Wednesday, October 24, 2012

yarn along - the casual vacancy

I've skipped a week, but I'm back on board for Ginny's yarn alongs. (Check out her cute photos from last week.)

Every day that the air has just a little bite, I am reminded that I need to get down to business on my Harlequin Hoodie. I've made a lot of progress in the past couple of weeks, but there's plenty more to go...and the real cold will be here before we know it.


This is such a fantastic pattern for meditative crocheting. I've ridden the waves of the rows like blue, grey, and maroon ocean currents, easily memorizing one to the next.


But because it's such a bulky creature, the hoodie hasn't sped me along like my books.

I finished The House at Tyneford, sadly saying good bye to the characters I'd nestled into, and then said hello to the eagerly anticipated new Rowling book. This is no Harry Potter.

And that's ok. People have been hating pretty hard on this book, and I don't think it's because they were expecting Harry Potter. I think it's because they weren't expecting such a gritty, uncomfortable novel from the woman who took us all away to the places of dreams.

The Casual Vacancy is social commentary. It tells uncomfortable truths. There are swear words, and sex, and windows into the kinds of thoughts people don't usually talk about. Whether I'll close the cover and proclaim it a masterpiece, I'm not sure yet. But in the midst of this dark story, I am embracing the Rowling that delivers realism, knowing that I can always escape again back into her magical worlds of good and evil.


And I have to admit, I like the cover. Count me in the minority, I guess.

13 comments:

  1. Your hoodie looks AMAZING! I am totally in love. Perfect, perfect colors. And you are the second yarn along participant reading this book (that I've seen today, anyway) and it makes me want to read it too! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. xo

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  2. I love the colors you're using. The gentle waves of color are just perfect! Gorgeous pictures too, by the way.

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  3. love the colors you chose, what type of yarn is it? reminds me i need to get back to the cowl i've been working on for like.....2 months haha.

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    1. Hmm...it's wool. I believe Valley Yarns Northampton? The dark blue is something different, but still wool, and worsted weight.

      And I hear ya...my projects always take me forever. =)

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  4. ooooo! I have been wanting to read her new book out of interest as to what her adult writing would be like. You're mini review may have given me the nudge to pick it up!

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  5. the cover is sort of a throw-back and it like it. i kinda want to read it. need to wait for it be less popular at the library.
    i need to work on my knitting. i am making socks. it's a love hate thing....hehe. i have always wanted to crochet. your work is lovely.

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  6. I feel like you could sell those hoodies that you make. They look warm and cozy. And I do wonder about JK's new book but I've got so many other books on my list to get to first. Maybe after it goes down in price...

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  7. I like hearing your thoughts on the Casual Vacancy; I haven't heard anything about it from people other than critics. My friends and I were a very unique age for HP; we were always the age Harry was when the books came out, so I think they struck a real chord with us, and most of my pals (and I) are hesitant to read anything new by her.

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    1. Yeah, I think it's helpful to try to forget that she wrote it and just take it as a new thing. =)

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  8. I'm reading this too! But rather than crocheting, I'm listening to Barbara Streisand's new cd : ). Love ya.

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    1. Can't wait to hear what you thought! I just finished last night. Love you too.

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  9. hi clair! sorry it took so long to get back with you. you're right, it's funny how you and me both joined 'yarn along' the first time, and that with a crochet project, while our sisters are the regular knitters that 'yarn along'.
    and your hoodie looks great so far! happy crocheting to you!
    your blog seems like a nice read, i'll have to poke around a bit. :)

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  10. omg WHERE IS THIS PATTERN FROM!? you need to teach me. no pressure :)

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Thanks for making me smile. =)