Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Yarn Along


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

30 comments:

  1. your reasons for going to the well stocked store make a lot of sense! :) that hat is so lovely and cute! have a great day!

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  2. I am compelled to keep plenty of everything in from growing up in rural Norfolk. There was a local shop around 1 1/2 miles away but it was very basic and my Granny thought it mucky. All our shopping came from the next village and was delivered weekly so it was panic stations if we ran out of something.

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  3. Sly Fox is very cute...thanks for the link. I enjoy reading about what you are reading :) I was looking at all the books on my bookshelves and trying to convince myself that I should give more away...not convinced...yet. Your use of the library inspires me, Jennifer. I hope you have fun shopping for pumpkins and carving them. I bought miniature pumpkins for the grand girls to enjoy. Two of them drew on them...I had not thought of that :) xx

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  4. ooh happy pumpkin choosing. we need to go that soon! xxx will you make fancy designs? I never seem to manage more than a wonky grin..............

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  5. The hat is coming along great! enjoy your pumpkin carving :) xx

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  6. Love the look of that hat. I'm thinking of making another bag but a fox instead of a bear. We'll see how it goes. Enjoy your pumpkin carving. We might do the same on Thursday.

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  7. Love how the hat is turning out.. who is it for? Have fun picking out the pumpkins and carving them. We might take the boys to a local pumpkin patch after school today. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. That hat is so cute! Thank you for the link. I have miniature pumpkins sitting around, but no big ones. The one that I had from the lake was starting to mold already so it got thrown away last week. I wish I had known about the bleach water and varnish trick in time to save it. So far the little ones seem to be doing fine. I usually buy all of my groceries at WINCO. It has spices, flour, pasta, cookies, all kinds of things that you can buy out of barrels in the exact amount you want. I save so much more there than at the chain stores. I've tried them all and end up back at WINCO every time. It's even less expensive than Walmart. Have fun at the pumpkin patch. I miss those days with the kids. Enjoy!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. foxy is adorable!!! am i getting the i-wish-i-could-crochet bug again???

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  10. Love the colour of the hat ... so good for this time of year.
    The grandchildren are pumpkin picking very soon and I will be sharing in with the fun - such good times.

    All the best Jan

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  11. Love the colour of the hat ... so good for this time of year.
    The grandchildren are pumpkin picking very soon and I will be sharing in with the fun - such good times.

    All the best Jan

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  12. What you say about shopping and saving makes a lot of sense. I'm glad the kids have the day free!

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  13. Hey Jennifer,
    Olly and me bought a pumpkin yesterday. He had the choice of three smaller ones for a pound each, or one big one for three pounds. He chose the big one, but has hidden it in his room. Apparently we aren't going to carve a face out or anything. I'm not sure what he intends to do with it to be honest.
    I'm afraid that I am rather a spendthrift, especially on other people. I think it also comes from having come from a similar back ground to yourself. It has sent me over the edge as an adult. I do try to reign it in, but my success rate is hit and miss. That hat is looking super by the way.
    Leanne xx

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  14. The hat is lovely, very foxy. Enjoy your pumpkin carving, I've stopped doing it since the kids got older, no young ones here now, sob sob.

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  15. Fantastic foxy hat, it's going to be great. I had a request for a pumpkin today as well. I shall look forward to seeing how you do yours. CJ xx

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  16. I do love your foxy hat. It is so adorable. I was never much of a coupon clipper as it always seemed that they were for products that either we didn't use, or we didn't eat. We did have many, many lean years!
    I have three little pumpkins that are sitting on the dining room table. I probably will not get a big one this year as we have no little ones around any more. Living in the country as we do, I think that I could count on three fingers the number of trick-or-treaters we have had in over 30 years. I do look forward to seeing what your Bears do with the pumpkins.

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  17. I grew pumpkins this year only produced one tiny one which I'm loath to carve for Halloween. Although pumpkin fields have become more common place here over the years, I always imagined it a pleasant past time but my boys are too old for such things now. Have fun with your carving x

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  18. The hat is looking very foxy! Enjoy carving your pumpkins!

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  19. I have never carved a pumpkin.........loving your hat the colour is gorgeous.

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  20. The little hat is such a clever pattern...as soon as I saw the picture I thought it looked foxy! Enjoy the pumpkin purchasing......and carving them too :)
    Helen xox

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  21. I'm looking forward to seeing your pumpkins. I can imagine under the Bear's supervision they are going to be pretty awesome. We tried carving a home grown pumpkin once. It wasn't very good so nowadays I just leave them whole in a basket and add a couple of tea lights. The fox hat is so clever, you had fun making that I'm sure.

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  22. I'm not a spender either (you may have noticed!) I go thorough phases where I survive on virtually nothing and then I have to stop it, I get too obsessed with it! It is good to find a happy medium. Heidi once said to me 'we only buy what we need don't we mum, not what we want!' and I was a bit shocked that I was giving off that vibe. She shouldn't grow up becoming frightened to spend money. Jo xx

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  23. Sweet hat pattern!! Enjoy the pumpkins and the time with your littles - we're excited for the candy over here!!

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  24. That hat! Cute! I feel the same way about extreme couponers. It is just not something I can imagine making time for in my life even if it saved me money. It is tempting to me (less so now than it used to be) to see where I can cut corners like that but really it doesn't make sense in the long run to stockpile the way you have to if you do that kind of couponing. Anyway. I love your hat and we are hoping to do pumpkins tomorrow as a family. I hope you have fun doing that, it's always a treasured time here!

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  25. Lovely finish! What a beautiful hat.

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  26. Great hat! I have been making baby caps. I do save coupons here and there. Wish I was more organized with that.

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  27. That hat is so perfectly foxy!

    I'm totally disorganised when it comes to coupons and such.

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  28. I am loving that hat. I always save coupons then either forgot to use them or end up buying something I don't really need just to use them. Which kind of defeats the object. x

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  29. Silas Marner! I haven't read that in so long. I've read House of Mirth 3 or 4 times and it never gets old for me.

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