Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

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As I mentioned on Sunday, I finished up my Sassafras shawl Friday evening. I was giddy as I was casting off at the coffee house during open mic night that it was finally finished. Looking back, it really didn't take too long to make, especially since I had to restart in March. I'm blocking it one more time to get the right shape, but I plan on wearing it this week (the weather is going back down to below 70!). And yes, I did finish Mary Sutter and I loved it! I loved how it was detailed and I love how going along I thought I knew what would happen and was quite surprised at the outcome (but extremely pleased).

Moving on to the present: I am working slowly, but happily, on the corn maize socks. I also decided to make a pair of miniature mittens to send to my State/Country swap that Tracey is hosting. 

I started and finished 50 Shades of Grey  by E L James this past week, too. I picked up the other two books in the trilogy last night so I can find out what happens. I honestly debated if I was going to mention what I was reading. Why? Well, when the trilogy was released, I was mildly interested, but didn't buy. Then I started to hear about it. The radio program I listen to in the morning was discussing it one morning and women were calling in. Mom says a library near here was trying to ban it (do libraries still do this??). If a book is drawing that much attention then I had to give it a read. I will say it is not for the faint of heart. It covers a specific lifestyle choice (which I am fine with), but the author is quite detailed. I think more people (probably mostly women) are reading this in secret.

I ordered Sheepish last weekend (the bookstore was out) and am waiting for it to be delivered today. It will have to sit on the bookshelf for a couple of weeks now, I suppose! Our library doesn't have it in (I really am starting to wonder what they actually do carry lately).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week thus far.

Happy Wednesday!

22 comments:

  1. The mittens are adorable Emily, what a super idea. Below 70 weather? You are so lucky! :)
    I keep hearing about this triolgy, but haven't read it. Is it really that good?
    Sheepish is fantastic. I am trying to make myself slow down and savor it, but it's really hard. I wish I had known you wanted to read it, I would have sent you this copy.

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    1. I thought they were a cute idea. Sage thinks they were made for him to play with! :)

      It's funny about the weather here. Saturday was supposed to be gorgeous. It stormed off and on all day. Sunday was nice. Monday it was humid, and extremely warm (93 is really warm for us!). Now it's back into early spring temps. I'm not complaining mind you!

      So far, I am enjoying the trilogy. I dissected it apart and I think it's really a great trilogy.

      Oh I have wanted to read Sheepish since it showed up on the blogs over the past few weeks! I figure I'll read it and send it on to Mom.

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  2. Those mittens are too cute! And I am so glad our weather is supposed to be cooling a bit too.

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    1. I was not ready for the dead summer temps here yet. I want to ease into it (that is, if I must). ;)

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  3. Those wee little mittens are adorable! Forbidden reading always sparks interest doesn't it?

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    1. Yes, yes it does!

      Thanks. I think I am going to make more sets of these this year. I know I have to make a pair for the cat to play with since he keeps trying to snag these for himself.

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  4. Oh, that book has me intrigued too. I am not sure what the intrigue is, so I put a hold on it through the library. I admit to being a bit embarrassed to be seen reading it. My SIL just finished it and loved it. Hmmm... Oh and the mittens are perfect!

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    1. Tee hee.. that's why I bought the e-version of it. I can read in public and not feel naughty, lol! I think that there is a lot of hype around it. People wanting to ban it, people referencing Twilight (I never read the Twilight saga, so I don't have much to compare it to), and the fact that it dives head first into a lifestyle that most people aren't into.

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  5. How WAS 50 Shades? I have to admit--I only got interested when I heard that it started out as Twilight fanfic. YES, I SAID IT.

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    1. LOL! I read your post when I was in class (and I giggled then, too).

      Okay.. so I never read any of the Twilight books. I bought the first book when it came out, never read it, and actually gave it to Mom. Once I heard about sparkly vampires, I said "No thanks!" and swore off the whole saga. I think Meyers angers me because she took such liberty to justify how things could happen -- things we were taught about the supernatural that just could not be (again, sparkly vampires, vampires having children, etc). I did see Vampires Suck with friends, but I didn't get a lot of the references (because again, did not read, nor see the movies).

      Adam has also compared Twilight and 50 Shades based on what he has read online discussing both (he refuses to read either series). So I have done some thinking on this.

      I think that 50 Shades is an excellent window into a subservient world. I think this where the taboo feeling everyone is talking about is coming from. In reality, we all SHOULD know this is not a new lifestyle. Without going into great detail, the information used in this story is nothing new to my brain. I think that it was provided in an excellent matter to the reader in the sense that it wasn't thrown on them like porn, but gradually explored.

      Like I mentioned to Heather above, I did dissect the first book because I wanted to examine each person, each relationship, closely.

      I love the fact that Ana (the lead female) is a strong, independent woman. She's not all emo and omgz. She has friends, an education, a job (all of which she had before she met Christian). She refers to Christian often as a stalker, which in some aspects can be viewed as such. However, in a true dom/sub relationship, the dom is supposed to take care of the sub. The best way to explain it is to think of a 50's housewife. She takes care of home and family, and husband takes care of her.

      Of course there is the relationship outside of the dom/sub side. I love the give and take between Ana and Christian (however, Christian seems to be really big on compromising more than Ana most of the time). I love that they are willing to work on making each other happy. Without giving more away, when we're happy in our relationships, everyone is happy. And when we break up, everyone is miserable. Up and down, down and up.

      If this was written as Twilight fanfic, and based on what I know of Twilight, I have to say then the fanfic is a heck of a lot better than the original.

      I could go on and on, I really could. I am desperate for someone to read 50 Shades so I can talk to them about it (but omg.. not my Mom!). :)

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    2. I'm willing to give the books a try--I'll be honest, I only read the Twilight books because I'm kind of obsessed with how completely TEENAGE Bella is and how no one in the real world (which is to say: all of us readers) gives her character a fair shake. Everyone writes the author off as creating this girl who is TOTALLY UNEMPOWERED and WILLINGLY IN what looks like AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP and NOTHING LIKE THE STRONG ASS-KICKING GIRL CHARACTERS LIKE KATNISS (Hunger Games), but I think that's what DRAWS me to Bella. SHE ACTS EXACTLY LIKE WHAT A REAL LIVE 16 YEAR OLD GIRL WOULD ACT. Overwhelmed by her "love" for a boy and willing to do anything, including forsaking her family and BECOMING A VAMPIRE, in order to be with him. THAT'S HOW YOU FEEL WHEN YOU'RE 16! THAT STRONG!

      The writing is, and I won't even try to defend it, not that hot. Corny, corny sentences, dumb descriptions, and I recently told Kevin that I'm PRETTY SURE it was originally written in, like, 98 based on some of the internet dial-up problems (OBVO NOT THIS MILLENNIUM) and some of the clothing descriptions (WHO THE SHIT IS ATTRACTED TO A 17 YEAR OLD BOY IN A CREAM TURTLENECK??). But I do it for the story.

      So if I'm willing to go there for Bella, I'm willing to go there for FANFIC Bella (aka Ana).

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    3. That's probably why I don't like Bella -- she's a teen girl! Ugh! I remember the emo days.. and yeah, from what I hear, I do recall being like that *clears throat*. I'm sure I was rather annoying to adults alike, but now it's my turn to be annoyed at teens. I still think I'd be more tolerable if the supernatural aspect was removed from it. But that is me.

      What? Turtlenecks on guys aren't sexy? *scoff* Ha!

      Give 50 Shades a shot. The writing is amazing. The chica knows her stuff and it flows nicely. None of this "Two weeks later.." bs. It's day by day, hour by hour baby!

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  6. I, too, was afraid to reveal that my SnB group was doing a book club of this series. I thought for sure that I was going to corrupt the weekly Yarn Along by revealing that.

    I consider myself a fairly open-minded person and these books didn't offend my sensibilities. ;-)

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    1. Oh thank you! Haha! They certainly aren't offending me, but I was afraid to taint the yarn along. I seriously considered not mentioning that I was reading them. Tsk! :) Glad you enjoyed them. :)

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  7. Congrats on finishing your shawl and what a great sock pattern!
    I hadn't heard of this controvertial book but I might look it up now. I think the censoring does still go on - they just do it more quietly rather than burning them out the front of the building for all to see.
    I ordered Sheepish last week, too.

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    1. It's funny to even hear of books being banned these days. They're so easily accessible and if someone bans it, it just makes people want to read it more. I really don't see what is so wrong with the trilogy thus far (and I've 2/3 of the way through).

      Sheepish arrived! I hope to start it later this week. :)

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  8. oh! those teenie mittens! adorable!! glad you mentioned Mary Sutter---I ALMOST forgot to toss it in the travel pile!!!

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    1. I have to knit another pair as a cat toy. The fuzzies are far too interested in them!

      You'll enjoy Mary Sutter!

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  9. Love your mittens. I will look for "Sheepish" but stay away from "50 Shades of Grey." Kind of like "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," and the sequels, there are just some things I would rather not read about, whatever the reviews are. Have a great week. Hope your dad is doing better soon.

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    1. Oh I completely understand where you're coming from. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to books because, well, you can always just not complete it if it gets too bad (and I have stopped other books because I can't get into them).

      Thanks for the well wishes for my Dad. He's finally home from the hospital and is sounding really good.

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  10. emily, i'm sending prayers for your dad and for you dear.

    i've enjoyed this thread discussing the controversial book 50 shades of grey. i only just learned about it this week, being out of the country sometimes has it's drawbacks. my very conservative sister told me about it. even though i'm not big on downloading books to my ipad(none at all) i'm going to take your suggestion and buy it that way! i'll let you know, although i'm sure i'll feel the same way as you.
    xxx lori

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    1. Thank you Lori! And welcome back!!

      I just started book three in the trilogy and I have to say, I'm hooked. There are so many other things going on between the characters that it's like a great puzzle to figure out. I'll be interested in hearing what you think!

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