Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Yarn Along


Against my better judgment, I started crocheting something new. I'm still working on the ripple and cardigan of past weeks but I came across a pattern I just had to try and here we are. I didn't used to be this way; I would finish every project before picking up a new one. But life has been fraught lately and I've had trouble focusing on the ripple throw, especially, so I'm cutting myself some slack. The item you see above is going to be a table decoration, I think. I'm using a potholder pattern, the Vintage Climbing Trellis Hexagon, by Alipyper. Instead of making it with crochet thread (sooo hard for me, seriously, I try and try but I'm bad at it), I'm using regular cotton yarn. This makes it bigger, more like a trivet. I like the pattern; it's simple and easy to follow and things like this always make good stashbusters.

On the reading front, it's mostly cookbooks at the moment. Now that the LB is more self-sufficient, but still needs to hang out at home most of the time until he's more recovered, I seem to have plenty of time of my hands. Sure, there are household chores and I do have to keep these two small people occupied, but I have more time than usual for cooking and baking, which is good but also sort of frustrating because it makes me feel like I'd better step up my game while I have the chance. I've been in the proverbial cooking rut again lately. So I've been looking through my cookbooks more lately. This Jamie Oliver book, Jamie's Food Revolution, is one of a handful of true favorites that I keep on my kitchen counter at all times. I find his recipes very interesting and fairly easy to make, and they usually go over well with the Bears. This is my favorite of his cookbooks, in large part because of the real, everyday people in it. I feel more inspired when I see them, like they're cheering me on.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

23 comments:

  1. Hi Jen, Glad your little fella is on the mend, it has been a trying time but you are mothering your way through it brilliantly is sounds. So good to catch up on your news. I am a Jamie Oliver fan too - such tasty-easy food. Jo x

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  2. Hi Jennifer, I tried to leave a comment earlier but not sure if I did correctly, sorry if this is a duplicate. I love this pattern. It works up quickly. You can see mine on instagram smile_bam. I used #3 thread. I find it easier to work with than the #10 size. Please post a picture of your finished project. I'm sure it will be lovely. Lisa

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  3. Pretty sure I have that book, I seem to have a collection of Jamie's books I think the cover is foxing me. Glad your little chap is improving daily for you x

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  4. Good morning Jennifer! I enjoy reading cookbooks too. My family think I'm a bit strange. :-). Cotton thread does take adjusting to when you're used to heavier weight yarn. You are so talented though, I'm sure you could do it with LOTS of patience, :-). Glad to hear the LB is better. Such a relief for you.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  5. I'm so glad to hear LB is doing better! Food Revolution is my favourite JO cookbook, too. Have you tried the beef stew recipe? It's probably my very favourite recipe out of the book.

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  6. I was like you too, sticking with one or two projects until they were completed but I'm taking up more and more hobbies and have all sorts of things on the go now. It does make me a bit anxious at times but it's also good to have a choice of things to work on. I have a few Jamie Oliver cookbooks but I haven't looked at this one so I shall look out for it. I've been in a bit of a cooking rut too just lately so I need all the help I can get.

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  7. I've never checked out the book, but I had watched the series on television. It was a great show and it was nice to see him so dedicated to the cause. I know what you mean about starting numerous projects. I always have a few going at a time. It,s like I cannot MAKE myself pick up a project I'm not feeling into at the moment. Having 3 going at once gives me a choice, you know?

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  8. We have that book ( only it's called Jamie's Ministry of food here) and it's a favourite, very inspiring and such easy recipes too. I'm hoping to get the kids a bit more involved in cooking this summer holiday - we'll see how that goes... Xx

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  9. That is a cute pattern !! I suddenly feel the urge to crochet some more potholders... I normally never start a new project while another one is still going on, but my current crochet work is boring me... Maybe I'll follow your example and start something new ;-) ?
    Good to hear everything is going smoothly at home !! So happy for you !!

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  10. Ditto! I'm working on a ripple blanket for my oldest son...and I'm about 18 inches from completing it...but I JUST had to break from it! I've been on break for about a month now. This is the first time I've left a project unfinished to do others. I love the idea of making blankets, but sometimes you just need some satisfaction of finishing a quicker project.

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  11. Lovely little crochet pattern. I'm afraid I'm always starting new things before finishing others, I have to be in the mood for things. Glad to hear things are getting back to normal.

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  12. Variety is the spice of life or so they say. I think it is wonderful to have a few projects on the go, life is to short not to do what you want to when you want.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. I like the start of the trivet Jennifer. The colours you have chosen look great. I go through phases of cooking experimentation and usually end up back with the old favourites! I hope LB continues well. x

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  14. It's always good to have an instant grat project especially when life gets bumpy. You can look at and say well I did get that project finished and I love it and it looks terrific! It's a morale booster! Big projects are great but they are long and can seem endless. Good news about your son! I will have to check out the cookbook, I get his newsletter and I am a fan!

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  15. Having small short term projects helps keep me motivated to tackle the larger long term projects like blankets [and finish them eventually :) ] I haven't checked out any of Jamie Oliver's cookbooks...two of the titles I just pulled off my shelf are "More With Less" and "Cooking Without" both of which I find have worthy recipes, but Jamie's book looks a bit more exciting! Thanks for posting, Jennifer.

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  16. I'm glad to hear your LB is doing much better. He's now on the mend and I hope he continues to stay well. Have fun trying out new recipes and working on your new crochet project. I think it will be lovely.

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  17. Yes, definitely cut yourself some slack and cast on (or crochet equivalent) something that you fancy. It's beautifully done, so even, I'm very impressed. I don't know what crochet thread is, but the one you've used is lovely. A bit of a cooking rut here too, or rather too many meals made in a hurry. Glad that your LB is on the road to recovery. I'm wishing him well. CJ xx

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  18. Glad that your boy is getting better; you must be very relieved. I've got a few of Jamie Oliver's cookbooks (wish he'd do a veggie one like Hugh F.W!) but I've never tried the one above - I'll keep an eye out for it at the library. Can't wait to see your finished table decoration - it looks great. I'm still plodding along with my ripple. You'd think it would be too hot in the summer to knit a blanket but the weather is a bit grim here at the moment, so it's quite cosy! Enjoy your enforced home time. xx

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  19. So glad to hear your dear son is improving. I like the colours you have chosen for your crochet project X

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  20. I always have several projects on the go together. It's deliberate - each is suitable for certain circumstances. For example, I have a project that I work on at home when I can concentrate, one for the car (so has to be easy enough to do without looking at it too much or I'd get queasy), one for the hairdressers' and maybe another for when I just want something quick and easy to get done.

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  21. Love your new crochet pattern and those clever colours.....I like to start something new -and small- when the bigger projects become a bit repetitive! Some of Jamie Oliver's recipes have become family favourites here. Great to hear LB is doing well.
    Happy weekend to you all.
    Helen xox

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  22. I think there is nothing wrong with starting something new if it excites you. That is a pretty motif! I'm so glad your son is getting better so quick! But you're taking such good care of him I'm not surprised he's doing so well. My daughter and two granddaughters arrived this afternoon and I'm enjoying spending time with the girlies. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. Just catching up here, I hope all is well with your little one after his surgery that must be a hard thing for a mama. I hope you are looking after yourself as well as the patient.

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