Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Yarn Along


I've done a few more rows on Hensfoot. I'm beginning to realize that this blanket needs a border, badly. I always add a border of some kind to my blankets, but this pattern has a particularly leggy and curly edge, which looks very ragged to me. I don't know what I'll do yet - it's way too soon to worry about it - but I might try to do something a little more interesting this time around, maybe something from my crochet borders book. Or maybe it should be really simple. Not going to worry yet, not going to worry yet, not going to worry yet....

I'm reading This Is Not a Love Story: A Memoir, by Judy Brown. It's wonderful. The author writes about her upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community. Two major things happen: one of her siblings is born "crazy" (actually autistic), and her parents fall in love with each other (scandalous in their pious world of arranged marriages). Young Judy questions, prays and makes deals with God to help her family. I really like her writing and the ways she describes her childish thinking as these situations unfold. I'm very interested in insular religious communities, and as you know, I adore memoir. This book really spoke to me; the positive review from Nina Stibbe on the back cover didn't hurt either. I'd read just about anything she told me to.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

31 comments:

  1. The book sounds exactly the sort of thing I'd enjoy, I love reading about different communities as well, they're always fascinating. I haven't read Nina Stibbe's books, but I shall look out for her now that you've recommended her. I think her book of letters is being adapted for television. CJ xx

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  2. The idea for a perfect border will come to you at 3:00 am. That is what always happens to me. I bet it will be left no matter what.

    Xoxo, Andrea @ This Knitted Life

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  3. pretty blanket and edgings do make the project don't they?

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  4. I have been faffing with the border of my last blanket for almost a month now! Your Hensfoot blanket wasn't really to my taste, and then I saw this weeks picture and realised that I had fallen hopelessly in love! Really looking forward to seeing your decision on the border.

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  5. The blanket really is looking pretty, the colours are a delight. The books sounds just my thing, I must look into it.

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  6. I think the colors are incredibly highlighted on your blanket, it's really pretty!

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  7. Your blanket looks well but will definitely need a border. It will be fun trying to work out the best one to use.

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  8. Borders really do finish off a blanket nicely. I just added that book to my Goodreads. I look forward to reading it.

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  9. I think you are going to enjoy choosing and working the border. Crochet blankets really need a good frame to show off the middle. Another good book recommendation from you Jennifer, thank you. I've just begun reading "A Natural Curiousity" by Margaret Drabble, who is one of my favourite mid-late 20th century authors.

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  10. Ooooooo your blanket is growing and looking marvelous! I look forward to seeing what border you choose when you're ready :-)

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  11. Lovely blanket, it has grown a lot.... the border idea will emerge when you need it to. The book sounds interesting....and I agree with you about Nina Stibbe........just heard her amusing book is coming out as a movie next year :)
    Helen xox

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  12. I love the pattern you're using for that blanket, really nice effect

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  13. Blankets really do look best with borders, but they can be very tedious to do!
    I must check out that book. I sounds fascinating!

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  14. A recommendation from Nina Stibbe would do it for me too. I love her writing, and was fortunate enough to see her at a book reading and signing event last summer in Edinburgh. She is lovely, very funny, sweet and natural x

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  15. Being a bit of a border-phobe I'm looking forward to seeing what you do, too. The colors in your blanket seem both old-timey and, at the same time, fresh. What a pretty thing to have to work on. And I agree...the book sounds very interesting.

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  16. Your blanket is looking good :o) Today I have made PJ Christmas presents for my two nieces and (with the left over fabric) a purse each. Perhaps they will be the only people to have purses that match their pyjamas? :o) x

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  17. Hey Jennifer,
    My crochet practice is temporarily suspended due to a strained wrist. I've just finished reading a book that Nina Stibbe put on her IG feed. Honestly, I think I'd read the back of a cereal packet if she told me too. She lives a mere 30 miles away from me. I'm star struck from not so afar!
    Your blanket looks fab.
    Leanne xx

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  18. I am intrigued by who Nina Stibbe is now, I seem to be missing out...........

    I hope you work out your border conundrum, worrying about these things is what we do isn't it even tho we know that the solution will come to us.

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  19. Gosh I do love that blanket :)

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  20. The blanket looks fabulous and oh how we worry about such things lol

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  21. I really like that blanket! The book sounds very interesing.

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  22. I do admire Hensfoot, and "This is Not a Love Story" sounds like a book I would enjoy reading, too. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer. xx

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  23. I just love how your blanket is coming along. I know that most blankets look good with a border and I look forward to seeing what you do. My ripple I'm making won't have a border.. I usually don't worry about one on a ripple. Your books sounds good. I'm enjoying "The Plover" by Brian Doyle. Not much better than a sea voyage! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. The book sounds a great read, I love reading about others lives in a similar vein, the Amish lifestyle always fascinates me too. Your hensfoot colours are just gorgeous. x

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  25. Oh I love Nina Stibbe! I can see why you've read this book if she recommended it, I would add it to my reading list but I've only ready one chapter of my current book in the last two months! Hensfoot is looking gorgeous, i'm sure whatever border you do will be just right. x

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  26. The book sounds really interesting. Your Hensfoot is coming along very nicely and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the border.

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  27. As someone who's been trying to teach herself basic crochet watching youtube videos, I'd certainly say you didn't have anything to worry about. Your blanket is lovely. I've not heard of Nina Stibbe! Am going to Google her now... Sam x

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  28. I'm currently working on a blanket that needs a border as well and I have yet to figure out what that will be, like you. Hopefully it will come to us soon. :)

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  29. Your blanket is so pretty, Jennifer. I would be intimidated about having to put a border around such a large piece, but maybe with crochet it isn't as tedious as knitting. Thanks for the book recommendation. My poor Kindle is groaning under the weight of all the books I have on it, but then I see another good one like this and can't resist adding it.

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  30. I was thinking - Who is Nina Stibbe? just looked her up and feel like I should thank you for the recommendation. X

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