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September Yarn Along

Hello September. Good to see you. You always feel like the beginning of the warm and cosy months. I’ve already baked a couple apple and blackberry crumbles, so no surprise that you’re here already. Evenings are spent processing food from the garden, rather than outright gardening. Time to read and craft. I like the gradual switch.

The start of the month also heralds the time to share my current books and knitting project. I’ll start with knitting.


I’ve made progress. I do love to knit. I love how my twisting and wrapping yarn around two sticks can produce something wearable. Inch by inch it grows. Pattern slowing appearing.

I’m working on my red noughts and crosses cardigan. (Purple version here.) I finished the back in August, and am working on the first sleeve. I love knitting the cable panel. Just one more sleeve to go before I can put it all together. I’m feeling confident that I’ll be wearing this before autumn/fall has run its course.

Books (affiliated links)

I finished Good Omens  by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen. Loved reading it. Slightly different from the TV series. Part left out and another added. It was worth reading. I’ve also finished The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. A really good read. It is not a beekeeping book, but interesting how the story wove beekeeping in and out of the characters’ lives, with a subtle touch. I’ve been sending love to every bee I encounter, ever since reading it. It dealt with family relationships, loss, racism and belief, set in the South Carolina during the 1960s.

I’ve also been digging into the Lost Words Spell songs. This is a truly fabulous book. The sort of book that makes you aware of a sob, so deep inside you, that you have no idea where it came from, or even that it was there. (That might be just me, of course.) A feeling so strong that you know it will explode if not let out.

If you’ve read Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris, then the Spell book is the next step. It comes with a CD, featuring the nature poems set to music. The resulting music is haunting and deep-down thought provoking. The creativity is fascinating. As are the illustrations in the book.

Not sure what I’ll read next. I find good books always need a slight pause before a new book can even be contemplated. Time to savour the story a moment more. I’ll give it till the weekend.

Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along and Anne’s Book Worms Monthly. What have you been reading this month? Any yarn projects on the go?

11 Responses to September Yarn Along

  • Debbie says:

    Hi Cheryl, I can’t imagine working with wool in the summer, the needles would stick to my sweaty hands. Last winter was a bit of a funny one and I didn’t manage to get back into crocheting, but I plan to again this winter as soon as things cool down. Not that I’m up to your standard. I’ll be happy if I manage to crochet some gloves and maybe a hat. I tend to have to unravel a lot as my tension leaves a lot to be desired and creates tension in my hands and shoulders!

    I read The Secret Lives Of Bees to and it stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I do enjoy books like that, but hate finishing them. Have you read A Man Called Ove? I just finished that and it was another one that got me.


  • Oh, that Lost Words book looks fabulous! Thanks for putting me on to it–I’ll have to check it out. That red sweater looks fabulous–love those cables.

    (An aside, not about this post, but I love the purple dress you are wearing in your profile pic–so chic!)

  • Anne Sweet says:

    I did crochet when it was hot, it was actually nicer doing it outside with a slight breeze. Your book choices sound amazing. Of course I love Good Omens, I’ve read the book, listened to the audio dramatization and watched the television series. Maybe a little bit obsessive 🙂 The Lost Words Spell Songs sounds really special.

  • I read the Secret Life of Bees a few years ago and I must admit I don’t remember much about it. I would second what Debs said about A Man Called Ove – I absolutely loved it! It was one of my favourite reads of last year.

  • I made an apple and blackberry crumble for the gang just the other day. I haven’t really had the hooks out as much as I’d have liked though.
    Saying that, I have just ordered some more yarn!
    Love the colour of your cardi. x

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