Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Yarn Along: Mermaid Tail Blanket and "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell"

Yarn Along is a wonderful link-up -- hosted by the Small Things blog every Wednesday -- about two of the best things in life: reading and knitting!

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Reading: It was a rough reading week for me. I finished last week's Yarn Along book, "What She Knew," and ended up basically hating it (despite the fact that everyone else loved it). I then proceeded to start and put down three more books in as many days. If I hadn't come down with a nasty cold, I probably would've just taken a break from reading, but there wasn't a whole lot else I could do, so I powered through one of the books I had started, "November 9" by Colleen Hoover (not bad, once I got into it).

Not a single thing I have checked out from the library appealed to me, so I decided to take a gander at my own bookshelves and decided on "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell," a book I bought on clearance year and years ago and have never gotten around to, probably because it's almost 800 pages long! It's a little slow-going to start but I think I'm really going to love it; how can you go wrong with historical fiction, magic and England?! The writing reminds of "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova,  another loooong book which dealt with the supernatural, and I ended up enjoying that one. And "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" was recently made into a miniseries by BBC America, so I can look forward to watching that once I finish reading.

Knitting: You won't be surprised to hear I'm still working on the mermaid tail. Since I've been under the weather, not much progress was made this week. I did some Ravelry browsing the other day and I stumbled across a small project I feel compelled to knit ASAP: the little stuffed black bear by Sara Elizabeth Kellner (pattern). Jarrod and I jokingly call 2015 "The Year of the Bear" because we saw six black bears on our trips to Tennessee and Colorado. And, with the mermaid tail being such a long and rather tedious knit, I'm looking forward to a fun little instant gratification project.


  1. oh I have that little bear in my favs. Its super cute! Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  2. Such an interesting pattern on you Mermaids Tail.
    Historical frictions are my preferred genre. I should keep Johnathan Strange on my list.

  3. That's a very nice pattern! Hope you feel better now.

  4. The little bear's rump is the cutest. I think it's good to have those quick projects mixed in with the long so it feels like your accomplishing something. I hated Girl on the Train even though everyone else loved it.

  5. I'm usually the type to only have one project on the go at a time but I get your need for something different in the middle of a tedious project! The bears are very cute :)

  6. I enjoyed Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I hope you will too. It is long and not a fast-paced book, but so worth it, I think.

    I haven't yet read your review of What She Knew since I'm reading the book now. I am sorry to hear you didn't like it.


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