Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Yarn Along

I'm  so enjoying reading the tale of Orleanna,  Leah, Adah, Rachel and Ruth May in The Poisenwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver that I don't want it to end, which is probably why I'm also readingThe Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami at the same time.  Also because it's lighter and fits in my bag . It's a collection of short stories, each one is so diverse and surreal that I realise why Murakami has been compared to many other writers...I can definitely see the Kafka comparison now.

And I've been knitting this little jacket that H asked me to make.  It was nice to follow a pattern for a change, and  quick to do as it uses double knitting wool and is  short with no cuffs or buttonholes.

I'm linking over to yarn along today where people share what they are reading and knitting.  I found it on fairly new-to-me blog 'small things' written by Ginny Sheller.   I love her diverse extended family, that she home-schools her children and that their names sound like they've come right out of a storybook. That she makes amazing gifts for her friends and family.  I also love the way she writes, how she says 'fall' instead of autumn and 'I am wanting to' instead of 'I want to'.   

Why don't you pop over to her blog you may like to see what others are reading and knitting...and maybe you can join in too...


  1. Linking through from Yarn Along: That little grey jumper is really sweet, and you've listed two books on my Goodreads "to do" list. On a Murakami scale of 1 (conventional story telling) to 10 (WTF is this guy going on about?), where does the Elephant score would you say? I devour some of his stuff, while others (Hard-boiled Wonderland) just baffles me and I have to give up, no matter how many times I try!

    Lovely to have found your blog.

  2. Ooh good question and thanks for coming over and your nice comments little macaroon.

    I've read The WInd-up Bird Chronicles and Norweigan wood. I love Maukami's style of writing but in WUBC there a couple of things that I was uncomfortable with...something horrible happened to one of the characters and I found it difficult to go-on reading but then got compelled by his beautiful prose to continue. I agree that his stories can be very surreal and sometimes it's hard to differentiate with reality and dreams.

    The great thing about The Elephant Vanishes is that each story is so different that they would have to be rated individually. Some are simple accounts of little events in peoples lives whilst others are a big fat 10 on the WTF scale! So there's probably at least one or two to satisfy most peoples taste.

  3. I loved Poisonwood Bible! It has been a while since I read it. Your sweater is just lovely and looks so soft!

  4. I just love the sweater you are knitting. I seem to be drawn to the color gray these days! I have the Poisonwood Bible on my bookshelf and haven't read it in years. It might be time for me to revisit it. :)


  5. the jacket is lovely, is there a ravelry link? and murakami, i tried, but couldn't stay with it. poisonwood bible though...fantastic.

  6. The Poisenwood Bible is a great read Swanski I am so enjoying it but I've liked everything that I've read by Barbara Kingsolver so far.

    The cardigan is nice and soft perfect for cuddling up on autumn's the first day of the season today it's beautiful and sunny but a little chill in the air...

  7. Hi Cynthia,

    Oh thanks for the nice compliment about the sweater it was so easy to make. It seems to work quite well in grey although I wasn't so sure at first.

  8. Hi Lori ann,

    I'm afraid there isn't a ravelry link for the jacket. My daughter picked up the pattern in a local wool shop. It's copyright so I can't publish the pattern but I've finished with it now so if you would like I could post it to you.

    I know what you mean about Murukami's novels they can be difficult to get through some much more than others...but the Poisenwood Bible is lovely...

  9. debbie, you are so sweet to offer. if your very sure? i could pay for postage (i'm in the u.s.) thank you so much for the offer! here is my email adress:

    and thank you for such kind words on my blog, they really mean a lot to me.
    xo lori