February 25, 2005

"All Great Poetry Risks Schmaltz"*

Likewise, much fun knitting risks ugly:

CIMG2337.JPG Cute? Or does it look like Bob Marley's gramma got hold of a sock?

I have a good friend who says this about great ties: If ugly is a line, a great tie should be just this side of the line. Great knitting, the colorful kind that employs fun techniques, often falls mighty close to the line. Sometimes too close for comfort! Which is why we often see very talented knitters making butt ugly sweaters. (I know, I probably shouldn't have said it, but you all know it's true!)

In this case, I know I'm close to the line, but I think the sock is cute. The issue is, this is the Little Shells Sock that is going to my sockapalooza pal, and I want to be sure that she gets something to love, rather than a sock she has to bury in the backyard. Although she claims to be adventerous and colorful, I don't want to leave the state of Tasteful too far behind on the road to Fun.

Help a girl out! It's an anonymous vote so you can be as brutal as you want. I'm looking for your honesty here!












Would you want to be the recipient of the Bob Marley Caribbean Shell Sock?
No, I'm with Moxie - don't get creative in my environment!
No, but I'm not particularly fond of yellow. I'd go for it if the colorway was different.
Yes, but you shouldn't listen to me - I'm tacky.
Yes, and I have impeccable taste. You can trust me.


  

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*This is quote from Richard Hugo's book on writing, called The Triggering Town. If, as I do, you've always planned to spend your later years following your true calling and writing the great American novel (and I'm sure that many of you blogistas out there intend to do just that) this is a great read. Also on my writers on writing list is John Gardener's On Becoming a Novelist, Annie Dillard's The Writing Life, and E.M. Forester's Aspects of the Novel. Never say I only gave you knitting tips!

Posted by Julia at February 25, 2005 07:01 PM
In just plain silly | little shell socks | main | sockapalooza

Comments

You're so right about the ugly/awesome thing. But you're definitely on the good side of the line! The combination of the colors and the pattern is really cool. I think it looks kind of vintage.

Posted by: alison at February 28, 2005 08:15 PM

Hmmm...from a fashion point of view...yellow is color number 3 this spring. Just wait - it'll be all over the stores - THEN all of those non-yellow wearers will crumble and each with own a piece!

Posted by: kimberli at February 27, 2005 11:45 AM

cool socks. i'm lovin' those colors.

Posted by: froggy at February 27, 2005 04:38 AM

Julia, you are effin hilarious. The socks are cool. I naturally think that I have impeccable taste, but you know me, so use your own judgement. You mentioned once that I dress... creatively (in your environment!) but then, it sounds like your Socka... pal does, as well.

David Mamet's "Writing in Restaurants" is also great. I am a fan.

Posted by: Mary-Heather at February 26, 2005 11:04 PM

I think they're adorable, especially having seen the yarn in person. Keep shelling!

Posted by: Jen at February 26, 2005 08:35 PM

I think the socks are adorable! And I'm usually a little conservative in my sock yarn choices.

My absolute favorite writing book is The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear, by Ralph Keyes. I was so happy to find out that it's somewhat normal for writers to be terrified facing the page!

Posted by: Judy H. at February 26, 2005 03:43 PM

To me, they look like the perfect socks to wear with khakis. I'd love to have them.
Holly

Posted by: Holly at February 26, 2005 10:34 AM

This is why I love my readers. I knew you guys were writing geeks, too.

Emily - I haven't read Writing a Woman's Life - I will pick it up.

Mrs. P- I've read those as well! I guess I look wacky enough having read three of those books. In reality it's at least five. The Anne LaMott I didn't love quite as well, but Eudora Welty I adore - have you seen her book of photography?

Posted by: Julia at February 26, 2005 07:01 AM

love the gardner and forster books. also anne lamott's bird by bird. maybe eudora welty's writer's beginnings too...


i like the socks.

Posted by: mrspilkington at February 25, 2005 11:01 PM

You might also like Carolyn Heilbrun's Writing a Woman's Life. I put it right up there alongside the Dillard.
Very fancy socks there! I would be happy to receive any socks made from KPPPM, since I personally think it too nice to use for socks but would secretly love to have socks made from it.

Posted by: Emily at February 25, 2005 07:57 PM