For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb
Psalm 139:13

Wednesday 23 March 2016

yarn along: Maggie O'Farrell, crochet and an x-ray

Hey folks, thought I'd pop in to share what I'm up to at the mo. And I've got some seriously mixed feelings about these two. 

Let's start with the book, shall we? I picked this up at the library because I LOVED Maggie O'Farrell's The Hand That First Held Mine. I'm only a little way in so far, but am floundering a bit as, while beautifully written and absorbing, it's really not the most uplifting read. I'd recommend Instructions for a Heatwave, but not if your soul's in need of something lighthearted. Team it with some Austen or PG Wodehouse, I reckon, and you'll be on to a winner. Oh, and this book's now hideously overdue as I couldn't get it back to the library because A&E! Which leads me to...

The crochet project. Nope, that cardigan still isn't finished, but a recent long train journey necessitated a crochet WIP that was good to go. I grabbed this orange top and it was all going so well until my fingers had a run-in with a car boot last weekend. Ouch. We hot-footed it to the hospital where I had my first ever x-ray (waaay less exciting than I'd hoped). Miraculously, although the car boot completely shut on my fingers, I came away with no breaks or fractures at all. I'm actually fine, just some tiny cuts and a bit of swelling. But I did have to rest my hand (doctor's orders) and haven't worked a single stitch all week. I can't tell you how odd it's been. Have you ever had to halt your making against your will? Very frustrating. 

Practically, Easter for me this year will be travelling and fun family time. On the train I'll be tentatively wielding my crochet hook once more and getting stuck into the orange top again (it's a treble cluster dream of a project from Simply Crochet issue 30 and it's now available as a Ravelry download, too). 

But ultimately, Easter is about hope. I can put aside whatever stuff is going on and know that love wins in the end. Wishing you and yours a peaceful break over Easter!  

I'm joining in again with Ginny's Yarn Along.


  1. Oh no! So glad there wasn't a break, but your poor fingers! Rest up, and swift healing!

  2. You were lucky you didn't break anything! Wow! I have arthritis and at times have to stop what I'm doing ... crochet usually. I find crochet easier on my hands. But when all else fails, I do a little counted cross stitch! Reading is good, too! Thanks for the Revelry link.

  3. Ouch, that sounds really painful! Glad to hear there were no fractures but it must really suck not being able to stitch :(

  4. Wow I'm impressed you made it so far in life without being x-rayed! Although I'm pretty clumsy, so my meetings with the machine are probably higher than average... Love your crochet, such a great colour :)

  5. Oh no! Not knitting/crocheting must be torture! Hope the hand is better now. Love the WIP and book update - will check out Ginny's yarn along now too!

  6. Boo about the fingers, hope they're doing better by now (I'm permanently behind on my Feedly so only just reading this).
    In case you're not aware, Libraries West lets you renew books online! Obviously that doesn't work if someone else is waiting for them but it's saved me a few times :)


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