Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Yarn Along


I'm joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along, sharing a current crochet project and book that I'm reading.

I'm still working on my ripple throw. I've only added about four rows since last week. I'm trying to work on it for even just a few minutes a day. I really like having a project like this on the go, it's nice to be able to pick it up here and there. I'm not in any hurry to finish, it's an as-and-when kind of project. I've had some good outdoor-crochet days lately; as long as I stay in the shade it's very pleasant, even on these hot, dry June days.

This week, I'm reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I just started it on Monday. I waited a long time for my turn to read it, having placed a hold on a library copy in January, I think. I finally got my chance this week. I like thrillers and mysteries but I always worry a little when I read a book that has gotten lots of hype; will it really be as good as everyone says? Will I be the lone party-pooper who just can't see all the fuss? It's a gamble. I'm not very far in, but the story is engaging and I can feel the mystery beginning to build. I hope it gets good and creepy!

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Thank you for the kind words about my magazine feature. I felt nervous about sharing it but I knew you'd be supportive. Thank you, too, for voting for me in the "Best of the City" contest held by the magazine. I have no idea what my chances are but I appreciate every vote.

We have a new podcast online. We're discussing writing and also answering some questions about chicken keeping sent by my friend, Gracie. If you'd like to listen, just click the link in my sidebar. It's a bit longer than our others - about 30 minutes - so you might want to make a cup of tea first.

I'd also like to say welcome and hello to new readers and followers! I'm really glad you're here.

34 comments:

  1. i listened to Girl on the Train....got hooked, started to think somehow I must be missing all the hype, and then whammy. Stick with it to the end.

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  2. Looking forward to listening to the podcast about chickens, will come back when I have more time.

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  3. I am so happy for you that you got published in the magazine, Jennifer! The pictures are fantastic! It was such a great crafting choice too, since it doesn't require a lot of special equipment, or learning a new technique such as crochet, knitting, etc. Well done you!

    I'll be waiting to hear how creepy you think The Girl on the Train gets before I give it a try. I love mysteries, but if they get too scary I can't read them. :-)

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  4. Four rows is still progress! I will have to go and listen to the podcast. Yay for chickens!

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  5. I liked the book a lot. You have to keep going right to the end!

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  6. Your ripple throw is looking lovely!

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  7. Your blanket will look great when finished, it's great having a larger project on the go you can pick & leave as you choose. x

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  8. Hey Jennifer,
    I hope that you enjoy the novel too. I thought it was great. So did my Mum and my neighbour.
    Leanne xx

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  9. Thanks for book idea, I love a good scary mystery! Your blanket is looking great!

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  10. I have that book on my wish list you must tell us what you think once you have finished it. Your ripple is coming on great I have a couple of projects like that on the go too, something you can just get on with without much thought, will pop back later to listen to the podcast. :) xx

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  11. Your ripple project seems to turn out right ... I'm in late but congrats for the magazine .... you deserve it ! Have a lovely and creative week ...

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  12. I knitted a scarf (yep, knitted – knit/purl) over a whole 2 years..! I had a whole load of stuff going on during those 2 years and it was a pick-up and put-down-for-ages project. Love your throw and look forward to hearing what you think about the book. S x

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  13. I haven't heard of that book, I shall look out for it. I've started a blanket as well, and I'm slowing working away at it (very slowly!), but it's a nice thing to do. Absolutely no thinking at all required. Wonderful. CJ xx

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  14. Your blanket is looking good. I love the sound of outdoor crochet days, would love to have some of that too but we're still waiting for summer to start over this side of the world. Enjoy your new book and I hope you have more crochet time this week.

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  15. Your blanket is going to be very classy with the big color block stripes! I'm working on my alpaca natural white shawl. I'm reading "The Baker's Daughter" - I had no idea it was set in Nazi Germany and that has put me off of it.. but I will try to keep reading. Enjoy your summer! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  16. Your throw is coming along nicely. I tend to knit in the same way you are working on your throw, a few rows every day. Some days I get only one or two rows, other days a few more, and before you know it, it is finished.

    Can't wait to hear what you think about The Girl on the Train, haven't read it yet.

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  17. Your blankie is coming along nicely. I hope you enjoy the book after waiting so long to get it!

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  18. I agree! Stick with the book until the end. It does get creepy but not really scary. I have to say that I never did like the main character much, but it was a good story!
    Your blanket is looking so warm and cozy.
    xoxo

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  19. Long list at our local library too but I could have bought it at a charity shop last week really cheaply and didn't bother, me being Scottish and very frugal! I'm picking up Kate Atkinson's latest book 'God of All Ruins' I think it's called, tomorrow from the library. Long wait for it so I hope it's worth it. Lovely blanket too.Looking forward to seeing your podcast. x

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  20. I feel a pinch of jealousy when reading "pleasant in the shade" and "hot and dry june days"...
    Over here, we're still waiting for the first signs of summer (didn't even get much spring !)... If the weather channels are right, this weekend all will (finally !) turn around for the good... Fingers crossed (oops, can't crochet with my fingers crossed ;-))
    I like the colours you've chosen for your blanket. Classy, calm colours, a nice change after all the bright flashy and all the pastels I've been seeing lately on so much blogs !

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  21. I've got The Girl On The Train waiting to read on my Kindle, I've heard good things about it so I'm looking forward to getting started. I enjoy listening to your podcasts so I shall set half an hour to one side once I've got a bit more time on my hands.

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  22. Hi Jennifer, goodness you've been so busy since the last time I read your blog! I spent the day reading back over the last few months, congrats on the magazine article, what a fantastic experience and piece of memorabilia for you and your family! I was so interested to hear that you are doing a podcast now, I will have to check that out! It was good to catch up on your news, yours was the first blog I came back to read after my hiatus and it was very much like a chat with a friend over a cup of tea... but i'm glad that I can also say hi on instagram now! Cate, x

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  23. Oh gosh and... I have this book on my reading list, so i'll be interested to know your thoughts!

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  24. The blanket is growing and looking ever lovelier with each row. I've heard good things about that book but not read it myself. Thank you for reminding me to go and vote for you, I'll do it now! xx

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  25. I hope you enjoy The Girl on a Train - I found it to be a real page turner! I'm off to vote for you now, too.

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  26. The throw is looking gorgeous, perfect to while away the pleasant weather..

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  27. the throw looks cosy already.... i'll look up that book, haven't heard of it.

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  28. Your ripple throw is gorgeous! I've also got that book on my side table too. Marcus who was staying with us left it behind for me. I'm really looking forward to starting it, I haven't heard a read a negative review so far! Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

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  29. I must reserve that book at the library too! I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of it.
    I know I always say this to people who can crochet, but I am so envious - all the things I'd love to make! The colours in that throw are beautiful.
    Sarah.

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  30. I'll be interested to see what you think of the book. I read it a while back. Your ripple is looking fantastic.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  31. I have The Girl on the Train on my summer reading list. Last year I read Gone Girl, but was so disappointed at the end I wished I hadn't wasted time reading it. ! I too am afraid of the hype again.

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  32. Oooo!!! The blanket is looking fantastic! I wish I had that type of talent! :) I'll have to check out that book. I've never heard of it. Hope you're enjoying the read.

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  33. Hi Jennifer ... just found your blog and read a few posts.

    The Girl on the Train does seem a very popular book ... be interesting to know your views on it once you've read it.

    All the best Jan

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  34. I'm on the library waiting list. off to listen to your podcast now, I have my cup of tea!

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