Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm still crunching away on my larksfoot blanket, which I've decided to name Hensfoot, in honor of my chicken girlies. I'm enjoying this blanket very much. I'm going to have to put it aside before long to get started on some holiday-gift crocheting, which will be fun too, so I'm savoring this work and still trying to pace myself because it's just so pleasant. I'm smitten.

I finished Me Before You, the Jojo Moyes novel I was reading last week. I really liked it. It wasn't perfect; I think the writing is a little...lightweight? I don't know. The story seemed somewhat simplistic for the serious issues being discussed, but I enjoyed it. I hear they're making a movie! That should be interesting. I looked up the Wikipedia article for the movie and the only actor I recognize is Brendan Coyle, who plays Bates on Downton Abbey.

This week, I'm reading The Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming. I've discussed my long-held obsession with this subject before. This book is new to me, though. It's actually written for young adults and is a simpler version of the story of the fall of imperial Russia. It's well-written and really quite gripping in its details and has a lot of photographs I've never seen elsewhere. I want to find some of the author's other YA histories now, particularly her books about the Lincolns and Amelia Earhart. I've always been sort of a closet reader of YA books, due in part to the fact that I used to teach high school English. I like to keep up on what those whippersnappers are reading nowadays (and store ideas away for when my kids will be ready for books at this level).

Hey, I'm sorry if I haven't been visiting your blogs much lately. I'm having some problems with my blog feeds. I'm also feeling kind of blah lately; it's nothing serious, just some mood-related ups and downs, feeling a little anxious. Sometimes it just doesn't come easy, you know?  I'm okay, working hard (oh so very, very hard, trying to keep up with these two little brainiacs and all their learning and making and doing). I'll be back soon, my peas and carrots.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

39 comments:

  1. Hensfoot is a wonderful name for your blanket, I love it.
    My best friend loves all things Russian and is a huge
    fan of the Romanov's so I will have to see if she's read
    this book, thank you.
    Oh those Blah feelings, I think we've all had them and
    no, it just doesn't always come easy. Hugs to you my
    dear. Give yourself a little extra love and enjoy the day.

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  2. I love your blanket - the colours are gorgeous. Me too - I admit to loving YA fiction, particularly historical fiction. And I love Russia and the Romanovs - this is a great book. Hope you stop feeling 'blah' soon. But we all have seasons - I was reading a books recently that said we can't be in full bloom all the time; sometimes we have to go into dormancy to rest up. Maybe you are in a rest period and you'll be back flowering beautifully soon. All the best.

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  3. Your blanket has an interesting pattern. Yes. The name does suit. I love YA books too. Sometimes it surprises me that some books are in that section, but I guess it really means YA and upwards, which covers me!

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  4. Love the new name for your blanket - very appropriate - and it's looking beautiful too. I'm really looking forward to seeing your festive makes. The book looks really interesting and I quite fancy the Amelia Earhart one. Hope you're feeling tip top again soon; sending you a cyber-hug! xx

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  5. Great colours in your blanket, I have just started a new Granny Square one.I quite fancy another ripple but can not decide on the colours. We all get "the can't helpits" sometimes, I just retreat into my sewing room or a good book, I am going to look up Candace Fleming, I quite like a bit of YA myself.

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  6. Love that blanket, must try that stitch. Maybe a scarf though :).
    I've been having issues commenting on others blogs this last wee while. Think blogger is having a dose of the doldrums'.
    Hope your blah goes soon and replaced with yay's. Think it's that time of year xx

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  7. Oh Hensfoot is gorgeous. Love it.

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  8. How great to be smitten with your work! I think I'd keep going and resist setting it aside in favor of Christmas stuff. Great name, too!

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  9. YA history books?? wow. thanks for the info. :)
    your blanket looks amazing BTW

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  10. Sending you a virtual hug and hoping you are feeling more yourself soon. Love the blanket, such beautiful colours and a great name.

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  11. I may have said this before, but I think your blanket is just gorgeous..and I do love the colors you are using. Hope that the "blahs" will soon disappear. They happen to me as well at times.

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  12. Your Hensfoot blanket is looking great, and the name suits it well! I do so hope that you will soon be feeling more 'yourself'. Hugs. xx

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  13. The deep, rich colours of your Hensfoot blanket are great - can't wait to see it finished ! It will be the perfect winter throw !
    Xxx

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  14. Your new blanket is looking lovely and Hensfoot is a great name for it! Enjoy your week, your book, crochet and family time and I hope you will soon be feeling chipper again x
    Helen xox

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  15. Your blanket is so gorgeous, I really love how the pattern works, it's very pretty. Sorry you're feeling a bit blah, I do hope it passes soon. You've had a long hard summer I think, so be kind to yourself. I struggle a lot with anxiety as well, I know what an unpleasant feeling it is. I hope you can get the better of it. CJ xx

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  16. Your blanket is lovely, Jennifer. Sorry about the blahs. My daughter suffers too and it's so hard to know what to do or say to help. I usually give her a big hug so I'll send one to you in the hope that it helps.((Jennifer))

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  17. I'm also fascinated with stories like that of the Romanovs, I think I need to get that book! The blanket looks lovely, just like little feet! :)

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  18. Hope you feel much better soon. Your blanket is amazing.

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  19. Sorry the blahs have got you down, hope you are feeling better soon. Your blanket is really coming along, I love it!

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  20. Like that pattern, and the colours are great too. I'm a closet YA reader too - reading one right now (Eragon). Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  21. I think it's neat how your hensfoot blanket matches the book covers.. it really is a beauty.. another family heirloom! I'm reading "The House at Riverton" right now by Kate Morton.. very "Downton Abbey-esque". ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. As others have said, the blanket is truly beautiful and will be a joy to use.
    I also am fascinated by the Romanovs and that whole era.
    I hope you are feeling better soon. Anxiety is such a tough thing to deal with; ask me how I know!

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  23. sending you some happy healing mojo from across the miles.... we are all entitled to being off - i for one have a special friendship with "those" kinda days often lately :)
    thank you for sharing with us xxx

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  24. Jennifer I think your Hensfoot is coming along beautifully. The colors you've chosen are perfect together. I sometimes like YA writing too. Sometimes I feel that it gets to the point much quicker and understandably. I hope your days become brighter very soon.
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  25. Your blanket is coming along nicely ... and I love 'Hensfoot'.

    Sorry to hear you are feeling 'blah' hope it passes soon.
    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  26. I'm loving your blanket, the colours and pattern work really well, and I love the name you've christened it. I popped Me Before You on my wishlist when you mentioned it before and I noticed it had been reduced to 99p for the Kindle the other day so I bought it, I shall start it soon, I'm looking forward to reading it. I find the Romanovs fascinating too and I think young adult books are really good at explaining things sometimes, they often talk to me in a language I understand more than some other books so I shall look out for this one. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  27. It is good when a crochet project just rolls along. I think the pattern is very henlike! Jo x

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  28. Fab name for your blanket, I hope you're feeling perkier soon x

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  29. I used to teach forensic DNA techniques and the Romanov's make a very good example for a particular type of DNA analysis. Your blanket is progressing nicely. The orange stripe is still my favourite. I hope you feel less blah soon. You've had a stressful and worrisome summer, you need to be particularly kind to yourself. I am sending you a cyberhug. xx

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  30. The blanket is looking so good. It strikes me that you're taking comfort here in things you enjoy - reading, the Romanovs, crochet - and it's a good thing to do when you feel adrift and anxious. I hope you're ok my friend. Big hugs to you. x

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  31. Your blanket is coming along beautifully, and I like that you are naming it for your hens! I think YA fiction is often a fantastic way of getting into a topic that is very complex, and paves the way for more adult literature on the same subject. X

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  32. I've been feeling a bit adrift myself, and most definitely blah, so I can totally sympathise. With me I know that in part it's because I'm exhausted ... I do hope you can pack in lots of downtime doing the things you love to do, and feel better for it.

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  33. It is for certain that I do not understand how blog feeds operate or why my blog roll often does not roll in a timely fashion. We celebrated two birthdays in our household this week! I started reading "Keep Your Love On: Connection Communication and Boundaries" by Danny Silk and am hopeful it will help me to grow in my ability to communicate lovingly. I love the look and progress on your Hensfoot! I also like to read YA novels, but have been lax in doing so...was trying to read through all the Newbery winners at one time, but am easily sidetracked, I guess :) I'm cheering you on to a happy weekend and a sense of peace in the midst of your busy days, Jennifer xx

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  34. The stitch in the blanket is beautiful!!

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  35. sorry you've been blah. take care x

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  36. I love your colours Jennifer, especially as I believe these have all come from your stash. I do hope that you start to feel more yourself soon and that you all have a good weekend. Inspired by Blogland and Ginny's yarn along I've borrowed some books on dyeing yarn from my local library and intend to have a go with calendula flowers for the dye bath and hydrangea leaves as the fixative. Looking forward to the
    results!

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  37. Your blanket is coming on nicely and I like its new name. There was an article in the press this week about a review of the Romanov case by the Russians, prior to the centenary of the revolution in 1917 and the Tsar's family's execution in 1918.

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  38. Oh how I wish I could crochet like you do! Your blanket will be amazing.
    I hope that by now, you are feeling a bit better.
    I love YA books... I'm guilty of having spent quite a few hours pouring over YA fiction (all the really popular ones as well, so I can't even claim to be looking for history novels)... they relax me. I love not having to think too much. :-)

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