Some reading and a bit of knitting

Happy Wednesday! If you read yesterday's post, you'll know that it's been busy here since Friday - that's when my Mum completed on the sale of her house in Wales and relocated 170 miles to our village where she's bought a bijou little apartment within one mile of our house. It's very exciting to see her transforming it into her new home, and as she's at work during the day (yes, she got a great job here too!) it's been up to Little Miss and I to be there for tradesmen and deliveries. This has left very little opportunity for knitting, but thanks to the Kindle in my handbag, it's meant I've managed some reading here and there! 
YARN: R&B Thick Wool - 100% wool 
(70% Exmoor Blueface/30% Blueface Leicester)
NEEDLES: 10mm Addi circulars
READING: Catching Fire (Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins 
I started the Bella Wrap on Thursday and made quick progress with the huge needles and yarn, but haven't picked any knitting up for several days now and I really need to get back to it. I mentioned in the Continental Knitting post that I hadn't had the chance to practice long rows of Continental Purl yet, but this is the project to change that, and I'm already much more proficient. It's a lovely simple pattern with enough interest not to be boring, but I've had to use a pencil as a cable needle due to the immense size of the stitches! 

Last Wednesday I was about to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  It was finished it in no time, and I'm now 84% of the way through the second part of the trilogy. I mentioned some reservations about these books (not such an original idea, not sure about the subject matter etc), and had resisted the hype, but I'm really glad I listened to the many recommendations to read it. Aimed at a younger audience this is no gore although there is a lot of excitement and action, not to mention the allegory. At the end of the first book the author talks about her motivation for writing this story - she was watching TV and on one channel there were young people playing a gameshow while on another there was footage of a war involving youngsters. It's entertaining and interesting. D and I will be making the most of our new "babysitter" to see the film of the first book at the cinema next week - another benefit of having my mum so close! 

I'm joining in with Tami and Ginny today for WIP Wednesday and the Yarn Along, if you'd like to see more WIPs and books, check out the links. 
xxxx

27 comments

  1. I just finished the 3rd Hunger Games book - I enjoyed all 3 but I still have reservations about them ;) If you liked them, see if you can find a copy of the film Series 7: The Contenders ;)

    Your knitting looks wonderfully snuggly and gorgeous x

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  2. i'm really enjoying these reading + knitting posts of yours! sounds like it's time for me too to put my reservations about those books aside, and give them a chance :)

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    1. They are good - not the nest things I've ever read by any stretch of the imagination, but an entertaining read!

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  3. That looks like a fun knit (I am all for quick knits LOL) and I have yet to read the books. Not because I don't want to, just because they are always out at the library!

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    1. I'm not much good with libraries - I like instant gratification and don't do waiting! It's why I love my Kindle! x

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  4. I'm in the middle of catching fire too - that sounds odd! Your knitting looks so warm and snuggly, I love chunky knits x

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    1. Finished it last night - onto the third one now!

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  5. I really love those books and and I hope the movie doesn't spoil them.

    Nice knitting!

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    1. I've heard good things about the film - I think it's meant to be a good adaptation .... let's hope so!

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  6. I like the Bella Wrap - added it to my project page. Might have to give it a try :)

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  7. Love the look of chunky knits! It seems like everyone is reading a part of The Hunger Games today! :) I only read the first book and am really looking forward to the movie!

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  8. Hi there,

    I too belong to the masses who started to read the Hunger Games Trilogy. I am making my way through book one right now, and also wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the rumble that it seems to be causing. There are times where I think I 'll start reading something else, but my mind is stubborn and I now have decided I at least need to finish book 1 to give it a fair chance.

    Love the wrap.

    x

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    1. I read it in a few sittings so I didn't have that problem with it.

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  9. I had the same reservations about reading the Hunger Games trilogy, too. I'm glad that I've read two out of the three so far, though.

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  10. I just finished Catching Fire the other day! It was good, but since I have to wait for the final one, I'm a bit antsy. I love the cabling on your Bella, such a smooshy comfy looking cardi!

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  11. I'm glad to read there is "no gore" b/c I was really like WTH w/this violence and minors? I will finish reading it after I finish The Help.
    I can't wait to see your Bella wrap done; I think it'll be the best one yet so far posted among the others.

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  12. So pleased your mum is already settling in, I bet both of you are chuffed to bits.

    Love the wrap, th detail moss stitch and cable is lovely in it's simplicity and I love your yarn choice, that will be gorgeous when it's finished, why not get it done for your cinema visit next week ;-)

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  13. Huge needles and thick yarn - sounds heavenly! As far as I'm concerned with The Hunger Games the jury is still out. I keep hearing mixed reviews.

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  14. I've been avoiding the Hunger Games, but now you're making me want to read them. Your wrap looks lovely and cozy.

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  15. I admire your ingenuity, using a pencil as a cable needle! Great idea!

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  16. How do you find these patterns :p, I love the look of the finished project (I took a peek on Ravelry).

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  17. The wrap looks great and the yarn you're using looks really soft and warm :)

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