Yarn Along

Wednesday. Its time to report on all things book and yarn related, as I join in with Ginny’s Yarn-Along.

I finished the Quilters book from last week. To be honest, I did what I do with books that I’ve started but am not into. I know this might outrage some avid book readers but I jumped to the last chapter. Sometimes this makes me go back and read the book properly, but this one didn’t stand up to the test. It is now in the pile to go back to the library.

I did pick up a copy of The Bad Beekeepers Club and really enjoyed it. It is light hearted, which truly suits me. I like to see the funny side of life and this style of writing is perfect (although I found the repeated references to “Bad Beekeeper” a little annoying. I know its in the title, so I should be more forgiving.). I learnt a bit more about bee keeping, which is still on my list of things to do. In the meantime, I watch the bees in the garden.

(This is not a bee, just a fascinating bee fly. I have found nothing else in the garden that has such a long, fixed proboscis relative to its body. It has the most wonderful jabbing action as it finds an interesting plant. Like a miniature fencer.)

I’m now on to the next book in my pile which is another Diana Wynne Jones and am thoroughly immersed in the story again. My kind of escapism.

Must mention the books that the children are reading. AJ has just finished The Time and Space of Uncle Albert. She waded through George’s Secret Key to the Universe, but found it too full of lectures. Too many quarks, she said, but she did finish it. At nine years old, the Uncle Albert series seems to be a better fit and she is loving it.  She is also enjoying dipping into It’s Elementary!: Putting the crackle into chemistry. BL is enjoying The Philosopher’s Stone as a bedtime story. TF loved Zog, last night. We love all the Julia Donaldson books.

Not quite so much yarn progress to report. I’ve added a few inches to my blanket border. Half way through I remembered that doing a knit stitch at the start and end of a purl row would help with the attaching stage. It also seems to be making it flatter, but that could just be wishful thinking.

So what are you reading and knitting/crocheting this week? If you’ve not checked out the yarn-along, I will warn you that your book list will grow exponentially and, if you have a queue in Ravelry, it will take up several pages. Or is that just me?

26 thoughts on “Yarn Along

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Oooh, that Bad Beekeepers book looks interesting. I’ll add that to my list!!

    I have just had a quick browse through your blog, and it looks wonderful, lots of things you get up to are just my kind of thing!!

    • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Hope you enjoy the book. I realised by the end that I had picked up a lot of new information. Such a good book that I read it all the way through. No jumping to the end! 😀

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Haha, while I don’t do that chapter jumping technique, I am also not outraged. 🙂

    • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      My husband used to despair when I read the start, end and then the middle. I don’t tell him anymore. Shh!

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Life is too short to read books that you’re just not that into 🙂

    • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Never a truer word written!

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Love the colour you’ve chosen for your blanket border………don’t envy you knitting it though……..I applaud your patience.

    Even when I’m loving a book I’m rather naughty, and always skip to the last chapter to see how it ends……….I think I appreciate the twists and turns in the story more when I know the ending 😉 . xx

    • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Me too! It may be back to front, but I love spotting the clues that lead to the ending. Easier to spot if you know the end. Otherwise I’d have to read it again. Also takes the stress out. If I like a character, I want to know that they survive, then I can relax and enjoy. Has to be a really good book for me not to take a peek at the end. 😀

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hi! love that color blue. Do try the dandelion syrup its really tasty. 😀

    • Saturday 21 April, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I’m eyeing up the dandelions in the garden!

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    In all my years of reading I have never thought to jump to the last chapter–how clever! I just suffer on. I will have to try that 🙂 Borders on blankets–something I have yet to try- picking up stitches becomes daunting when you have so many to pick up…. Your book selections are sre so interesting– I can’t wait to look up the Bad Beekeeper’s Club.

    • Saturday 21 April, 2012 at 9:46 am

      😯 Eek! I hope I’ve not passed on a bad habit! Use it carefully!

      The Bad Beekeeper Club is worth a read. I hope you enjoy it.

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I will confess. I check the endings…..I know it’s terrible and I don’t know why I do it. I have abandoned some books that were not interesting and did not bother checking the ending. Can’t wait to see the finished blanket!

    • Saturday 21 April, 2012 at 9:44 am

      I think there are quite a few of us out there. Too many good books around to waste time of a bad one. Once read a book that was written beginning, end and then the middle. Took me a while to figure it out. 😆

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    that bee looks like a narwhale!

    • Saturday 21 April, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I know what you mean. 🙂

  • Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I love the colour of your yarn! I don’t jump to the end of the book, but I sometimes find if I leave a book for a month or two, I can get into it more the second time. 🙂

    • Thursday 19 April, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I’ve done that with books several years later and it has worked. Probably because I have changed in the meantime. I have a feeling that I would have liked this one several years ago, but not now! 😀

  • Thursday 19 April, 2012 at 12:20 am

    what an amazing shot of that bee fly??? never heard of such a critter–wonder if we have them here? I love the color of your blanket—!!!!

    • Thursday 19 April, 2012 at 9:23 am

      They really are funny looking. I believe that they don’t fly for many weeks, so its always a treat to spot them. This one is the dotted bee fly (Bombylius discolor) and is really quite a find as it is relatively rare.

  • Thursday 19 April, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Oh, I love your photo—it makes me want to curl up in the sun with a yarny project and a book right this instant. (Never mind that it’s nighttime here right now.) And hooray for Diana Wynne Jones! I’ve loved her novels since I was a kid. 🙂

    • Thursday 19 April, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I’m slowly working through all of her books. I discovered them only in the last couple of years. Not just for children.

      We’ve lost the sun today, so I’m wishing I could sit in the sun too! Brrr! 😀

      • Friday 20 April, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        yes, i like that one a lot better 🙂
        and you’re probably right, the u.s. cover may be more appealing to children, but as a grownup i like the u.k. one.

        • Saturday 21 April, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Its good to have a book cover that you like. You’ll notice it every time you pick the book up.

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