Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Yarn Along


I'm almost finished with my scarf! I have a few rows left to do in the rose color, then I think I will join the ends to make a cowl. Nothing is set in stone but that's the way I'm leaning right now. I'm starting to think about my annual cold-weather crochet project. For the past several years, I have started a new blanket in September. I think I'll do the same this year, since I'm still hoping to replace our last ancient, ragged afghan in the family room; I want to have four nice, new blankets, one for each of us. I also have some ideas about a new afghan for our bed, using hexagons. I started making a few of them back in the spring and lost interest, but I've been thinking about trying again with a different pattern. It's hard to choose! I have plenty of yarn already for whatever I pick (a seriously burgeoning stash for the first time ever), it's just a matter of deciding. I'll probably go with the family-room afghan. Do you ever have trouble deciding what to make? I think it comes from my reluctance to have too many projects on the go at once. I do love my seasonal blanket projects, it's tradition for me now. How do you choose your projects?

I'm still reading Summer World and enjoying it. I'm in no hurry to finish it, since I want to keep it fresh for when the LB reads it later in the school year. I really should just buy a copy for myself, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I was back at the library the other day and picked up a few more books, because I need stacks of them around me always, and borrowed this novel, The Love She Left Behind by Amanda Coe. It's engaging but pretty dark. The plot revolves around the adult children of a woman who left them to be with a man when they were young. Struggles ensued. I think I'll finish it, but then I might need a large dose of Summer World (birds! flowers!)  to perk up again.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

36 comments:

  1. Yay ! So we'll not have to wait long anymore to see the scarf "full frame" !
    About the decisions what to make - I always start the first thing that pops up in my head, and mostly when I've just started, tons of other ideas for other stuff to make pop up as well... And then it's rushing to get the current project done, to start another one...(I don't like working on several projects at the same time, I'm more a "serial monogamist" ;-))))

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  2. Hello, thanks for sharing those book titles, and hope they are all enjoyable. Greetings!

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  3. There's so many things I want to make too, it's so hard to choose. I get so much inspiration from blogs but then don't have time to make everything I want to. I think a blanket's a great winter project though, it keeps you warm during the cold months whilst you're hooking away. Looking forward to seeing the finished cowl, it's looking lovely.

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  4. I wish I have a blanket making tradition like yours. Most of the time I make things as we need them. Like right now I'm working on a shawl that will be a thank you present and then I'll be making a bag and a rug for the kids' bedroom. I'd like to make something for myself too but the other projects are more of a priority at the moment.
    Hope you're enjoying reading your latest books. Have a good week!

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  5. My yarn project is a wedding blanket for my niece and her new husband and my reading has been the British Country Living magazines that Gracie passed to me. I sure do love them.. very inspirational! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Can't wait to see that cowl :)

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  7. Love how your book happens to match your yarn! Maybe this should be a yarnalong requirement. I always agonise over starting a new project, it takes me ages to choose. I'm knitting happily up and down on a single bed sized blanket for the littlest boy at the moment, which he's thrilled about. I shall have to pick up the pace a bit to get it done by the time it gets chilly. I always like to knit when autumn arrives. Every year as the weather cools down I feel the need to make warm yarny things. CJ xx

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  8. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
    The book sounds good, but I bet it will leave you feeling a little sad.

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  9. Hey Jennifer,
    I hope to crochet a scarf soon. My neighbour/teacher is encouraging me to jump off the crafty diving board and go for it! I have just finished reading 'All The Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr. Wonderful consuming novel. Would highly recommend. I gave it four stars!
    Leanne xx

    Can't wait to see you finished cowl.

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  10. Your scarf is going to be so lovely. I love how you think about and plan a seasonal project. I should try that myself. It is so hard to stick with one thing, at least for me.
    Have a lovely rest of the week.

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  11. Your scarf really is so pretty. I like the idea of starting a blanket in September, perfect for when the heat is finally diminishing.
    Oh, those dark books to have a habit of staying with us don't they? Sunshine and flowers sound like a great way to cheer up.

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    1. Jennifer, I read your comment on my blog about learning to knit and wanted to let you know that I taught myself to knit by watching YouTube videos, over and over and over. My mother attempted to teach me once when I was a child, but I am a true left hander, she isn't, so that didn't work out. If you ever want to learn I am here for any questions you might have and will help you if you want.

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  12. Jennifer, you're almost done! How exciting. I'm really looking forward to seeing it all finished. Usually I have a knit and a crochet project going on at once, but right now I have a couple of blankets, a hat and a shawl, all going on at once. This summer, with all of it's ins and outs has been very distracting for me and I can't seem to concentrate on just one project. I usually have a few charity things going on. I have managed to read several books though while being lazy around here. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  13. Maybe if I adopt your September tradition and apply it to the merino knit blanket I started years ago, I might finish it this winter...or at least come closer to finishing it :) I have several projects in time out baskets, am making slow progress crocheting a shawl and knitting a baby blanket, and am apt to knit a dishcloth at a moment's notice! When it comes to novels I want a happily ever after ending, so I can understand how you may want to dip into "Summer" if the novel you are reading is rather dark. You mentioned in your comment to my last post that the Pacific Northwest wildfire smoke is reaching you and I did not know that. I will be glad when the rains come! xx

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  14. Hi there Jen, I really love the dusty pink rose colour on your cowl-to-be, I really wish I could crochet, you all make it look so very easy. (I love that you have a winter project tradition, I think I may just join you with that ;) )
    Thanks for sharing your book list - I am in need of ordering again come month end and I have run out of ideas or inspiration on what to get - I will be adding them to my list to see if I can source them here.
    Have a lovely day hun xxxx

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  15. Looking forward to seeing the cowl in all its glory. I usually chose projects by what the family have asked me to do for them, rarely do I manage to get anything done for myself. A lovely tradition starting a blanket in September.

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  16. I love the idea of a yearly blanket project xxx

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  17. I think you must continue your autumn blanket tradition. Perhaps try a new design to keep your interest high. I love the Rose colour in your cowl and look forward to seeing the finished project. How clever you are to finish in time for September, I'm out of synch having just completed a lace-weight summer shawl!

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  18. The shade of pink is so nice, it will make a great cowl in the cooler months. Can't wait to see your new crotchet blanket project. You always choose wonderful colour combinations Jennifer.

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  19. The scarf is looking lovely. I am making a hexie blanket at the moment and it was a bit of a struggle to decide on a pattern - there are so many to choose from!

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  20. I think your idea to make a yearly blanket is a good one :-) Looking forward to seeing your finished cowl. xx

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  21. As September blanket start makes so much sense....as it grows, the temps dip and you have a blanket on your lap keeping you warm. (I usually seem to start mine in March....and then complain how hot they are all summer!)

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  22. Your blankets sound like a fun thing to have! And the scarf is so pretty!

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  23. Lovely scarf! Unlike you, I have no problem with numerous projects on the go, it's rather embarrassing to admit but fun at the same time. Blankets are always high on my list as well - a comforting thing to stitch for sure :-)

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  24. Love the blanket idea, wonderful
    X

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  25. I think a cowl sounds like a wonderful idea.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  26. The rose colored scarf looks beautiful! Nice work! I'm visiting your blog from Mari's (My Little Corner of the World). Your profile photo in the comments looked so much like Moriah from Home on the Erie Canal; you guys really looked like dopplegangers...I was wondering if you were the same person going under a different name. Now after looking through more photos and browsing your blog, I can see you're not. ;)

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  27. I am looking forward to the big reveal of your scarf or cowl. Whatever you decide, it will be beautiful. x

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  28. Your pink scarf looks so pretty....and a cowl would be nice as well. I read all sorts of things, though a dark read for me needs to be followed by something light and cheery! Lovely to think of all those gorgeous blankets to make in your future :)
    Helen xox

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  29. Your scarf will be lovely to wear & a hexagon blanket sounds good also xx

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  30. Love the rose shade - I like all shades of pink, it is my favourite colour.

    All the best Jan

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  31. So pretty and a lovely vintage pink. I just love how cowls sit around the neck both in comfort and the look.

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  32. Love that pink wool (and the matching book cover), am knitting a scarf in that colour myself right now and it's the nicest dusky rose colour, gorgeous!

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  33. I rally like the idea of an annual project. I do whatever comes into my mind but try not to have too many WIP's at the same time as that makes me feel out of control (control freak, moi?) x

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  34. Pretty in pink, your scarf. Hexies can be daunting but I found a great pattern by Rosape on Ravelry which had a contemporary twist and made in shades of grey which I loved making but I had the bright idea of adding pom-poms to the edges and boy, was I glad when that last pom-pom was made! The blanket is in New Zealand now, keeping my friend warm.

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  35. I've often read books like that... too good to put down, but so sad you need to counter the lingering shivers. Hope flowers and birds did that for you! :-)

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