librivox love

thanks to the librivox recording of Diary of a Nobody I got lots of stuff done while ‘reading’ one of my course books. Unfortunately, most of my courses this year were on 20th C literature that isn’t on Librivox because it’s still in copyright. Some of the other books for my Victorian comedy course are on it, but the reading quality annoyed me. Despite the hit-and-missness free audio books are great. Especially when they help me craft while I study. The catalogue is huge though, so if you haven’t encountered the project before I’m sure you’ll find something to listen to while you craft, and some of the readers are actually really good. The craftlit podcast, which I love, has featured a few of these. That even got me to listen to Pride and Prejudice – which it will most likely horrify you to hear I’ve never read and actively avoided reading for a long time. It was better than I was expecting, considering both the adaptations I’ve seen and the only other Austen book I’ve ever read (Northanger Abbey). I still think I would have got bored reading it though, even if it was far wittier than the insipid chick lit I was expecting. The packaging of Austen as chick lit is kind of interesting, because until I encountered other opinions of her writing while studying that period at uni I’d never considered that that might be misleading. I think this was something brought up on the podcast actually and it does seem to be something that’s happened fairly recently. A while ago there was a documentary about female romantic fiction (that’s a great term!) on tv and they interviewed a publisher who had re-packaged Austen’s books in pink, girly covers which were truly hideous. (I’ve seen them on sale actually – far away from the dowdy ‘classics’ in a cutesy display stand). They were marketing them in a very specific way, and it’s interesting to consider how that changes the way in which the books themselves are read and thought of. For me, at least, it was a total discouragement and it makes me kind of angry that they’re treated so patronisingly. ‘They’re’ being both the books and women. Presumably though, it encourages people who wouldn’t normally read them to, but does the packaging change what they read?Anyway here’s what I did while studying:


I picked up a couple of hundred? stitches and knit the edging for the noro bolero, from the inside. This is the wrong side, although I love how it looks from this side too.? Went back to being a cheap knitter and used my swatch to finish it. Which means I can return two balls of the expensive yarn and feel less guilty.


I planted out my little lettuce seedlings, some of which appear to have doubled in size over the course of this afternoon. I think that means they like their new, more spacious, home.


I baked brownies, which are very good but I think I need to invite some people over to help me eat them! Want to come?

And, best of all, this is now blocking.


I love my dressform, but I love that this seamless set in sleeve worked out perfectly even more. Admittedly it’s kind of a simplified set in sleeve but still. Very satisfying when things work first time. The sleeves, however, are longer than I intended and I have a sinking feeling that they grew more when wet. Crossing my fingers that they’ll be a wearable length, but I might shorten them which I suppose would be relatively straightforward. I found the perfect cast off in Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook and there isn’t a single seam in the entire garment. If only it was dry. Sigh.

The fact that I can combine a rant about the marketing of Austen as ‘girly’ with something this cutesy and pink within one post probably says a lot about me.