Sometimes I worry that my Yarn Along photos are a little deceptive. By photographing my knitting and the book I’m reading side by side, am I suggesting that I knit and read at the same time? I hope not, because I never, ever do. What I do do when I knit is watch TV, so I thought it was about time that I included the TV in my photo. I never watch TV when I am not also doing something else – usually knitting, though I also often put TV on when I cook. For the last several months I’ve been working my way through The West Wing – for the first time since it was originally broadcast in the early ’00’s. Seasons 1-4 are absolutely transcendent – just amazing, phenomenal TV. Then the show tanks faster and more spectacularly than any other show I can think of. I’m watching season 5 right now, and it’s painful – sort of like turning on CNN and watching real politics.
Winter always seems to inspire me to mass-produce rollneck sweaters. This is a sleeve of a child-sized rollneck to match the adult one I’m also working on. I love this marled fisherman’s yarn. I could knit with it all day (and this weekend perhaps I will).
The book in the photo is Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. I’m halfway through and am a little frustrated with it right now. This novel is part of the genre that involves the life-threatening hijinks that ensue when people from different races and/or social classes misunderstand each other; the best examples I can think of at the moment are the movies Crash and Babel, but I know I’ve read books in this genre too – maybe Zadie Smith’s On Beauty? In this novel, I do care about what happens to some of the characters, but I’ve had all I can take of Tom Wolfe’s endless descriptions of people’s hangovers and of his general habit of over-tagging his characters. I’m invested in it and will definitely finish it, but not without some moaning and complaining.
And yes, that is the vacuum cleaner in the left side of the photo. I put it there on purpose, in my favorite knitting spot, to remind myself that sometime soon it would be a good idea to use it. We’ll see if I take the hint.
Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog Small Things. Happy Wednesday, friends!