All things on the table (...almost)

My friend Rachel has a speciality which she calls "all things on the table". In place of any actual cooking, this 'meal' involves covering the table in lots of different foods which one can pick at. When I was thinking about today's WIP Wednesday update, I felt much like Rachel. I have done very little knitting this week and so I've laid out everything so you can see what I've been picking at. 
WIPs part 2 - ongoing
That's Whipporwill malingering at the back. I must get it finished. I'm going to finish it without the eyelets (discussed here), if for no other reason than I want those needles back! Then we have Hitchhiker, now with 28 'points' - leaving this at the side of the sofa might help to get it done, it's such a nice easy pattern but I forget to pick it up. An extra inch or so has been added to the vanilla (handbag project) socks and there are also some more 'multipuffs' on the go. I cast these on in bed which was the worst thing to do because I also started reading and promptly forgot about the knitting.

I loved Life After Life so much, I listened to the audio book when I wasn't able to read it, and never enjoyed the ironing more! The blurb tells you all you need to know:
"What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves."


It's our book club read for this month and I can't wait to see what everyone else thought - I really didn't want it to end. There is so much humour and wonderful observation, not to mention the interesting premise of eternal return. I'll definitely be reading more Kate Atkinson, although I might try Ann Hood's The Knitting Circle first - I've had that book for ages and have been meaning to read it.

Oh and I did make some more progress on Zuzu's Petals cowl, started my embroidery sampler and managed some more spinning, but more on those another day - this photo is a little out of date after last night's endeavours!


After all that I need a coffee... and then onto some more ironing with Dan Brown's new Inferno via audio book! Have a great Wednesday. 

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  1. You busy busy thing! All looking gorgeous, and I really like the sound of that book - I've seen it on a few posts already today; it's obviously gaining cult following!

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    1. It's so good - I would recommend it. After seeing a few of the other book club memebrs I think they are all enjoying it too which is almost unheard of.

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  2. You've been very busy! I hope you finished your Whipporwill soon, I can't wait to see it finished :)

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  3. Oh my, you always have such beautiful projects and all the yarn is so yummy:) The top photo is a feast for yarnlovers.

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  4. What a delight to see all your WIPs "on the table." I'm excited for you and am now thinking that I need to cast on a few other projects as I only have two on the needles now! ; )

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    1. I don't think it's necessarily a good thing, but I just can't help it!

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  5. Wow, the multipuffs look like a handful! Look forward to seeing them grow :)
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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    1. They are ok as long as you are not trying to read a really good book at the same time!!!!

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  6. Everythin glooks great! I love the cowl:)

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  7. The picture has every colour of the rainbow! Multipuffs - that's a new one for me :)

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    1. Well I couldn't think of a better name for them :D

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  8. You have some gorgeous things on the needles at the moment, I love all the colour!

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    1. Thanks Sarah - it's my attempt to counteract the grey skies!

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  9. Multi hexipuffs ... brilliant!

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  10. Love all your projects...that's not good but it helps that I don't wear shawls but they look like so much fun to knit! I already have the Beekeeper's blanket in my FAVS on Rav but I didn't know about being able to do multiples on a circular! Brilliant!!! I copied your instructions, now, I just hope I remember them when I get around to that project! LOL!
    I love you choices of yarn too and lo and behold, I too have 2 Alicia Paulson kits that need "work done" on them! Make that 3, a crocheted baby blanket, felted ornaments, and her newest bunny! "Procraftination" is alive and well at my house! Are there groups in each of these categories for me? They do help me and inspire me....though sometimes to start yet another project! But what joy!
    Oh, and the books look fantastic! I haven't read Dan Brown since his first best seller, I too listen to audio books when ironing and I am definitely and for sure wanting to read the other 2! Thanks for all the super inspiration!

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    1. You're welcome! Keep your eyes peeled as I have a post planned on various different ways to wear shaws, it might be the encouragement you need :D
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  11. Now that sounds like an interesting read! Will have to seek it out. And I do love whatever is happening with the rainbow there on your table.

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    1. I'm sure it'll be everywhere in no time - word of mouth is spreading like wildfire for such a great book.

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  12. What a funny analogy to your friend's food ritual. All the fiber looks so wonderful to the touch. Certainly eye candy.

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