Yarnalong: Blue Lightning, Podcasts & Ursula

Reading: Blue Lightning by Anne Cleeves

After much debate, I set aside the lighthouse book. It doesn’t matter how much you may want to know the information in a book, if it’s not enjoyable, it’s not worth it.

Instead I’m reading Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Because knitting a Fair Isle cardigan in yarn from Lerwick and using a pattern book dedicated to how awesome the Shetland Islands are wasn’t enough to make me wish I was back there. I have to actually read about them too.  

Listening: Various

As knitting Fair Isle goes a lot faster when I’m actually looking at it, I’m burning through several podcasts:

Dan Carlin’s ‘Hardcore History’

The Wrath of Khan series turned out to be rather addictive, due to my complete ignorance of Mongols – seriously, where were they going to burn, rape, and pillage next? Carlin can be a little repetitive in stressing his themes (in this case that of ‘should we hold the Mongols to account for the tens of millions of people they killed?’), but that works rather well – if you’re not paying close attention, you’ll still be able to follow the narrative.

Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’

I’m a long-time favourite of ‘In Our Time’, the BBC4 program that discusses the ‘history of ideas’. I thought it had gone on a break, but it turns out my iTunes had just stopped downloading it – I now have several months to catch up on!

Favourite episode this week: ‘The Enuch’, if only to hear the female academic remark that castration really is a simple process and Bragg’s protestations to the contrary.

This American Life

This is currently constantly on in my car as I can’t find a radio station I don’t hate.

Knitting: Ursula

Good news: it appears to fit. I’ve changed down a needle size in the hope of creating a little bit of a waist and settling in for the long haul. Where’s the next podcast at?

See what everyone else is knitting/reading/listening to over on the original Yarnalong.

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