Joining Ginny this morning on a Yarn Along ……
Having just finished Yellow Raft on Blue Water and having had a great discussion with my book club about it, I can report that I found it a worthwhile read. Many in my group, including myself, were uncomfortable with the dysfunctional family aspect of the book and that proved to be a barrier for some to truly appreciate what the author was conveying in his writing. I found that he was a master in weaving the three separate stories of three generations of Native American women into one ‘braid’ so to speak. I found myself pondering the book often which is always a good sign and my take-away was that we need to be careful forming opinions of others because we never know the rocky trails their life has taken them on.
It was interesting to hear how others in the group interpreted things throughout the book so I could readily see the benefits of being in a book club. The book was truly ‘fleshed out’ and I walked away with even more to think about. One lady had researched the author and I was amazed at the similarities between his own life and the book’s story. Another lady had read the story thirty years ago and had related to a younger character and this time had related to the older one. And it was interesting to see how our culture had changed in those thirty years toward different social norms in the book. And, of course, the best thing about being in a book club is that you read books you would not necessarily be drawn to so it broadens your horizons. Enough said. If it sounds intriguing then check out your local library, I’m certain they will have one.
This week I am thinking of Ireland and doing some research on a trip we have planned later this spring. I’m knitting green things, a Holden shawlette in some lovely hand painted yarn and finishing up Portulaca which is a design by an Irish designer. I will also be knitting Dubliner for the Loopy Ewe First Quarter Challenge.
If you have been to Dublin and have something I.must.see.or.do then please leave a comment and let me know. I have already located a yarn shop that carries Studio Donegal and Hedgehog Fibers important things first!