Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm making some more progress on my little crocheted bag. I stopped increasing and am now just working even, building up the sides. I haven't really made a concrete plan yet, just crocheting around and around to make it taller. I hadn't done much crochet-in-the-round for a while and had forgotten how much I enjoy it. Do you like to work in the round? I think my favorite thing about it is how neatly it works out, as long as you make the stitches in the right places. It's fun to watch the shape develop, even if you're not precisely sure what you're making...

I finally got back to the library on Monday and brought home a big bag o' books. All my life, I've loved having new library books, it's like Christmas for me! There's so much potential in unread books; I borrow a bagful and I'm happy as a clam for a couple of weeks. First up, I'm reading I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster. Have you read any of her books? She writes memoirs in the self-improvement vein but not the preachy kind. Instead, she swears a lot and tells funny yet thoughtful stories of her mistakes and misfortunes; she learns and so does the reader. She may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like her.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

29 comments:

  1. Going to the library is always a treat. The only problem is running around looking for all the books the the next time we go. Beautiful bag, I lovely the happy colours :)

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  2. Your crochet basket is SO PRETTY! I love the colors you chose. I love memoirs, too.
    Isn't the library a lovely and inviting destination? I LOVE piles and piles of books, but I think I will get a basket to put library books in, something I can hide, so my husband doesn't give me the eye roll.

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  3. THAT is an unexpected tattoo! ;-)

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  4. I am a huge fan of a big stack of new books from the library, I just wish I could go more often. Our library is very small, a long way from me and has odd hours so most of the time I find myself just ordering from Amazon, it's easier.

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  5. that bag is so cute! I need to go to a library sometime soon too! so much to do and read, and must find the time!

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  6. A full bag from the library makes me feel like a kid again and evokes all of those wonderful memories. Simple pleasures are really the best. Your bag looks terrific and now I want to make one too!

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  7. I love the library too but the only kinds of books I have time to deal with in a whole stack is cookbooks! Otherwise I usually just bring one home these days. Love your little bag!

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  8. What a pretty bag you're making. I haven't crocheted in the round for a long time, but your little bag is making me thing about it. :-) I love the library too and remember the days when you could check out as many paperback books as you wanted with no deadline to return them. That has changed, at least it has changed at our library. I read one of Jen Lancaster's books when it was recommended to me. I couldn't get past her language, etc. so I haven't read any others. I have heard that she is quite popular though.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. I bet she regrets that tattoo if it's real! I haven't read any of her books but they sound fun. I love a trip to the library too - there's always that little jump of excitement when you come across a new book that you fancy. Your bag is looking fantastic; I haven't tried crocheting in the round yet but I do rather like the idea of it. I'll have to add it to my ridiculously long 'to do' list! Have a great week. xx

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  10. I bet you will love the pretty bag- such cheerful colors.

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  11. Jennifer, I absolutely love how your bag is turning out.-Very colorful! I love taking trips to the library. We check out a bag of books as well. I've never heard about this book before. Sounds very interesting. I hope you're having a wonderful week. Happy crocheting and reading!

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  12. You can get books from the library in your new bag! It is coming along well. Jo x

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  13. I've never crocheted in the round, nor have I heard of Jen Lancaster, I definitely need to get out more.

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  14. I love your little basket. Keep going. That lady on the book cover certainly looks like a force to be reckoned with! Happy Reading. x

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  15. Oh that bag is coming along nicely, I love it. And the library, one of my favourite places, I am a regular visitor :)

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  16. I think I'd really enjoy that book. I rediscovered the joy of using a library this summer, but I will still happily buy books too, if I can afford it. x

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  17. I live in a rural village so I am blessed with a library bus that comes once a week, I love to browse the books and chat and catch up with others. Its really a social event.

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  18. The wee bag looks great, Jennifer. Can't wait to see it when it's done. :o)

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  19. It's always good at the library isn't it. Lovely to see your progress on the bag, it's going to be brilliant. CJ xx

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  20. Crocheting in the round is fun for me, too. I think the last whirl I went through was crocheting 20+ cup cozies in a few weeks several years ago. Your bag is coming along prettily. I admire your consistent use of the library and always enjoy visiting libraries, but have gotten sidetracked from using them on a regular basis. I still have books to read from the new/used bookstore we owned in NY and now I have a Kindle library of books I am reading, some for free. My eyes dash through the Oregonian newspaper, Scripture in paper and electronic versions, and since the advent of Amazon I order books through them. Then there are the books I find at thrift shops and books that loved ones give me to read. I love reading too, Jennifer! I have not read Lancaster's work . Wishing you and yours happy days. xx

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  21. I share that feeling. One of our favourite activities was to cycle to the library every week and each borrow the maximum nine books. We always stopped at the swings and slides on the way home. When we arrived home all was quiet while we explored our books. My son joined the library at three months and we used to lie on the floor looking at the pictures and making noises together, mostly animal I seem to remember with quite a bit of singing too. My daughter would not be left out and she joined the library at two weeks old. It was my first solo trip with both children, and, no, we didn't cycle that time! I try and go to the library every three weeks, but I've become so poor at reading for pleasure. I really must do better. Like you I am an English graduate and used to devour books.

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  22. The bag is looking great! I love the colors you chose for it.

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  23. There is something wonderful about not knowing how you'll finish your bag, but I know it will be wonderful. I'm reading a GREAT book right now.. "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton. I'm racing through trying to find out what happened! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. Your bag is looking so cute! I've only crocheted an afghan, so working in the round is foreign to me.

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  25. Your crochet bag is turning out beautifully. I have never heard of the author you mentions she certainly looks quite a character! (Surely that is not a real tattoo?!) x

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  26. Your bag is coming along beautifully, I too love working in the round. x

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  27. Oh I wish I could crochet ... perhaps I ought to try?
    Your bag is looking good

    All the best Jan

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  28. Hey Jennifer,
    I don't use our local library as much as I should. I feel a little bit ashamed about that. That woman looks very scary.
    Leanne xx

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  29. Your little bag is coming right along my friend. Happy reading.
    Meredith

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