Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stitch. Read. Covet. Blog.


Stitch: I have completed all eighty of the granny squares I need for my latest afghan. Now, I am slip-stitching them together in fours. This photo was taken as I decided the layout. As discussed, I didn't Love This Yarn all that much but I'm happy with my squares overall. I'm pretty proud of the fact that no two are alike; that was deliberate but I wasn't sure whether I could actually make it happen.


Read: I'm currently reading this book, The Pretty One: A Novel About Sisters by Lucinda Rosenfeld. I love this author. She has only written a few novels but they're all very good. Her writing is cuttingly funny and well observed. I'm enjoying this book as much as I did her others.


Covet: I was procrastinating on Etsy the other day (shhh...it's all about productive homemaking around here!) when I came across this artist, Clare McCrory and her lovely shop. Clare is based in Scotland. She creates beautiful hand-painted illuminated letters. I fell in love with them on the spot. I don't think I can afford to buy any just now, but if I did,  I would start with the above "H" and hang it in our living room. "H" is the first initial of our last name. I would also love to have a "J" for myself, maybe to hang in our bedroom near my dresser. She has a "J" I adore; it's perfect because it's painted in my favorite color and features thistles. Maybe there's a future birthday gift in here somewhere...




Blog: I enjoy so very many blogs and I hope you will check out every one that I follow on my Blogger profile because they're all great. But I have a special place in my heart for Claire at Mad Maison. I find Claire's writing to be so witty and she makes me laugh every time I pop in to see her. I love reading about her family's life and her own musings. You'll enjoy Claire's blog too.

********************

Happy Mother's Day to all of my friends in the UK! I hope you have a lovely day with your families. And if Mother's Day is difficult for you, I hope you are feeling peace and love today as well.

********************

Hello and welcome to my new readers and followers! Thank you for visiting me. I'm so glad to have you here.

23 comments:

  1. Well done on the granny squares! They look terrific. Oh I checked out Claire McCrory's shop and her work is beautiful. That letter J would work for me as well but I really loved the double letters. For my hubby and me that would be W & J. I think it would be really lovely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi softie! Thank you! Oh, I love the double letters too. Ours would be P&J.

      Delete

  2. Jennifer,

    I love this idea - stitch.read.covet.blog.

    When I stumble across new blogs, after stalking them I always look at the blogs that they follow. I shall now stalk both Mad Maison & Claire McCrory too!! The granny squares look amazing.

    Leanne xx
    Those granny wsu

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Leanne! Thank you. I borrowed this idea from another blogger but I think it's a great way to organize for a blog post. You'll enjoy Mad Maison, it's really funny and interesting. :)

      Delete
  3. Hi! I found you through MBC. I am now following you. Love the crocheting, especially the granny squares! I know how hard it is to coordinate colors for granny squares but they turn out great. I haven't put any of my crochet up on my blog but will soon.
    When you get a chance, check it out: Http://secondchancesgirl.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ida! Thanks for visiting me and following too. Thanks, I did find it a little hard to match colors for my granny squares at first, but it gets easier the more you do. I look forward to seeing your work too. :)

      Delete
  4. Hello! I love those granny squares. What kind of yarn did you use? I've been working on a few crochet projects but not liking the yarn. Definitely not a fan of "Red Heart" I think it is. To rough on my hands. Any recommendations?
    http://www.twinklingtrees.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kimberly! Thank you for the compliment, and thanks for visiting me. This was Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn worsted acrylic, which isn't so great, but they are apparently revamping the whole line soon. I do plan to give it a try and I'm hopeful it will be better. I don't like Red Heart either. What I really love is Stylecraft Special DK, which I order from deramores.com, a company in England; they will ship to the US for free if you spend $50. I recommend it highly. :)

      Delete
  5. Thank you so much for stopping by and following me. Its great to connect with you. I am following you back. Great blog you have here. Have a great week Anu

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Anu. I'm glad we connected too. :)

      Delete
  6. Hi Jennifer, thanks for following A Happy Mum, followed you back too. Those stitched squares are toooo beautiful for words, love them to bits! =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Summer, thank you so much. Thank you for following me too. I'm really glad we connected. :)

      Delete
  7. Thank you for visiting me the other day....I will check out this novel...looks amazing...as does your blanket. Happy new week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi! You're welcome. Thanks for visiting me too. :)

      Delete
  8. This is so cool! I sew but don't do anything like this. Following you back. Monica

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Monica! Thank you, and thanks for visiting and following. I sew too, right now I'm working on a quilting project which I'll be posting more about soon. It's nice to connect with you. :)

      Delete
  9. You must teach me your ways! haha! It has always been a dream of mine to learn to do this, but can't seem to find time to sit down and learn. Maybe someday!

    Love your blog!

    -Melissa Juliet
    www.MePlusYouAndTWO.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Melissa Juliet! I would love to write photo tutorials someday, then I could teach you! :)

      Delete
  10. Hi Jennifer! New follower here from Mom Bloggers! You did such a beautiful job on those pretty squares! I so wish I knew how to do something like that! I love how they are all different. Would love you to stop by my blog sometime too.

    Jennifer at http://simplyathomemom.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you. And thanks for visiting and following me!

      Delete
  11. I'm glad it's not just me who sits and looks at Etsy for hours... Thanks for sharing Clare McCrory's work. It's a shame you don't need a letter "z" or "t" as those little strawberry motifs are gorgeous and I'm sure they would look very nice in your kitchen with your jugs. :-)

    Gillian x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I lose large chunks of my life to Etsy and eBay. I think Clare makes custom paintings so I could always ask her to do a strawberry-bedecked letter for me...

      Delete
  12. Your granny squares look beautiful, and I bet your afghan is going to look great1

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a comment. It's so good to hear from you! I don't always have time to reply but I try to answer questions when I can.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...