Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yarn Along: A Little Gift, A Lot of Reading


Since my last Yarn along, I have read Marilynne Robinson's trilogy. I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own but my book club wanted to read Lila and I was curious about the other two. I think that Lila is by far the best book in the trilogy. It is the most compelling and about a fascinating life and mind. It's about restlessness, purity of mind and heart against all odds, longing, and dealing with a crazy, nomadic, poverty stricken life after getting out of it.

I honestly had a lot of trouble reading Gilead. It is like walking around in someone else's fuzzy brain. The main character seems to be some kind of liberal Calvinist who, dispite his old age, hasn't come to very many conclusions about life. His theological perspective confuses me beause it is just so unclear. The best parts of the book are when he talks about his childhood, his grandfather, and Lila. He's a good character, I even like him, but I didn't want to walk around in his mind with him.

Home was the second best book in the trilogy. It's about two siblings out of a family of eight children that have hit middle age and kind of "failed" at life. They both return home with their dying father and form a friendship of sorts. While it was an interesting read, I found the repeated unclear life perspective in it to be a bit depressing. There's a lot of groping in the dark and coming up with nothing. Pluse, there weren't really any conclusions at the end which I found unsatisfying. But maybe it was that way on purpose?

I think that Lila was worth the read, but I wouldn't recommend the other two. There was just too much muddled thought in them.

I'm knitting a little gift out of purple yarn. It's a beautiful variegated lamb's pride and I had trouble capturing the colorway in the photos. The lighter bits don't show well. I just love the pattern that I'm using. It's simple but pretty and I think that the design for the ends is going to work really well. Perfect for early spring!

I also published a free pattern this week (picture below). It's a staple garment for all of my children from 0-4 years old and I make it as a gift for a lot of friends. I love blank slate patterns like this one because the possibilities for fun modifications are endless. Fair Isle, cables, lace, oh my!

I will be sharing this on Small Things and Frontier Dreams.



  1. precious little hat!!!! I've heard others talk about this trilogy....some LOVE it, others are pretty so-so about it. I'm following your lead. Thanks for the review.

    1. Glad you like the hat :-). I hope I have led you well!

  2. Ooh, thanks for the review! I have read Gilead. I liked it, but I totally understand what you mean and can resonate with your thoughts on it. So many people that i know like Marilynne Robinson though. I'm going to read Lila soon!

    1. I think that you will love Lila if you liked Gilead. I'd really love to hear what you think of it when you are done!

  3. hi! thanks for commenting on my blog the other day for the yarn along! I am just catching up with things here! I TOTALLY hear you about this author. Actually she makes me feel uncomfortable with what I also see as unclear and well... it sounds good on the first read but then I kept finding myself thinking of the ideas given by the narrator in other contexts and it not longer sounded good to me! some talent in writing but don't like her world view as it were.

    Cute hair band you are knitting and that little one's hat is adorable! :)


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