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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  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

    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.

  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

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

  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!

    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.

  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 :)

  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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