Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yarn Along


As you may have guessed, especially if you follow me on Instagram, I'm away from home at the moment. We're on a family vacation in Colorado and I've been taking a break from the computer.

While we've been away, I have done almost no crocheting. Mostly, we've been too busy; we're doing things together during the day and by the time the Bear and I settle down to relax in the evenings, I'm just too tired to crochet. We're staying in a Victorian-era house in a old part of Denver; our accommodations are actually an Airbnb rental, the apartment on the second story of the house. This apartment has been fully renovated and is a beautiful, comfortable space, but the weather here has been very hot and when we're here, I'm not really eager to sit with an afghan on my lap. So crocheting has been on the backburner and I've made very little progress on my throw since last week.

I did, however, have a really interesting crochet-related experience on Sunday morning. I went to a nearby laundromat to wash our rapidly-accumulating pile of clothes and upon walking in, I noticed that two young men were sitting there crocheting while they waited for their laundry! It was exciting. They are a couple and they were making amigurumi animals to give to their dads for Father's Day. They had made a pig and a bluebird; one crochets the bodies and the other makes the small parts like ears, beaks and snouts and sews them on. Their creations were adorable. I really enjoy seeing crochet in the wild like that.

I haven't been crocheting, but I have been reading a lot on our trip. I picked up the above book, The Phantom of Fifth Avenue by Meryl Gordon, from the library just before we left. I'd previously read another book on the same subject - an heiress named Huguette Clark who inherited vast sums of money from her nineteenth-century copper-baron father and spent the fortune in a spectacular but scandalous way before she died in 2011 - and really enjoyed that, so I wanted to read this one too. I think this one is even better. I enjoy reading about obscenely rich lifestyles; don't judge. Her life is fascinating to read about. I'm especially intrigued by the fact that more than 170 years separated her father's birth and her own death, because she was born to him very late in life and she lived to be over 100 years old herself. Can you imagine?

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along.

30 comments:

  1. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  2. I love the colours in your crochet. Have a lovely time on your holiday x

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  3. I'm thinking that sitting in a laundrette with some crochet for a couple of hours with nothing more to do than sit and crochet sounds pretty amazing. I hope you're having a fantastic time away. xx

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  4. Your book sounds interesting. I have yet to see someone else crocheting in public, usually it's just me :-) I hope the rest of your holiday is really good and relaxing, or as relaxing as it can be with the children, enjoy anyhow. Xx

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  5. The laundrette is always a good place to meet fellow crafters when away on holiday, hope you are having a great time.

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  6. I love a good book to get my teeth into. Have a brilliant holiday xx

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  7. Have a lovely holiday Jennifer x

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  8. The book sounds very interesting! Enjoy your vacation!

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  9. Sounds like a fascinating book. I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. CJ xx

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  10. What a great idea for a Father's Day present! I look forward to hearing all about your holiday. xx

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  11. Enjoying following you on Instagram Jennifer. I am quite fascinated by the time lapse/time passage/time travel thing too. My dad was born in 1921, I was born when he was 42, and I fully intend (I hope!) to live a long life. I often wonder bow many years there will be between my dad's birth and my (peaceful I hope!) end! This may sound a bit melancholy, but I don't mean it to, I just think of all the amazing changes that will have taken place in our combined lifetimes, which overlapped for 40 years (dad died when I was 40) and it thrills me somehow. X

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  12. this book had me at its title....even before your little blurb. enjoy your away time!!!

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  13. Have a great vacation Jennifer. I love the story of the guys making little crotchet animals - adorable :)
    Sounds like an interesting book, and the time lapse thing interests me too. It is hard for me to believe that in 2018, it will be one hundred years since my mother was born. She married later than the average, but it does seem a long time, especially as her great-grandchildren (our grandchildren) are only little ones just now.

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  14. Your books sounds good! Hope you're having a brilliant holiday!! X

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  15. Two men crocheting !! Now that is something one would never see here in Belgium... Even women are still reluctant to crochet in public, due to the "grandma-image" of crocheting, even now, when crocheting is getting more and more popular (finally !!)
    Ha, would be fun if I could get my hubby to crochet. I would have him make all the nasty little fidgety bits :-))). But the hubby on crochet ? Pigs will sooner fly, I think...
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday !!

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  16. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday! I love to see people crocheting in public too....it makes me happy.
    Marianne x

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  17. It's great to see crochet in the wild! I'm sure people wonder at the way I crochet in the most odd places.

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  18. Enjoy the rest of your days there .... Nice to see people crocheting in the wild. I like doing it too when I'm on holidays and this makes others very interested to have a look !

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  19. Hey you!!! Enjoy your trip! Your accommodations sound incredible! Have a wonderful time making family memories! And yes...how cool to see to guys crocheting! The making world is so universal now!!! Happy day you! Nicole xoxo

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  20. The book sounds interesting and how surreal to come across two crocheters sat in a laundrette. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, I hope you're all having a wonderful time.

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  21. 170 years... Wow, think of all the change they both witnessed! Your book sounds fun, and I hope you can stay cool!!

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  22. love the colors you are using.
    and YAY, on seeing wild crocheting! LOL

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  23. Your "don't judge" about your choice of reading matter prompted me to laugh out loud, Jennifer :) I worked on a post last night in which I wrote about a book I've nearly finished reading. The book contains entries from the diaries of the author's great granny, May, who lived in the 1920's in the wilds of northern California. Her life choices and circumstances led to her hard but lively adventures helping run a river boat, then living in a mining camp! While in the Denver area have you gone to Casa Bonita to eat and be entertained? We had a great time there years ago. It is neat how stitching in public can lead to interesting encounters like yours...although at the car dealership last week I felt a bit trapped by a lonely elderly woman who wanted a listening ear for longer than I had to give her...but WOW could she crochet...a gorgeous lace tablecloth! Wishing you and yours more happy summer days. xx

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  24. I just started this very same book over breakfast this morning, so it was very interesting to notice it on your blog while browsing through Ginny's Yarn Along! I am only a couple of paragraphs in, and I have never read this particular author's work before, so I enjoyed your thoughts and recommendation. I must confess to a similar fascination with the wealthy and how they live/lived their lives. Enjoy the rest of your book and your vacation! Sounds like a lovely combination! :)

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  25. Love it when you see people working on their projects in public, always makes me smile.

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  26. Love it when you see people working on their projects in public, always makes me smile.

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  27. 170 years between those dates is astounding! It's lovely to read when you're away, it seems to make the book even more special in some way doesn't it?
    How lovely to have come across the crocheting couple, it would make me pine for my own yarny project but when you're on holiday it's a time to relax and enjoy the change in routine. Have a wonderful time!
    Jess x

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  28. I'm loving the idea of amigurumi making while waiting for your laundry. Were they chatty fellas? All the men I have ever met who knit or crochet have been eager to talk about what they were doing.

    Have a lovely rest of holiday Jennifer :o)

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  29. Your guys crocheting reminded me of some knitting in the wild I saw last week. A young blue haired pedicab driver in Savannah was knitting while he waited for his next customer. Nice!

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  30. It sounds like you're having a wonderful holiday. I'd love to have seen their amigurami projects. I find that I take crochet on trips that I never have time to work on them. But it is nice to have it just in case. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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