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February club yarn – Before I Go to Sleep

Darting Minnows and Orange Blossom

Imagine if every time you went to sleep, your memories were erased, like wiping clean an old-fashioned cassette tape, and when you wake up every morning, you have no recollection of who you are, where you are, how old you are or who the person sleeping beside you is.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson is a psychological thriller in which the main character, Christine, attempts to piece together her shattered memory and life whilst in the grips of a devastating amnesia caused by a car accident, according to her husband Ben, who patiently explains this to her every day.

With the help of Dr Nash, Chrissy starts writing a daily journal, so that she can start to put together memories of previous days and try to reclaim some of herself – after all, memories define us and “what are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”

One morning, following a phone call from Dr Nash to read her journal, Chrissy discovers the ominous words “Don’t trust Ben”.

And I really can’t say more than that without giving away any twists or turns in this emotionally gripping novel. Thoroughly enjoyed it – a real page-turner – and thanks to Lyndsey-Jane for the recommendation and I know the love of this book has spread through the club.

Colourway inspiration

Pale blue seemed to fit best for the semi-solid option. There’s something about blue that I associate with that empty, vacant feeling you sometimes get when you’re feeling not quite yourself, or even just a bit dreamy. Like staring into a Spring sky and just losing yourself for a moment. Also, the bathroom tiles that Chrissy starts to recognise are pale blue. As is the bridesmaid’s silk dress she wore for her best friend’s wedding. And she regularly opts to dress in pale blue as she discovers unfamiliar clothes in her set of drawers.

I decided on Darting Minnows as the colourway name as there’s a passage in the book that describes memories darting like minnows in a shallow stream.

For the variegated option, I took the pale blue, and added a darker blue to represent the blue fabric of Ben’s shirt and his eyes, and swirled them together with orange to represent the room smelling of orange blossom – which will make sense, if you’ve read the book – and left some white for the floor tiles. The blue and orange also represent the first time that Chrissy feels that a possible, if unpleasant, memory has been retained when she’s naked in at the bottom of the stairs and “the sun rose, the hall turned from blue to burned orange.”

As for yarn type, following the popularity of Lustrous, I went for a mix of Bluefaced Leicester and silk, which I think would work well on its own, or with Lustrous from any previous clubs and the silk represents the elusive, slippery nature of memories as you get older and I wrote this inspiration sheet on the day I found out my dad’s memory condition had progressed to Alzheimer’s at the not-so-old age of 69, so feels kind of poignant.

March inspiration: Girl Reading by Katie Ward

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