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Yarn Along – Neverwhere ‘n’ shawl

neverwhere and knitting

It’s a few months since I joined in with Ginny’s Yarn Along . A place to share what’s on my needles and the book on my bedside table. It’s this time of year that I give knitting and reading more of my time. In the summer, I just can’t settle to either, and both gather dust.

This weekend, we went to our nearest book shop. As usual the children had no trouble finding books and spent time deliberating on which one of many to buy. They can do this without my assistance and I know that I’m little help. I tend to point out other books, which is really not the point. So I took my cue and wandered off to the sci fi section. Spotting old favourites and unknowns. Not sure if I wanted to commit myself to any of them.

rose and web

Reaching the Gs I spotted Neil Gaiman. Not an author I’ve read before. Liz had twittered/tweeted a photo of one of his children’s books. Hmm. Would one of his adult books suit me? I opted for Neverwhere based on nothing more than it had rat speakers in it and AJ had been talking about a children’s book that had rat speakers…so I bought it!

bramble and web

Turned out to be a good choice. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised the book is based on a TV series (adding the DVD to my Christmas list) that we watched years ago. Before children. I remember loving it. A shift in perception has always fascinated me. Probably why I tend to read sci fi rather than something like romances. The book is even better.

spider in web

Maybe it helps that I’ve spent more than enough hours travelling on the London Underground. I’m fully familiar with the places and can picture the stations. Not absolutely necessary when reading this book, but it brought it more to life for me. I love the concept that Hammersmith is a real blacksmith and The Earl (Earls Court) rides around in a carriage with his court. People and places, that have fallen through the fabric of society, are all there. This must have been a fun book to write. Really good book.

clemetis head

Knitting wise – I’m adding rows and width to my shawl. It’s going to be the sort of shawl that I can throw over my shoulders when I need to rush out to close up the hen house or collect the milk from the bottom of the path. It’s easy to pick up and knit. Especially now that I’ve added stitch markers for each of the ripples. There is enough length now that I can start to see the ripple effect. Ravelry notes here

Hello to any fellow yarners. Hope you had a good summer/winter. I’ve finished my book now, so if you have any other suggestions in the same genre, please leave me a comment. Maybe a book called Alwayswhere or Sometimeswhere. It will be more promising as a post title.

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