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Monday, August 2, 2010

Should I Read ... or Knit ...

If I needed sleep less, I could knit more!

Since 2007, I have been pursuing a B.A. in Literature at the American Military University. It's officially an English Lit course, but we study works from all over. Aside from American and English fiction and poetry, I've studied Russian Lit, Middle Eastern Lit, Latin American Lit, and various other topics. Currently I am enrolled in African Literature. I love to spend my time with books as much as I love knitting, but I can't always figure out how to combine the two and not cheat one of them.

You'd think that a student of literature could just happily download her assignments on audio books, and then knit while listening ... but the books I'm assigned are rarely available as downloads, and besides that, I have to be able to concentrate and take notes. When I wrote a paper on "Wuthering Heights," I not only read the book in print, I downloaded the audio book AND a free copy to my Sony e-reader. I also purchased Kate Bush's song "Wuthering Heights" from i-tunes, but I can't say I'm particularly proud of that. The song is maddeningly catchy, and people look at you oddly if you walk around singing about Heathcliff and being at his window.

The current book for my African Lit class is "Devil on the Cross" by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. The blurb under the title helpfully adds "Translated from the Gikuyu by the author." I see that I will be spending a lot of time with my old friend, the search engine, and Wiki. According to Wiki:

Gikuyu or Kikuyu (Gikuyu: Gĩkũyũ, pronounced [ɣēkōjó]) is a language in the Central Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family spoken primarily by the Kikuyu people of Kenya.

Whew! I'm so glad he translated it for me!

The infatuation with my macro-lens continues ....

The goldfish plant on my front porch. I've had it for years.

A new Work In Progress, because I didn't have anything "mindless."
  Toe-up socks, in Paton's Kroy Sock yarn. Something to knit on while at meetings at work. 

Something finished, but now I can take close-ups of the cable ...

The Suzy Hoody, from "More Big Girl Knits." (Not "Morbid Girl Knits," which is what my boss heard when I mentioned it to her)

So now I must go and start reading my new book ... or perhaps I'll knit. We'll see. 


  1. I don't think I ever noticed your goldfish plant before. Definitely looks like a goldfish in an aquarium.

  2. I love the cables! They are beautiful! I am in awe of your knitting skills...Wow!! I loved reading this post. It was so interesting...I am a lover of literature as well but have never tried African Literature. Right now I am studying for my B.A. in Communications but have an Associate's degree in English (horrible at grammar but LOVE literature) I fell in love with Contemp. Literature with a weakness for Shakespeare....you are my favorite blogger of the week!!!!

  3. I thought I responded to this but I guess it got et! Thanks, Cathy -- the cables weren't too difficult once I persuaded someone on Ravelry to write the chart out for me!

  4. wow, that is just spectacular! love those cables!

  5. Thanks, Rena! It was worth the trouble for sure. I'm not a very cable-y person, but this was a big exception!


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