Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stripes! Socks! Acedia!

Nothing like a yarn along to get you posting! I have several blog posts in draft stage, half of which will probably be abandoned because I find that post drafts don't age well. Sigh. 

But I started my stripey socks! 


I am using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and have high hopes for a good fit. I have weird feet (short, wide at the toes, with a narrow heel) and really want to learn how to knit socks that fit well. I think I will make the next foot just a few stitches smaller, but otherwise I am pleased with the foot. On to calf shaping!

The book is Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris. It's been on my to-read list for several years and finally I ordered it from Amazon. I am not very far yet, but it is really good. I think the idea of acedia--a sort of soul-weariness that leads to indifference or laziness--is especially relevant for homemakers, as we take part in work that is very repetitive and made to be undone (cleaning the dishes, washing the laundry, scrubbing the floors, all so that it can be made dirty again). The fact that acedia can express itself in both listlessness--not wanting to do anything--and active escapism I think makes it spiritually lethal for us who are by things that enable both urges at the same time (namely, portals to the internet--smart phones and tablets and the computer in the living room).

I hope to write about this more as I read the book--always an intention I have, seldom fulfilled--but in case I don't get around to it, this book is well worth your time!

(And maybe my blog posting habits are suffering from acedia as well ...)

13 comments:

  1. I LOVE Kathleen Norris!!! have you read her small book on the quotidian mysteries? if not I think you will love it. Your sock looks just lovely!!! * You have three young kids so remember to be gentle with yourself, it's a tiring time for you. * Willa Cather, I do think you will love her. I read a second of hers right after My Antonia ... Death Comes to an Archbishop and it is just lovely and I think you will love the two Catholic missionaries in this book very much. Are not books such a blessing to us!! * Enjoy the Norris book, I know I did! :)

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    1. I have not read the quotidian mysteries, but it is on my to-read list! And for some reason I always forget that Cather wrote Death Comes to an Archbishop. So many books, so little time! It's a good thing I'm a fast reader. ;)

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  2. those socks look awesome!! I need to buy some self striping very very soon!

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  3. How recognizable, the footshape issue :(
    But your socks look fabulous, I think the stripes and colours are beautiful!

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  4. Are you using two different self-striping yarns? I love the look!

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    1. Thank you! I am actually using yarn from a big box of fingering weight scraps I inherited from a friend. :) Which means I will have a LOT of ends to weave in ... I'm trying not to think about that just yet! ;)

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  5. Such pretty socks and your books sounds like a really good read - I hope you will enjoy them both :)

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  6. The book sounds really interesting--I think I'll add it to my book list.
    Your socks are turning out really cute! I hope they fit well!

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  7. umm...yes, I am suffering acedia as we speak, letting the kids watch Arthur so I can sit and mindlessly scroll through blogs....hmmm, perhaps I need the book as well!

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  8. Lovely socks, I like the colour combinations you are using for the stripes

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  9. I love that colorway!!! Gorgeous :) I have standard feet so the regular old way of a flap works for me, I might try that heel one day :)

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  10. Stripes and socks are a match made in heaven in my opinion! I keep trying make some for myself but never get around to it! Yours look really good!

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  11. I wish I liked knitting. The results are so lovely and cozy! Alas, I hate it. So, sewing and embroidery are the ones for me.

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