Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yarn Along


Reading: How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn. I am enjoying this book so much! It's about a boy who grew up in a mining community in Wales, told from his perspective as an older man looking back over his life. I'm about a hundred pages in, and he's still a young boy, but I think it's going to cover most of his life. It's not the sort of book you can rush through...the story is very simple and slow-paced, but the writing is beautiful. I wasn't expecting this one to draw me in, but it has.

Knitting: A sweet purple baby cardigan. It's not for any particular baby (I'm going to take it along to the craft fairs next month), which is a change because usually I know the baby I'm knitting for. I thought it would be nice to break up the monotony of hat knitting! :)

{Yarn Along is a weekly link up hosted by Ginny where you can share what you've been knitting and reading.}

28 comments:

  1. I love How Green Was My Valley - haven't read it in years. There are three more books after this one. Love the purple cardigan - so sweet. I love to knit baby clothes, just for fun. It is good to have a little gift stash of baby knits ready to go.

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    1. Oh no, don't tell me that! Ha. I think I realized that there were more books after this one, but I'm trying to put them from my mind because my to-read pile is already out of hand at the moment. :) I love knitting baby clothes, too. It's so satisfying (and quick, compared to adult sweaters!).

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  2. I've seen the movie, which I bet you know of, since you're a fan of "old" films! My father kept wanting me to name my second child Angharad, if it was a girl, but it's really too common a name for a Welsh baby for my liking!

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    1. Yes, I'd heard of the movie for years before I ever realized that it was based on a book! I haven't seen it yet, though...I'm waiting until after I finish the book. :) I'm not familiar with Welsh names, so reading the ones in this book has been really interesting for me! I'm sort of liking the name Bronwen now. It doesn't look very pretty on paper but it sounds nice. :)

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  3. the sweater is beautiful, your stitches are perfect!!! and the color, purple, my very most favorite!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Purple is one of my favorite colors, too. :)

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  4. I haven't read the book but I have seen the movie which I did enjoy. Love the baby knit, the colour of the yarn is stunning.

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing the film after I finish the book! :) Thanks, it really is a nice shade of purple.

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  5. I love a simple, beautifully written story, I will have to find this book. Lovely sweater and a lucky baby that will find themselves in it one day!

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    1. So do I. I often have a tendency to rush through books, but ones like this force me to slow down a little. Thank you!

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  6. What a darling little cardigan. I love the colour you've used, it's nice to see something other than the regulation pastel colours.
    The book sounds intriguing, I'm going to have so many on my to-read list at this rate!

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    1. Ha, thanks! I actually really dislike the color pink, so I usually end up making baby girl items in purple instead. :) My to-read list is out of control, too!

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  7. What a sweet cardigan. It will be good to have a baby gift on hand in case you need it. That really is a good idea!

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  8. Hi Kristin! You are doing a lovely job on the purple baby cardi! It's VERY pretty!
    I like books that make me slow down and savor. Thanks for the title. I think I'd love it.

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    1. Thanks! I like books like that, too. Sometimes I rush through books too quickly. If you read this one, I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Beautiful book, beautiful yarn, beautiful knitting!

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  10. Love the purple baby sweater! That's the perfect shade of purple:) In an attempt to improve my knitting, I've been knitting a baby blanket. Something useful, but simple. It's been really fun so far! I've also been crocheting sweaters and hats in anticipation of Baby. I can't wait to try them on Baby for the first time!
    I need to read that book. Love the movie, and I had the book from the library once, but didn't get a chance to start it. Soon:)

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    1. Thanks! Useful but simple is the best sort of knitting, in my opinion. :) It must be so exciting making items for your own baby! Whenever I'm knitting baby things for gifts, I like to think about the baby who'll be wearing them. :) I can't wait to see the movie after I finish the book!

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  11. Lovely sweater! I will look up that book at my library and put it on my list, it sounds like one I would enjoy.

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  12. I love knitting baby sweaters! Your is a beautiful color!

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    1. So do I. It's always rather shocking to be able to finish a sweater in a matter of days! :)

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  13. Lovely sweater, I love the colour.

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  14. Ooh that sounds like an interesting read. I love knitting random baby things, great for using up wee bits of wool! :)

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