Yarn Along

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things for yarn along this week.

Thank goodness my family don’t rely on me to keep them warm with hand knits, because we would be very cold!  I have hardly knitted at all lately.  I am kind of cheating with what I am showing you tonight.  In my last yarn along post, I was helping my daughter Scarlett knit a square for her teacher’s baby blanket.  Each child from Scarlett’s class knitted a square that was then sewn into the blanket.  It looked gorgeous and I was able to snap a photo of her teacher holding it up after they presented it to her at her send off.  I can’t take credit for the sewing up of it, however the square that is second down from the lefthand corner is Scarlett’s.

As for reading.  I finished The Other Hand (or Little Bee, as it would be know in the US) by Chris Cleave.  What a book.  It made me laugh, cry, cringe, feel sad, and feel sick to my stomach as it was quite graphic at times.  Although that said, the language was like a work of art.  It was so beautifully written. Without spoiling the book, it’s based on a Nigerian girl, Little Bee, who meets Sarah and her husband Andrew, while they were in Nigeria on holiday. An incident occurs which reunites Little Bee, with Sarah down the track.  Together they help each other through their past and present situations.
The book is written from the perspectives of each character.

I could quote so many passages from the book, but I would probably end up re-writing the whole thing.  So I will restrain myself and only quote a few.  The first one is from the opening page of the book.

Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl.  Everyone would be please to see my coming. Maybe I would visit with you for the weekend and then suddenly, because I am fickle like that, I would visit with the man from the corner shop instead – but you would not be sad because you would be eating a cinnamon bun or drinking a cold Coca Cola from the can, and you would never think of me again.  Little Bee

Horror is your country is something you take a dose of to remind yourself that you are not suffering from it.  For me and the other girls from my village, horror is a disease and we are sick with it.  Little Bee

That is how we lived, happily and without hope. I was very young then, and I did not miss having a future because I did not know I was entitled to one.  Little Bee

I can’t wait to see what you talented women have crafting.  Don’t forget to check out a giveaway I have going at the moment too.  It’s for a Christmas stocking, handmade by me.  Here is the link. It’s open until next Monday 21st November.

Jacinta x

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  • http://Www.obaitori.com Katie

    so sweet, what a lucky teacher and fortunate baby, the blanket looks lovely and filled with sentiment. Jacinta, that book sounds intense! Very brave of you to read it. have a fabulous week, Katie xxx

  • http://clover-seven.blogspot.com Tracey

    how wonderful to help your daughter with such a lovely gift for her teacher. i love this idea for a gift.
    i have seen the book little bee on amazon’s list and after i finish my book i will have to order it. i love a book with great quotes! xx

  • http://littlemacaroon.blogspot.com little macaroon

    lovely to find your blog via Yarn along! Isn’t The Other Hand AMAZING? I read it a few years ago on holiday, I was rooted to the spot from start to finish. Has anyone made the movie? It would be a staggering one I reckon. He’s written another book, I forget the name, but I haven’t got round to that one yet.

  • http://www.hurrayic.typepad.com/ Ellen

    Oh but what a precious blanket. I’m sure your daughter’s teacher cherishes that one. How is your new kitchen?

  • http://myfireflycottage.blogspot.com/ Gigi

    What a sweet blanket! I know your daughter’s teacher will treasure it for years to come.

  • http://pumpkinsunrise.blogspot.com swanski

    The square blanket is a wonderful gift! I bet the teacher will love it.

  • http://crafty-or-dafty.blogspot.com/ Becks

    Oh the blanket is lovely, the teacher must love it so much. What a wonderful memory.
    The book sounds hardgoing?
    xx

  • http://liacreates.blogspot.com (lia)

    Little Bee ripped my heart out!! I read it twice because the second time I needed to take notes to lead my book club. Such a great, sad book!

  • http://Edegraw.me Erin @ Wild Whispers

    The blanket turned out just lovely! I didn’t like Little Bee. In fact, a friend told me not to finish it because it was so graphic! Glad you liked it!

  • http://www.patchodirtfarm.blogspot.com Nadja

    There’s a gift that you can be fairly sure will be passed on down in the family! Your daughter’s teacher will surely cherish it!

  • http://momentsofpeacemama.blogspot.com Kate

    The blanket is lovely! What a wonderful gift 🙂

  • http://www.loritimesfive.blogspot.com lori

    i love the blanket, its a wonderful idea. such a heartfelt gift.

    and little bee, so hard to read, but so very good.

  • http://www.himherandtheirs.com laura emily

    definitely sounds like a book I need to check out!
    adorable blanket.

  • http://wordplayhouse.com heather at wordplayhouse®

    It is so beautiful how everyone can contribute a little piece and make such a lovely creation. The children’s quilt turned out wonderfully.

  • http://wanderwonderdiscover.com MJ

    Your profile photo is just gorgeous Jacinta!!! And thanks for the amazing book review. I have picked up that book so many times, drawn to the title as that is my girl’s nickname (Little Bee). So now I can pick it up for good next time knowing it will be a great read :).
    And the blanket!! I love it! I am sure the teacher was touched –what a sweet gift.

    xo

  • Elaine

    The blanket is a wonderful and meaningful gift. I’m sure the teacher was very touched. I’d like to add that I love your new profi
    E picture!

  • Elaine

    Sorry. I love your new profile picture!

  • http://thehabitofbeing.com/journal amanda {the habit of being}

    what a thoughtful way to send a teacher off on maternity leave!

  • http://www.catfurtomakekittenbritches.com Christy @ cat fur to make kitten britches

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book too! And that opening paragraph? So great, isn’t it? I know I quoted that same passage when I wrote about the book, too.

    And by the way, what a lovely and thoughtful idea for a send off gift for a teacher. I bet she loved receiving something not only practical, but meaningful as well.