These are the skeins I decided to give a color tune up. The right one is Corriedale, center is BFL and the left is Brown Sheep white top, leftover from another project from a couple years ago. It doesn't fit with any skeins I have. As you can see, they're pretty unappealing skeins.
And so much better now. I used a quick bath in Cornflower blue for the left one and just gave the other two some more color conviction. They're ready to become more hats. Mim asked me how I can stand to make the same things over and over. You need to understand that I cannot sit still. Projects like these just keep me from ripping my cuticles off when I watch TV. I knit them in self defense.
Book group was great tonight. Our book was Wallace Stegner's, Crossing to Safety. He is such a wonderful writer and as founder of the writing program at Stanford, he had students like Ken Kesey, Edward Abbey and Ernest Gaines. The discussion turned personal at the end, and it seems that everyone could identify with one of the four characters, most noteably the controlling, aggravating yet likeable protagonist, Charity. She was so powerful that her character over-shadowed the first person narrator, Larry. It seems that everyone has had a Charity in their lives.
From the first chapter, you realize that everyone has gathered because Charity is terminally ill. It's like Titanic. You know the ending - the ship sinks. The story is one of complex relationships and expectations. It's not about Charity's end but her living. She lives with such passion that she faces her demise with the same energy. I finished the book last night and couldn't help but reflect that the father of my kids passed away yesterday morning. He was everything that Charity wasn't. He didn't love himself or his life, and though he was enjoyed his friends, had no hobbies and no passions. He actually stopped living a couple years ago and his body just caught up to his mind yesterday. At 61, he lost his battle with congestive heart failure, a product of a lifetime of smoking. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that was so timely.
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