Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Yarn Along


I've started another crocheted holiday gift (I'll show you the colorful little purse another time, now that it's finished). Now I'm working on a hat for a little one, using the Sly Fox hat pattern from Goodknits. I love this design! It's simple and it crochets up really fast. I have a couple of little guys in mind for this hat, so I may be making more than one.

I gave up on my girl Olive this weekend. I wasn't enjoying it. I've never been one to quit a book but I've been giving myself permission to do it every now and then for the past few years. Life is just too short, you know? I used to hang on until the bitter end no matter what, but not so much anymore. I put Olive in the "donate" box and picked up a book I really do love - Silas Marner. I first read it in high school and I reread it every so often. I just bought this new paperback copy a few weeks ago, to replace an old one I'd given away. It's nice to have a copy again, and a fresh, clean one at that. I tend to find myself rereading this book as we approach the holidays, because of the Christmastime setting. I read a lot more Eliot later on, as an English major in college, but this is by far my favorite of her books (and one of my favorite books, period). It's a lovely, touching, human story.

Thank you so much for your sweet comments lately. You're such a nice bunch of people and it makes me so happy to know you enjoy my blog and the things I share here. What's new with you? We're getting ready for Halloween and we're all very excited, even the Bear who devised a "mountain man" costume for himself this year. He's been growing out his beard and everything...it's quite a get-up. Finally, it feels truly autumnal here, with real cold at night and lots of rain (this week, anyway), and I'm enjoying my blankets and candles as much as ever - or maybe more, since autumn was a long time coming this year. I hope you're having a good week!

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

45 comments:

  1. Love the colour of the hat, perfect autumn colours :). I love Silas Marner too, I think it is my favourite of hers too. I agree that life is too short to continue reading a book when you don't like it, I have tried a few recently that I have put down a few chapters in. Sometimes I find myself not being able to get into any books at all for a while, luckily it goes eventually! We have illness here so we are hiding under blankets reading stories and sleeping.

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  2. I keep considering Olive Kitteridge, it's a book I should like, but I keep postponing reading it. I'm afraid I'd be like you and not finish it. I've never read Silas Marner, may give it a try.

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  3. The sly fox hat is so sweet but I'm not sure if I can face making another hat just yet. I haven't read Silas Marner but you've inspired me. I think L has a copy on her shelves, so I may have to go and pinch it! Can't wait to see your 'Mountain Man'! xx

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  4. sounds like you are nesting very comfortably!! (I LOVE nesting time!!!)

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  5. Oh, I love the fox hat. Even before I saw that it was a fox hat, though, I loved the color of the yarn your using. :^)

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  6. Love the fox hat, I have just made a couple for the children for their stockings at Christmas. I am not one to give up on a book and persevere to the end usually but of late if I am not enjoying it I give up, life is too short,

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  7. The hat's lovely, well done you on the gift making front. And I don't blame you for giving up on a book, I do too. I stopped reading some over-hyped rubbish just the other day. It was making me cross that it was so popular and yet also so badly written. No time to waste, there are so many excellent books out there waiting to be read! CJ xx

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  8. such a pretty colour!!! very nice!!!

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  9. Aw, I'm sorry you quit liking Olive. I guess it doesn't compare to Silas Marner (grin).
    Your crochet looks very nice!

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  10. Hello,l and warm greetings to you.

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  11. That hat is so sweet!! This time of year is just the BEST! :-)

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  12. Love the hat colour, just the thing for Autumn. Looking forward to seeing the Halloween costumes xx

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  13. Hey Jennifer,
    The day Is realised that I didn't have to finish a book that I wasn't enjoying was truly liberating! Autumn is well and truly here now. The tress are shedding their leaves, and I feel the need to put the heating on at night. And Autumn television always has some cracking thrillers too. Waiting with baited breath for the new series of Luther.
    Leanne xx
    Leanne xx

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  14. I like the hat Jennifer it's a lovely Autumn colour. I don't blame you for not finishing book that you're not enjoying life is too short. :) xx

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  15. Gorgeous rusty red colour. I always love your colour choices Jennifer. I've just dug out my thirty year old Penguin edition of Silas Marner and think I will reread it too. George Eliot is one of my favourite authors and The Mill on the Floss my favourite of her novels. Your hallowe'en preparations sound like fun.

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  16. I do try and struggle along with books, even when I'm not enjoying them and it's really silly. I wish I could be more like you and put them to one side. Actually, I can remember one which I abandoned, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, so unlike me not to finish a book but I couldn't even get started with that one, it definitely wasn't for me. Loving the little hat, they'll make lovely gifts.

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  17. I am swaying towards my crochet at the moment as well , sewing has taken a break for a while. I am making a berry shawl from Moogly Blog which has been on my ravelry wish list for ages - could be my first handmade pressie this year. I love the colour of your hat, so autumnal.

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  18. Autumn has arrived in full force here too, and I am loving it. The twinkle lights are up, the candles are burning, and the quilts are out. Things are cozy and comfy.

    Love that hat, such a great colour.

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  19. We live down the hill from you in the downtown area, so I always enjoy your expressive descriptions of the weather. I too am glad to see that fall is finally here bringing some much-needed rain. We even seasoned our wood stove yesterday.

    You are not the first to give up on Olive. I was warned off from even trying to read it from friends who usually devour all the award winners. Your hat is lovely. What a great gift!

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  20. Those hats are so cute! I've seen them floating around Ravelry. Makes me want to learn to crochet! I'm not surprised you gave up on "Olive" -- like I said last week, we watched the miniseries and I just found her to be so unlikable. I WANTED to like her, but she was just so darn mean and depressing! I've never read any George Eliot, but I'd like to read more classics (one of these days).

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  21. Glorious colour yarn, really lovely. I adore Silas Marner it's my very favourite book. I've watched a film which is sort of based on the book which was equally as sweet xx

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  22. The hat is going to be fab! Isn't it funny how we think we have to get to the end of a book? As you say, life's too short to keep reading something you're not enjoying. :o)

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  23. Cute little hat. Yes, not much cheer around Old Olive, was there? Very Autumnal around here too. The colours are stunning though and the days still bright, for now. They're predicting a tough Winter for us but I refuse to listen. I'll wait unti it happens!

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  24. That hat looks very clever.. I'm going to click through and see if I can find the pattern. Enjoy your fall.. we're full in it here in Oregon! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  25. Thank you Thistle, you have inspired me to read Silas Marner. I haven't read any Eliot and your description called to me so I've jsut bought it for my Kindle. I have my annual vacation in 2 weeks time and I have added it to my holiday reading.

    I love your blog, thank you for sharing..

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  26. Love your crochet and the colour too. Agree with CJ about badly written books. I also stop reading if one is really bad. We've got the grannies coming to supper on Halloween by accident. As the kids are all huge now we've more or less stopped dressing up as witches and bobbing for apples so I don't suppose it'll matter. Mind you, my mum has been known to come in a witch costume before so you never know. Xx

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  27. I couldn't agree with you more about Silas Marner. I consider myself lucky that it wasn't required reading during my schooldays as it was during my children's ... not one of them appreciates it as they were made to read it whereas I chose to read it for the first time aged about 16 and like you have returned to it a number of times since.

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  28. That little hat is going to be so cute!
    I used to make myself finish books when I started them, but like you I decided my time was more valuable. I think I'll have to look for the Silas Marner book. I've never read it.

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  29. What an adorable hat! I'm glad it is finally starting to feel like fall where you live, Jennifer. We have all the fall colours out in full force, but it is still unseasonably warm here. I can't wait for it to get cold enough to wear all my hand knits again! And I'm embarrassed to say I've never read Silas Marner. Perhaps I should.

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  30. I really like the hat. Whatever little head that it covers will be a lucky one for sure. I don't think I've ever read Silas Marner. I think I might have to try to find a copy since you find it interesting enough to read over and over again. We could use some of your rain up here in Washington. We still haven't had hardly any all summer long. Things are so so dry. It's especially noticeable to me today driving back after being in Oregon where everything was so green.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  31. The wee hat will be so sweet! I love it when the candles go on in the evenings and it's truly Autumnal.
    Marianne x

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  32. Now I find myself wondering how I've never read Silas Marner... or anything by Eliot. I think it needs to go on the list I never get around to actually making. Lovely color for the hat, and I keep wanting to yell you that your blog is really pretty.

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  33. Now I find myself wondering how I've never read Silas Marner... or anything by Eliot. I think it needs to go on the list I never get around to actually making. Lovely color for the hat, and I keep wanting to yell you that your blog is really pretty.

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  34. Ooh I love Silas Marner. I studied it a few years ago and might just have to pick it up again. The hat looks cool and the colour is gorgeous. P x

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  35. A perfect project in Autumn tones, Jennifer. I have never read Silas Marner, but also studied a lot of George Eliot at University. Must put Silas on my reading list. I am sure your Halloween activities will be great fun this year :)

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  36. I also love the color of that hat. It is going to be perfect. Have not read Silas Marner..will have to do so as soon as I finish the book I am reading right now. I usually finish books, tho. not always. I have an aversion to books that are "the trendy thing to read". Silly behavior on my part, I am sure.
    I am glad to hear your weather has been just right lately. It's been quite fallish here and I've built a fire in the wood stove every morning for the last week. It makes everything so cozy.
    Have a lovely weekend..it's almost here.

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  37. i love the bold colours of your crochet projects. you inspire me to try something other than the greys i seem to always turn to. thank you xxx

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  38. I have bought several of GoodKnits patterns and always enjoy them. Hope your hats turn out like you want them to. Looking forward to seeing the new purse/bag too. Thanks for your candid comments on my last post. ♥ Knowing others have gone through or are going through similar difficult things is comforting somehow. Thank you for sharing with me.

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  39. Wow! I don't know what a mountain man looks like. I don't think they have them here in England! so be sure to post a picture!

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  40. I'm anxious to see how the little hats turns out, Jennifer, and that colorful little purse you were working on. I have been doing quite a bit of crocheting. The action has actually kept me from experiencing much neuropathy, which is a common side-effect of the chemo drug I am now getting. I've learned to make some simple little skull caps which are very comfy for sleeping. I'm also working on a fun little wreath project. It's always fun to see what your latest project is!

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  41. so impressed with all your productive crafting! x

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  42. The hat looks lovely, such a beautiful colour for fall.
    I've recently given up on a book too. I've always enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver's books, but when I tried reading "Flight Behaviour", it just fell flat for me. Nothing in the story was changing or evolving, and it became so boring I just put it down and read something else. I usually read all books to the bitter end too, just hoping it's going to get better. I'm going to make note of this book you've mentioned as I always enjoy good old fashioned reads :) This summer I read "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins, and enjoyed it so much! Great old timey mystery.
    Wendy

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  43. I remember studying Silas Marner at school... long long time ago. I got fed up of picking it to pieces at the time, but would probably enjoy it now. I wish I'd kept my old copy.
    It's about time I got knitting/crocheting too, time to search out some good patterns. I'm going to go look up that hat... I love the autumn colour by the way. x

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  44. The yarn is beautiful. I'm sure that sepcial little man will feel extra special indeed. I've never read George Eliot... Might have to out it on my holiday reading list!

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