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10.4.14

25 Ways of seeing

Knitting in progress and the books I am reading piled up together.


Knitting: a dog walking hat for me. Paravel, as designed by Megan Goodacre, but with modified lace panels (the bits that at the moment look like I've made a mistake with the ribbing). The yarn is Quince & Co Finch - 100% American Wool - the colour, Kumlien's Gull.

Reading: On Looking: About Everything There is to See, by Alexandra Horowitz. In essence a book about paying attention and how we all see things differently, written by a cognitive scientist inspired by her dog.

Linking with Ginny's Yarn Along - it's been a while - and Laura's The Year in Books.


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Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, and to the many people who emailed me, your response to my rather forthright book review was overwhelmingly positive. That said, and much as I revel in the positive feedback, how worrisome that telling it like is, or rather as it appears to me to be - an important distinction - is apparently so unusual in Blogtopia as to be repeatedly described as 'refreshing'.

Pondering this my mind turned, inevitably perhaps, to Hans Christian Anderson's Emperor and his new suit of clothes. We all remember the child who dared to say what others were surely thinking. But do you remember what happens after he speaks up? I had to Google it ...

The procession continues, nothing changes, the naked emperor marches on. And I guess, unchallenged, he's still walking!


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And finally ...



25 comments :

  1. I've often thought about the way we say that honesty is "refreshing." It shouldn't be that way! We should be used to honesty and should always expect it. Thanks for the reference to the emperor; it's a perfect analogy.

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  2. Authors have thick hides. It's part of the biz. I've always believed, "Why be fake?' I wanna steal your beanie.

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  3. I have such a good time visiting your posts, Annie! Analysis of anything is not my strength, therefore I especially appreciate folk like you who are gifted in raising interesting topics, and proposing probing questions that get my attention and help me focus on considering what I see, and what I think about what I see :) I especially enjoyed the clips and the vision of the artist! Thanks!

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  4. Love the colour of that hat Annie, it's one I associate with you. Beautiful. I'm glad everyone found your review so refreshing. It's not the only book around with absolutely no content, it's a growing problem.

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  5. I am intrigued by your current read. #theyearinbooks is opening up a whole huge world of books

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  6. Hi Annie! Looking forward to seeing the completed hat ... I wish I coulkd wear hats, they just don't suit me though ... my ears were ringing they were that cold, walking along the beach yesterday!

    Your current book sounds very interesting ... fascinating to see how others view things xxx

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  7. I liked the sound of the book you are reading so much I have just bought the kindle edition...perhaps something for my book club.

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  8. That book sounds really excellent. I love books that wake us up!

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  9. I am in love with the colour you have chosen for your dog walking hat. I am thinking I will need to knit one for myself soon. Although we are experiencing a rather mild Autumn I am sure Winter will hit soon, and the dog will still require walking!
    xo

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  10. Your yarn looks lovely - a good colour for a hat, Annie, and I'll be looking forward to seeing the finished article. I'm really interested in that book - so much so that I've written down the title and will go looking for it, thank you! Joy

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  11. Ahhh, yes, sadly, we're creatures of habit and nothing will change. But, in other news ... you're knitting the hat that I wanted. Bravo! ;-D

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  12. Love what your knitting and what you're reading ... true necessities!

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  13. Great looking book, thank you for sharing. Also loving the colour of the your dog walking hat! xoxo

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  14. I am the one that told everyone the emperor was naked and let me tell you......it was not pleasant! LOL! I've spoken up and out all my life and I've discovered most people would rather live in a state of oblivion so now.....let them! Ha! Ha! But I have also retired to my reclusive life of happiness living in the "Glad House". I still have a phone line but no answering machine turned on. I might trade in the phone line for a Life Alert and call it a day.
    I can't wait to see your hat and how it turns out. I have a knitting question on my blog if you ever get over there. I'm sure you would have the answer.
    The book looks very interesting and whenever I visit your blog I am loving your monochromatic color scheme and yet I keep telling myself I am a "riotous" color person but am I really? I'm attracted more and more to creams and grays and oatmeal and even stark white. Am I truly changing or am I just bombarded by the Pottery Barn crowd? But I must admit I always love your photos and they aren't Pottery Barn.....they are truly you...maybe it's sincerity I'm searching for....or am I just at an age when I want to divest myself of stuff and live a simple,peaceful and restful life? (It's hard to be restful surrounded by riotous color...lol) Oh, and did I ever tell you how much I adore your vintage photos? Thank you. P.S. If you do visit my blog put your sunglasses on first....I just updated it with, you guessed it..."riotous color". Ha! Ha!

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  15. I have two hats that I wear when walking Frodo and they are both wurm hats :) Gotta have a hat!! I love quince and co yarn--I've knit with tern and with finch.

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  16. hello, I don't think the book has been released in the US yet. I did look at it on the UK amazon page and it looks interesting! I may link up next week with my book and project.

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  17. Hi Annie,

    It is going to be a fabulous dog walking hat -I love the colour and the pattern and look forward to seeing it finished. The book looks interesting.
    Happy day
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  18. I, too, totally had forgotten what happened.....poor emperor. I'm thinking I would love that book....off to Amazon!

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  19. I have no idea if honesty is refreshing or anything else, I only know how to be me for good or bad, I hope that I am always honest - probably sometimes I could do with being less honest! - and I imagine from what I have read here and your e-mails and comments that you are pretty much the same! xx

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  20. I love your previous review - it's refreshing to read something so honest rather than a review which is polite and diplomatic (something, I suspect, like I'd write about a book I didn't like). And how I identify with the whole pretty flowers + nature + hedgerow + vintage receptacles thing. I too would have paid out for it. So thank you for that. A potential waste money-wasting opportunity avoided!
    Sarah :)

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  21. I must must get that book. I want you to know that I love love your blog. Every post is a pleasure and a treat. You have imagination and skill with everything I've seen you touch. The website is elegant and simple, beautiful photography, experience and knowledge, your writing is solid and I'm interested in everything you offer us, and I'm beginning to worry I sound creepy stalkerish...but no worries, because there's a whole Atlantic between us and I'm unemployed, so I'll get my jollies from those very sweet comments you've left on my blog. My new blog is wobbling along and I'm going to point my tiny readership your way so they can see how it should properly be done. Keep blogging!! <3

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  22. That book sounds very interesting. Everything about Quince and Co makes me want to buy their yarn; the name of their brand, their colours, the names they give their colours (they have a colour called Kittiwake - we used to have a boat called Kittiwake when I was a child, that alone makes me want to buy that particular shade...). I bet they even have nice labels, don't they? These things matter to me, they make the selecting and purchasing of yarn so much more pleasurable and rewarding. x

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  23. I read and watched this post - and forgot to say thank you!
    he's a great find :)
    x

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  24. Yet another fascinating choice from you. Also, I love Yarn Along, there is something so appealing about photographs of knitting and books...

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