Thursday, February 13, 2020
Craft On: Finished! But Not Completely.
This is technically the second time I finished this. Last week, I did all the decreases, closed up the top of the hat, and wove in the ends, and then tried it on and realized I didn't like where I placed the decreases. So, I undid that all and re-calculated it, and did it again. I like it much better this time around. It still needs the ends woven in and blocking, though. My goal is to get this pattern to my tech editor by Monday evening, and to have it ready for beta knitting by the beginning of Lent. If you are interested, please let me know, because I would love to let you try the pattern first, for free. There are two sizes, a child and an adult, so if you don't want to make the larger size, there is a smaller option.
I'm still enjoying Babel. The only thing I don't like about the book is that the author gets the metaphor about Babel completely backwards. He sees the multitude of languages as an example of our "Babel" rather than the traditional, biblical, story of the unified language that becomes confused. It's as if he doesn't know that the story of Babel doesn't celebrate the different languages, but sees it as a punishment for their hubris. Other than that, the insights and information about each of the languages is superb and I'm learning a lot. I'm into Korean now, and can't wait to get to Arabic. As a fun bonus, after years of trying to get the kids interested in foreign languages, now both Alexander and Dominic are trying to learn Arabic and Amira and Jerome are learning German. Frustratingly, none of them are learning French, which is the language I am best at (technically - I understand Arabic better, because it was a mother tongue, but have a hard time with translation and grammar, because I never learned it as a foreign language, just as the way we spoke). However, it is great that they want to learn the languages of their parents' heritage.