Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm still working on my scarf. I've moved on to a new color, a creamy winter white. I'm enjoying working with wool. It's not as scratchy as I always assumed it would be. It even feels soft on my face and neck (I test it often). The scarf is about six feet long already but I think I'll add one more section of color. I can't wait to wear it. I've been clearing out my closet and dresser drawers lately, trying to streamline my wardrobe. I have a lot of scarves and have been weeding through them as well. I think it will be nice to keep the ones I've made, or have been made for me, and send some of the others on. This will give me an excellent reason to make a few more for myself too. I already have a general plan in mind for at least one more. I like having an assortment; it's often warm enough here in the winter, due to the sun, that I can just throw on a scarf with a sweater, no coat needed.

I'm reading the final book in Jennifer Worth's series, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End. I finished Shadows of the Workhouse over the weekend. That was a very sad book but I'm glad I read it; I like to know what other people have experienced. This last book is my favorite so far of the three, I think. I really like reading about pregnancy and birth. I had difficult experiences myself, and sometimes find it hard emotionally to read about certain aspects, but in general I'm very interested in the work of midwives, and most of these stories do have happy endings. I have to say that one thing I love about this book is the cover, especially the photo from Chummy's wedding. I haven't read about her wedding yet but I'm really looking forward to it. I like all the midwives, but Chummy is my favorite.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

27 comments:

  1. I remember when I was first learning to knit and thought I would never knit with wool because it was too itchy...boy was I wrong! I have felt some wools that are so soft I just want to sleep on them.
    Your scarf looks really pretty and I am loving the colors.

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  2. Your scarf sounds lovely Jennifer and I also love Chummy the best !
    Have a good week,
    Kate xx

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  3. Love the pattern and colours you are using for your scarf. Wool does surprise you sometimes its not at all scratchy. I loved the Call the Midwife series on the TV but have yet to read the books.

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  4. I'm shortly going to start a simple lacy scarf ready for autumn & then hopefully a cowl too. I know what you mean about keeping the handmade ones. Chummy was my favourite character too. Your scarf looks lovely & some wool can be delightfully soft. I recently got some lovely wool at a bargain price so have started a cardigan, hope I have enough to finish it xx

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  5. The scarf looks fabulous and will be perfect come winter.

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  6. Your scarf is turning out beautifully. I need to go through my closet too and get rid of things I know I'll never wear again. It seem like such a daunting project though. :-) It would be so nice not to have to wear winter coats, gloves, etc. A scarf and a sweater only would be wonderful.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. The scarf is looking wonderful!

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  8. It is going to be a lovely scarf. I think that it would be so interesting to link up in your mind and heart memories of a loved book with something that you have created that keeps you warm and comforted.

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  9. Your scarf looks fab, Jennifer. I need to go through mine as well - and the gloves too. And hats. Sometime soon. Maybe. ;o)

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  10. Love knitting with wool, love call the midwife
    Happy days x

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  11. Lovely scarf, I'm glad you're enjoying the wool. It comes in so many different forms, but it's always nice to find some that's deliciously soft. Well done you on the wardrobe streamlining, I always find it really satisfying to pare things back a bit. You should definitely keep the scarves you make though, they're the best! CJ xx

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  12. I think scarves are my favourite thing to crochet, and it follows that autumn is my favourite season. I pulled a wool shawl out of the cupboard the other day and put it on, thinking it would look nice with what I was wearing that day. Instantly, I couldn't bear the closeness and heat of the fabric around my neck and pulled it off straight away.. Oh autumn and your cool crisp air, my scarves need you!

    I think your scarf looks gorgeous and I'm loving that combination of mustard, grey and white. Beautiful. xx

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  13. Your scarf looks wonderful. I love knitting with wool, in fact, you would be hard pressed to find me knitting with anything else :)

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  14. I have never read the books, but I sure did love the Call the Midwife Series... Loved it! Sometimes I wish things could be more simple, but I do appreciate that we have come so far medically.
    Your scarf is lovely!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Tammy x

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  15. The scarf is so pretty!
    I loved the Call the midwife series and the books. I found them all interesting.

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  16. i'm really liking your scarf....and your push towards a handmade wardrobe!! :) (me too!) Never heard of this book series....hmmmm? would I like it? I wonder!?

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  17. Can a girl really have too many scarves, maybe. I got the bug a couple years ago and off I went knitting and crocheting a whole bunch for myself and to gift. The past 2 months I decided to do a batch for charity using up a good portion of my stash. Love the pattern you are doing for the one you are making. Our public television station had the movie series playing for Call the Midwife. I should have DVD'd it but didn't. I love Masterpiece movies and just recently watched the first 7 episodes of Poldark. Oh, I love that show and can't wait for the next batch to begin. It will be months of waiting.
    Susanne :)

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  18. Chummy was my favourite too! The scarf looks great - I can't wait to see the finished article. xx

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  19. Pretty scarf! I had a hard time watching some of the show right after a very hard experience postpartum. But I do want to go back and read/watch all of the material from Call the Midwives!

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  20. I remember the episode where Chummy got married. I think it was the last one in the first series. I like her too. Now looking forward to the next series, it's usually after the New Year when they start.
    Your scarf is going to be nice and warm. My favourite for scarves and shawls is merino wool. It feels warm but also very soft and very nice to work with.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  21. Have you watched the Call the Midwife series? I love it! I suppose I should really read the books too. My mother was a midwife around the time these stories are set and I've always been interested in child birth and so on. I started clearing out some of my scarves a few days ago. They've been washed and are ready to pass on to someone else. Then I might make some more! I usually find wool itchy to wear but merino wool is fine; very soft and no itch.

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  22. Hey Jennifer,
    You'll be thrilled to learn that I have finally mastered yarn over hook....
    One day I hope to wear a scarf the I have made myself. You have inspired me to have a go, although I think enthusiasm will win over proficiency here! I have not read the books, but enjoy the tv show very much. It is my Sunday evening lady date. I quite like Trixie; her clothes and hair styles are fab.
    Leanne xx

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  23. How did I not know there were books of call the midwife? Was the show made from the book? I've had all four of my babies at home with midwives and love reading midwife stories!

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  24. The scarfs very pretty you can never have too many, I just love the winter white
    Clare x

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  25. The scarf is looking lovely. It's great when you find a wool yarn which isn't scratchy, some are beautifully soft. I love the series of Call The Midwife and have read the books too. I haven't yet read In The Midst of Life or Letters to the Midwife but they're on my reading list.

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  26. I agree about that second book being sad. I had no idea workhouses were like that until I read the book. I was horrified. And Chummy is my favourite too! Did you know there are some people on Ravelry who have crocheted Chummy dolls? If you put it into the search engine there you should come up with them. or check out the Call the Midwife group there.

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  27. I love your scarf and really like the colours you have chosen. I have never watched 'Call the Midwife' but I did hear Miranda who plays Chummy being interviewed about it. The author,who died before her books were made into a series, had apparently said that she wanted Miranda to play Chummy, so it's really nice that it happened. When I was doing my nurse training one of my tutors kept telling me I should be doing midwifery, and I sometimes wonder if I should have taken her advice x

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