Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Yarn Along

I have several items "on the hook" at the moment, but I am nearly finished with two of them, the seaglass shawl that I am making as a gift and the shawl that I am making for Lady Iliffe's bedroom at Basildon Park.  Then I have my scarf to finish before getting back to my blanket.  Next year is then going to be the year of the needle rather than the hook - until I get tempted of course!

The main body of the Lady Iliffe Shawl is finished, and I am now working on border options.  I don't think this is quite right, it is a bit too "bulky" so I am going to have another go with a few less stitches then I think it will be right.



Hopefully I can deliver this next week!

As for reading, I updated you yesterday on what I have finished!  My next reads are these, along with a selection of Christmas magazines.


The December issue of Martha Stewart Living is the 25th anniversary issue.  Although I haven't read it from the very start, I have been reading it on and off for over 22 years now!  Scary huh!  I don't think that there is any other magazine that I have read for so long.  Sadly I don't find it as good as it used to be, in fact I have felt that way for several years now.  So I only buy this magazine when I travel - a hint to where I have just been perhaps! - and I have to say that it isn't as good as it was!  Oh for the good old days hey.  Makes me sound ancient doesn't it!!!

I have started my next book too, but what I am really looking forward to is the This Old House magazine, I have also read this since it started some 20 years ago or so I would guess now?  This has stayed pretty much as I remember it and I only buy this very occasionally, again if I travel to a certain place.

So that is me, yarning along with some crochet and some reading material!

I hope that you are enjoying your reading and crochet.

Joining Ginny today for her Yarn Along, you can find others posts here.

Amy

40 comments:

  1. Would love to see more of that shawl when you're finished with it. This is such a busy time of year. So many things to do. It is, however, rewarding isn't it?
    xx Beca

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  2. The shawl looks lovely, Amy. :o)

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  3. I am still using a shawl that my mother made for me in the 1970s, when black knitted or crocheted shawls were all the rage. Macramé was also fashionable too, but that doesn't seem to have made a comeback, does it? My 1970s knitted shawl is black and I use it when in bed, reading, the downside being that I then look like the old woman in 'alllo 'allo! What happened to luxurious bed jackets, made from satin and tied with pretty ribbons? Old William Morris might even have approved of them as they were both useful and beautiful!
    Margaret p

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  4. You have got me intrigued, America perhaps????? The shawl looks beautiful.

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  5. You have been so busy and you just got back! I am a slug in the yarn department right now, I need to get working on a few things.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. When I was buying some of those long running magazines, I felt like it was the same stories over and over again so stopped buying them because it wasn't worth the price of what we pay here (nearly triple the regular price). But when I travel, I definitely buy, magazines and books, because there is sooooooooooooooo much to choose from. your shawl is lovely.

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  7. I enjoy reading as well and will have to look over some of the titles you have read. Style at Home is the magazine I have been subscribing to forever!! and of course I can't throw any copies away!! I also treat myself to different magazines once in awhile. They sure can get pricey. Have a wonderful day knittin away!

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  8. You've inspired me to get to the yarn shop and pick up some yarn to make something to wear. Ponchos and shawls are kind of in right now, so why not?

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  9. The shawl is looking absolutely beautiful, you're making such a lovely job of it. And how lovely that so many people will get to appreciate it. The magazines look like a fun read, although it's a shame one of them has gone downhill. Pull your socks up Martha! CJ xx

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  10. Beautiful crochet work! I was a HUGE Martha fan when I was younger. Unfortunately, I think my admiration for her drove my quest for perfection to an unhealthy level. The magazine (and Martha) has "chilled out" after her stint in jail!
    The sister of a childhood friend is one of the editors of that magazine (or she used to be) - I often see "behind the scene" snippets off Facebook.

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  11. The shawl's looking lovely. I've stopped reading magazines over the last few years since I've got back in to reading books, I've never read any of the ones you've got there.

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  12. Great to know you have finishes very soon & the WIP is looking good!
    I've found the same with a couple of the magazines I love . That's a new one to me though, I've never come across This Old House.
    Have a great week!

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  13. I"ve learned how to download all magazines i need from my library onto a tablet to reads. OH how I love Magazines and FREE to read is the best

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  14. I like British magazines best. Ours are skimpy. Martha Stewart's first books were lovely. Her magazine is at least sturdy. Our Country Living isn't lovely like yours.
    Pretty crochet, Amy!

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  15. That shawl is lovely. I think you should do a tutorial on how to make a shawl. I made one with single crochets but I don't think it is a shawl. :)
    Love,
    Ashley
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi Amy,

    Love the crocheted shawl and you are doing a wonderful job of it.
    I know what you are saying about magazines, they just do not seem to be as good as they were.
    Hope you are enjoying the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  17. So fun and cozy to think about projects going! I need to get to work much better on some of my works as well! You inspire me Lady (& make me feel like a slacker!) Lol

    Loving seeing your updates. Blessings and rock on dear Amy! xo

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  18. Hi Amy, your crotchet looks lovely, that is the most beautiful blend of colours. I would enjoy that Martha Stewart mag - I hardly ever see it in Australia. I was quite a fan when her TV show was on daily, but when she switched to Hallmark channel, we don't have that one so have to live without Martha now... xx

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  19. I read Martha from time to time and I agree it's not as good as it use to be.

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  20. HI Amy....
    That shawl sure looks like a lot of work....great job!
    Do you also knit?
    I agree....the older Martha magazines were way better...
    I kept mine....I find they are still inspiring...
    Enjoy your Thursday!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  21. I can't remember if you live across the pond or on this side of it ... but from your magazine references I think you must be across! I agree about MS Living - I don't read it regularly, only off and on, but it seems to have lost something - everything's so very stylish and appearance-oriented, and it all seems a bit unrelated to real life.

    Lovely shawl! :)

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  22. Your work is gorgeous.
    Nothing better than Christmas magazines!

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  23. My granny was so good at crocheting. I never learned. My mama used to say, "If you tied your hands behind you, you couldn't talk." I guess the only thing I can do with myhands is talk.

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  24. I agree with you about MS Living. She always was a bit elitist, but now she is downright snobby!

    I LOVE This Old House. Sometimes it is hard to find around here. I'll probably subscribe next year.

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  25. Your views on the magazines are exactly what I think about the magazines. I read Country Living from its very first issue and had a subscription for over twenty years. I no longer subscribe and do not like it very much these days. Time moves on...

    Your project looks very nice. I think that someone is going to be very pleased.

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  26. What a pretty shawl, Amy - I just love the soft colors! Someone is going to be very pleased to receive this as a gift! I have read Martha Stewart since it was first published, too, and I agree - it is not as good as it used to be. I have let my subscription lapse for the first time. Lately I have been buying the special edition magazines that only get published seasonally and find them much better, although expensive. I admire how creative you are - always making something fabulous! Hugs xo Karen

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  27. The shawl is looking beautiful and can't wait to see all your makes when finished. Needle instead of hook? What sort of needle, knitting or sewing? I do read some magazines, but probably pretty boring by most people's standards and have just borrowed a book by Jenny Coglan about Xmas. Take care.

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  28. The colours in the shawl are so beautiful, it looks lovely. I like your idea for next year being the year of the needle. I don't think I could keep up that idea, I'm too much of a flitter.

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  29. I love the soft colours of your shawl, so very pretty. I used to love the Martha Stewart Living mags too but I haven't bought them for years for the same reasons you mentioned. Have you tried the homegrown Landscape and Landlove magazines?

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  30. gorgeous shawl, i am amazed by the colors. it is so delicate. Martha as been pretty quiet. i love her work & designs. ( :

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  31. You crochet so nicely. I enjoy it but I'm not that good at it. Your stitches look so consistent. :D
    I know what you mean about magazines being different. My daughter was offered a subscription for Better Homes and Gardens which I kind of grew up on and enjoyed in the past. It's smaller now and it might as well be a yellow pages for vendors. All ads. Have a great weekend.

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  32. PS Amy. I wonder if Pinterest has put a dent in the magazine business!

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  33. The shawl is looking lovely, Amy. I have been buying the Martha Stewart magazine this year. It's my first time reading her, but after a year I have to say I won't be continuing to purchase it next year. I'm looking forward to hearing about your holiday!

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  34. I love the stitches and color of your shawl!!

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  35. I think I've missed some of your news about the shawl and I'm intrigued. It's a pretty design. I like the pale colours. The magazines look entertaining. I only buy magazines to take to Italy to read whilst we are away. I have a pile going back to the 1980s! My favourites are Good Housekeeping and Homes and Gardens.

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  36. Amy, funny, there you are, reading American magazines, and here I am, reading British magazines! I didn't buy a single magazine in 2015, though, and let all subscriptions lapse. It was my year to purge my vast collection, and I have completed the task as of two days ago! So now I can think about how to handle my magazine addiction going forward. :D Gorgeous shawl!

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  37. Love the shawl Amy. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it!

    Barbara xx

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