326–Lit Up!


Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

6 Responses

  1. Donna says:

    Is there any way for a blogless, twitter-free, non-facebook or google+ person to enter the giveaway? I’m not very chatty, I’m a subscriber who likes to hibernate with my knitting in hand and an audio book in my ear.

    • Heather says:

      You mean you’re living the life I wish I had (some days)?
      I think there’s something on there for “invent your own” option. Just “tell a friend” and let that be your entry (let me know if that option disappeared). You could put the URL of your favorite knitting pattern in as the link. I won’t tell.

  2. Kristi says:

    Regarding Gaskill and North & South, I have to say that this is actually one of the few cases where I prefer the movie to the book. i’ve read several Gaskill works now, have traveled to Manchester and visited the textile museum there (I was unfortunately not able to go to the Gaskill house because it was under renovation at the time), have studied British history of the time period, etc. And here’s the thing–normally Gaskill is brilliant. I love Wives and Daughters– I think it’s her best novel-length work in terms of the story line. I think it’s beautiful, sweet, and everything lovely. With North and South, I actually feel that the miniseries captures the romance, the political tensions, religious tensions and social tensions better than the novel is able to. That’s a weird thing to say, I know, but part of it is, I think, that the religious commentary that is in the book does not really resonate strongly across time and the religious commentary that comes through the discussions with Bessy what cut in the miniseries in favor of the more nuanced whisperings around Mr. Hale’s decision to move to Manchester. The other stuff–the romance, the class divisions, the social divisions, etc.– those seem to have stayed with us more effectively, and that’s what the movie really captures well.

    Also–Richard Armitage is lovely. Really.

    • Heather says:

      I’m thrilled to have another book with a decent miniseries to go with. And Armitage is just so much gilding the lily.
      I’ll see what I can do to improve the ‘movement of meaning across the century”–the gauntlet is down!

  3. Nina says:

    I remember this as being a chapter I enjoyed the last time I listened to this recording by Brenda as well. I’m so glad you liked the bit of writing about all that May communicates with her eyes. I loved that it was explaining a concept that we all know very well-the “look”. Can’t wait for next week and I’m also so excited about the next book. I LOVE North and South and it will be very fun to hear your commentary.

    Thanks again for the lovely giveaway as well. I covet that Anne sweater!

  4. Yay, there are more than six hats now. 🙂
    I have one that’s all ready to send, but I’m wanting to crochet another and send them together.