Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Yarn along.. blue thread and stripey socks (still!)

Once again joining in with Ginny's yarn along

Looking back at my yarnalong post of 2 weeks ago, I can hardly believe that I have yet
 to finish younger son's first sock! But boy, these men socks seem to take much more 
knitting than socks designed for my size 5 feet! 

I can happily zip along knitting socks for me as I know the size perfectly and a quick
 count of rows every so often, and then I'm off again. Whereas with this unfamiliar sock 
size I have to keep stopping, finding my tape measure, deciding how much I should stretch 
the socks while measuring them and cogitating whether I have reached the desired size 
yet, while also having a slight concern in a corner of my mind as to whether I'll have 
enough wool for a second sock. 

In comparison to the relatively slow progress in my sock, and despite an initial inability to concentrate on Ian McEwan's 'Atonement', I eventually got 'into it' and loved it! I think it 
might even become one of my top 10 favourite reads! McEwan gives very detailed 
descriptions of everyday happenings and objects, but it all helps to build the tension. I
 couldn't understand the purpose of the postscript at first but on reflection I can see now 
how it explains much of the story - I shan't say more in case you wish to read it.  

Now onto my next book 'A spool of blue thread' by Anne Tyler which has been 
recommended by several people - I'm looking forward to it!

And finally, thank you to everyone for your kind comments on my last yarnalong post
The family/child-related problem was eventually sorted last night, just over 2 weeks after
 it first raised its ugly head. Two weeks of stress, albeit it in peaks and troughs, and now
 time for some calm again in the family.....
Wishing you a peaceful week


  1. Men's socks seem to take forever. I'm not sure all the recipients appreciate them!
    I liked, but didn't love, Atonement. I'd forgotten about this Anne Tyler. I do want to read it at some point.

  2. LOvely cheerful colors they are!
    Glad to hear the calm has come back.
    These sorts of problems are so upsetting.
    I liked the movie Atonement ;)

  3. I watched the film but I have not read the book, Atonement. Love the colours of the yarn used for the socks, hopefully the 2nd sock will be so much easier.

  4. Glad things are calmer now. I have A Spool of Blue Thread on my bookshelf too now, so I shall look forward to hearing your opinion of it. I've picked up Atonement a few times and put it down again, I shall give it a go on your recommendation. The sock's looking good! CJ xx

  5. I have started several socks and have yet to finish a single one! I read A Spool of Blue Thread last year and really enjoyed it X

  6. Glad family related problems are better - they're the worst kind of problems. Also glad you enjoyed Atonement, really should try it! Still super jealous of your sock knitting abilities x

  7. Good to hear things are calmer. Hope you enjoy your new book as much as the last one!
    Lisa x

  8. It maybe taking a while but the colours of the socks are fabulous. I've read a few Anne Tyler books and enjoyed them, although I have not read this one, will be interested to read what you think

  9. knitting and reading. Two of my favorite things.


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