Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm taking a break from the ripple throw to work on something totally different, a little cardigan for my daughter. The pattern comes from Issue 32 of Simply Crochet Magazine. I'm using my trusty Stylecraft Special DK acrylic. I have a lot more to tell you about this crochet project, and how I came to be in possession of a copy of a magazine that is fairly difficult to find in the US, but that's for another day. It's a nice story and I can't wait to share more because it illustrates perfectly, for me, the pleasures and rewards of being part of this lovely online community.

I'm reading a collection of the late Nora Ephron's writing called Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media. I adore her writing and this book is just as good as her others: very funny and perceptive and real. If you aren't familiar with her, she was a very successful screenwriter and film director and a prolific essayist. I often think that it's writing like hers, along with that of a few other essayists and memoirists, which led me to reading blogs; I need to read honest, straightforward writing about others' lives and situations. I find great satisfaction in it. I'm very nosy, yes, but I'm also very drawn to people's stories. I like people who have seen and done things, and people who tell it like it is.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

31 comments:

  1. That will be a lovely cardi for your daughter !
    Is Simply Crochet so difficult to find in the US ?

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful cardigan that will be. Your book sounds good, might have to look at the library for it this week.

    Have a great day!

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  3. I am a huge fan of Nora Ephron's, she really was a great lady.
    Your crochet is beautiful.

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  4. It's going to be so pretty. :) xx

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  5. What a sweet little cardigan! I love the bright colours in the yoke, and I also love that sleeveless style.

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  6. What a beautiful cardigan, I love the colourful yoke.

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  7. What a pretty cardigan, such lovely colors.
    I haven't read Nora E for a long time, but I should pick up Scribble, Scribble, Scribble. It sounds good.

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  8. The cardigan looks so pretty.

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  9. It's going to be a lovely cardigan. I've never followed a crochet pattern, I wouldn't know where to start.

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  10. Really nice, hope it comes out even better in the end. Best wishes.

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  11. Is that the same cardigan that Marriane from Ladybird Diaries has made? It's so sweet! Love the colours you're using. I bet your daughter will love it!

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  12. Thanks for the book recommendation , I as sad when I heard of her passing a few yeas ago. Cute cardi! If you have problems finding your magazine I see it up here occasionally and I can always post you down a copy. No problemo.

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  13. It will be a lovely cardigan when it's finished. I have the pattern but no little girls to crochet for (yet)! x

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  14. Very pretty cardigan and Nora Ephron was a very funny, astute and gifted writer, one of my favourites.

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  15. Thanks for the links and the promised story of how you came to get your copy of Simply Crochet, Jennifer :) I admire the yoke and color combination of what you are working on and I am not familiar with the writer but now am curious to read what she has typed! Wishing you happy days. xx

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  16. I will have to investigate Nora Ephron's writing – thanks for the tip. She was an inspired film-maker. Lovely cardi (great colours). Sam x

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  17. Awe your little cardigan is so sweet Jennifer, your daughter will love it!
    V x

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  18. The cardigan is going to be lovely! I've read a book by Nora Ephron (can't remember the title *blush*) and enjoyed it too.

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  19. I think those are all the reasons I like Anne Lamott, too! I've only read one of Norah's books and quite honestly forgot how much I enjoyed it; thanks for the reminder and the recommendation. It's 'on the list'!!!

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  20. Gorgeous cardigan, your sweet little girl will love it. A great book recommendation too, I shall look out for Nora Ephron now, I like the sound of her writing. CJ xx

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  21. Poor Nora Ephron. Taken far too young too. Sweet cardi. xxx

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  22. That cardigan is going to be beautiful! I bet the book is really good.

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  23. Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck hit my funny bone. That it was so true was the real prize.

    That little cardigan looks adorable!

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  24. That little sweater looks wonderful! I made a sweater for my granddaughter.. did you ever see it? It's such a neat project. We made it to Corning, CA. On to Lake Tahoe tomorrow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  25. I love Nora Ephron's film stuff but wasn't aware that she wrote books too - thanks for the recommendation; I'll keep a look out for them. The cardigan looks gorgeous; can't wait to see the finished result. xx

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  26. "I need to read honest, straightforward writing about others' lives and situations. I find great satisfaction in it." Yes, yes, that's exactly it! Me too :o)

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  27. Oh Jennifer the little cardigan looks so sweet! I can't wait to see the end result. Your book sounds really interesting...I really need to read more books. I've only managed 3 this year so far, I must do better!
    Marianne x

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  28. What a beautiful little cardigan, Jennifer, and your daughter will really love it. It has your usual beautiful blend of colours.

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  29. I can usually find Simply Crochet at our local Barnes and Noble ... but it takes a while to get there. All the British crochet mags seem to arrive a month or two late.

    The book sounds wonderful - I admire Nora Ephron's screenplays very much indeed but have never read any of her other work. Thanks for the recommendation! (And I had no idea she had died - very sad indeed.)

    The cardie looks very sweet and feminine. :)

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  30. I have read about Nora Ephron a few times, and have always been super-impressed and interested, but have never read any of her writing! Thanks for the reminder Jennifer, and I am looking forward to reading the story of how you came to have the Simply Crochet magazine! X

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