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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Knitting, Reading and Decorating

 

Plymouth Encore, 200 yard skeins WW yarn.  Washable 75% Acrylic and 25% Wool.  This is my go to WW yarn.  LOVE the colors.  28 skeins here. 5,600 yards of yummy.  These colors were calling out to me, even though I have an afghan in the works that's close to being done.......AND a 2nd WIP, The Buckeye scarf (scroll back one post).  Have made progress with the scarf, it's bigger than it was in the  previous post; but I haven't taken another photo.  Maybe next time.  AND...do swing back to see what I'm doing with this 5,600 yards....or at least the first project using some of this.

The first book in 3 book series by Ken Follett.  If you like anything about history, the coming of age; you MUST read and or listen to this series.  I really enjoy listening to books and get them free from the library and use the Libby App.  The app is easy to search, to borrow, or be put on a waiting list.  Book 1, follows the lives of families in Germany, England, Russia, and a small Welsh coal mining town.  I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

Book 2 in the series, follows the lives of families in England, The United States of American, Russia and Germany.  And how what happened in their lives was dictated by events in and around World War II

Book 3, the final book of the series involves the same families (the 3rd generation) and the same countries: England, The United States of America, Russia and Germany during the cold war and lots of historical events including The Cuban Missile Crisis, The British Invasion, The Kennedy Administration, Watergate, and The Civil Rights Movement.  If you're my age, you lived through this period.  If you read or listen to these books, let me know your thoughts.


Decorating has begun at my house.  How about yours?  Do you decorate the same each year?  Do you buy a real tree or have an artificial tree at your house?


Hope everyone is getting their Boosters and getting the young ones vaccinated.  As the numbers of cases, and hospitalizations has risen in many states.  Sadly, my state is one of those.  And just a few days ago, the states first cases of Omicron have appeared here.  Oh how I wish I could wave a magic wand and get rid of this virus in all of our lives.






39 comments:

  1. Oh I love getting a bunch of new yarn!!
    Enjoy Ken Follett books - just read The Evening and the Morning.
    We go out back and cut down our Christmas tree.

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    1. Thanks for the visit. Will make note of that Ken Follett book. I really enjoy his works too; but don't remember seeing that title. That's nice you can go out back and cut down your tree.

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  2. Enjoy your new yarn. Gorgeous colours.
    Thank you for introducing me to a new series.
    Sadly Omicron has reached us - but so far the numbers are low, and only one person in Australia has been hospitalised with it.

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    1. Let me know what you think of the series after you've read or listened to them. Sorry to hear you too have the Omicron. We've got it now in over half the states. It spread fast, from 2 states, to 11 and now 32.

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  3. I love your rainbow of yarn - happy colours. We have had our boosters and aren't intending to go anywhere with large numbers of people. I think the virus is something we will have to live with for quite some time.
    Decorating for Christmas will happen at the weekend all being well.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Nice to see you Ellie. Agree with you on the virus always being with us. I just hope we can at least get it at a manageable level, which it certainly isn't right now. We're avoided group activities as well. Take care.

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  4. Hi Sandy. I'm glad you stopped by. I DO like Ken Follett novels. The last I read of his was the Pillars of the Earth series. Ino doubt will get these eventually. Your critique gave me much interest.

    Do you know or crochet? Or both?

    We have an artificial, and I decorate it in theme each year. Last year, candy cane...year before that,Santa. This year I did rustic, with wintergreen & reindeer.

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    1. That's a cool idea using a theme to decorate. Sounds fun. I do both knitting and crocheting; but more knitting these days as crocheting bothers my arthritis a bit more.

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  5. Well, NOW I read your title.

    ...knitting it is.

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  6. I think I prefer artificial trees because I don't like the mess of real trees. The smell is great, but the trouble doesn't make up for it.

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    1. I don't think there's much mess, but we don't normally have the tree up very long so it doesn't really have a chance to dry out and drop lots of needles...though some years the trees seem less fresh.

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  7. We have fake tree. But one thing I can say I don't like the same color of balls on tree.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. It's interesting how we all have our preferences. Please pour me a cuppa, think I need another.

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  8. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your new yarn. It's good when you find a good series of books to follow, there's a few I read and I'm always pleased when a new one in the series is released. Yes, I've had my booster. I wasn't very well for a day or so afterwards but it's a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.

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    1. I'm pretty excited about my new yarn and just started on my project, will post pictures with my next blog. Glad you got your booster and like you I felt off for a day, but sure beats the alternative.

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  9. I am excited to see what you create with your yarn. Enjoy the cozy time of creating with yarn, I always feel cozy when I knit on a winter evening.
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. I totally agree about the yarn. Thanks for the visit.

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  10. Oh what beautiful yarns. I am a very novice knitter, currently making my 2nd pair of socks. We'll see how they turn out - 1st pair was too big.
    Also, we'll go cut a tree tomorrow :-)

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    1. Have fun with the cutting the tree. We used to do that when we were younger and our daughter was little. Was always a fun thing to do. I've been knitting for years, and have never made socks, so not sure you're a novice. Good for you. I keep saying one day I'll give it a try. Will add you to my blog log to make visiting back and forth easier.

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  11. I've enjoyed your post. The books sound interesting and the third one most definitely my era, I remember many of those events happening through my childhood and young adult years . Still not many decorations here mostly cards at the moment the tree is in its box still but will go up over the next day or so. Have a very Happy Christmas:)

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    1. Good to see you Rosie. I really enjoyed these books and hope you do as well. Post a picture of your tree when you get it up and have a wonderful weekend, and Christmas.

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  12. Hi, nice to meet you!
    All I have done with regard to decorating is hang up the cards we have been sent!! We may bring in some greenery, some ivy and some pine, some Holly if I can find any...I just look at all the plastic and think Nah!!

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    1. I understand the nah to the plastic. Nice to meet you as well. Will add you to my blog lot to make visiting back and forth easier.

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    1. LOL, what is mind blowing about it?

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    1. I already did, before you posted mind blowing.

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  15. Hi Sandy, I love Ken Follett novels, they really grip you. I haven't had the chance to read that trilogy yet but hope to soon.

    Love those yarn colours. Have fun using them.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks Jackie I am enjoying the colors, already started on a new project to use some of it. Totally agree Ken Follett keeps you coming back for more. If you get to this series, let me know what you think. I'll add you to my blog log to make visiting back and forth easier.

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  16. Hi Sandy, thank you for stopping over at my place and leaving a comment about a CAL. I am not a new blogger, we have been around the block together for many years, in fact...you were the 1st to comment on my original blog CrochetbytheSea, which is still open. I'll have to play catch up, so nice to see familiar faces popping in once again. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes I well remember you which is why I was so excited to find you again. Not sure what happened, but somehow you were no longer on my blog list. Will get you added again.

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  17. How pretty your yarn looks, so many lovely colours. Makes me wish I did some kind of handwork.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Come back and visit again soon. Meanwhile, happy Christmas.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Granny Marigold, will get you added to my blog list to make visiting back and forth easier. And Merry Christmas to you as well.

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  18. Enjoy using your yarn Sandy. I can imagine the fun you'll have with all those lovely colours. Happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, am enjoying playing with all the colors. Merry Christmas to you as well. Will get you added to my blog log to make visiting back and forth easier.

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  19. Hi Sandy, popped over to say hi and thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my blog :) Your yarn photo triggered a severe case of yarn-envy, but fear not - I am about to start a blanket for my Eldest son's girlfriend and although I have a decent enough stash - it still needs supplementing so have had to do a bit of yarn acquisition - what a 'terrible' shame!😁

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    1. You hear me laughing I hope about the terrible shame of yarn acquisition! Looking forward to seeing blanket. And thanks for the visit.

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  20. Happy Christmas, Sandy!

    I wish I knew how to knit. I have a sweater that's unraveling at the cuff. Yesterday, I went to a local yarn shop to ask if they do repairs and was directed to a local woman who works out of her house. We're to meet in the new year as she thinks the repair would be a cinch. :)

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