Tuesday, March 31, 2009

First Socks and Life Replay

Hi there. Here is some more information to go along with Episode 8 of the Knitlark Lane Podcast.

Knitting Tales

This is a picture of the socks I talked about in the podcast. I am an "advanced beginner" knitter, and this is my first sock. I am knitting the socks toe-up (I guess that is obvious from the picture :) ) and I'm learning magic loop and the short-row garter stitch heel by Lucy Neatby. My knitting friends say I am biting off a big chunk here but hey, I say "Go big, or don't go at all."
The class is great with Teacher Melanie and Fellow Knitters Nancy and Lilah. We laugh alot about life, love and our knitting adventures.

The yarn is lovely. It is fingering weight 100% merino by Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, Claudia & Co., 40 W Washington St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 -- ClaudiaCo.com. The colorway is called Sharks, and I love the way the blues and grays complement each other.

Need to Read

Below is a picture of the cover of the book I recommended in the Need to Read Segment of the podcast, Replay by Ken Grimwood. Here is a link to one web review. http://americanfiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/replay_by_ken_grimwood_review
It has also been part of the "You Must Read This" series on NPR's All Things Considered.

The book tells the story of Jeff Winston. He dies on the very first page, and then he begins replaying his life again. It has some themes from the film Groundhog Day (which I loved), but it goes deeper into the idea of second chances and adds some different twists.

I have heard that there is an option for a film version with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, so I suggest you try to read it before it gets the Hollywood treatment. It will be a hard one to film and get the right tone, I think. The book is a page-turner, and it stays with you when you finish. Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. Toe-up sock knitter high five! My first pair of socks, discounting one worsted-weight cuff-down practice sock, were also toe-up. And 90% of all the socks I've knitted since have been as well. I definitely prefer it... not least of all because every time I try to cast on something in the round, it ends up twisted. Agh!

    So anyway... welcome to the addiction ;)