Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I haven't crocheted much this past week. I've been very busy with school and other commitments. I did manage to finish the body of my Sly Fox hat, adding the cream-colored section that forms the fox's face and gives a neat edging around the bottom of the hat. I really enjoyed making the main part of the hat; the pattern is well-written and easy to follow, and it starts looking foxy very quickly; you can really see it shaping up.
I've been reading more than I've been crocheting. I'm still working on Silas Marner; although I have read it numerous times, it isn't exactly fluff reading, so I'm taking my time with it. I've also started reading Hope and Other Luxuries, by Clare B. Dunkle. This is a memoir about her experiences with her daughter's anorexia. It's such a good book. The subject matter is heavy, obviously, but the writing is excellent and the story is so compelling. I can't put it down.
Thanks for your comments on my last post. My computer seems to be okay now, and it's working fine for videos as long as I don't have it sitting flat on the desk; I think that was why it overheated, not enough ventilation underneath as it churned and whirred itself toward becoming a fire hazard. Now I can watch my trashy shows in relative safety.
I appreciated reading your thoughts on shopping and spending too. I want to point out that I was never a spendthrift; it just goes against me to spend a lot of money deliberately and I wasn't really doing that. (Nobody said I was, I just want to explain myself). I've always been very responsible with money - a tightwad, really - and it's mostly a good thing. But I do get into patterns where I think I'm able to save even more money by shopping differently - visiting numerous stores for the best deals, clipping coupons and matching them with store sales, buying in bulk. I think all of these are fine when you do them in moderation and when they make sense, but it takes a ton of effort to do it right. I used to be in awe of "extreme couponers" until I really thought about what it would take to live that way, and in my opinion, it begins to look a lot like unhealthy hoarding at some point. Since I already tend toward mental panic about running out of things, having had a very lean upbringing (which is how a lot of hoarding problems begin, actually), I can see myself really going over the edge. It's better this way.
Today is an in-service day at the small Bears' school so they're home with me all day. We're caught up on all our work, so we're going to buy pumpkins today! We'll carve them into Jack-o-lanterns later this week. I'm so excited! I love Halloween.
Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along, a little early