Wednesday, November 28, 2012

yarn along - act your age!

If you can believe it, I am still (three weeks later) working my way through A Wizard of Earthsea.

But I almost always have a couple of books going at once, and I'm also satisfying my non-fictional cravings with Nancy Lesko's Act Your Age! A Cultural Construction of Adolescence.

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Recommended to me by a current professor, this book is fairly academic, but still very accessible, especially for anyone with a vested interest in understanding how we've come to understand adolescents.

Lesko posits that we have narrowly defined adolescence as "coming of age", hormone-driven, highly peer influenced, and time-oriented. She reviews the history of how our characterizations of adolescence came to be socially constructed (rather than empirically true), and how in some ways, these characterizations can be extremely limiting and even damaging.

Yep, it's pretty serious.

But its seriousness is balanced by these simple, little leg caps on our living room ottoman.

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I whipped these up over a few episodes of United States of Tara (so good), starting with a basic square. We were excited to trash our cheap old rug and get back to our wooden floor. But these caps were definitely needed to keep it safe.

And I like to imagine they're keeping the ottoman's feet warm through this shift into very cold weather...

~linking up with Ginny's yarn along~

14 comments:

  1. I love those little foot cozies! And I love how everything you're reading/doing balances out - Earthsea and Act Your Age, academic and imaginary thoughts - good stuff! Love you.

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  2. Oh my gosh - those floor protectors are so awesome!!!

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  3. Those cozies are genius!!! You have my mind reeling. I am going to have to make some for my dinning room chairs! Maybe after Christmas, that is! What a great way to get rid of stash yarn too!

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  4. That is TOO cute and clever - I never thought I'd say this but I'm jealous of your ottoman's feet

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  5. How creative! I would have never thought of that solution. And it dresses up the leg of the furniture :)

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  6. So super cute! Made me laugh delightedly.

    Re: Teens, a professor once compared teens to toddlers, similar growth patterns both physically and mentally and advised adequate sleep and nourishing food for both. Common sense wins again!

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  7. These are genius! We just I herniated a bunch of furniture, and really need to make these...wish I could crochet...mind if I work up a knitted equivalent?

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    1. Of course not! Would love to see it.

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  8. Cool! I definitely need to snag a copy of this book :) I was/will be for grad school a psychology major + find adoles. to be a fascinating topic! And you knit too? Awesome. I'm starting my first large blanket! xo, eliza

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    1. So glad it's a good recommendation!

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  9. I'm up to 4 teens in my house - there's really no understanding them!! You just roll with it!
    Really like those little feet slippers. Do they stay on pretty well?? do they make the furniture slide around more??

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    1. It's a heavy ottoman, so no problems with sliding. And we hardly ever move it, but I think as long as it's not lifted, they'll be ok. I've seen ones for chairs/stools that are just much longer...I think that helps too. =)

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  10. The foot cozy is such a good idea! it gives it a cute touch too as well as protecting the floors from being scraped.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)