Yarn Along no 4

Joining in the Yarn Along at Ginny‘s this week. I’ve found some time to knit and the sleeves for my castle jumper are complete. I’m now working up the back, but that is the last of the sandy coloured wool, so I’ll be artistically changing to grey for the rest. Trust me. It will work! At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Just for fun, I thought I’d show a picture of how it is all looking. TF is very excited about his castle jumper, although he calls it his “fighting jumper”. Hmm. I guess I know what he means.

I bought A Commoner’s Cottage: The Story of a Cottage Through the Ages just after we bought our cottage. It chronicles the life of a cottage built in the 16th century up to modern times. At the time, I poured over it trying to find similarities and explanations as we renovated our home. The featured cottage is older than ours and in a different region of the UK. It helped me to appreciate how the former residents would have lived in our cottage.

That was 15 years ago. I found the book again this week. It is so long since I read it that it feels like a new book. I love the hand drawn pictures and the facts sprinkled throughout it. Queen Elizabeth I went up in my esteem when I read that she decreed all new houses should be built surrounded by 4 acres of their own land. She also supported the wool trade by insisting that all corpses should be wrapped in a wool shroud. The book is in the format that I can dip into it when I have a chance. I love social history, especially when it focuses on the every day rather than the people and events that would have made the headlines.

Both my knitting and reading is taking a history theme this week. If you’re a knitter and a reader, have a look at Ginny’s link up.

10 thoughts on “Yarn Along no 4

  • Wednesday 13 July, 2011 at 10:45 pm
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    Clever knitter that you are I don’t doubt that you will do a fabulous job… it’s looking great! I simply love the read. I may not live in an English cottage, but I can certainly appreciate one!

    I too wish that we could spin together. I’d love to sit side by side with someone who really knows what she is doing. But lets do it at you place. I’d rather do it in an English cottage any day!!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Wednesday 13 July, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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      Ha! I’m not sure I’d describe my spinning skills in that way. I think, my report card would be along the lines of “Enthusiastic, but needs to put in more practise.” You would be more than welcome to come and spin in our cottage. Least we could encourage each other!

  • Wednesday 13 July, 2011 at 11:14 pm
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    The jumper is looking fabulous. I’m looking forward to seeing it finished.
    Anne xx

    • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 8:35 am
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      The fancy stitches on the arm, slowed it down, otherwise I reckon TF would be wearing it and probably have it covered with mud by now!

  • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 3:02 am
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    Oh wow! That castle jumper is AMAZING! What a fun book…I’ve added it to my Amazon wishlist…which gets longer and longer each Wednesday 😉

    • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 8:33 am
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      My list is growing by the Wednesday, too. It is a fun book. The format is a less formal, making it fun to dip into whenever I have a moment.

  • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 11:36 am
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    Great job! that little sweater is fab. I was particularly interested in the book you are reading, I think I would like it too. I’ll have a look in our library.

    • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 7:20 pm
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      Thanks, Kath. I think you would like the book. I love the format with its bite size facts and drawings. Easy reading.

  • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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    that is the coolest sweater ever! my girls just want to be princesses mostly so I can’t wait for my boy to get a bit older….but he loves to wear high heels now so I’m not sure if he’ll want to be a knight 🙂

    • Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 10:30 pm
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      Thanks Megan! So nearly finished. If my son is anything to go by, then the high heel phase will pass. TF no longer requests pretty hair ties in his hair, but is opting for the more stereotypical boys toys and games.

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