Handy Reading

Caution: Rant ahead. Use blinkers.

I’m a reader.

I read a lot and I’m not too picky about the source. I enjoy classic literature, magazines, subtitles, blogs, as well as the inconsequential minutiae on boxes of dry goods (seriously Annie Chun’s Miso Soup FreshPak Noodle Bowl is fascinating). If I learn something or expose myself to a new way of thinking, then it’s good reading.

What’s more, I realize there are others in the world who read as well. So, I try (probably don’t succeed much) to give voice to good and noble thoughts.

Whoa Nellie, I just read myself and boy did it seem pretentious! Let me explain…

It started in a creative writing class in college, with a sage professor who carefully explained and illustrated the power of words.This scholar systematically showed each of us the prejudices we developed (through no fault of our own) from societal pressures and perceptions. One never writes about (gives voice to) thoughts that malign or degrades others. Words can traduce a person to believe an untruth, or more often, disbelieve in themselves. I am grateful to have met such a wise woman.

Did I catch anyone there? Did you lull yourself into thinking my professor was male?

The point… thank heavens, she finally gets to it… I am trying to make is people will always have their tired old prejudices and narrow mined thoughts, however one should not help to perpetuate those views by making light of them in text, especially when it was someone else’s view. It gives permission to readers to believe these views are okay.

Therefore, I am saddened by some of the comments of book reviewers (that men and women equally hold) which questions the sexuality of male knitters. People forget history. Should we question the sexuality of women who can repair their motor vehicles, or should we call them handy? I’ll let you decide.

Meanwhile, back on the road to Knitopia…

Now that I’ve carefully stored away my soapbox in a safe place, look at these new books!

OMG! I love it when the new book fairy arrives.

So far I adore “The Best of Interweave Knits”, edited by Ann Budd who also authored another new favorite from her getting started series: “Getting Started Knitting Socks”. Like her other books “Getting Started Knitting Socks”, is a library treasure. Clear instructions, beautiful photos, where a knitter can pick any yarn, knit any size, and add any detail to make unique socks. Lovely.

Speaking of socks, “More Sensational Knitted Socks” by Charlene Schurch is a keeper as well. Until this book was printed, I would always tell customers “Sensational Knitted Socks” was my favorite sock book. Now I’ll have two.

Cat Bordhi’s “New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One” is certain to get attention. All of the inspirational designs and ideas make my little brain throb with possibilities. Don’t worry, I assure you like roller coasters, I find it a pleasurable experience.

With so many great books out right now, it might be confusing which one to buy. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. It’s “The Knitting Man(ual)” by PDX design maven Kristin Spurkland. Just look at the pretty:

I know! That sweater is so hot!

The pic at the top is my favorite. As I float off to my “happy place” I imagine the dashing Willoughby snatching me up, cold, wet and injured from the moors, and spiriting me away to his lovely estate where he alternately brews tea and bakes crumpets for me, while he knits this vest. That Willoughby is so handy.

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September 04, 2007 by Sara M
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