Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm working on a little something for myself! That almost never happens. But I finished that little cardigan late last week (I'll show you soon) and decided to start a project just for me. It's going to be a scarf for the coming winter. I haven't decided yet whether it will be a regular scarf, or if I'll join the ends to make a cowl, but in any case, I'm making it loooooooong and relatively narrow so I can wrap it around a few times. I'm using real wool yarn, instead of my usual acrylic, so you could say I'm treating myself. I know...it's a whole new me over here. I think it's partly because I've had a hard few weeks, but also? I'm really excited for cold weather. Fall can't come soon enough for me. Are you ready too?

I'm reading Jennifer Worth's Shadows of the Workhouse, volume 2 in her series of books about her time as a midwife in Poplar, in London's East End. I'm a devotee of the television show but had only read the first book in the series, several years ago. I happened to see volumes 2 and 3 in the library a couple of weeks ago so I borrowed them both. I really enjoy her writing. I think her storytelling is often even better than the writing on the show. This book has been sort of harrowing to read; the people she helped had hard, sad lives but I like the way she shares their stories. I've especially loved reading about Mr. Collett, the Boer War veteran she discusses in this book. Have you read her books, or other writings? I've also enjoyed some editorials she wrote.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

33 comments:

  1. That scarf is going to be wonderful to wear in the cooler weather this fall, Jennifer. I love the colours! I am glad you are doing something for yourself. Sometimes as a busy mom it's easy to forget how important it is to be kind to ourselves. I've read all three of the Call the Midwife books and loved them all. Where did you find editorials by Jennifer Worth? I wasn't aware of those and would love to read them.

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  2. Your scarf is going to be so pretty! I like fall, but I love summer and I'm hanging on to every day and asking it to slow down. If we didn't have air conditioning, it might be another story. ;)

    The book looks interesting, but a bit hard to hear of the hard stuff and hard things people have suffered and faced.

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  3. Looks great, and thanks for sharing.

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  4. The colours are lovely together. Looks so warm and cosy. Summer's my favourite season but I'm looking forward to Autumn :)

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  5. I am not looking forward to autumn (we've not really had a proper summer here). I am glad you are treating yourself to something special Jennifer. The scarf is going to be pretty. x

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  6. I'm still enjoying summer over here - our fall/winter period is quite long, so I am not really wanting it to start already ;-)))
    Strange thing though - I just got back from my local yarn shop... Bought wool to crochet me a new winter scarf. And now I read your blogpost... Spooky !

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  7. Love the pretty colours in your scarf/cowl Jennifer!
    No I'm not ready for autumn just yet, still waiting for some summer here!
    V x

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  8. I'm also a big fan of 'Call the Midwife' on the telly but I've never read any of the books. I really should look them up. I used to work at the Royal London Hospital, or the London, as it used to be called back in Jenny's days in the East End. Poplar is just a short walk from Whitechapel where we used to live and work. I'll look for the books next time we're at the library. By the way, I like the colours of your scarf. Sometime it's nice to use a different kind of yarn, it makes a project more special. I'm currently making a shawl for a friend and I'm using a merino wool-cotton mix. It's lovely and soft, really worth spending more, I think.

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  9. Good job on the scarf for you.. the colors are great. I just finished a book, "Stoneheart" by an author I know personally, Baer Charlton. It was good! Now I'm trying to find a new book. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Love the scarf but have to say I'm not ready for Autumn yet, we want summer first!

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  11. In a way I am looking forward to autumn as at least the cold and rain will feel seasonal, whereas at the moment we just being cheated out of summer here in Scotland! Your scarf will be very pretty Jennifer X

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  12. Yes, I am looking forward to Fall, too, Jennifer! I love Autumn so!

    It is strange...I watched COTM a few times, but am such a wimp, I am afraid to get into reading or watching the more difficult stories. However, having confessed that, I will confess too, that I just read "The Violet Season" which is set in the Hudson Valley in the late 1800's early 1900's and very interestingly describes the Violet raising business. It is the first novel in a long time that I had to read practically in one sitting. It had some hard parts in the story I was surprised I read, but was so skillfully written, I felt like the characters had really lived and I cared about them! I thought of you and wondered if you would enjoy reading the story as well. I will be interested to know what you think of it should you read it.

    I'm glad you are crocheting such a pretty scarf for yourself, and look forward to seeing the cardigan you recently finished :) xx

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  13. Scarf looking good. You are ahead for the seasonal knitting needs. Enjoy your reading.

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  14. The scarf looks great, Jennifer. It's bound to keep you cosy! :o)

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  15. The scarf looks very pretty!
    I love the midwife shows, and I read all the books. Very interesting!

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  16. That is such a pretty scarf Jennifer. The Coles are perfect for autumn. I am NOT ready for cold weather yet though. Sorry. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. The scarf looks lovely - beautiful colours. I've read the first of the 'Midwife' books for book group and really enjoyed it - I must look out for the others. The weather has been so variable here that I feel as if I haven't had any summer yet. Autumn can jolly well wait its turn! xx

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  18. The colors in that scarf are great. I would never have thought to put those together. Very pretty.

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  19. Lovely, lovely colours in that scarf, and I always really like the texture of crochet, it's so pretty. Glad you're enjoying the midwife books, I've heard a lot about them. CJ xx

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  20. The scarf colours are lovely and I'm glad it's for you - mums are so busy putting their family first. I've not read the Jennifer Worth books but I watched all the series, and every single episode made me cry buckets! Enjoy the rest of the week. Jane xx

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  21. Your scarf is going to be lovely Jennifer I love the colours, I haven't read any of the books but loved the show, and no I'm not looking forward to the cold weather it's still pretty cold here anyway I'm still waiting for the Summer. :) xx

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  22. Oh I love the mustard colour!!!! And yes I am ready for cold weather, I am just finishing my little girl scarf and go for winter!! even if I do not want have cold cold weather, I am looking forward to wear my knitting.
    Autumn is coming so fast here too!!!
    Miss xx

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  23. What a great way to welcome in the colder months! I must start knitting something woolly... To be honest this summer has been a bit of a washout and I don't hold out much hope for a heatwave any time soon.
    Fortunately I've always been an autumn and winter lover so have been on the lookout for little whisperings of the seasons shifting for a little while already. So far: apples ripening, crocosmia starting to flower, feathery seeds from the thistles blowing across the fields... We've even spotted some toadstools in the woods.
    I haven't watched any of the Call The Midwife programmes or read any of the books. Surprising really as I love social history, particularly from that era...
    Looking forward to seeing your beautiful cowl/scarf! Enjoy your crocheting.
    S x

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  24. I rarely work on something for myself, but when I do, it's SO wonderful!

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  25. So important to make something for ourselves sometimes. I love the colours. Can't wait to see it on you :)

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  26. Hey Jennifer,
    Okay so I'm sat here with a crochet hook, wool, a beginners how to book and after spending at least half an hour working out the first step (the slip knot) I am stuck on the second (yarn over hook). I think this may be why I should never attempt crafts; my brain is clearly no able to cope with it.
    Lovely colours for your scarf. And of course you should treat yourself every now and then. I do. I ordered a lovely dress yesterday. I really shouldn't have. But I did anyway.
    Leanne xx

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  27. I have not read the books or seen the show more than a couple of times, I like it but need to start it from the beginning. So glad you are making something for yourself.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. I really love the look of your new scarf Jennifer! I'm not ready for a change of season yet though although to be honest it hadn't really been warm here at all this summer! I love the tv series of Call the midwife too although I haven't read the books.
    Marianne x

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  29. After a long hot summer, there is nothing better than being cosy in nice soft wool, Jennifer. Your scarf will be beautiful, however you design it. We are enjoying the last few weeks of winter, and I am wearing a soft cashmere sweater as I write :))

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  30. Wool is so lovely to work with, isn't it? I can't have it right on my neck though, so I use acrylic and cotton.

    I have only watched Call the MIdwives, but you've got me interested in the books, now.

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  31. I always look forward to autumn. I don't want it yet, I'm enjoying summer too much, but I never mind when the colder weather rolls around. Autumn accessories are my favourite kind! I like the look of your scarf. I wonder if you'll enjoy wearing the wool more than the acrylic? xx

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  32. Your scarf looks lovely, I hope it is soft and warm for those cooler months. I haven't been able to read much of Jennifer Worth's books although I loved the book Letters to the Midwife which was collated by her daughter's after her death. I knew Jennifer really well, she was my piano teacher for ten years when I was growing up we had no idea what she had done before that and were so suprised when the first book was published!

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  33. I cried buckets whilst reading Shadows of the Workhouse. The mental cruelty of separating families was heart-breaking. Hard to believe and not really that long ago.

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