In the home stretch

I am in the home stretch on my small Aeolian shawl. I started the edge last night. But of course, with each row, there are more stitches, so these last 40 rows or so could take quite a while to actually knit. Nevertheless, here is where I am now --


I really like the 2/60 silk I am making the olive shawl in. I love these silk yarns and have several of them in my stash. But I couldn't resist adding more, as I believe future prospects for this yarn from Colourmart of pretty slim. This color is called Vicuna but it is a wonderful antique gold which the photo does not do justice to --


I don't yet know what it will become.

I have been reading a lot of memoirs by women on aging and reading other books on the subject as part of some work I am doing. This week I got a new book, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot's The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50. I was hoping for something really substantive on this important life stage. But ... I was disappointed. In it she interviews a number of men and women in their 50's, 60's and 70's, but all them are pretty high-achievers -- CEOs, professionals, artists and the like and their life issues, while similar in many ways with those of more ordinary people, are also often more resource rich than is the norm. I was hoping for her to connect the material from the interviews more deeply to the ideas of Erik Erikson, Jung, James Hollis and others who have written about this life stage but she does not make the deeper connections. In fact the book was slight enough for me to finish in an evening. I hoped for more. It is well written but rather light on substance.

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