Crochet Thoughts

I think I have decided that I like to crochet a lot, but not too much. Ugh, that sentence makes no sense. Okay, there are patterns that are just ‘do nothing but crochet in this direction for this long and then come back.’ Eventually those start to bore me. How many more feet of the same color can I stare at?

But the type of afghan like what I’m working on now, which has a lot of small parts that have to be put together, I also don’t necessarily like. I don’t like when the putting together takes as long as the making of the motifs.

A thing I think I have come to realize about this designer is that, for her, the joy is in the putting together.

And I have to tell you, once I realized this was what she loves about the process, it made me less resentful of how long it’s taking to get everything together.

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Anyway, on Thursday I’m going to talk to some folks about the bombing book. I am nervous as fuck.

I really want my book to strike the sweet spot where it is conversational and accessible to regular people and also I want historians to find it useful. But if ordinary Nashvillians can’t read it then I have failed.

But I haven’t read a lot of history books written like I’m writing this–with snarky asides and long meandering discussions of whether a person’s literary aesthetic informs their racist violence aesthetic.

So, I guess, if you have read a book like that, let me know. I’d like to compare approaches.

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6 thoughts on “Crochet Thoughts

  1. I avoid as much as possible patterns that make me seam things for more than, like, the toes of socks. I also keep several projects on deck at a time… the one that’s all boring repetition, for when I am watching something with subtitles, and the complicated things I have to look at and count, for the rest of it.

  2. Yes, Sarah Vowell is an excellent comparison. And if your facts are good, your citations are valid, and your prose is clear, then you have already done something good and worthwhile. You are helping to tell a story that’s been untold/badly told. In the long run, that’s the real value of your book. If it also happens to be entertaining, well, that’s even better!

    If you have a lot of facts/citations and dates, the only thing I would beg of you as a reader is that you have a good index.

  3. I haven’t tried it, myself, but it seems like for afghans with a lot of small parts, like this one, it might make things a lot easier.

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