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September 18, 2014

yarning along: mid-september
posted by soe 1:50 am

Sometimes (when I remember to take a photo), Wednesdays are for sharing books and knitting projects as I yarn along with Ginny.

Campaign season is upon us in D.C., as it is for many of you, too. For me, this means lots of time spent at candidate forums and endorsement meetings, which require something to keep the hands occupied and the body awake.

So on September 1, I cast on a new pair of socks:

Yarning Along: Mid-September

The yarn, which I wound on a camping trip last fall while sitting in front of a fire, is Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn in Autumn Sky, and as with all of her colorful, stripey concoctions, I am in love. She just emailed to say that she’s updated her shop and I am trying very hard not to buy all.the.yarn.

On the reading front, we’ve got Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince, which I started earlier in the summer and which appears on my list of books to finish by next week. It’s sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian set in a future, matriarchal Brazil and focuses on a teen artist, June, and Enki, the titular character, whom we are informed in the prologue is elected to his position as consort with the understanding that he will be sacrificed after a year. It’s dark and, obviously, the further you get into a book with such a plot, the darker it’s going to get.

I’m also reading and enjoying quite a bit Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynn M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea), a slim collection of personal essays, interviews, and comics about the women of Doctor Who, be they academics, fans, writers, actresses, or artists. I am a recent’ish convert to the long-running sci-fi tv show (we’re closing in on the end of Amy and Rory’s tenure as companions, so no spoilers, please), but my interest in gender studies dates back at least a couple decades. While the whole “chick” thing rankles a bit, I do appreciate the various perspectives presented by nerdy women.

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