Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Yarn Along


I've been working on Hensfoot a little more lately, in part to have progress to share in my Winter Project Link Party this month. It really is keeping me motivated, like I'd hoped. I do love making this blanket, though; the pattern is so easy and it's just a relaxing thing to make. I'm enjoying the way it's working up, different from most things I've made in that it's sort of chunky and fluffy. I can tell that it's going to be a very cozy blanket for my bunch of Bears.

I'm just about finished with Silas Marner. I was really pleased that so many of you have read it, or hope to eventually read it. I just think it's wonderful. And I completely sympathize with those who said they wish they hadn't been required to read it in school, as I also was. That really does change things with literature, doesn't it? I liked the book when I read it in tenth grade, but not as much as I do now. I didn't like the teacher, Mrs. Spiro, very much; she was crotchety and difficult to approach. She dressed all in black and wore her white hair in a weirdly messy bun skewered with an old-fashioned hair pin. She smelled inexplicably of cigars (maybe her husband smoked them at home, or maybe she did; her voice was gravelly enough). But she had her good points: she helped me become a more critical reader and a more articulate writer, and she encouraged my love for Les Miserables and brought other excellent, enriching books into my life. Did you ever have a teacher like her? I sincerely hope you did.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

25 comments:

  1. wow, what an unusual teacher but with some good gifts! the blanket looks lovely and I really like the many soothing colours in it!

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  2. This post sent me dashing to Wikipedia [horrors :) ] to find out what I have missed in not having read George Elliot's work. Now I would like to read "Silas Marner" and "Middlemarch"! Cheers for your progress on your beautiful Hensfoot! xx

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  3. Love your blanket! And Eliot is one of my favorite authors!

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  4. Hey Jennifer,
    There is a series on BBC4 at the moment, where different famous people about a favorite book and the stories behind them. The actress Fiona Shaw talked about The Mill On The Floss, her favorite novel. I learnt a lot about the author. She was a woman ahead of her time that's for sure. I'm not sure if you'd be able to see it, but it was very I interesting.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Sorry. That didn't make much sense! I'm sure you know that I was referring to George Eliot. I always hit the wrong keys when I'm replying via my phone!

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  5. Will definitely have to read this now! Will put it on my wish list immediately. I am currently reading 'The Martian', and it honestly one of the best books I have read in such a long time. Mr Smith was the teacher who introduced me to reading in a big way when I was about 9 years old. My parents couldn't really afford books, so he kept me well stocked with Enid Blyton and various classics. That man was truly a wonderful teacher, and I have tried to find him to thank him for all he did. I had some good teachers over the years, but none quite matched up.

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  6. Seems like a good one to add to the reading list, greetings!

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  7. I did, I did have a teacher just like that, Mr. Faulkner and I have never forgotten him.

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  8. The blanket is looking gorgeous. I think it's going to be really beautiful when it's done. I tend to avoid classic literature like this - it's the kind of book I feel I ought to read rather than the kind of book I actually want to read. Maybe I'll start with some children's classics, like a literary limbering up. ;-) xx

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  9. Your blanket is looking beautiful. After your recommendation, I went a hunting in L's room and managed to dig out her copy of Silas Marner. It's currently sitting on my bedside table waiting its turn. We had similar 'Kill a Book' sessions at school; many a great novel was ruined forever in that way! xx

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  10. I need to start re-reading Silas Marner. It might help me to love our new old cottage! I think I was very lucky with most of my teachers at school and I certainly remember well the good ones. Your blanket is looking so good.

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  11. I know what you mean about how different it is reading things now to when we were at school reading them. I didn't like Dickens at all at school, but I found him really funny and clever and entertaining later on. I was almost put off for life though, I didn't have a good English teacher, which was such a shame. Lovely physics teacher though, really the best. CJ xx

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  12. Ha! I love your memories of your teacher - I can picture her perfectly! I will add the book to my queue AND look up that pattern. I really love your project. :)

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  13. I was homeschooled so I didn't really have the traditional English class setting until college, and that's different, I suspect. And yet there were still books I read that I wish I hadn't until I was older - like books by Willa Cather in particular. I need to remember to put Silas Marner on my library list for the future!

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  14. Your hensfoot looks so nice!
    I had a wonderful literature teacher who really brought things out in a book, that we didn't notice. He had us read books I never would have read on my own, and I loved them. Guess I was lucky!

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  15. Your blanket is growing well....your winter project is doing well.
    Mine is just taking a little break as the kids are sick, and I am following them by having a cold.
    But that 's why i love being part of winter project!!
    I love the book you show us. Old literature is just a great thing!
    Have a good day!
    Miss

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  16. I had some inspirational teachers at school and others who were less so. I think our love for a subject can grow or diminish depending on the way we're taught. The blanket's coming on a treat, looking good.

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  17. I wish less that I hadn't been forced to read classics authors in school and more that we had been given full copies of books rather than abridged, squished bits of classics. In my head I have read authors, because we did read them in class, but when I get to a real copy I find the book to be so very different form what we read in class. I mostly feel that time was a waste, it only purported to acquaint be with the authors that a basic knowledge of is a foundation - often an unknowing one - of our society.

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  18. I like how the hensfoot blanket is coming out.. good choice! I don't recall reading Silas Marner, I've heard the title, of course, but don't know what it's about. I don't remember much about my school times as I was not a good student. Naughty me. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. Hi Jennifer! Hensfoot is looking lovely these days. I had a teacher in 10th grade English class that I absolutely loved. Mrs. Hopper. She was young, in her 20's and expecting a baby. I remember that she made Shakespeare understandable to me and was excited by teaching silly tenth graders. She went to amazing lengths to get us excited too. Maybe she just hadn't had a chance to become as jaded or crochety as some of my other older teachers, but she was the reason I loved to go to school. I kept in touch with her for years after graduating. This makes me wish I had made more of an effort and still knew where she was so I could write her. Thanks Jennifer, you always make me think when I read your posts. Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  20. I had a teacher in high school, two years in a row, who was rumored to have been a lesbian in a previous part of her life (though she married a man our junior or senior year), who very obviously hated the boys in our classes, and consistently graded them lower than the girls, graded all of our essays in our AP class a full point lower than she thought they deserved to prepare us for the test, and exposed us to pornography in a movie that wasn't even based on a book (or author) we had read. However, she was rigorous, tough, and taught me much of what I know about writing and literary criticism, and she was an excellent teacher. Because of her teaching, I was able to get 5 on my English Composition AP exam, which she openly said annoyed her, because I had flaked off so much in the last term.

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  21. it's been waaaay too many years since i've read that.....a return to the classics is always a good thing. :)

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  22. Oh, that blanket is fantabulous. I love the colors, which I know I have written about before.
    Yes, I had two English teachers who inspired me in high school. Miss Dunstan, for whom I could never write well enough, and Miss Durbin who opened up the world of poetry for me. I do blush to disclose that I was a student at Punahou School as my parents were before me. You know who went there as well, tho. it was a much later time. It was, and is, an academically rigorous school. I did fairly well, but had friends who were much more academically gifted than I. I loved Dickens and well remember reading Moby Dick..so many others. I have always had a difficult time with Thomas Hardy. If I want to be depressed, which I do not, I can pick up Tess and some of his other tomes. I am happily discovering so many books I have never come across. They are not newly published, but so lovely and well written. I am one of those weird people who is reluctant to read the latest best seller, or the book that has a cover featuring a scene from the movie.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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  23. I"ve always wanted to read that but never gotten around to it. Maybe this winter.

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  24. Love your crotchet, coming along beautifully. I haven't read Silas Marner, but I am interested. My best English teachers were at University where I did English Lit as a major. Loved it!!

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