Welcome the Kermit Sock

p4120017.jpgYes, the new sock is now officially the Kermit sock. It has been dubbed this by two different people so this will be its new name. The yarn is behaving and the pattern is easy to memorize. Maybe requiring to sit and wait in the stash is the key. I have about 4 inches on the needles so far and it looking nice and spring-y.

I worked on the sock last night while I watched a movie last night. I would highly recommend watching Artemisia just to see how far things have come for women in the last several centuries. A few words about the film first. It is in French with English subtitles. And the subtitles are a pretty good translation (I understand French much better than I speak it. I can tell my understanding is getting better because I actually listen more than I read the subtitles.) It does have both male and female frontal nudity. It is also pretty accurate about what role of women played in the 17th century. I want to get this out of the way so that if you do decide to watch the movie, you are prepared.

In the 17th century, women’s lives were not a happy lot. And the Church dictated what women could and couldn’t do. Artemisia Gentileschi was born in 1593 and was the daughter of Orazio Gentileschi, a famous Baroque painter in his own right. At that time, famous artists had their “students” actually do quite a bit of the work while they received the credit. Artemisia, as a female, was not allowed by tradition to be an artist. But she studied under her father except that she was not allowed to study the nude male form since the Church dictated this was prohibited.

In 1612, she was denied entrance into an all-male art academy simply because she was female. Her father hired her a private tutor, Agostino Tassi, another famous artist of the time. This is where the movie picks up. At this time in history, women of a certain class were to protect their virtue at all costs. The story is that Artemisia was raped by Tassi. What really happened is lost in the mists of time. But the trail that occurred and the trauma of the alleged rape appears to have had a lasting impact on her art. I hope that you are interested enough in learning more about her by clicking on one of the links.


Edited: The painting are left to right – Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Judith Slaying Holofernes, Mary Magalene as Melancholy, and Judith and her Maidservant.


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10 responses to “Welcome the Kermit Sock

  1. Susan B

    Gracious, that second painting looks pretty graphic. What are they doing to that guy?
    Also, I have been told that some yarns really need to marinate in the stash for a while, like a steak. (Do you marinate vegetarian dishes?) Maybe that’s why the Kermit sock is going so well for you right now.

  2. I was not familiar with her work, but it is quite stunning.

  3. That sock looks great!

  4. It’s not that easy being green
    Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
    When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
    Or something much more colorful like that

    It’s not easy being green
    It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
    And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
    Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
    Or stars in the sky

    But green’s the color of Spring
    And green can be cool and friendly-like
    And green can be big like an ocean, or important
    Like a mountain, or tall like a tree

    When green is all there is to be
    It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
    Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful
    And I think it’s what I want to be

    Artist – Kermit

  5. Great sock! Kermit would approve, I think.

    Thanks for the movie recommendation — sounds interesting. Wasn’t there a fairly popular book about her recently? Also, Artemisia is the name of another brave and resourceful female in history — the queen of Halicarnassus, who took power after the death of her husband. The Greek historian Herodotus talks about how she craftily commanded a fleet at the naval battle of Salamis.

  6. Hooray for a sock that’s finally working for you! We’ll make it yet!

  7. I’m glad the sock is working for you!

  8. Love the kermit sock, so springy! Glad the pattern isn’t too tricky…

  9. I really love how your Kermit socks are coming along – this colour is so absolutely perfect for this time of year! And what a gorgeous pattern – looking forward to seeing them finished!
    Thank you so much for recommending “Artemisia” – this sounds like such an interesting and thought-provoking movie – I’ll definitely check that one out!

  10. your kermit sock is looking great.
    and that movie sounds quite interesting – we have come a long way over the centuries.