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Yarn Along- September2020

September already, and the weather has turned, time for snuggling down with a book and knitting for a good yarn.

The tank top/ sleeveless jumper or call it what you will is in progress. I have about 2 more inches to go before I reach the armhole shaping- lovely relaxing knitting for watching TV by- I caught the first episode last night of All Creatures Great and Small, (Channel 5- UK) really enjoyable, and a nice programme by Alan Titchmarch on creating English Country Gardens- wish I had that  programmes budget, but I did bag a huge bag of daffodil bulbs from Morrisons for £3 today.

My first book of the month is delightful, but sad in some ways, featuring a 13 year old boy who has lost his Mum , the only person who understood how hard life is if you can’t recognise faces and every noise is perceived as a colour. I had never heard of this condition before.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along-

Yarn Along {September}

Do you knit/ pursue another craft while watching TV, love to know what you enjoyed recently. What do you think about books where the main character has different abilities to “normal” people. I worry about making difficulties a subject for entertainment or do they serve to inform? Thinking here about the Rosie project and the Curious Dog in the Night. Please join in the discussion via Comments below.

Comments on: "Yarn Along- September2020" (36)

  1. Unless I am doing a color work or lace section, I watch TV or listen to an audiobook while I knit. Such an interesting question about character with differing abilities. I do think it can be done well but I remember talking to a friend who was opposed to a TV show with a character who had OCD. Her brother had it and his life was really hard but the character in the show made it look funny and not a barrier. Very good question.

  2. I always do my needlecrafts (knitting, crochet, xstitch) in my rocking chair in the living room with TV on. I like it when it’s re-runs of all the series I know by heart, that way I just listen and don’t have to keep looking at the screen.

  3. I’m not sure what condition is in your book, but the second part sounds like synesthesia. I can’t think of a book I’ve read that is fiction / entertainment where the character is dealing with abilities that are other than normal. In recent years, I have read either non-fiction, or something rather lighter. I do often watch murder mysteries while I knit or quilt, or sometimes travel and garden type shows. I hand quilt, and it’s so many hours, my mind would wander so much if I just sat in silence!

    Will you wear your sleeveless jumper in fall/winter? It sounds like a good layer. Happy stitching. 🙂

    • The jumper is for Autumn/ Spring when you need a little extra over a long sleeve blouse, but not jumper. I’ve now reached the armhole shaping, so progress is good. Some crafts do have a stage of just being repetative, need you to glance from time to time, so you can enjoy something else.

  4. I think I’ll have to read that book. Sounds fascinating. I remember Kate telling me about her synesthesia before but don’t remember the particulars of it. My mind is a sieve. God help the world if I could no longer speak. I may as well give up breathing. I’m deeply sympathetic for Mr. E. Communication is a social need. I embroider or do hand sewing when watching TV if I’m not on the laptop trying to catch up with blogs I follow. 😉 Can’t do one thing at a time, ever.

    • I think women may be pre-programmed to multi task- so we can child care whilst doing all the other things we do, we can’t be single minded very often, and when I am I get mentally exhausted. Multi tasking I find is actually less tiring… now there’s a thought.

  5. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    An excellent question
    At the end of the day, what is “normal”? I really enjoyed both Rosie project and curious incident if the dog. I think any well written character helps us view the world from a point of view we ourselves may not take. A good thing.

  6. I am most definitely multitask while watching the TV and lately my multi task is working on granny square Afghan squares 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to seeing those again. After I mentioned join as you go, I have started to join the ones as I go for the single bed size one I am making for the care home.

  7. I am going to look for that book. Girl #1 has synesthesia, though we didn’t know it until she was in college. Her world is sometimes too loud, everything is a color and in a musical key signature, and sometimes it really messes with her.

    • I’d love to know what you think about the book Kathy. Girl#1 must have had quite a time of it, you too.

      • It’s weird, because we had no idea until college when she discovered that no one else in her music theory class attached key signatures to everything! That and some over listening to Ravel, caused a bit of a sleep problem. For her it causes distractions, but she has learned how to ” lock ” it up on occasion. I hope I can find that book!

  8. Still Alice and Love Anthony are novels by Lisa Genova where main characters suffer from Alzheimer’s and Autism. She’s also had main characters with Huntingdon’s disease and ASL (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Still Alice was confronting – I read it at the time my aunt was slowly deteriorating from the disease…..I saw all the symptoms in the book I’d seen in real life
    Knitting and tv go together….don’t they? I can knit (easy stuff) and read as well!

    • Thank you Cathy for this comment – it’s really helpful. Mum had Alzheimer’s and none of us realised what was happening, even though my MIL had had it many years before- I think FIL kept it hidden for years. Anyway I wish I’d recognised Mum’s symptoms before her diagnosis, she was so bad tempered with me for no good or conceivable reason and I’d got so hurt by it, had I known the cause life for all would have been better.
      So maybe the best thing is to write about things in a humourous way to get the information over.
      Still Alice is a book I keep meaning to read-I ‘ve written it down, so maybe I’ll remember now! I have lots of lists of books TBR!
      Knitting and TV, like fish and chips, bread and butter, tea and biscuits, coffee and cream, gin and tonic…..perfect combos.

      • There’s another you might like to read Cathy – similar subject….different take
        Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.

      • Still Alice was well written but a hard read for me. Love Anthony was very good. I read it when a friend’s husband was living with ALS. Elizabeth is Missing is on my TBR. We knew something was happening with mom but it took a long time to rule out everything else so I feel like we lost time.

  9. If books promote a better understanding of different conditions and abilities, I’m all for them.
    I always have several projects on the go that I can do in front of the TV – sometimes knitting, mostly crochet but right now it is sewing on name tapes for Grandchildren going back to school next week.

    • But should such a book be amusing when the humour is about the confusion? Good luck with name tapes, thank goodness I have DILS who can do this!

  10. I tried to read the Rosie Project (it was recommended by my professor), butfor some reason, I couldn’t really get into it and ended up donating it. The curious incident is a book I really like, and while it has been discussed a lot, apparently, I think it’s a good think to know how autism CAN be. Another book for a kid with a physical condition would be “Wonder”, the protagonist has Treacher Collins Syndrome, which affects face structure.
    I’m still watching this horror let’s play while I knit, but I have watched parts of “Sabrina” and some stuff on Netflix. It works well, especially for “boring” knits. 😉

    • I spend the first half of books like this enjoying them but feeling uncomfortable , especially as for dramatic purposes things go wrong and no-one helps, then things go right and I feel better. Just not sure….
      Boring bits in knittting happen and tv is brilliant for getting one through… I also like watching TV and love having a straight forward no need to pay much attention knitting to go at.

  11. I only do very simple knitting/crochet in front of the T.V. and then, not in the Summer which it still very much is here at the moment. Wait until I get over there! 🌦☂
    As for disabilities as entertainment, speaking as somebody who has a family member who is on the autistic spectrum (Aspergers/high functioning autism), I think it depends how it’s done. If it educates and informs as well as entertain then why not? I went to see Mark Haddon’s book done as a show in London and some of the scenes where it shows the confusion and panic caused by crowds and noise might have illustrated the problems some people on the spectrum face to those unaware of them. The best thing on T.V. concerning autism, in my opinion, was ‘The A Word’ which shows the effect an autistic child can have on the family as a whole – good and bad. A very good programme all round if you can get it on catch up.
    Too many people have no idea about the various difficult issues some people live with and if they can get information through entertainment that is done in a responsible manner, it should be a good thing though, unfortunately, there are some that will never be accepting of those outside society’s idea of ‘the norm’.

    • Since Mr E had his voice box removed we have had to deal with some rather unpleasant reactions, especially if I am not with him to interpret. Sometimes we have a laugh when I try to guess what he means when he mimes things. Mostly it’s not funny! Toddler J was the most wonderful, he adores Mr E’s electronic voice, and stands in front of him willing him to say more.
      I guess that presenting information about conditions in an amusing who dun it is better than a lecture.

      • A friend of mine’s husband also had his voice box removed and it was always a source of deep shame to me that I could very rarely understand what he was saying and had to look to my friend to translate. However, if I tell you he was also speaking in French, I expect you will know what I mean.

        • I had to lip read a lot at the same time as he spoke for a while- he had to learn to enunciate clearly and I to listen and watch. After two years I am mostly fine as long as I know the topic of conversation and he has got better at speaking and the boys can now talk to him on the phone too. I can’t undertsand french at the best of times!

  12. As someone with synaesthesia myself and with family members on the autism spectrum, I don’t have a problem with reading about these and similar conditions if they help to explain to others what life is like with them, rather than poking fun at them. As for knitting while I watch: as I can only dream of being able to knit, let along doing something else while I do so, it’s unlikely ever to be a ‘thing’ for me!

    • It’s the fine line between comedy of laughing with and laughing at I find hard. I have family members with autism too and it’s not funny- there is a daily struggle for the person and their family, and if undiagnosed then the issues are manifold. I am learning a lot from this book and have been moved to read around the topic too.

  13. You raise an interesting question about using people with different abilities or conditions as the subject for a novel. I think it’s all in the way the writer handles it. Anything patronising or judgemental or sensational would be awful. I read Mark Haddon’s book and found it rather lovely. But perhaps I wouldn’t if I or a relative had high-functioning autism, like Christopher.

    On the other subject – I like to knit if I’m watching something on Netflix in the evenings and am still upright (as opposed to watching in bed, when I tend to drift off quite quickly), but it has to be a no-pattern thing. I’m currently knitting a baby blanket in garter stitch, so no counting or stitch changes required!

    • Both this book and The Rosie project have been written to be entertaining/amusing, and with a big dose of pathos- they are both good books, and have educated a bit. I was also upset by Annie the musical with Orphan Annie’s Sugar Daddy, and small children prancing about the stage late at night when I thought they should be in bed getting ready for school next day!
      I think if I tried to do anyhting in bed I would be asleep too.

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