Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I nearly forgot to take a Yarn Along photo today.  The light was fading fast, so I grabbed my book and project and ran outside.  The moment I laid my things down to take a photo, the chickens moved in to investigate…

I think they’re pretty amusing.

This week I finished Larkspur’s Bulle, and cast on for Beatrix’s. I am knitting Bea’s in the same yarn and colorway (tosh vintage/amber trinket) and waiting to give Larkspur hers until Bea’s is finished.

I finished reading Far from the Madding Crowd, and started reading Henry James’ Washington Square.  According to the back cover, Graham Greene once said of it, “Perhaps the only novel in which a man has successfully invaded the feminine field and produced a work comparable to Jane Austen’s.”  I am reading this book for my book club and I am enjoying it so far.  While I did like Far from the Madding Crowd, I am appreciating the fact that Washington Square doesn’t have me feeling like I need to look up the definition of words constantly!


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  1. Oh my goodness. I am laughing so hard! I am charmed that she pulled the ball clean off the crate. I love it when chickens are so inquisitive, though I haven’t yet had them sample any of my knits.

  2. This is the funniest post I’ve seen for a long time!! I love those chickens!

  3. Love it! Especially the ones where the chook is making off with the yarn. LOL Beautiful pics. 🙂

  4. I think the birds are saying, “That is one gorgeous yarn. I would like to taste it.” And I would say the same thing.

    Do you ever feed your chickens spaghetti? It is one hilarious site. Our old flock used to get so excited they’d be tossing the strands around and clucking. Everyone ended up with spaghetti in her “hair” looking like they were at a raucous New Year’s Eve party.

  5. What fun photos with the chickens! They’re almost as bad as kitties with yarn!
    And your yarn is absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to knit the adult version of that darling sweater… maybe someday… thanks for your inspiration!

  6. The chickens are adorable! My Grand Daddy kept a pet chicken, so I have a soft spot for them.

  7. lol – obviously your chickens love that yarn too! 😉
    the yarn for the hat I´m currently knitting stayed untouched by others than myself … but I hope it will be as liked in the end!
    Love, Maren

  8. Your chickens make me want to keep chickens. Oh boy.

  9. absolutely epic pics!

  10. Gorgeous yarn colours and very cute chickens. Love their inquisitiveness.

  11. That should have been yarn color…

  12. Love, love, love the chickens. 🙂 The nice color complements them nicely, somehow!

  13. Ginny, you have certainly “yarned” an interesting story here! Very creative flow to the photographing.

  14. I love the chickens! I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed my own backyard chickens the past couple years. They each have their own very distinct personalities. They are busy, inquisitive, and amusing gardening companions.

  15. I can’t believe the chickens are that nosy! What a hoot!

    I just started The Glass Castle…your “review” really intrigued me.

  16. I was too busy knitting to join up earlier! My daughter loved your photos, “Mom, those chickens think that yarn is worms! She should rescue her knitting.”

  17. Those chickens are hilarious! Henry James does not strike me as a person who spent much time around chickens:)

  18. Love that color yarn–you have a great eye for that. Funny chickens!

  19. Ginny,
    These chicken pictures cracked me up! They are hilarious.

    Looking forward to seeing your girls in the Bulles. 🙂

    Love, Taryn

  20. That Bulle is adorable! Perfect for a little girl. I’m so envious of your chickens. Hours of entertainment, I’m sure!

  21. Hi Ginny – those photos of your chickens investigating your yarn crack me up! I’ve been wanting to participate in Yarn Along for a while and have finally decided to jump in! Thanks for all your wonderful photos and posts.

  22. Oh, I am loving those chickens and the pictures. They made me laugh.

  23. I just love your yarn along posts. Probably a good half or more of your patterns and books go on my favorites and wish lists!

  24. Haha, the boys and I loved these photos of yours. =) What curious little creatures, those chickens are. That yarn is beautiful!

  25. Goodness, those chickens! My little one is home sick today, and this made us both laugh with delight. Thank you silly hens.

  26. Looks lovely… the chickens sure had fun!

  27. Such beautiful yarn you’re using, as always! Chickens are a sore spot with me at the moment as my neighbours birds keep escaping and eating/destroying my garden…

  28. Ginny, I would have been going crazy if my yarn was in a chicken’s mouth! Only because I would be afraid my precious yarn would be ruined. I always love the yarn you choose as well as your book selections. So inspiring!

  29. I love the pictures, can not go wrong with chickens or babies in your pictures.

  30. Hens can be so funny to watch!
    Love the colour of your wool. 🙂

  31. Those crazy chickens!

  32. I don’t have chickens, but I love the stories they make. I love the pictures of the chicken and the yarn. So funny. And lovely color yarn – my daughter would love it.

  33. Okay, I’m in this week. I keep thinking that I will yarn along with you all and then never seem to get the post up. So this week, a post about yarn that is not so much about actually knitting…

  34. Chickens are very amusing! I love these pictures! Last week my chickens caught a mouse and it was a ton of fun watching them.

  35. Ginny…I love love love that yarn! Gorgeous….and it looks like your feathered friends like it, too (funny)! I showed my four year old the Bulle and she is game ~ thanks for the suggestion.
    xo Jules

  36. Love the chicken pictures, they made me laugh. The yarn is so pretty! Do you order on-line, Ginny, or do you have a local shop that you can see the yarn first? I’ve been looking on-line and see some that look gorgeous, but I’m a little hesitant in case the computer color is not true to life.

    • The main yarn that I seem to order is madelinetosh because it’s cheaper online. Both WEBS (www.yarn.com) and Mr. Yarn offer a quantity discount. So I wait until I can order enough skeins to get the discount. Then I look at the colors and choose the ones that I think I like, and go to Ravelry. I do a search of the specific yarn, for instance, “Tosh vintage.” Then I add to the search box the colorway that I am considering. I think that by looking at lots of different projects in that colorway (obviously taken in all different kinds of lighting) you can get a pretty good idea of whether or not you like the color. Worst case scenario: I get the yarn and don’t like it, then I return it.
      The other companies that I order yarn from are Quince & Co and Beaverslide. I have purchased cards with color samples of all their colorways from both and think that is the way to go with yarns that aren’t hand dyed. Also, some smaller yarn online yarn shops are better than others at photographing their yarns. For instance, Maya at Springtree Road is excellent at taking good photos and my experience has been that yarn I have ordered from her has never been a surprise colorwise–it always matches what I expected based on her photos.
      Okay, so long winded response–hope that helps a bit!

      • That does help, Ginny. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond, and for the good ideas and websites! I appreciate it! I’ll hop over to those websites and take a look.

  37. Joining in again. It’s my turn for neck and shoulder pain!! Glad to read that you are slowly improving.

    Soule Mama posted a blog pic of her clothing matching her current knitting project … you’ve managed to go one step further and match the chickens to the wool!!! I just love the colour and have to admit to yarn envy!

    San xx

  38. Just started my blog, and couldn’t wait to join in. I am knitting my first Pebble Vest, can’t wait to see it done! Love the chicken pics!


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