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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Knitting Galore and So Much More, 50 Years Ago!!

 

A  new project!  I've mentioned before that I sometimes have start itis, as I know many knitters and crocheters do.  This is very light sock yarn.  The blue is variegated slightly with shades of blue and purple.  Using a size 3 needle, this will take some time.  Currently there are 66 stitches on the needles.  When I reach 74 stitches I move into phase 2 of the pattern for this shawl which will be color work using the purple and the blue.  The Shawl pattern and yarn were a kit from Crafsty using Superwash Merino Sock Cloudborn fibers.  The pattern is called Snail Hollow Shawl.  My daughter and I are each doing this gifted shawl in different colors.  Linking up with GIFTED GORGEOUSNESS

Work Continues on both the asymmetrical scarves.  The 3 colored scarf currently has 94 stitches on it, and the variegated scarf has 98 stitches.  I'm using worsted weight and size 8 needle for the 3 colored scarf; and size 4 for the variegated scarf.  A fun comparison of the same pattern with different weight yarn, I think.

WOW!  So much to say about this book by Iris  Chang.  Yes this is another World War II book, but about a subject rarely known or discussed.  The horrible Holocaust by The Japanese Imperial Army against The Chinese people, male, female...adult and children alike.  The cruelty, in my opinion is worse than that of the Nazi's that is so much more widely known.  Most people today would say Japanese are quiet, polite people steeped in tradition...but, it's hard for me going forward to consider them that way.  They massacred Prisoners of War (150,000 males), and an additional 50,000 Civilians (males), and raped at least 20,000 women of all ages including children.  They mutilated and killed many of the females they raped.   Though many Nazi's were imprisoned and held accountable for their heinous acts; The Japanese have never been accountable or admitted wrong doing.  This book was a real eye opener for me, as this just wasn't something I knew.


And because we need to smile after reading and discussing the above book, I'm sharing a few more of my fun cocktail napkins.

Hope you're all doing well with this massive heat wave.  Exercise continues, with a week off for a Mother Daughter Trip.

Sharing a picture from 50 years ago, tomorrow.  I was so young then.  My Mother made my dress and we got married outside in the Park of Roses.

And here's hubby, back in the dayWe had a small wedding and he wore a suit.  

Here we are celebrating our anniversary at the same park, many years later.  41 years later to be exact.

68 comments:

  1. What a difference needle size and yarn weight make. I have read a few things about the cruelty of the Japanese Army, what I didn't realize was that they had never apologized for it.

    God bless.

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    1. The leaders never even were changed, they acted like they had done nothing wrong. I did read in another WWII book about how much torture and mistreatment the Japanese inflicted on American downed pilots; but hadn't realized they too committed genocide and tried to eliminate a race of people.

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  2. Wow, interesting book! I'll have to look for it. Such atrocities to have committed and then not to apologize for it. Hard to imagine!! Always fun to look at whatever project you feature here with your knitting :)

    betty

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    1. Thanks Betty, appreciate your kind words. So agree on the atrocities.

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  3. The two of you look gorgeous in the displayed photos!
    It's not new to me about the japanese. I've read books and watched movies about their horrible conduct during the war. I don't know why they were not forced to pay compensations to victims and made to apologize for their crimes.

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    1. Thank you Duta for your kind words. I don't know either why they weren't made to pay compensation and apologize. I don't know why we gave them a pass when we didn't the Germans. It's all very strange to me.

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  4. Nice old photos of you and hubby. We got married in 1980 in a small gethering of family and friends. I'm amazed at how fast time flies by these days. Good luck with your yarn projects. My wife does some knitting, crocheting and tatting, she tells me it is calming to her when she's creating.

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    1. Agree with your wife. Crafting time is relax time. You got married not too long after we did.

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  5. Your scarf is already an eye catcher with colors and once all together WOW. I loved all the flash back photos. Your dress is beautiful.
    So very hot here too. I'm slowly working on a crocheted vest...'slowly' being the key word. Could be all this heat has slowed me down plus I can't imagine ever needing it but I will
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Right you, you will need the vest eventually; but for now, let's enjoy the warmth. Even when too hot, I prefer it over the winter cold and ugly.

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  6. Happy Wedding Anniversary. Best wishes of happiness, good health, and whatever you both wish.

    God bless.

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    1. Many thanks Victor, much appreciated.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Lovely wedding photos! Looks like some exciting knitting too! Thanks so much for your comment ❤️🎁❤️

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    1. Thank you, haven't knitted any today, but need to do a few rows at least with so many projects going at one time.

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  8. Such a wonderful post! Thanks for the review too. Hope your summer is going well and you had a splendid anniversary. All the best too much happiness ahead. Thanks for being here.

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    1. Many thanks for the good wishes and for the visit.

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  9. Awww. Happy 50th anniversary. Love the before and after pictures. The scarves are so pretty. I’m looking forward to seeing the added color in it.

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    1. Thank you! I too am looking forward to seeing the color work on the shawl. Been over a year since I've done color work with multiple threads.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Wow, 50 years! We'll be celebrating 34 this year. Hard to believe.

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    1. Thank you Wendy and congrats to you and your hubby as well.

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  11. Oh goodness, your golden wedding anniversary, many congratulations. Such lovely photos of the two of you. That sounds an interesting book, something I know nothing about.

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    1. Thank you Jo. Do get the book, I was aghast at what I learned.

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  12. Wishing you and your husband a very Happy Anniversary! Your knitting looks lovely, I have never been able to master that craft...much to my dismay! I envy your talent! Yes, I've heard of the atrocities of the Japanese during the war. I guess we felt we had done enough damage dropping the atomic bombs on their country that we didn't feel the need for further punishment. Sadly genocide and cruel and inhumane behavior continues in many countries today. We are fortunate if we haven't been touched by it personally.

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    1. Thanks for the visit DJ, appreciate the kind words. I think leaving people in power in Japan after what they did was very wrong on our part. The atom bomb has been proven to have saved many lives as sad as it was. The Japanese culture would have fought to the last man. They believed (perhaps still do?) that to surrender was shameful and so who knows how long they would have continued to fight, island to island etc.

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  13. Thanks for stopping. I'm a knitter, as well as a weaver, and am deep into a sweater for a granddaughter going to college in the fall--in Minnesota!

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    1. Sweater for the fall in Minnesota sounds like a great idea. Glad to know you're a fellow knitter Joanne.

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  14. ...thanks Sandy for stopping by, in August my sweetheart and will celebrate 54 years!

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    1. Congrats on your 54 years Tom. Now days you don't hear of many people who make it to the years we have. People marry at a much older age and so many divorces etc.

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  15. Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing the photos of you. My mother made my wedding dress too.

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    1. Thank you. I think how much every one spends on wedding these days, vs our hand made dresses back in the day and it seems a bit over the top to me.

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  16. Happy Anniversary to the both of you - well done. The photos are lovely of you and your husband. We've been married much longer.
    Didn't know about the Japanese, sad really what went on in the Wars, sounds like a good book to read to find out more.
    Your craft work does look interesting...I do crocheting.
    By the way, I added you too :)

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    1. Longer than 50, wow. How many years for you two? Thanks for adding me to your list. I crochet too, but knit more as it bothers my arthritis less.

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  17. You two look better now than you did back then! Your scarves are coming along beautifully! How cool that you have bunnies! Though not for your poor flowers.

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    1. Thanks Ginny. I'm not at all happy with the bunnies. This is the 3rd year they've eaten my favorite flowers. I wish I could get rid of them. Also tired of picking up their poo in the yard before I can mow.

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  18. Thanks for taking part in GG this month. That's such a pretty blue for the shawl.

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    1. I love the blue also. Thanks for the visit.

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  19. Happy Anniversary! Many returns of the day! Also, I hope that you enjoy the mother/daughter trip. You're not alone in the plight of 'start-itis.' I have too... with dieting and exercise.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Liberty Belle, always nice to see you. The Mother Daughter trip was awesome. Thanks for your kind words.

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  20. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog, I hope you will visit again. That does sound like an interesting book. My uncle was a Japanese POW and on one of the Hell Ships, I have heard that to this day the Japanese have never apologised for any of their war crimes.
    Happy anniversary! It's nice to look back on photos and see ourselves as we were :-)

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    1. Thanks for the visit Maggie, will get you added to my blog list. So sorry to hear about your Uncle. No doubt he had many sad memories of the treatment from the Japanese.

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  21. I knew the Japanese during WW II had hate toward China, and I didn't knew about Holocausts on there part.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. I don't think many of us knew about the Holocaust and the criminal activity of The Japanese. Truly shameful behavior that should be better known, and not excused.

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  22. Congratulations on your 41st anniversary! That's fantastic! The book you mentioned sounds very interesting, but I'm afraid it might be just too much for me to read at this point. I have read some of the history of the Japanese invasion of China. A sad, tragic, horrific history. But, as they say, if we forget the past, we're doomed to repeat it.

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    1. That picture was of our 41st, but we just celebrated our 50th. The Japanese really did many awful things and should be held accountable; but they really haven't been.

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  23. Félicitations ! Happy Anniversary! Lovely knittings. xxx

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    1. Thanks for the visit, appreciated.

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  24. Happy Anniversary! We had our 50th this past January.
    No heat wave here!!
    Looks like a fun knitting project.

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    1. Congrats to you on your 50th also.

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  25. A very, very happy Anniversary to you both.
    I love and admire your projects.
    Sadly, war brings out the very worst in people (and sometimes some good). I suspect that similar tales could and perhaps should be told of all wars.

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    1. Thank you, much appreciate your kind comments. Yes, believe you are right there are many sad tales and some good ones about wars that we just don't know.

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  26. Happy Golden Anniversary! Your dress looks amazing. I'll bet you learned your sewing/knitting skills from her. Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I have been on more trips currently with my grandkids in Louisiana. But I love your knitting and certainly understand startitis. That bug is very catching.

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    1. I'm sure you've had a great time and made many memories with your grandson on those trips. Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated.

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  27. Happy Anniversary! Those are some great pics. :-)

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  28. Happy Anniversary!! Our next one is 42, and some days I can't believe that much time has passed. Then, I get up from where I am sitting, things creak, I groan... and remember, I am not young and beautiful anymore. At least not on the outside.

    I love the knitted items. I don't have the patience to knit, but I admire the beautiful things knitters create. And I LOVE yarn.

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    1. Congrats of the 42. That's a lot of years. I hear ya and relate on the getting up and groaning...thus I must keep at the yoga, lol.

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  29. Hi Sandy! Thanks for stopping at my blog. I have startitis too, but I don't knit or crochet. I think it affects many people. :) Your shawl is going to be lovely.
    The book sounds so interesting. I never knew those things either.
    Happy Anniversary! Our 41st anniversary is this August. You two look great!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Mari. Will get you added to my blog list. 41 for you two coming up, that's cool. Really not many people it seems have longevity. Congrats to you both.

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  30. Congratulations and Happy 41st Anniversary ~ Wow! ~ love the photos of then and now ~ Your shawl projects sound delightful and the book a good read ~ Xo


    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks for the visit. Actually we just celebrated our 50th. The one picture was from the 41st.

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  31. Happy anniversary!! Hope you have a wonderful time and congrats on that milestone.

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated.

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  32. It was fun to see the photos of you from your wedding day and 41st Anniversary! It will be our 36th in August, so just a little behind you.

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    1. Congrats on your 36th. It's nice to see people together, I don't think it's as common as it used to be.

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  33. I've had a lovely (if belated) visit today.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, will add you to my blog list.

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  34. Belated Happy Anniversary wishes, your photos of then and now are lovely:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie, much appreciated.

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