Yarn Along | Not That Kind of Girl

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


I've just finished knitting my coin purse and need to attached it to the frame and add a lining. I had to frog my first attempt (thanks for all of you who informed of the origin of the term, it makes perfect sense now), it was too big. I had it sewn onto the frame, the lining in, and the button embellishment attached but it didn't feel right. It was more bag than purse so I decided to start again. You can find the pattern here.

One day I might show you a finished project!

I'm reading Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned by Lena Dunham. It's interesting to read a book aimed at a much younger audience but it's funny to cringe and smile at all of the things I identify with and recall from my younger years (thank goodness those years are behind me now). This is a handy book for the younger generation, and it's written well. She has a nice writing style and a tone of voice that's funny, self depreciating and likable. I'm about half way though.

I enjoy a Q&A post and I've seen this one about reading habits on a few blogs now, Eileen and Janet to name a few, and thought it would be apt for today's post. I find the habits of others fascinating, so if you want to give it a go, let me know in the comments below.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Mostly I read in bed. You might occasionally find me on the sofa, under a blanket with a book and a cat. Other than that I read sitting outside in the sunshine, sometimes with a cat.

Where do you like to read?
Other than in bed, or in my garden? On a beach or beside a pool.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Both. I have a ribbon bookmark made by my Mum but I also use random scraps of paper or if someone gives me a book as a gift and it comes with a gift tag I use that.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter?
I can just stop reading. I get to the point most night when I'm falling asleep with a book in my hand. I close it, drop it on the floor and I'm asleep within minutes. The next night I have to re-read the last few pages I read as I remember little of it.

Do you eat or drink while reading?
I often read with a cup of tea, I don't generally eat though. I might nibble on a bar of chocolate.

E-reader or real book?
Real book, I've never read anything on an e-reader. I get that they are good for taking lots of books traveling or are good for commuting but I work from home, and also I read slowly so I find one book on a week's holiday is plenty.

Music or TV while reading?
Nope. I prefer silence. I get distracted by noise.

One book at a time or several at once?
One at a time, but I can read a novel and a reference book at the same time but I prefer to stick to one story at a time.

Reading at home or everywhere?
Generally just at home or when traveling a long distance.

Reading aloud or silently in your head?
In my head. I can't skim read though, I have to read every single word, which is why I read so slowly.

Fiction or non-fiction?
A mixture. Novels are the norm but I do like a biography once in a while.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
No, I don't see the point. Why spoil it?

Break the spine or keep it like new?
Break the spine. I like a book to look like it's been read.

Do you write in your books?
I have done, but generally just my name and a date. I buy a lot of second hand books and I like to find a name or something written inside. I like to feel that a book has been read and enjoyed over and over. I think it gives the book life, I see books sitting on shelves unread, or read just once and I think they have a sad quality.

Favourite book?
This is an impossible question! One book that has remained on my shelf through numerous clear outs is Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. It's charming and very apt for Yarn Along!

What are you knitting and reading?

(Day 39 of blogging everyday for 40 days. Only one more day!)

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8 comments

  1. At the moment I am knitting (yes!) a dinosaur bag. It's almost done and will just need a lining and an eye adding. I'm quite excited about it, although have had to get a lot of help with the casting on from my Nan. I'm definitely going to have a go at this book tag as well. Thank you for your lovely lovely comment on my recent post, I really appreciate it. x x

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    1. That sounds amazing, I can't wait to see it, you must share on your blog!
      As for the comment, you are very welcome. It's hard to see that you're struggling, I wish I could do more to help.

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  2. Jolly good show on the purse- I look forward to whenever it is finished!
    The book tag is cool- I do like it! I like your answers. Love reading with a cat!x

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    1. Reading with a cat makes the activity seem all the more relaxing :)

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  3. I love the book questions, I might copy them if that's ok? I like the purse. I have a bit of an aversion to sewing things to my knitting, but I recently bit the bullet and put zips into two jackets for my little boys. I think I just don't like combining thin sewing thread with lovely yarn! We lived right up against Suffolk until recently, autumn up there is lovely. Enjoy it!

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    1. I'm using an embroidery thread to see it to the frame and that seems to work well, the lining will be glued in. I know what you mean about combining the two, it does somehow feel at odds with each other.
      Yes, please do answer the questions, I'll pop over and give them a read.

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  4. oh frogging, well that means you are a seasoned knitter, like an expert! I love the change purse and can't wait to see it put all together with the lining :)

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  5. Haha I still don't know what frogging means, I must go find out! I love the Yarn Harlot blog, I think that book will be added to my list... (argh YOU'RE leading ME astray now!)

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