On My Needles and Between my Pages – October 26th

On My Needles

I, like most of us, have different projects for different occasions.  My “at home” is usually slightly more complicated knitting.  Multiple charts may be in involved or it’s just too large to leave the house.  My “knitting with friends knitting'” is usually mid range stuff that may require some attention but will still allow me to have conversations.  My “lunch time & transit knitting or I’ve just had an exhausting day and my brain is slowly oozing out of my ears knitting” has to be simple and straight forward.  I need to be able to toss it in my bag and not have to worry about where I am in the pattern.  I realized this week that this type of knitting was lacking.  So I checked my Year of Projects list and settled on the Klennex covers to add to my Christmas packages.  There should be more to show you, but I ripped back the first one when I realized that it was in fact going to be too small.  So on my way home I picked up some actual purse sized Kleenex packages so I won’t make the same mistake again.

The other reason I am very happy to be doing this project is because it is using up some yarn that would otherwise have continued to sit in my stash.  I won this two years ago at the Stitch ‘n Pitch and have had no idea what to do with it.  (I love the fact that I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, but can almost always tell you where any particular skein of yarn came from.)  I don’t like the way it feels.  It doesn’t feel like a natural fibre even though it’s 70% wool.  It certainly wasn’t going to end up on my feet.  But the self patterning is really cute and it will make great little cases.

Between my pages

I am struggling through the last few pages of WinterWood.  The scariest part of the novel is the fact that the main character, and therefore the author, has an unusual fascination with My Little Ponies.  (Did you know that there was a Pony named Pinkie Pie?  I didn’t and really I don’t feel that my life has been enriched in any way by knowing that.)  He’s also brought up the Care Bears a few times.  I guess this is where the concept of Modern Day Gothic Horror story comes in.   ‘Cause I gotta tell you, it scares the heck out of  me.

But, my next book is already on my nightstand waiting for me and I am sure it’s going to be a better read.  Day After Night is by Anita Diamant.  I first read her years ago on a visit to my In-laws house.  Everyone in my husband’s family are voracious readers.  So when I realized that both my mother and sister-in-law were reading the same copy of the a book at the same time, I figured it had to be good.  (And the mini battle that was happening for time with the book was rather intriguing to watch.)  At one point they both made the mistake of being away from the book at the same time, so I snatched it up and by the time the realized what had happened I was hooked on The Red Tent.  As you can imagine three people all trying to read the same copy of one book is a little problematic and by the time we left I was only half way through.  About six months later I bought my own copy and read the book from cover to cover.  It is a wonderful example of women’s literature and I highly recommend it.  It is a wonderful narrative about the lives of the women in the Old Testament.   I admit I am not overly familiar with the Old Testament, however, the Red Tent was a complex and engrossing read.  So when I came across Day After Night in the bargain section of my neighbourhood bookstore it had to come home with me.  Based in 1945, it tells the story of four women displaced from society after being liberated from a concentration camp.  I have high hopes that this book will be as moving and fascinating as her first book.  And really, I need something to erase Winterwood from my memory.

For more WIPS and Reading check out Tami’s blog and The Yarn Along

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13 responses to “On My Needles and Between my Pages – October 26th

  • Natalie

    That book does sound interesting, might have to look that one out myself 🙂

    Love the fact that you remember the provenance of all your yarn. Thinking about it, I’m probably the same way (apart from dates at least, I’m just no good with dates!) And yay for using up stash that would otherwise remain unloved, excellent idea.

  • Natalie

    [sorry if this duplicates – I commented but it disappeared, so I’m trying again]

    That book sounds really interesting, might have to look out for it for myself.

    Love that you can remember the provenance of your yarn – I’m probably the same (apart from dates, I’m rubbish with dates). And yay for using stash that would otherwise have remained unloved 🙂

  • steph @ woolythyme

    I’ve sewn Kleenex covers, but never thought to knit one! Great idea!

    Loved the Red Tent–thanks for the Day After Night suggestion. It’s now in my reading queue!!
    (Really chuckled over the three reading one book–was possession really 9/10th of the law?)

  • Stacey

    Good plan… working on Christmas packages. Can’t believe it’s so late in the year, already!

  • Nicky

    Currently reading the Red Tent so thanks for the recommendation.

    I’ve nixed the idea of Christmas knitting for all but 2 people … kudos to you for getting yours started already.

  • Laura

    “(I love the fact that I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, but can almost always tell you where any particular skein of yarn came from.)”
    This is so true! No matter how big the stash gets 🙂

    The Kleenex covers look like a great stash-buster, and I know exactly what you mean about different projects for different places. I’ve contemplated leaving one in each room of the house and one in my drawer at work, just in case 😉

  • A Morning Grouch

    You just gave me a good idea for a name of my (imaginary/not yet formed) knitting club. Stitch ‘n Bitch!

  • Emma

    Those Kleenex covers are a really good idea. I’ve never thought of doing something like that before and I bet they make good little stocking fillers!

  • Sharon (witchyknits)

    Clever plan for that yarn!! I have to say about the book – seriously, My Little Pony and Care Bears – that would freak me out too!!!

  • Marie/Underground Crafter

    Yikes, My Little Pony? Care Bears? I want to run for the hills, so it sounds horrific! I feel the same way about last night’s dinner and my yarn collection :).

  • EmmaWooKnits

    My Little Pony??? I loved them… when I was 8!!! Lol!

    I like the sound of the kleenex covers for little gifts. Will be interesting to see them when finished!

  • Contessa

    I’m guessing then that you don’t watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic? (Why, yes, I am ten years old.) :p

    The Kleenex covers sound like fun, quick projects!

  • Alittlebitsheepish

    Sounds like a great stash buster, and your current book does sound odd. The other two sound much better, I really enjoy historical fiction

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