Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yarn Along...

Last night I started crocheting this Chunky Color Block Cowl.   It wasn't exactly part of my plans, but I was tempted into buying 6 skeins of Lion's Pride Woolspun last week when it was on sale and Michael's offered $5.00 off any $20.00 purchase of Lionbrand yarn.  Of course, since it was on sale for 4.99 I had to buy that sixth skein to bring my purchase up to (and over) $20.00 so I don't know how much I really came out ahead in the end.  But it seemed a good enough price to give this new-to-me yarn a go.

I picked out colors from the new Prints and Mixes collection.  My colors are Cranberry, Sparks Mix, and Oxford Grey.  I know...really?  I needed another gray??? 

Evidently!

It's the first time I've used such a large crochet hook.  It's a P.  And I only have one hook larger than this one - a Q.  It's not hard to crochet with, but it is a bit awkward and takes some different handling than my smaller hooks.


And last night I finished I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak.  From the very beginning I've had mixed feelings about the book.  As I said last week teenage angst is something I don't care for, and this YA book is full of the male version of it.  But the ultimate message of the book is a profound one (I can't tell you what it is or I'd be giving away too much).  I do think, though, that it could have packed a bigger punch. And I think it could have had a more believable ending.  I don't mean the very end, but the explanation in the last chapter of what has gone on throughout the book had at least one totally unbelievable aspect to it - which, to me makes it feel rough and a bit rushed. 

But even with what I thought were shortcomings it was a thought provoking book and I can't say I regret spending the time on it.   If teenage angst (especially sexual angst) is something you tolerate well you might really like this book.   I really don't so my recommendation is ...I don't know... a cautious one.  If you're the least bit curious, I can at least recommend it enough to say "give it a try".

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8 comments:

  1. Ooh this looks like a cool make, and that wool is lovely! Can never have enough grey ;)

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    1. Well, that's good. For some reason I'm drawn to gray yarn. Every single time. ;^)

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  2. I love the colors of LB yarn. Will have to check it out. The cowl is going to be awesome.

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  3. Pretty colors you picked! My fiance picks greys every time I think of making him something! He's very limited in his color choice when it comes to knits he'll actually wear ha!

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    1. My Dh often says gray is his favorite color. And I moan a little inside every time. I need to stop, though, 'cuz it appears it might just be one of mine too. lol

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  4. I am loving those colors. I'm a sucker for gray as well, though I'm trying to move into more colors to spice things up. Very nice :)

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    1. Me too. Since I'm drawn to grays (it appears) I'm thinking of it as a neutral that spicier colors will appreciate sidling up to. ;^)

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