Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yarn Along


I'm back to working on the little bag I started a few weeks ago. I think I'm finished crocheting the body of the bag (it's big enough for what I have in mind), but I'm not sure what else I want to do with it. There's no set plan, and I won't be heartbroken if it doesn't work out. I'm just making it up as I go along. It's experimental. Sometimes you just need to play around with yarn and hook and see what happens.

I'm still reading Olive Kitteridge. I like it. I don't think it's as good as Strout's other books, but it's an interesting story. As long as we're discussing books, though, I need to come clean. Over the weekend, I indulged my secret shame: I read a collection of short true-crime cases by Ann Rule. Have you read any of her books? Suffice it to say this is not Pulitzer material, but I've read just about every one of her books and I love them all. I was very sad to hear about her recent death. I'm going to miss her writing. I'll just have to re-read her books...again.

This week, I feel wishy-washy, distracted, agitated. My stomach has been bothering me. I'm breaking out. It's probably all the candy corn. I try to ration it but I always end up eating too much. It's mostly the weather, I'm sure; I'm waiting for it to cool down again after our latest round of record-breaking heat. I feel deeply unsettled when the wrong weather happens. I check the forecast obsessively throughout the day, noting the slightest changes. They say that "big changes are coming soon!," with an El Nino-influenced pattern developing for the rest of fall and winter. That means cool and wet. Bring it on, say I.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

50 comments:

  1. That's going to be such a cute little bag Jennifer. Hope you feel back to your normal self very soon, Kate xx

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  2. Hi Jennifer! Your bag is bright and pretty. I'm glad you like Olive.

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  3. the weather is all wrong - and it seems to be a constant throughout all my friends on blogs all over the world. i hope you get some reprieve soon. love your bag xxx

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  4. The weather can really be unsettling, so hope you are back to yourself real soon. Its always nice to have a little project on the go to play around with. Take care.

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  5. I've read one of Ann Rule's books, The Stranger Beside Me, which is about Ted Bundy. Your bag is going to be lovely. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  6. Such nice bright colors in your bag! I hope you are feeling better soon. I just bought my first bag of candy corn last night and almost fell down when I saw the price. I think it was around $2 last year. It was $4 last night! I guess that's one way to not eat so much - I won't be buying anymore!

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  7. can't wait to see the bag all finished.

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  8. I have Olive Kitteridge on my TBR list, but it keeps getting moved down. Love your little bag.

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  9. I am always affected by the weather too and like you I can't wait for cooler weather, I am over the heat.
    Try and drink more water to help with the candy overload, it does help.
    Cute bag!

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  10. I love that you're having fun with yarn and just seeing where it leads! That El Nino is leaving us here in the Pacific Northwest d-r-y and warm this October...you are getting all our rain! I have to say that, like you, I'm unsettled by unusual weather. :(

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  11. Cool and wet - well, we can certainly do that in the UK! I've never read any Ann Rule but will certainly put her on my list of authors to look for in the library. Hope you're feeling better and more settled soon. xx

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  12. What's the word for us when we react to the WRONG weather. ??? I always get itchy and uneasy then. I like the seasons to be the Seasons.
    Not reading. Watching October Baseball and my Cubbies

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  13. Very cute!! when I first looked I thought it was a hat...it would be a cute hat as well...if every you are out of doors, walking to the market, and it gets cold...you could put it on your head :)

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  14. I love your bag :o) I know what you mean about the weather, windy weather here for more than a day or so sends me slightly loopy :o)

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  15. Love the stripey bag, and I like that you're just making it up as you go along. Sorry you're feeling below par, I hope you're better soon. It's all gone properly chilly over here, the hot water bottle is out and the winter pjs are on. I'm wishing the same for you and yours! I've been eating a little (well, maybe a lot) too much cake and cream lately. I'm thinking about cutting down. Any day now. CJ xx

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  16. I can't wait to see that bag when you are finished :) Sorry you are feeling a little off balance, it is never fun when that happens. I hope things settle for you soon.

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  17. I am so with you about the weather, Jenniffer!!! It is supposed to be really warm today and tomorrow here...then maybe some rain...I hope!!! [I check the forecast...frequently :)] Now I am going to have to Google Ann Rule and become more informed...I suspect you are a braver reader than I am. I love the stripey bag, Jennifer, but the ends....the ends....to work in....oh my dear brave girl xx

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  18. Your wee stripey bag looks great, Jennifer. Can't wait to see how hit turns out. I hope you feel better soon.

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  19. I am sorry to hear you are feeling out of kilter, that is not a good place to be :(. I do hope you feel better soon. Love those stripes you have brightened my day!

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  20. Oh, I'm sorry the weather is disagreeable. I suspect you dislike a warm autumn as much as I dislike a wet summer. Here, the tabloids talk of a dramatically cold winter ahead and record breaking "Arctic" temperatures to come, but they do that every year. If we get snow this near the sea I'll be astounded. I love the bag and I hope cooler weather arrives soon. X

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  21. Oh, I'm sorry the weather is disagreeable. I suspect you dislike a warm autumn as much as I dislike a wet summer. Here, the tabloids talk of a dramatically cold winter ahead and record breaking "Arctic" temperatures to come, but they do that every year. If we get snow this near the sea I'll be astounded. I love the bag and I hope cooler weather arrives soon. X

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  22. Just stopping in to say Hello. I've been following along but haven't taken the time to comment :( I like your current crochet project and glad you're enjoying the freedom to experiment. Sometimes I get too caught up in the "structure" of my crafts. Free-form must be liberating :) Thank you for allowing me to peek into your world. Enjoy your week - hoping you have great weather and happy days ahead!

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  23. Have you seen the film of the book, with Frances McDormand in it? She was very good as Olive but oh dear, I found it very depressing! Love your little bag. Glad the weather's more to your liking, Jennifer.

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  24. I hope your ill-at-ease feeling smoothes out. I just got home from swimming with Gracie. I'm always ravenous! I'm reading "September" by Rosamunde Pilcher... it's good! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  25. Love the colors in your bag. They should counteract any gray skies. It isn't right that some places are dying for water while others are flooded. I liked Olive, but like you, didn't love it they way I have her others.

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  26. Your little bag is looking so cute, and I'm impressed that you are doing it without a pattern.
    I have a bowl of candy corn on a table in my living room, and it's dangerous stuff. :)
    Hope you are feeling better.

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  27. Playing around with yarn and hook is my favourite way to pass the time! A lot of designs have been born that way. The bag looks very cute - I can see it with an edging of colourful little blocks, perhaps mini-grannies....

    Candy corn. I feel your pain. So far we haven't bought any because we always regret it when we do!

    Hope your weather starts behaving itself soon.

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  28. I didn't care much for Olive Kitteridge either. I don't like crime books so haven't read Ann Rule. My aunt loves that genre, so she has read all her books, too. Candy corn - which is nothing but sugar and artificial food colorings - will definitely hurt your stomach and make you break out! I never did like the stuff, not even when I was a kid. Probably a good thing, huh? Love your little bag. You always make things with the prettiest colors.

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  29. Darling bag - I still love the colors. :) I am feeling unsettled here too and I'm not sure why. I think there are things in my life that are not coming to what I expected them to - probably not too differently than you are feeling about the weather. Hopefully it will soon cool and rain for you. Oh candy corn. I haven't bought any for a couple weeks because we fly through it.

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  30. Yummy candy corn :-) I so admire your pluck in making up your bag project and it's looking super! I rely so heavily on patterns and don't trust my ability to think outside of the box so often and this is a skill that I would love to possess. It's looking great!

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  31. Sweet little bag, I like the colour combinations you've chosen

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  32. I like the colours of your sweet little bag. I started a similar project back in 2004 but never finished. It may be time to dig it out :-) I do hope your tummy settles soon, and that you fell well all round. I used to enjoy true crime writing but not so much now, having worked in a forensic department for 5 years. Not all we read needs to be Pulitzer worthy, enjoyment should be the most important factor for choosing what we read. Have a lovely rest of the week.xx

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  33. That bag is going to look amazing when finished!!

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  34. El Nino is threatening us too - with scorching summer heat, and crazy thunderstorms predicted. We shall see. I find that odd weather unsettles me too Jennifer. Your little bag is sugar sweet - as always, your choice of colours is brilliant!

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  35. I hope the weather has changed to your advantage Jennifer and you are feeling more yourself, I hate weather variations too but it's happening more and more. I'm sure your bag will turn out great it's looking lovely so far. :) x

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  36. Love the colours in your bag, cute enough to turn around and wear as a hat. Definitely colder here with plenty of rain recently too xx

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  37. Hey Jennifer,
    I bought some Candy Corn at Dean & Deluca when I was in NY. It was soooo sweet, and yet I just kept eating it! That and saltwater taffy. Yum. I am still practising crochet stitches, and getting into muddles counting and what not. I like the idea of your pretty bag; no fixed plan, just deciding as you go. As for guilt book pleasures...I love the Twilight saga. And although it may not be trashy, I read Bill Bryson's 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything' every year. I hope you soon feel less blah, and more like yourself. Have a spot on my chin at the mo. It's hideous.
    Leanne xx

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  38. I am a bit of a weather girl too. I like to be doing the right thing for the right weather. Sending you UK hugs. Jo x

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  39. Your bag is looking great. I actually made one several years ago from some Cascade stretchy type yarn (can't remember the name of it) and it was intended to become a knit hat. Double pointed needles bring out the bad words in me, so the hats never got made. I have used it, but I need to make a lining for it.
    Maybe soon.
    I know that I read some Ann Rule books years ago, but don't recall which ones.
    I hope that you are feeling better soon. Sometimes our internal barometers go a bit wild. I know mine does.

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  40. Ugh, sugar is evil! It can really mess you up if you overdo it, and sometimes even if you don't. Hope you get back on track soon and feel better. Maybe a nice cool-down will be just what the doctor ordered! I know it always is for me...it never hurts. Wishing you lots of cool, crisp, refreshing, spirit-lifting (is that enough adjectives?) temps! ♥

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  41. Love, love, love Ann Rule. So sad she passed recently. Love to see what you're reading!
    Ali @ simplysummerstreet.wordpress.com

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  42. I love the colors you're using for the bag. I haven't bought candy corn . . . yet! I have no self-control for that or m&m's!

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  43. I hope you are feeling more settled today, the weather can churn you up, I know if my patients are acting wacky there is a front coming in. You have also been under a lot of stress this past summer, with Mom's I think it hits later when we are finally ready to be calm. Love the knitting, and good for you indulging in some fun reading. Hugs and take good care of yourself,
    Meredith

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  44. I'm looking forward to seeing the bag when it's finished, so please be sure to post pictures. And I think we all have our own "reading shames." :-)

    As for the candy corn, I used to eat it by the handful. Not so much any more. But I do love that popcorn that has candy corn stuck to it. I'm going down to Spokane in a couple weeks and plan to indulge in a bag or two. I hope you feel better soon!

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  45. Such pretty colours Jennifer, I do hope you are feeling more settled - sometimes things catch up on us and we just need a little time ...

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  46. Such pretty colours Jennifer, I do hope you are feeling more settled - sometimes things catch up on us and we just need a little time ...

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  47. oh the bag is very sweet, lovely colour combinations!

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  48. I like the colours you're using for this bag and I like that you're just experimenting with this project. I do hope it turns out just how you want it and I also hope you're feeling more settled and much happier with things this weekend. Take care!

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