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Yarn Along- November 2020

Ok so let’s start with giving you a giggle- I have never tried taking a photo of myself in a mirror and clearly have a lot to learn on how to do it without masking face and not showing clutter in the house.

One sleevless jumper.

At least you can’t see the clutter- believe me I had several attempts and this is my best photo- next time I may just try tidying up a bit first!

So onto my next project and my current book.

Grandson T has asked for another bright coloured jumper with V neck- I may even have it done by Christmas. It’s James Brett partytime yarn again and has a cabled front which does require a modicum of concentration from me, but then the rest of it is straight stocking stitch and ideal TV snuggled down knitting in the evening.

Now the book, came highly recommended a while ago but has taken some tracking down- wasn’t available at all in the library at our old house, but was available here- one copy. I requested it in August and it took the powers that be until last week to track it down and send it to my branch.

Briefly the plot is small boy falls from the roof of a block of flats and it is thought to be an accident- except Smilla can read his footprints in the snow and knows he was chased onto the roof and so fell- question is by whom and why.

Now here’s the thing- it makes me laugh- not the plot but the writing- ever so often there’s a throw away line at the end of a paragraph and I chuckle- two lines later I’m thinking did he really write that and go back, re read the paragraph and laugh again. But nowhere on the blurb on the cover does it mention humour. I am now mystified. Most books that claim to be hilarious and laugh out loud funny just leave me cold, I am lucky if they raise one smile.

Why oh why do I find this funny? I check reviews- the book is refered to as a classic cult novel, but seems to depress or bore and disappoint a lot of readers.

I try to work out how to describe the humour- is it sarcastic- I look up sarcasm on t’internet- the lowest from of wit or the highest from of intelligence- take your pick. Then I find irony is close to sarcasm and is often miss named such. Sarcasm is designed to hurt someone on a personal level- irony may have the same content but does not hurt.

Now a few years ago I had a boss who told me that a member of staff didn’t understand my humour and thought I was being sarcastic , he knew I wasn’t but could I tone it down a bit. I really had no idea what he meant , but stopped joking around with this person with whom I hardly had any contact anyway.

Further research on irony told me that it’s a very popular form of humour in Denmark- maybe I was just born in the wrong country! And having done a DNA test whch revealed a tiny bit of Scandanavia in me, maybe I am a tiny bit Danish- after all I do like bacon and can snuggle down at home with the best of them!

Suffice to say I am enjoying the book a lot.

Linking with Ginny for https://www.gsheller.com/2020/11/yarn-along-326.html

Do check out the other yarn along posts- I shall be embracing my inner Dane with yarns galore.

Comments on: "Yarn Along- November 2020" (24)

  1. I like the idea of the extra sentences. Intriguing. A second conversation going on between the paragraphs. Well done on the selfie. I can’t get them right, so rely on someone else taking them….so they never happen. Something rather nice about having a colourful knit on the go. Just realised that you are across the county border from us! Big wave from Somerset.

  2. Love your sweater/vest – I am on the hunt for some nice, long sleeved shirts to wear under a sleeveless sweater that I want to knit. I too find selfies difficult.

  3. I haven’t read that many Danish books, but from what I know about movies, yeah, the humour can be very dark 😉 I still have to read this book one day! (Also, I love your photo. And I’m really looking forward to T’s sweater! The colours are fabulous.

  4. You have me intrigued about this book now! I love your sleeveless jumper, and am right there with you about having trouble taking selfies in mirrors 🙂

  5. claire93 said:

    lovely jumper which will keep you nice & warm ^^
    I think we must all have a bit of Danish blood ^^ I’m not too keen on sarcasm, but I do like a bit of “tongue-in-cheek” lol.

  6. Am with you on selfies, lovely – that’s why my makes appear on a hard surface or a hanger. Your jumper looks a treat! I once tried knitting one, under supervision, but with the wrong yarn. Was so disappointed I tossed it and haven’t tried again. Maybe someday… but not at the moment. . . cue “Jaws” theme & colour me waiting . . .

  7. NatterBlog said:

    Never read the book but from your description of both yours an the authors I would say dry humour or wit is the best description? My favourite kind of humour 😉

  8. As a child I was told I didn’t have a sense of humour but later I realised that I didn’t like slap-stick or jokes that made fun of people but I did appreciate irony.
    I presume the mirror photo was to show off the top which you knitted? In this post – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/i-made-another-pair-of-trousers/ – I have a couple of photo taken using a mirror. It is probably a bit easier with a real camera as you have a button to press but the lower one might give you an idea.

    • I don’t like slap stick at all either- what is funny about a custard pie thrown at a clown? I remember your posts about the mirror! I don’t suppose I’ll be doing another selfie ever again!

  9. I don’t believe I’ve ever taken a selfie. My arms are too short. And like you, I don’t like being Phone or Camera-Head. Anyway, the book: I’m with you. I find it funny. He is wry, darkly humorous and sly. I think it’s the leaven which ensure the book is not too darkly depressing and Nordic-twilight-ish. For me, it’s far from depressing… I find Smilla’s determination and refusal to be cowed by her circumstances, her family and the authorities admirable, and her sheer grit impressive.

    • She certainly has grit and determination- she’s currently on the sea and demanding to be shown what’s in the hold- not much humour at the moment.

  10. I haven’t read this novel but you are not alone in your confusion about irony. Famously, the song ‘Ironic’ by Alanis Morissette was criticised for its lyrics that supposedly used examples of irony but were not.
    Jane Austen is often considered the master (mistress) of literary irony – and she wasn’t Danish as far as I know 🤣
    As for selfies – I have no idea how to hold the camera in a way that doesn’t make me look like one of those humorous closes ups they do with dogs’ faces or at least 120 years old.

    • Love your sense of humour too! You must need every bit of it in your current circumstances. ❤

    • I had a good dance round the hall trying to avoid Mr E’s clutter- well I blame him- then was shocked to find if I looked at what I was taking, ie me, I was in the way. Apparently there are three different kinds of irony !

  11. I love your sense of humour and you often make me chuckle Cathy. Your selfie made me laugh out loud – classic!
    I too have made several attempts at selfies and failed.

    Have you seen this site: https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-people-sell-mirrors-reflections

    • Thank you! I was mortified that someone had thought I was being nasty- real dampner on my comedian ambitions! And nothing to say about my villian attempts- when I want to be nasty people should KNOW about it.
      Yeah selfies are just not me- I’m off to check out this web site.

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