I’ve been knitting. It seems like ages since I last picked up two needles and made something. We’ve reached the stage where the children are happy for me to sew clothes for them, but knitting doesn’t hit the mark. (quietly sobs)
Anyway, we were putting up our seasonal decorations over the weekend. The season’s table and garland. Lovely to see the felt toadstools, knitted acorns and egg carton bats brought out of the box. Something was missing. Standing back, it was obvious we needed more colour and leaves. Bright orange pumpkins seemed to fit the bill. Middling thought knitted rather than crocheted or needlefelted.
So knitting it is. Out came the alpaca orange that I had left over from years ago when I was making pumpkin hats. I love the softness of this yarn and it’s such a bright colour. Cheering up a dark, wet evening.
I added tendrils that double up for leaves and stems. I recycled the cut-off yarn left-overs from when I was sewing in the ends of my first crochet blanket, to stuff the pumpkin.
I’ll be making more of these to hang up on the garland. (instructions for knitted pumpkins here)
As I did this on the flat, with no particular pattern, I could read and knit. I’ve just finished reading Don’t Even Think About It
I like to keep up with the books the Teen is devouring, although I don’t have time to read them all. I thought this one looked interesting. It’s very much a Young/Adult book. It’s written in the first person, although its a collective due to the telepathy that the children all gain after a flu jab goes wrong. Imagine being a teen and hearing everyone’s thoughts.
I liked the story and the characters, although the voice annoyed me at times. As my Teen reminded me, it was the right voice/grammar for the book. I suppose she should know. Worth a read, just to remind you what it’s like to be a teen.
I’ve started to read A Better Man. This one was sent through for review, so I’ll post more on it another time. I’ve read a few chapters and am pretty sure its not the kind of book I’d usually choose. I don’t like any of the characters yet, but I’ll plough on through. Ever the optimist.
Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along. Hoping for lots of book recommendations, as I knit up a few more pumpkins.
What are you reading?