Yarn Along


I’ve been reading Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend on my Kindle for the last week or so and am almost done. At first I was surprised not to like it much. It reminded me of an extended Alice Munro story but with all the “meat” taken out. Lots of poverty and opaque parents and grudges held for the better part of lifetimes, in other words, without the sort of insight that Munro always brings to her work.. I am slowly changing my mind as the book proceeds, but I’m still not sure if my review will fall on the “mostly positive” or “mostly negative” side. We’ll find out.

I am also still working on the Obnoxiously Orange scarf. I got some good work done on it this weekend. My life is busy these days, mostly in good ways. I’m feeling inspired and challenged and creative and – well – tired. Once, when I was still teaching full-time, I told a counselor that I was so frustrated because when I got home at the end of the day I didn’t have energy for anything but crashing on the couch in front of the TV. I’ll never forget the counselor’s reaction. She looked at me like I was stupid for a moment and then said, “You do realize you’re describing the average American’s perfect life, right? A job that pays the bills and nothing to do at the end of the day but watch TV.” I didn’t think she was right (and still don’t), but who knows? If there’s one thing this election season is teaching me, it’s that the average American is a strange and elusive beast.

Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny on her blog, Small Things

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4 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. Alina says:

    Such an interesting stitch pattern on your scarf! Lovely mustard color!

  2. Silke says:

    Love that scarf and the color! Not one I could wear, but so luscious!! My husband teaches full-time and he’s the same way. He can also not read anything demanding while school is in session, which is hard for him since he’s such a voracious reader. So, we have a stash of mystery novels that he can enjoy while teaching takes most of his attention and energy… xoxo Silke

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hm, I think if your everyday life brings you no joy you have to find a way to change it, right? Some phases of life are hard though, just to get you to where you need to go. I have small children, for example! I do like the orange colour!

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