an exciting development coming up in my knitting life… I’m hoping that next week at this time I’ll be ready to make an announcement. We’ll see…

Yarn Along is, as always, hosted by Ginny on her wonderful blog, Small Things.

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10 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. I really like the colour of that yarn!

    • bedstrom says:

      Thank you! I don’t think the photo does it justice. Next week, I’m hoping to get some outdoor photos so the variations in color will be clearer. Just working with it improves my day!

  2. CathieJ says:

    Very pretty yarn. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  3. Rose says:

    I have been working with Lion Brand on a pretty scarf. This yarn is great to work with. I love yours – the color is gorgeous!

  4. Cara Donovan says:

    Sounds like this book would make a good book club read, love your yarn choice for the sweater.

    • bedstrom says:

      Yes, this book would be great for book clubs, also for college students or other young adults thinking of a career in medicine. I’m still loving the yarn and planning on buying more for another project soon!

  5. The books sounds really good! Don’t know if I am thrilled about the medical details, but the story sounds great! Wanted to try that yarn. It’s very pretty!

    • bedstrom says:

      Thanks – it’s fantastic, one of those rare wools that is both heavy duty and machine washable (and beautiful too, of course). I recommend the book highly, although a moment here and there will make you cringe!

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