Wednesday, July 4, 2012

yarn along

This week I started on a Multnomah shawl for myself. The pattern is so easy to memorize and knit. I can even squeeze in a few stitches while waiting at the bus stop since I don't have to keep track of a complicated pattern. The yarn is Malabrigo sock in Archangel, the same colorway I gave away. It's a good thing I bought a skein for myself because I don't think I could have parted with it otherwise.

After waiting on the library list for six months, I'm finally reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. The novel explores the Victorian marriage plot and applies it to modern fiction, asking whether it's still relevant. Eugenides sets the novel in the early 1980s and incorporates elements of Victorian novels (there's a madman, a grand tour of Europe, a love triangle). It's an interesting concept and I'm enjoying the novel, but it often feels like the book tries too hard to be in conversation with Victorian novels (The Portrait of a Lady, Middlemarch, Austen novels). I'd definitely recommend Eugenides' other works, The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, over this one.

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I'm yarning along today. See what everyone else is reading and making over on Ginny's blog!


  1. Your shawl is going to be so pretty!

    The book sounds interesting.

  2. Great minds think alike ... both your WIP and your novel are on my "must do next" list!

  3. I loved knitting the Multnomah. I can see why you would want one for yourself. Add to that with Malabrigo....yum!
    I will be adding that book to my list. :)

  4. Your shawl is gorgeous!! If it's an easy portable project I might try that once i'm finished my current tempting!! I love the wool you're using too.

  5. Very pretty I look forward to seeing the finished shawl!

  6. Nice colours for your shawl.
    Enjoy the stitches.

  7. Beautiful colors for your shawl and perfect choice, I've made two!

  8. I just finished this book! I had very high hopes for it (b/c of Middlesex), but was rather disappointed. The characters just weren't that compelling, and I expected something more profound. Things felt a bit disjointed. Oh well...

    Multnomah is looking lovely.

  9. What an interesting book you're read. I think it's cool you're reading something w/so much content and meaning.
    That Archangel is lookin' awesome in that pattern.

  10. I've seen this book around. I didn't care for Middlesex much but loved The Virgin Suicides so I've been on the fence about whether or not to pursue this book. Hearing your review so far, I suppose I won't. I have plenty of other books to keep me busy! :)


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