Wednesday, October 10, 2012

yarn along - the house at tyneford

For the past few Wednesdays, I've loved taking the journey through my sister's yarn alongs. Books and cozy yarn projects...such a lovely way to begin this journey into long nights and chill air, don't you think?

So this week, I'm joining her and Ginny with my own little yarn along.


J and I both agree it's going to be a very cold winter this year. Until now, I've survived Boston winters with just my earmuffs. Occasionally I'll give in and wear a hat, but (horror of horrors) they mess up my hair, and I resist them as much as possible, despite how cute they are. So my current crochet project is the Harlequin Hoodie.

Hoods are really my favorite thing, and I stocked up on some wool yarn, so I can count on the warmth this season. I'm loving the faint sheep smell that stays even on this processed stuff. I also really loved the cheerful rainbow colors of the original pattern. Bright winter gear always makes me think of Scandinavia, where you have to find the happy in winter in order to make it through. But I wanted my hoodie to feel a little chillier, a little more like cold ocean air and cloudy horizons...


And that brings me to The House at Tyneford. It's set in Great Britain during the onset of the Second World War, and reading about winter on the British coast while I'm cozied up in my feather duvet with a hot water bottle at my feet...well, it's the best. It pairs perfectly with my cool colored wool.

The heroine is an Austrian Jewess (+1 point for the occasional German reference), who has to sacrifice a luxurious life in Vienna to secure her safety. Elise leaves her parents behind to work as a maid at the Tyneford House in England. I won't tell you too much, but so far it is sad and hopeful and romantic. It is full of dancing, adventures on the shore, and descriptions of indulgent food. (It had me at creamy custard and herbed potatoes.)

You will love it if you love any of the following: Great Britain, Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, the Brontë sisters, creamy custard, or herbed potatoes.

And if you're not looking forward to the winter, I'm sorry to share our chilly prediction with you. But I heard it's already snowing in Minnesota...

11 comments:

  1. I love reading both your blog and your sister's blog. They both have such similar warm, cozy feels to them. Good luck with the knitting; I admire your commitment!

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  2. Yay! Welcome to yarn along! :) I especially loved reading this because I am unable to post one of my own this week. Did you link back on Ginny's post?

    That hoodie looks amazing, by the way, and I am in love with your colors.

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    1. I did link to Ginny...I think I need to change my link color though...it's not very apparent...

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    2. Ohhh wait...did you mean on her link up? Nope...totally forgot!

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  3. I'm so sorry I've neglected your blog for so long. You know how you get in these routines of checking blogs and then one day you're like OMG I FORGOT ABOUT THAT ONE and you feel awful so now I'm playing catch up and I also am reading that book but am only a few pages in. What's a yarn along?

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    1. Yarn along = yarn project + current book (in other words, perfection)

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  4. Clair your posts just make me want to curl up on the couch with a good book and hot cup of tea! I adore reading your posts. <3

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  5. I cannot believe that it's snowing some places already. Then again, I'm one of those Southerners who freaks out everytime she sees snow because it's so rare :)

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  6. I love love love your hoodie so far - the colours are perfect and I love how you described them ;)
    Is this really your sister's blog? cool! I've been pushing mine to join the happy side of blogging ;)

    Well, you certainly are getting me in a knitting mood... and I just wish I could sit in bed under a duvet and enjoy this pure enlightenment ;) But, I think I would have to ship my kiddo and husband off somewhere... and probably disconnect my internet to sit still long enough ;)

    Cheers my dear.... I think we'll have a cold winter as well.... Brrr...
    xo
    Ella

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  7. Thanks for the book recommendation. I love that you and your sister post these. I just picked up Tinkers. It's great to see what other people are reading. And what a fun project! Love the colors you chose. It is BITTER cold out this morning. I just walked my dog and had to put on a hat for the first time!!

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  8. okay. that's it. we are hanging out sometime extremely soon. 1. because we must watch downtown abbey (still haven't let myself get toooootally into it.) and 2. i NEED to know where you buy yarn. i've been ordering off of joann.com because yarn stores are so expensive up in these here parts. sound good? good.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)