WIPs & Books: I can knit a rainbow

Whippoorwill
Following last week's post (thank you for all your comments - I loved reading them) I did indeed end my procrastination to wind that skein of Kauni and start knitting Whippoorwill by Carina Spencer. What do you think of it so far? 

I'm still working an occasional row on the deja-vu socks - they are my 'handbag project' but we haven't been anywhere I could knit for the last few days. Never fear, it's our book club meeting tonight so I may get a bit more done over a glass of wine and a discussion of Sari Caste by Catherine Kirby. The blurb calls it a "courageous voyage through destitution, intrigue and murder" and whilst technically correct, that's not how I would describe this book. It's essentially the story of a low-caste Indian woman who leaves home after becoming pregnant outside of marriage and finds work and refuge in a Calcutta brothel. The ensuing tale is a very unfortunate one - heart-wrenching at times - and full of the suffering of women and children, even when it seems there will be a 'happy ending' for Manasa and her family. 

This isn't a novel that I'd have chosen for myself and I did find the story to be interesting if uncomfortable. This is a prime example of a self-published book that could have been much better if properly edited. There were lots of grammatical errors - capitals in the wrong place, random punctuation and some chapters which really didn't work so well (also the rather abrupt end left me feeling flat). It wasn't enough to totally spoil it for me, but this could have been a 4 star book if edited, as it is I'd give it 3 out of 5. 

Today's links: WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

30 comments

  1. That is gorgeous sarah! I love the colours, you know how rainbow daft I am...I am so envious that you can knit something beautiful like that because I would love to be able to knit things more complicated than a scarf...but I just don't have it in me to try :P

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    1. Well this pattern is actually not that difficult - could be something for you to work towards :D

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  2. What do you think of it so far? Well, it is gorgeous, eyecatching. I love the result!

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  3. That is really stunning Sarah! I really love the long colour sections. I understand what you mean about the story leaving you feeling deflated. I really enjoy the work of Khaled Hosseini for fiction along a similar vein, but rather well written.

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    1. Yes, I loved The Kite Runner - but this is not half as well written!

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  4. Oh boy, those colors look amazing. Is it also soft? I sometimes find 100% wool yarn a bit stiff.

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    1. It's quite "rustic" at the moment but I am assured by friends that it softens up a lot after washing... I'll let you know.

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  5. ooh your whipperwill is gorgeous, that's one of my favourite shawl patterns (but I haven't been brave enough to jump in yet). Have a knitty wednesday xx

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    1. It's a really well written pattern - when I bought it the amount of detail was a little over-whelming and I didn't cast on, but when I went back and actually READ it, most of the pattern is stocking stitch and there are not really that many increase/ pattern rows - you should give it a try! :D

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  6. Wonderful whirlpool!
    Love this picture - rainbow is my favorite color and daffodils are my favorite flower!

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  7. sorry I meant 'whippoorwill!'

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  8. Beautiful colours! This shawl is going to be stunning around your shoulders. I need to speed up with my knitting... you seem to get so many things knitted so quickly! xx

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  9. Love your rainbow Whippoorwill!!!

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  10. That yarn is going to be a great match for the pattern! I'm excited to see your finished product. :)

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  11. What yarn is it? It is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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    1. Hi Lydia, it's the Kauni Effectgarn Rainbow Gradient - the link to the store is in the text above :)

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  12. Beautiful rainbow of yarn you have there!

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  13. You certainly can knit a rainbow. :-D This is gorgeous.

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  14. Oh my word that rainbow is going to look gorgeous when it's finished! Beautiful work :-)

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  15. I have got to get my hands on some Kauni one of these days. The shawl is beautiful so far!

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  16. What a rainbow that Kauni yarn. Boy it makes me miss Oahu. I've heard it mentioned before. I need to try that company.

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  17. Wow that's bright! Good luck with the sock at the Book Club. One glass of wine (or rum) and i'd be frogging all my progress the next day :)

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  18. I have a very hard time reading novels that mirror real life..especially when it is a tragic one..I have to go way out there and read paranormal..no chance of ever becoming reality!

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  19. beautil colours. that's happiness right there...

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