Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yarn Along...

I was suddenly inspired this week to use some baby yarn I had in my stash, and when I came upon the Octagon Baby Afghan I knew this would be a great project for this yarn.

The yarn is Bernat Baby Coordinates in the colorway, Funny Prints.  It seems a funny name for such a sweet and fairly traditional mixture of baby colors, but there you have it - Funny Prints.  It's a lightweight boucle yarn that I now have some mixed feelings about.  It's not as difficult to crochet with as thick boucles can be, but it does have some drawbacks - namely, bits of the white shimmery thread that's spun onto the sport-weight variegated yarn sometimes stick out a bit - making me wonder if it will be likely to snag.   It really is pretty, though.  For the short time that such a baby blanket might be in service, it will surely stay nice looking.


As for what I'm reading... The Violets of March by Sarah Jio is an interesting story.  From page one, it had me hooked.  As thirty-something year-old Emily and Joel are finalizing their divorce and Joel is headed into a new marriage, Emily leaves her apartment in New York and travels to visit her Aunt Bee in Washington state.  Bee lives on Bainbridge Island, which proves to be both a respite for Emily as well as a place of new beginnings.  Shortly after arriving Emily finds a 50+ year-old diary and is swept up in the story it tells, while, at the same time, a drama is weaving itself in front of her in strange ways.   While I can't say I see what's coming, I'm pretty sure the story in the diary will soon converge with the lives of those Emily is interacting with.  This is my first Sarah Jio book.  I have a feeling it won't be my last.

Visit Ginny at Small Things to see what other yarn lovers are knitting and crocheting and reading this week.

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14 comments:

  1. Wow, you're whipping through that baby blanket for having just started it! Looks like a fun pattern The book you are reading sounds really engaging. I may just have to check the library.

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    1. It is a great pattern - lots of options for striping and making different effects with multiple colors if I choose to (in a future blanket). After spending most of a month on a test project in August I have this "need" to begin (and finish) as many projects as I can. lol And simple things are calling my name. :^)

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  2. I loved that book. I had a hard time putting it down! It was also my first Sarah Jio book and I haven't read any others but I certainly plan to.

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    1. I know. I wish I could just sit and read it from beginning to end. I could. But I can't - if you know what I mean. :^)

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  3. Such a sweet baby blanket! And I have to say, I love the name of the yarn, even if it is unpredictable! :) Your book sounds like a good read. I'll have to look into it. Thank you so much for visiting today! *hugs* :)

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  4. i've never read any of her books...but this one looks interesting. I will have to put it on my list. thanks

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    1. Well, I've finished it now and I definitely recommend it.

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  5. The texture of yarn is so interesting! I bet it is so squishy and soft!!

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    1. It's approximately sport-weight, so it' not exactly squish. But it's soft and perfect for wrapping a new baby in.

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  6. Pretty yarn :) That book sounds interesting (starting with the title!)

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  7. The yarn looks gorgeous and as you say, will be used for such a short time, I'm sure it will keep looking nice. Love the pattern.

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