Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yarn Along


I've decided to join in with Ginny's Yarn Along series as we head into the summer. I have sort of a love-hate relationship with summer vacation. I know, I know...hear me out, please. I'm not good at relaxed, unstructured time. It just doesn't work well for me; my nature is to seek out projects and to get them done relatively quickly. I'm the kind of person who loves to clean, make beds, organize paperwork and books. I just came home from the small Bears' school, where I was helping the GB's teacher clean the classroom. I was up on a chair, scrubbing the whiteboards with a rag for nearly an hour. I felt a little tingly, I have to tell you. So, knowing myself and my need for structure and predictability, I think having a built-in blogging prompt each week will be a very good thing for me indeed. I'll probably want to keep going after summer ends.

Ginny says:  ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.  I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too!  Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

As of today, I'm reading Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng. This is a novel about a young girl who goes missing from her suburban Ohio town in 1977. Familial tensions ensue. I'm only a few pages in, having just finished The Last Days of the Romanovs last night. I like the new novel so far, but we'll have to see where it goes. It seems like the plot will be thickening quite a bit.

I'm crocheting a small throw for our living room, using a ripple pattern from the blog Meet Me At Mike's. It's an easy design and I like the pointy peaks and valleys it creates. I'm using Stylecraft Special DK for my throw; I'm going with an easy color sequence that requires 16 rows of each color. I like the chunky, graphic look I'm getting this way. So far, the shades I've used are Cream and Camel. I don't really need another throw for the living room, and I don't normally start blankets in the late spring, but I was in the mood for soothing, repetitive crochet and this is perfect.

35 comments:

  1. Love the two colours you have chosen so far for the throw, its nice to have a project on the go that you can pick up and down throughout the summer.

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  2. Great colours, unfortunately all my projects have been put away although I would dearly love to start a ripple blanket. Your latest book sounds good x

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  3. So familiar, that need for structure and predictability !! I also like to have order, in my house as well as in my agenda :-). Nothing as bad as "we'll just see what we'll do". But I also don't like last minute things that pop up and need to be done - that really stresses me out... (I know, quite ridiculous, but since I've stopped working, my capability of handling stress has strangely vanished...)

    I like your ripple pattern, and especially the fact that you make the "colour rows" quite large - I've seen a lot of those ripple patterns where every one or two rows, colour changes, and then a blanket can get so "busy with colour" that you don't even notice the pattern anymore...

    xxx

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  4. I love unstructured time! I get nothing done, but I love doing it. But I know people who crave structure as well.
    The throw is really gorgeous, like caramel and cream. Or a coffee mocha frap at Starbucks! Did you coordinate your throw and the book cover on purpose?

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    1. Ha! No, I didn't do that on purpose, but they do look nice together! :)

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  5. Gosh, I wish I were as project oriented as you are!
    I tried that book, but couldn't get into it. I'm interested to see what you think as you get further into it.

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  6. sometimes those mindless projects are just the right thing.....I think that's why I've knit the mitered square blanket so many times. :) I certainly know what you mean about structured time, too......even though I'm now 'retired'....I have certain things I do/go to/ volunteer with on certain days. I need that structure even now!!!

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  7. What a neat idea! I also need a crochet project to just go on.. wonder what.. I also wish that I was as tidy and energetic as you. But I'm not. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. Your book is on my list...it must be good, it is never in at the library :) Love your throw. Happy knitting!

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  9. I always loved the summer holidays when my two were at school. Summer term was always so busy and we were all ready for a bit of down time without anything scheduled after everything in the lead up to summer being so hectic. The blanket's looking lovely, I often start projects I don't need, the mood just takes over.

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  10. Your blanket is neat and pretty, and your book sounds really good x

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  11. I need structure too - even if I have a day with nothing on - I make a list to make best use of my time! Your new throw is looking good. :) x

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  12. That blanket looks beautiful! I think like you said it is the perfect soothing project! And I'm with you...though I love summer I treat it like I once treated the classroom with structured planned activities.....not all the time but I find that if I plan the week around a field trip somewhere it keeps things moving forward! Good luck with this fun yarn along lady and have a great day!! Nicole xo

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  13. I like structure to my day. I know my children are young enough to still 'need' that structure too. I think that basically boils down to us all knowing when the next snack/meal is :) I love how your crochet and your book tone so well together :) xx

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  14. Gorgeous colours Jennifer, and beautifully stitched. And there's no such thing as too many handmade throws, there's always room for another one I think. I love the idea of the yarn along, I shall pop over and have a look, it's not a blog I'm familiar with. I love seeing you heading into your summer holidays so early, it reminds me what's ahead, and inspires me as well, you always fill your time so well. I shall look forward to seeing your progress on the throw. I really like the nice wide stripes. CJ xx

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  15. I really wish that I loved to clean! Love the look of your new throw - I agree with CJ, you can never have too many! Summer holidays don't start here until July so I'm really envious; they can't come soon enough. Enjoy your new book. xx

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  16. I love to read her yarn along posts but I've never joined in so I'm looking forward to reading yours too. The colors are so pretty on your blanket. I love my relaxing time at the lake. But when I get home, whoo-eee, there is a LOT to do so summer can be a challenge. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. Sometimes unstructured time sounds better in theory than it turns out to be in reality, so I think your idea of structured craft time is a good one. I love the colours in your throw, and agree with earlier commenters, the colours of your book cover tone beautifully with it! X

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  18. That might be the cutest crocheted throw I've ever seen. I love the color and the pattern!!

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  19. Hi Jennifer,

    I love the blanket colours and will be beautiful when you finish.
    Hope you and your family enjoy the summer holidays
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  20. Thanks for the link to the ripple pattern. It is very clear and detailed, just what I need!

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  21. Another beautiful blanket reminding of the shades of sand. So summery and fresh feeling... and so lucky to finally slow down and unwind carefree and leisurely!
    Olympia

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  22. Crochet or knitting or embroidery and reading sounds a good way to pass the summer months to me. You don't need to apologise for needing a structure to your day. I think we all need structure to our day to thrive and grow. I was reading about your city in the guardian newspaper (I'm one of those dinosaurs who still reads a broadsheet everyday) and the plan to build a new development for 100,000 people. The politics are interesting, not just for New Mexico but for the world: where are we going to build fully sustainable communities to house our growing population?

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  23. Your throw is looking really well so far. You have to NEED another one to start making one!

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  24. The blanket is looking so nice! A sort of a beachy (or maybe in your case "desert") look to it, so perfect for chilly summer evenings. I never read books of missing kids, I just can't enjoy them now that I have my own kids. I hope you enjoy your summer. I too like routine and a course of action, but often it all falls apart and I end up flying by the seat of my pants!
    Wendy

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  25. The Yarn Along sounds like a great idea! For one brief second I considered joining in, then realized that my entries would be rather dull since most of my reading is done on a Kindle. There would be no enticing pictures of books to include. I'll enjoy watching you participate as the summer progresses.

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  26. I am the opposite Jennifer...I love unstructured time! We are still 5 weeks from the school summer holidays here. I like the look of your ripple blanket and the large rows of colour will be beautiful.
    Marianne x

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  27. I do very well if I have unstructured time, I just never seem to have any! The new book you are reading is really fascinating. I finished it earlier this year, I look forward to hearing what you think about it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. I love unstructured time. I feel like any thing is possible if I do not have any deadlines or restraints. Funny how people are so very different.

    This weekly reveal of what people are reading and making is so fun. I look forward to hearing how you like the book and seeing the blanket grow.

    Birgitta xx

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  29. I think this is a great idea. I think I'd blog more, and better, if I had more structure and I can totally understand why you need this over the very long holiday. I'd go mad if had three months without any structure or routine. xx

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  30. This is a great idea, although as it's weekly and I'm a slow crocheted/knitter and it's now taking me longer to finish reading books, I'll end up with the same book and project for many weeks! : -) But I always enjoy posts about books that others are reading and enjoying and I'm looking forward to yours in the coming weeks and months. Plus I'd love to see progress on your latest crochet project. It's looking nice already! X

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  31. I agree...summer can be tough...I'm all over structure. My girls go bonkers if they don't have a schedule! I love the colors for your throw. Cream is my favorite! xoxoxo Jen

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  32. Being a teacher, I love the unstructured time!! Love your colours.

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  33. I like elderflower cordial with sparkling mineral water but it's also very good with English sparkling wine. Quiche and home grown salad leaves is a favourite summer staple here. I made salmon and watercress tart this week. Once the pastry is made and cooling in the fridge I think dinner is almost there. Wishing you a.very happy anniversary and a relaxing start to the holidays.

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  34. While I have never tried to keep up with a Yarn Along, I will enjoy Ginny's vicariously as I read your reports, Jennifer :) I just finished mending 3 yr. old, Joy's Princess dress-up dress which gets a lot of wear and tear around here. xx

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