Yarn Along

This weeks selection is How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz.

Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz’s books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George’s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.

I found this book browsing Overdrive.  So far, so good!

I finished All Creatures Great and Small and I loved it.

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world’s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.
For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot’s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

I have the next two books also, but will read those later down the line.

Unfortunately, I did not finish A Man Called Ove in time for my book club.  Actually, I didn’t get past the first 100 pages…not because of the book, but due to my putting it down to go back to All Creatures Great and Small.  Ove received a great reaction from other book club members though, everyone loved the book!

Our next selection is Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow, and prove his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive, but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping book will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.

I loved the finished result of my Good Thoughts Shawl, so I am making one for myself using Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Organic Cotton (Summertime color way) that I purchased at my LYS.  This shawl will also require a good blocking.  This one is working up much quicker as it is DK weight and I’m using a 5mm hook.


I am also working on my Nordic Garter Stitch Shawl (Marly Bird KAL on RedHeart.com).  I am going to take the option of doing section three in garter stitch instead of seed stitch or I’ll be knitting this shawl until 2017 (I am a slow purler).

Happy Reading, Knitting & Crocheting!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

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