I am currently listening to Hidden Figures : The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. One thing I am finding a bit off-putting is the narrator; she has perfect American diction, and I keep thinking that the narrator should speak like a black woman.
Bad me. Stereotypes haunt us all.
I googled Robin Miles, the narrator, and discovered she IS a black woman.
Black people can speak any way they want, and they speak in many different ways. Duh. Bad me.
In other reading news, I am currently about halfway through American War by Omar El Akkad, a distopian novel about the second American civil war, which happened in the last quarter of the 21st century. It grabbed me right from the beginning; there has been a remarkable lack of books to have done that lately.
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I have been knitting up a storm
but not taking photos of it.
- Three hats for silent auctions. One pink pussy hat, one pink hat with PERSIST on one side, and another pink one with ohm all around (omega is the symbol for electrical resistance — see what I did there?) The last one didn’t work out (I do not care for stranded colorwork), and it may get frogged.*
- Another pair of double-stranded socks.
- A pair of fingerless gloves from the rest of the yarn. These are for me. I was particularly proud of how I made the two mitts identical twins. Not easy with such an obvious pattern in the yarn, especially on the thumbs.
- A crocheted potholder for my kitchen. I didn’t particularly enjoy making it — fingering weight yarn and a US#2 hook meant I had to keep my eyes on it all the time — and it turned out kinda small, even though I had measured the beginning chain against an existing fabric potholder I wanted it to replace. Still, I will use it.
- Double-knit potholder OTN. That one is turning out quite nicely; you may be able to discern the pattern I have planned. If it were single knit, it would be intarsia; in double-knit it is easy-peasy.This one is for my kitchen, but I may make more for future silent auctions and craft sales.
I sincerely hope this potholder kick is short; as much fun as they are — quick and easy, lots of opportunities to use up bits and bobs of yarn, design opportunities — I have much more important things to knit.
* After looking at the hat again with the intention of frogging it, I decided that I had so little of the colorwork left that I could finish it with minimal pain. Is anyone interested? Since it was supposed to go in a silent auction, I feel like I should sell it. How about $10 plus shipping (which usps.com tells me would be <$3)? Anyone interested?