Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yarn Along


Ripple, ripple, ripple. I'm almost finished with the green section at the top of the photo; I have about four more rows left until it's the same width as the camel and cream sections. I have a color plan in mind, but nothing is set in stone. I like this blanket so far; it's lightweight and small, but I think it will be good for keeping your lap warm while you read. Or maybe a little something for around the shoulders. Do you like to wear a blanket when you read or watch TV? I usually do, during most of the year. I like to sleep under a blanket in bed too, even in summer (a light one). I've never been able to sleep well with just the sheet on me, or with no cover at all. I think it's the weight I find comforting. I like being tucked in and covered up.

I finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I don't want to give anything away so I'll be vague for those who still want to read it: I loved it and it was perfectly mysterious and suspenseful, with a surprising ending. It was very good and I was not disappointed, which was nice because I felt a little let down when I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn a couple of years ago; so much hype for a fairly unsatisfying story, in my humble opinion. It actually put me off mystery novels for a little while, which is saying a lot because I've been known to read some real tripe. Anyway, I've just started a new one, Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. I loved her previous book, Reconstructing Amelia, and was excited to see she had a new novel out. I'm literally a couple of pages in at the moment so I can't say much about it yet, but I'll let you know.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along.

28 comments:

  1. I love blankets on the bed, even though it is kind of old-fashioned to use them! Love the ripple blanket. The colour combination is great.

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  2. Hi Jennifer. Your ripple blanket is growing every week and I'm liking the colours that you've used so far. I like to cover my lap with a blanket when I'm watching tv, especially in the winter months. And now that I've finished making my shawl I like wearing it over my shoulders too. It's June now but it's still not warm enough for me and I still like to be cozy.

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  3. Your blanket's looking lovely. I used to be the same as you, needing some weight over me in bed. I used to use a 13.5 tog quilt in the middle of summer but not any more, I'm already using a 4.5 tog and it's still quite chilly here on an evening. I'm putting it down to my age. I'm about half way through The Girl On The Train and I'm really enjoying it, I'm not sure where the story's actually taking me so it's keeping me very interested. I forgot to mention, I've listened to your latest podcast and really enjoyed it. I like the little question and answer section at the beginning too.

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  4. Oh I may bump "Girl on the Train" up my list now. I have hesitated as "Gone Girl" bored me stupid last Summer, indeed I wished she had gone as the book may have finished quicker! I learnt ot crochet last Summer to learn to ripple. I haven't gotten that far yet but I have learnt that not much in life beats a good book and crochet.

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  5. Your blanket really is a beautiful colour combination, I too like to have a blanket or something on me to sleep. I think it is a comfort thing I like a little weight.

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  6. Lovely, lovely ripples. E and I are great ones for snuggling up in a blanket to read/watch TV too. Can't wait to see the final Ta-Dah! xx

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  7. Your blanket looks lovely - I like the ripple, it's one of those patterns where you can settle into a nice rhythm. We love to have a blanket over legs or around shoulders here too, especially winter evenings when the rain and wind are beating on the windows. Enjoy the rest of your week. Jane xx

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  8. I love the colours you are using for your blanket. I need to have something over me when I'm sleeping otherwise I can't get to sleep. I don't normally have a blanket over my knees when I'm sitting in the evening, unless it is very cold. That's probably because I'm nearly always crocheting a blanket that keeps me warm while I'm working on it.

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  9. The blanket is looking lovely. I too, also need to be covered in in the hottest heat! Glad you enjoyed 'The girl on a train' - I loved it! Apparently another good one without a disappointing ending is "I let you go" by Claire Mackintosh. It's on my to read list.

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  10. Good to hear a recommendation for The Girl on the Train, I think it's next on my list after I finish my current novel (I'm also reading a birth prep book but I need a bit of relief! ) Blankets are a winter cover for me, I sleep on top of the covers in summer, even in the low British temperature! I love that you are sharing your yarn along every week, (and that it brought my attention to Ginny's blog) it's such a lovely idea, I'm going to try and join in! X

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  11. I like blankets, or lightweight quilts on the bed, all year round, and in the evenings while I knit or read, I often have a lightweight lap quilt on my legs.

    Thanks for the review of The Girl on the Train, I haven't read it yet, but plan to this summer.

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  12. I always have a blanket or throw on the sofa and use them year round for when I'm chilly but it's too mild to switch the heating on. And on the bed, too. Blankets make life richer! Xx

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  13. Hello Jennifer - very pleased to hear your thoughts about The Girl on the Train. It is on my list to read so I found your comments helpful ... thanks.

    All the best Jan

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  14. I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, but like you did not enjoy Gone Girl. Actually I never finished it because I did not like one character in the book.
    Love your ripple,
    Meredith

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  15. Love your pretty ripple blanket. I never can sleep without at least a light blanket on me no matter how hot it is.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. Your blanket is coming along nicely! I love the colors.
    I didn't like Gone Girl either.

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  17. Your blanket in progress looks lovely, I do like the colours. I never even finished Gone Girl, I found it too disappointing. I am hoping to read Girl On The Train during the summer holidays. Soon. Have a lovely day. xx

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  18. Love your ripple blanket, it is coming along so well. Like you, I do like a snuggly blanket in case of chilliness :) I have put The Girl on the Train on my reading list, thank you for your comments about it.
    Helen xox

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  19. Your colour choices here are really lovely, so soft and natural and they complement the flowing nature of the ripples. We are huge blanket fans here. In fact when my children were small I used to tuck them into bed at night under proper sheets and merino wool blankets and they always slept really well. I am a bad reader at the moment. I really must redress the balance between blog reading and book reading, it's getting out of hand.

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  20. I really like the color block idea.. must try it one day. I'm nearly finished with "The Baker's Daughter" - it's set in Nazi Germany and current day Texas. Interesting. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. You're doing brilliantly on your blanket, and I love those colours, muted and gorgeous. I know what you mean about a blanket being comforting, so much more than just for warmth. I'm knitting one for the littlest boy, slowly, slowly. I've only just started, it will take a while. CJ xx

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  22. I will have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing Jennifer and I'm so glad you were able to knock out some more of your ripple! Happy almost Friday friend! Nicole xo

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  23. Your blanket is coming along nicely. I have a whole stack of books to be read. I usually only read during the summer as it's the only time I can fully concentrate. Of course, now that I'm not going back to work, I have even more time. Woohoo! I'm the same way about sleep ... glad I'm not the only one out there that likes to feel the weight of something on me. I can't sleep with just a sheet. And I really hate hotels that only use a duvet (mostly in Europe and the Middle East where they don't know what a top sheet and bedspread are). Have a fabulous day.

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  24. I am a newcomer to your lovely blog. I love the blanket, those are just the kind of naturey colours I'd choose. Though I've only just learnt to crochet so this might be a bit beyond my capabilities just yet, but maybe one day. Enjoy your weekend. :)

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  25. Your new book looks really good, and your blanket is coming on nicely x

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  26. I always like a cover of some kind opinion bed too,meven if it's just a thin one in summer, and even if my legs and arms are sticking out, I just like to feel there is a little something there! The colours of your blanket are lovely together, each compliments the other colours. I couldn't bear Bone Girl when I read it, I just skimmed the last half, I found it quite unbearable x

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  27. I always have a blanket or a quilt when I'm watching tv, couldn't cope without one. I have to pack one when we go away too.........

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  28. I'm desperate to read 'The Girl on a Train'. And I agree about 'Gone Girl' - very disappointing ending... x

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